Whole30 Days 27-30!

The last horrah!  We made it to the end…more on that later.  I again only took pictures of new or interesting meals, but take a look at what our last 4 days consisted of:

Day 27:

7.31 Whole30 breakfast
Fruit Salad and scrambled eggs with Pesto. Got the green eggs…just missing the ham!
7.31 Whole30 Dinner
Salisbury Steak, Green Beans with Balsamic Vinegar and Mashed Potatoes with Ghee

Day 28:

8.1 Whole30 Snack
First day of August and my office A/C is so frigid that I broke down and needed a mid-day hot coffee. Still struggling to drink it black, but I’m getting used to the taste.
8.1 Whole30 Dinner
Homemade taco seasoning simmered with beef, topped with salsa and guacamole inside a lettuce wrap

Day 29:

8.2 Breakfast
Breakfast on the go…banana, cashew larabar and ice water.
8.2 Whole30 Dinner2
Perusing the natural aisle we found a new brand to try, frozen spinach cakes. Brian loved them, I thought they were only ok.
8.2 Whole30 Dinner
Spinach cakes, compliant bacon, turkey meat sautéed with green peppers and sweet onions.

Day 30:

8.3 Whole30 Breakfast
Almond Butter, Banana and coconut milk smoothie with a side of fresh strawberries
8.3 Whole 30 Dinner
Stir fry with peppers, onion, broccoli, beef with a Tahini sauce dressing. Organic sweets and beats on the side.

We did it!  We made it!  We survived!  30 days was hard work…but it paid off.  First thing I splurged on was an iced coffee with cream and sugar…boy did I miss that!

Overall I lost 11 pounds and my husband lost 14.  I never once stepped foot into a gym…I didn’t do anything differently other than change my diet.  I think that is pretty impressive!  

Come back later this week for our overall impression and tips.  And if you’re participating we would love to hear your best practices as well!

Birthday, Pizza, and General Life Updates

Today is Brian’s 27th Birthday…and he’s been gone since Friday morning 🙁  But he should be back late tonight/early early tomorrow morning.  And he has a balloon surprise waiting for him….

27 balloons, one for each year, each with a reason why I love him tied on to the string.  Some how I managed to fit them all into my little car without any popping…and without the wind blowing me away.  But my hair was looking a static mess!!  I’m excited for him to read them 🙂

Since I knew he would be away we celebrated earlier in the week.  I cooked him one of his favorite dinners (we skipped the health train that night!) and gave him the new Kindle Fire.  I might have slight kindle envy….but I’m happy he liked it!

The weight loss challenge is still going right along.  I managed to shed 2 pounds this week, woot woot!  I had my mom and younger sister over, who are also participating in the challenge, and made a dinner that would help us get in those 3 servings of veggies!

We had a cold vegetable pizza and slightly soggy sweet potato chips.

I started with a dried ranch dressing and some other seasonings:

Added soft cream cheese, and greek yogurt (substituted the mayo for yogurt, healthier option and still tasted great!)  Once that was all stirred together I spread it onto a pre-made wheat pizza crust:

Then came the veggies.  I added broccoli, carrots, and peppers.  Another time I might add some grape tomatoes as well.

Then I let it sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes.  Added a sprinkle of cheese on top, and it was good to go!

Definitely a recipe I will save.  It was really tasty, filling, and I felt good about eating it!  The sweet potato chips could have used a little work.  They tasted great, but the texture was soggy for sure!  Next time I’ll figure out what to change!

In other news, my Kindergarteners just celebrated their 100th day at school.  I think that 1 day took more planning and preparation on my part than a regular week of curriculum!  But they had a blast, and were so excited to have been in school for 100 days!  We did all kinds of activities, here is a quick picture:

As you can see, we were busy!  The ice cream cones count by 10, the gumball machines (adorable!) have 100 gumballs, we colored in a 100’s chart and found the Cat in the Hat, and we decorated our “We Are 100 Days Smarter!” sign.  And that’s just what is hanging on the wall…We also made crowns, made books, made a necklace out of 100 fruit loops, did 100 jumping jacks, had an ice cream sundae party…oh the list goes on!  What a day!

What have you all been up to?

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