Confession: I am the self proclaimed fat kid at work.. I’m not fat but ya know, everyone is all healthy and I’m over here sneaking chocolate in my purse on occasions.. So when Melissa Hartwig challenged Tessemae's to do a Whole 30, life was a little jilted. But as they say, if it doesn’t challenge you, it wont change you?
I went shopping on Thursday, 2 days before the big day. This way I would have time to reorganize the kitchen, get rid of things I shouldn’t be eating
(whoops) and mentally prepare myself for what was about to happen. Shopping was NOT easy. First, you should know this about me: I have the eating habits of a 4 year old at a birthday party and I don’t exactly eat veggies. Who am I kidding most of the time I can’t name what some of them are. So walking around the store, I was completely unprepared.. The worst part, our chef MADE a weekly shopping list, that I post to our website AND didn’t bring it – EPIC FAIL (shameless plug, I'm not sorry). So I started off slow:
Melissa always brags about LaCroix, check
- Fruits are in my very selective ‘palate,’ check
- Tessemae's, because I really do LOVE the stuff, even though I haven't exactly maximized its potential, check
- Celery & Carrots: because I might be desperate for something to snack on and I'm hoping my taste buds change, check
- Justin's Almond Butter: one of the girls at the office told me it tastes similar to peanut butter (I don't even eat peanut butter but it's worth a try), Check
- Kale: because the brothers always eat this stuff so if they are eating it, I should be fine, Check
- Most important: I need cute little containers so my fruit juices and eggs don't touch, Check.
I looked in my cart at check out and thought, I might not make it out of this thing alive (and just panicked because "is that whole30 approved or do I look like an idiot?!")
So New Year’s morning was a little different for me. Woke up feeling not hung over (not that strange), got up and went for a run.. a real run.. like 2.5 miles (ok so it’s not that far but I’m just getting back into it, okay!!). I thought I was going to freeze to death -it’s 43 degrees- and contemplated going home BUT push on, CB... It’s day one for goodness sake. Plus the scenery is pretty worth it
Onward to breakfast.. Personal Note: I hate having things on my counter top so when I went into the kitchen this morning and saw my toaster sitting out (I LOVE BREAD) I had mixed feelings storing it in the cabinet.
My daily breakfast is two eggs and toast so to keep my life somewhat 'normal, I opted for three Lemon Ches egg whites (yes, I know I could eat the whole egg but without bread to dip in the dippy part, what's the point?!) and a small selection of fruit..
Most important notes from the day:
- Chef takes so much time to create these meal planners - USE THEM! At least find her recipes I know I will eat, and make my own. Do Better CB..
- Working with a professional Chef who takes pictures of her beautiful meals everyday, I need to step my game up.. Time to start taking notes on what she's doing to make her food look so delicious and amazing (maybe take her home with me?). Or at the very least, use smaller plates or eat more food
- I wish Fuller House was releasing in January, not February, my Friday night would be a little better..
- It's noon, all my friends feel like crap laying in bed hung over. I've already went for a run, made a healthy breakfast, started laundry, cleaned up the house and wrote my first ever blog.. Maybe Melissa Hartwig was on to something.. Or maybe it's day one (meal one) and I'm very optimistic.