Week two of Whole30 – check! (Read my Week one recap here.)
I snacked a lot this past week. All Whole30-compliant, mostly fruit and nut butter, but I still snacked pretty consistently. It was “that time of the month” – a girl’s gotta do, what a girl’s gotta do. At least I stayed compliant? And mostly healthy?
How I Felt.
Tired. I felt tired. The week started strong, but by Friday – which coincided with the first day of every girl’s least favorite visitor – I was worn out. I thankfully had the option to work from home which meant leggings and a cozy sweatshirt. I did get it together and teach barre class at 4:30 and then headed to the gym. I can’t say my snatches were great. They weren’t terrible, but they weren’t great. We’re not talking about my front squats. Four sets of triples at 85% became more like four sets of triples at 77%, because they were just. not. moving. For someone with a pretty solid front and back squat, that was pretty annoying.
Friday was also day 9 of Whole30, which coincides with the Whole30 timeline of being super puffy (which made it especially fun, given the time of the month) and maybe even a little tired, still. But the tides turned on Saturday. I had a ton of energy, taught back-to-back barre classes, and pulled off some of the best (most aggressive!) clean-and-jerks I’ve ever managed. So far, the energy train has kept up – this is the good side of Whole30!
What I Ate.
Week two of Whole30 featured some fantastic food choices.
I experimented with combining some different vegetables with compliant chicken sausage and it was so good I’m making it again this week. I diced the sausage and sauteed it in a pan with a bit of EVOO. While that was cooking, I put some butternut squash in my air fryer, then added chopped zucchini and grape tomatoes sliced in half in with the sausage. Throughout the week, I scrambled in a couple of eggs and enjoyed.
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs over zoodles. So. Dang. Good. I’m sharing the recipe here tomorrow – and spoiler alert, I made them again this week. What can I say? When I find something good, I stick with it. Also known as the first full week of 2019 was so busy I didn’t have a ton of time to plan week three’s meals, so I went with what I knew I liked. I added a couple of tangerines and it was a great meal.
One of my go-to meal prep hacks is to put chicken in the crock-pot with – something. Salsa, barbecue sauce, chicken broth… For week two, I put two cans of Rotel in with the chicken, cooked for four hours on high, then shredded it. Each night of the week, I popped a sweet potato in the microwave, and had Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes. I topped them with avocado and a homemade green sauce. Recipe coming next week – that green sauce makes a great dressing when on Whole30!
My tried-and-true monkey salad served me well throughout the week. I did dial back on the Larabars, which was a goal for the week. As mentioned, I also ate a lot of fruit and almond butter – I forgot how great oranges are – as well as handfuls of cashews and almonds.
Week Two Final Thoughts.
Week two was a little tougher than expected. I was never tempted by
Here’s to week three – and the start of the Whole Life Challenge on Saturday!
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