Monday, January 9, 2017

The Whole30 Adventure

Today I start my Whole30 journey. If you haven't heard of Whole30, you can read about the program here.

Basically, you cut out everything except meats, fruits and veggies and a few other add ons and eat as cleanly as possible for 30 days. It's a hard core detox, and then after you're done you slowly add categories back in and see how they effect you.

2016 was really rough for me health-wise. I haven't felt very good, have had a few health scares, and just generally felt blah. I haven't had very much energy or drive, and I have a hard time believing that this is what turning 30 means. I should be vibrant and healthy, not dragging and depressed. I've noticed how addicted to sugar I have been, how having just one glass of wine on occasion hurts my body, and how messed up my metabolism is because I'll get hungry again within 30 minutes of eating a meal, even a big one.

So I decided I was going to do this. When I asked some girlfriends if they had tried it, some either said yes and they loved it and would do it again, or no but they wanted to try. So thankfully I get to be doing this with friends for support and accountability.

I pseudo-started last week, beginning to cut things out but still had the occasional non-compliant meal. I've added a lot of veggies back into my diet and one of my goals this year was to drink my 8 glasses of water a day, which I have been doing. I already am starting to feel so much better, but I'm noticing the detox already. Mild headaches (which could also be storm pressure), and I feel like I'm really cranky today. My poor family. :/

On Saturday we went to the Farmer's Market to stock up on veggies and I bought SO MANY veggies. I'm so excited for this. I really love veggies, and I could honestly eat salad every day if the other inhabitants didn't complain.

I get to eat things like this:

Sauted kale, red bell pepper, and mushrooms topped with a fresh egg from our girls and a side of hashbrowns fried in clarified butter (plus my vitamins and cod liver oil pills). So. Freaking. Tasty. Tonight we're having a roast chicken with butternut squash and brussel sprouts.

And the nice part is Ben is semi-on board so I'm not completely alone in this. He isn't jumping in all the way and giving up everything, but he's totally down for eating more veggies and less refined stuff. I've become so lax in my cooking lately, turning to pasta and breads for most of our meals and not very many veggies. Plus we always start craving fresh things at this time of year, and that helps.

I know it's going to be rough sometimes, but I'm excited for how I'll feel at the end. I'm ready to take my body back, my life back, and be healthy again.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hello 2017

Ladybugs already!

2017 is here, and it has started off amazingly.

January 1st was an absolutely gorgeous day. The rain that we had the two days before cleared the air and we woke up to beautiful sunshine and a bright blue sky. We sat out on the back porch to drink our coffee and catch the sun. It was wonderful. Then, we got to work!

We are determined to make this year a good one, and we started it out by spending our whole day outside. Ben shoveled and turned the floor of the chicken coop while I raked leaves from our giant cottonwood tree. We added leaves to the dirt to help break up the mud from the rains, and the decaying leaves will help add some heat. Then we took the leftover straw from gardens past that has been sitting in the shed and spread it all over the floor of the coop. It has helped so much to soak up the mud and has eliminated the smell of wet chicken poop. And of course, the girls have loved scratching through it and the newly turned dirt.

We also finally built a little duck house for our ducks. We've had them for a few months now but hadn't gotten around to creating an official home for them. They just wandered around and hunkered down in a corner next to the chicken coop. Well, now they have a house. And this year I'd like to create a better system for their pool that will make it easier to clean out, but I need to do some research first.

Chicken Contractors

Yesterday, we were out again. It was cloudy and colder since we have another storm moving in this week, but we just have to be outside. The spring fever is already here.

The last few years we haven't really gardened at all aside from setting a few plants in the ground. Between work and life and things going on, we just haven't had the drive. But this year we want to jump back in, so we're reworking our yard and putting in quite a few beds. Yesterday we dug out and moved the curbs from the flower beds to place them as the new border for the garden. We'll move the fence out too, and then add raised beds. We trimmed back a lot of the cottonwood tree that casts shadows on that part of the yard so hopefully we'll get more sun too.

Found their way into the shed

They're not amused with my camera antics

This morning Ben began moving the sprinklers that will need to be moved, and it quickly turned into chicken snack time with all the worms he found. I think he likes giving the girls snacks as much as they like eating them.

If we keep this up for the whole year, it's going to be fantastic.

Ben's dad gave him The Compound Effect for Christmas and we started reading a chapter a day on January 1st. It hasn't been the catalyst, but it has helped propel us and kick our butts for the changes that we have wanted to make this year. The last few years have been very dark and painful, but we are consciously and intentionally trying to make this year better. And I think we're off to a good start!