Whole30: Days 21-22 and One Man Down!

by ~jenniferlynn on September 23, 2012

in SweatPink, Vlog, Whole30

And we’re in the home stretch! Well, let me revise that to say am in the home stretch. After 21 long days of a restrictive diet being forced upon him, my partner in crime opted to have a protein shake today with almond milk. And while on a typical day, I do not think this is unhealthy or anything at all, neither the protein powder nor the almond milk are Whole30 approved. So one slip-up and right back on track after, right? Nope.. While I was at home enjoying some chicken pesto and zucchini noodles, his dinner plans include adult beverages, a super turkey club sandwich, and bread (and not just any bread, but my most favorite delicious garlicky buttery bread from a local bar down the street). Dang him.


Do I blame him? Not one bit. There are many other challenge/detox/elimination diets that only run for 21 days, so 21 days I think is an awesome accomplishment. Jared really struggled with this and I think being subjected to 21 days of the Whole30 honestly had an adverse affect on him, however the results of his food and drink binge were even more of a punishment. One of the key take-aways from the Whole30 is that you are supposed to become more in-tune with your body and use this program is somewhat of a “reset.” Upon completion, if you choose to go back to eating the way you ate before,  you are encouraged to reintroduce foods back into your diet, one group at a time, to see if that food is really something that you want to keep in your diet or not. So on the first few days, only add back dairy. See how you feel. If there are negative effects on your body that were not present during the Whole30, you can then determine if it is worth keeping that food in your diet or not. Then, for example, add back grains. See how you feel. And go on. A one-night all-out free-for-all incorporating every type of non-whole30 things (bread, vegetable oils, ranch dressing, meat-from-who-knows-where, beer, Coke, liquor, cigarettes).. will only lead to much time hovering over the toilet and having mad sneezing fits in between the violent vomiting (true story). This is not meant to scare anyone from wanting to do a Whole30, but you really need to pay attention to your body!

While I am still going to finish up the next 8 days strict mostly on my own (dinners here will likely stay 100% Whole30), I am going to share with you guys both the good and the bad points of my journey, and possibly Jared will write me up a nice guest post on how he felt about the process. On the other side of things, our workouts are still a bit rough and I think that there is still more tweaking that needs to be done to my diet to work out where the issues are. A lot of people claim to be hitting PRs at this point in their Whole30 but not so much for this girl.

But we did get two recent new additions to the home gym this week!

My very first kettlebell..

And a homemade dip station!

So here is where our garage gym is at today (though my kettlebell is not pictured!)

Other good news..

I got my new iPhone5 this week!! AND got this awesome package full of goodies to review, and a giveaway to share in the next couple weeks! If you want to get a sneak peek at what you can win, visit www.vitacost.com (the link provided is a referral link, so if you go through this link, you and I both will receive a $10 off coupon if you are a first-time buyer!)

AND.. as promised.. I put together a better-late-than-never, vlog! 🙂

(click here to read more about Staci!)



Jenna September 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

So proud you’re sticking to your plan!!! You go girl!!! Keep It up! You’re in the final days!!!! Spa love!

~jenniferlynn September 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Thanks for the encouragement, Jenna!! 🙂

Twitter: mast2mar
September 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Yay SPA vlog!!! Here are my 3 cents about running:

1. Wait until after the Whole 30 challenge is over before you try another run (walk in the meantime though!). Why? Whole30 does not have complex carbs like rice or oats, so if you do not have those glycogen stores built up (thats what carbo loading refers to) running can be REALLY hard on your body. I can tell if I haven’t eaten enough grains (or under hydrated) if I go out on a run and just feel super tired… Once you incorporate grains back into your life (I hope you do, even if just a little; even if only brown rice and oats!), you might try again and see how you feel.

2. Not all runs are great. Some days I have wonderful runs, some days I feel like crap (can be due reasons from #1). For me personally, it takes about 1.5-2mi to really ‘warm up’ and hit my stride. My favorite distance to run is about 3.5mi. I get past that hard ‘warm up’ phase and finish before I am completely beat.

3. If you keep trying and still really don’t like running, its OK! There are lots of other great cardio activities like walking, swimming and cycling. I LOVE swimming (I don’t own a street bike, but I have been to some cycling classes and my butt hurts from the tiny seat). No shame if you don’t run, find something else instead!

Good luck with everything!

