Challenge Update Week 2

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Challenge Update Week 2

It’s week 2 of “The Biggest Challenge Ever,” as I have named it, and you must be here for an update.  Maybe you want to know if I’m sticking with it or you might be wondering if you can do it.  Well, I’ve got answers to both of those questions.  The short answer is yes!  We are still on board and going strong ~ sort of.  And yes!  You can absolutely do this too.

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So, hubby and I are sticking with the diet and we are strictly following the diet rules.  We have had no sugar (or sugar substitute, natural or otherwise), no dairy :(, and no grains.  That’s the short story.  That of course means no coffee for me, because duh – no creamer, no crackers, no cheese, no diet soda, no pasta or bread.  Those are the things I’m missing.  It also means when you get a sweet tooth, that’s just too bad.  Can you sense a little trouble here?

So, we’ve been cruising along and doing fine.  However, by week 2 the novelty has worn off.  We do better when we have plan for dinner.  Weeknights are hard because you come home tired already and trying to wing it isn’t easy and grabbing something to go is not an option.  Therefore, I can’t say that this is easy.  It’s actually takes a lot of effort.

Now for the upside.  We are both feeling a little more energy.  I am sleeping better for sure.  On the weekend, I slept until 9am one day.  I do not remember the last time that happened, but I think it was pre Obama.  I can also say that both of us feel like our clothes are fitting better.  Now I’m not saying we’ve seen some great weight loss, but you know, you just feel better when things start to have a little more room in them 🙂

You might be wondering what we’ve been eating.  Let me give you a break down.  Maybe it will give you some ideas for dinners at your house.

whole30 cookbook

Day 8 ~ Zoodles (zucchini noodles) topped with grilled chicken.  We used ghee to saute the zoodles and they were delicious.  At this point though, I’m a little tired of chicken.

Day 9 – We used the leftover grilled chicken and put it over cauliflower rice.  Hubby (who loves to cook) made a lemon sauce to go over it using coconut milk, chicken broth, ginger, and lemongrass.  This was so yummy.  I would totally have this again diet or no diet.

Day 10 –  Dinner tonight was a simple chicken salad made with canned chicken, homemade may, peppers, diced apples, and celery.  We served this in an avocado.

Day 11 –  This was a chilly day, so something warm sounded good.  We had homemade chili (there’s also a recipe in the cookbook).

Day 12 – Tonight was a birthday celebration at our house.  We treated everyone to grilled steak, grilled carrot, roasted broccoli with lemon.

Day 13 – This night we had a taste for something different so we made chicken stir fry (from cookbook) over cauliflower rice.

Day 14 – On a weeknight when we’re already kind of tired, salad is an easy meal.  We had grilled flank steak on a salad with guacamole.


yes and no food list for the whole 30

For lunches we’ve done a lot of leftovers.  Two days it was spaghetti squash with grilled chicken.  A couple of days it was a chicken salad.

Breakfasts this past week consisted of the breakfast casserole I made last week.  It is so good.  It’s made with sweet potatoes, eggs, and sausage.  Again, this is so good I would eat it anytime.  It’s kind of funny to me that all the food we are eating is delicious.  The other days I had a hard boiled egg with avocado.

We are not doing a lot of snacking.  Our meals seem to get us from one to the next.  However, if we do get hungry in between our snacks consist of almonds or cashews or a piece of fruit.  However, cracker lover that I am, I tried plantains.  These give me the crunch I miss and they taste a little like potato.  They are good to satisfy my craving, but still allow me to stay on track.  Also, dried green beans or dried beets are another alternative.

All in all, we don’t feel deprived and are not hungry.  That does not mean we don’t wish we could eat something else – especially when the kids are having a pizza.  Overall though, we are good.  So, we are going to stick with it for another week.  In addition, we bought the spiralizer attachment for our Kitchen Aid so we have to stick with it next week so we can make “veggie pasta.”  Tune in next week and I’ll let you know how that goes. 🙂

So, are you doing the Whole 30?  Have you already done it?  I would love to hear your advice on how to be successful or maybe some recipe suggestions.  Likewise, if you want to ask me a question, just comment below.  Until next time ~



  1. I wish I had that will power and self-control. But, something’s gotta give so I better start this diet too. Stay focused! 🙂

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