2014 New Year, New Whole30 – Day 23

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

This is not my first Whole30, but this time I want to focus on a couple of specific elements: 1) fewer nuts as snacks and 2) fewer snacks in general. I would like to find the right mix of meals and pre-/post-workout fuel to keep me steady throughout the day.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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This week’s focus: Daily yoga or meditation. I need to find my calm center again and I have let my regular practice slide. I’ve decided that if I don’t have enough time for yoga, I do have 5 minutes to sit calmly and breath.

5:00 Black coffee

6:30 Dilly green beans, 3 eggs

12:00 Salmon Nicoise salad, 1/2 apple

3:00 Salmon salad, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 purple sweet potato

9:00 A few bites of chicken soup

Food When I got home from my afternoon out I was hungry! I don’t think the salad was too small, I just think I was having a hungry day. I didn’t end up needing dinner, which worked out great because I had an evening workout.

Mood Feeling stable today. I’m missing some of the real ups, but I guess stable is better than the downs.

Sleep 7.5. Back to normal. Great, deep sleep. Stirred once in the night but went straight back to sleep. Finally.

Activity Yoga in the morning. Walk in the woods with my son and friends in the afternoon. Weights and TRX at night. Whew!

Focus Yoga – my favorite way to ground. I have been working on Half-Moon pose lately and felt stronger in it today than ever before. For me, yoga is not about actually achieving the pose, or perfection in the pose, it really is the process. Half-moon pose came to me as something I want to work on because when I see it and think of it, there is this feeling of lightness and openness combined with strength that I want to feel. As I work towards it, I get a sense of that, which makes me want to keep going.

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