~jenniferlynn September 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Thanks, Nicole! 🙂
I’m so torn about the grains thing.. I guess I need to figure out a goal and go with that. If I want to run, I need to work on fueling the runs, right? Though I did just read a vlog about someone who is training for a half using homemade sweet potato bars instead of Gu’s (?).
My favorite distance to run is half a mile.. hehe.. I love how you crazy runners post about “warming up” for the first two miles, where I do two miles and I feel like I’m a rockstar! lol
And yes.. I know I don’t HAVE to like running.. but it just frustrates me that it is one of the few physical activities that I have tried that I just can’t get into. In time!

Twitter: mast2mar
September 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm

With GUs they suggest ‘refueling every 45min’, but if you would like to minimize grains, then maybe try a GU before a run. With short distances (I’d say anything under 4.5 mi) I have never had to refuel during a run (usually why ppl use GUs) because as long as I’ve eaten some oatmeal for breakfast (love irish oats) or some other complex carb the night before, I am just fine. That is what has worked for me, but everyone needs to find what works best for them 🙂

If at some point, you find yourself with a bit more time in your life (maybe after you get your personal trainer certification 🙂 ), I highly recommend taking a nutrition class at a local community college (or equivalent). I took a one in college and it really taught me how my body utilizes food (a little bit of anatomy and chemistry, but not scary chemistry!) and about the different food groups themselves. Might help you come to a grain decision, just an option to keep in the back of your mind (Personally I love learning and LOVE taking new/different classes whenever possible, I always keep my mind open)


Bethany Lee
Twitter: bethanyjolee
September 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Your garage gym is really taking shape!! love it!! I have a patio gym but I don’t think it’s as good as yours. I am so proud of you for sticking to your whole30 challenge. I think I would have given up by now, after all you’ve been through. You go girl!!

~jenniferlynn September 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Thanks, Bethany.. the Whole30 is crazy 😉 But hopefully I can give people some good reasons on why they should try it! 🙂
And I can only take half credit on the gym.. it is technically “my” garage, but all I really provided was one barbell and a kettlebell.. hmm.. yeah. lol. But we share nicely 🙂

Danielle (@itsaharleyylife) September 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

your home gym looks awesome! I’m so jealous! and of your kettlebell

~jenniferlynn September 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Thanks, Danielle!! 🙂 Just gotta add one piece at a time!

Twitter: Mychickenbutt
September 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I really wasn’t trying to jinx him on the hangover thing! But I totally know the feeling – if I eat really clean for an extended period of time and then go on a one day binge… It is horrible.
I am so happy you’re sticking to your guns, though. And those breadsticks look like about the most delicious thing ever.

~jenniferlynn September 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm

He had it coming 😉 As much as I want to say that I will follow the “reintroduction” as planned, I do see some bad food choices in the near future.. followed by much more clean eating 🙂
Those breadsticks are SO amazing.. especially when they bring them fresh out of the oven.. and Jared and his guys used to hang out at this bar all the time so all the ladies know them and often bring free bread to the table.. yum…. okay, gotta focus.. 🙂

Twitter: fantabulouslisa
September 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I’m super impressed by your garage gym–that thing is super legit!!! You’ll be throwing a 55lb kettlebell around in no time flat 🙂

~jenniferlynn September 26, 2012 at 8:13 am

Thanks, Lisa!! 🙂 Then can I get shoulders like yours??

Twitter: 77txgrl
September 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Way to stay strong and it is unfortunate for Jared! My BF has the same reactions. He will stay congested for days and have an upset stomach. He is miserable. I fortunately am not as extreme when I eat crappy. I surely will go into a carb coma which isn’t much better but at least I sleep! I would die if I couldn’t breathe but it would probably keep me from getting off track as much as I have lately.

Also super jealous of your garage. It looks awesome! And love the new KB. Lots of fun you will have with that!

I haven’t had a chance to watch the VLOG but I’m sure it’s great!

~jenniferlynn September 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

I’m the same as you- I’ll have a carb crash or something, but not nearly that bad. You eat super clean anyway, right? I’d like to stick to clean eating, but no so much Whole30, and possibly even more lax than Paleo.

Twitter: 77txgrl
September 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

Besides the last two weeks, yes I eat super clean. I’m not as strict as whole30 but I’m pretty Paleo. It’s been good to me in general I’m just too lazy to hone in on the specifics and really experiment on what is best for me and how I function. Too much work!

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