Oiselle Wednesday: Portman Shorts

 I might be a member of  the Oiselle Volée Team, but I've been wearing Oiselle (pronounced Wa-Zelle) for several years now. Oiselle is a company with a mission I believe in, and running clothes that help me believe in myself. Oiselle Wednesday is a day for reviewing my favorite running fashions and showing you the fit on a 5'7, 130 pound Mommy-body!

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I really exited a comfort zone when I ordered these Portman Shorts. For years, I've stuck with the Distance Shorts and Roga Shorts since they are looser and more forgiving. But the Portman Shorts? Well they are short. And obviously tight. Would I regret this escape from my norm? 

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In a word....no. No I do not regret this purchase. In fact, after my first run in them that included some half mile pick ups, I found myself loving them. They fit perfectly and I found myself not self conscious about the length at all as I focused solely on my run.  

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The first question you all probably want to ask is "Did they ride up?". While the honest answer is yes, it wasn't to a point where I felt the need to adjust them. In fact, I didn't adjust them at all while I was running. I actually felt a sort of freedom while I was running thanks to the 3 inch length and compressive nature.  

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I chose the Podium Blue color in the Portman Shorts because hello...look at them! This color is gorgeous! Yes, it did show sweat, but I don't worry about that nonsense. I'm a woman. I sweat in my crotch area as well as ALL OVER. Get over it. Now my tendency to pee on myself during races might prohibit me from wearing them during a race but that's a different problem altogether. 

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There are zipper pockets on each hip which would be perfect for stuffing with gels or fuel for long runs. I'm also obsessed with the wide waistband that is ridiculously comfortable. It's definitely the perfect width for preventing muffin toppage.  

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Yep there it is...the money shot. I must really like y'all to be posting this view! But in all honesty, I'm not ashamed because these shorts are just that hot. I'm more embarrassed by the stringiness of my hair than the state of my ass in the Portmans!  

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I decided to order a size 6 in these shorts which ended up being perfect. In other shorts I size up to allow for some space, but in tighter shorts like these, I would definitely recommend sizing down. Choosing a smaller size will help with the whole riding up issue. The Nyelle Compression fabric is amazingly soft which lends for a high comfort level while running.   

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At $52, these babies are worth it. I would call the Portman Shorts my confidence makers. I tend to think of the Haute Volée, the Oiselle elite team, wearing short shorts like these, but I can too. And I can feel good about myself while wearing them! And guess what?! So can YOU! I'm expecting to spend quite a few hot summer runs in the Portman Shorts and a Verrazano bra

Check out my previous Oiselle Wednesday posts here:

What have you done out of your comfort zone recently? 

  • Definitely these shorts! But I love them! 

What's your favorite non-healthy cereal? 

  • Love me some Lucky Charms.  

Rolling With The Punches

The longer I'm alive, the more I realize how necessary it is to just surrender to the forces that be. To roll with the punches. To let it be. To just be happy in the moment.  As much as I'd love to control every facet of my life, I just can't. But I can control how I react to the situations I'm in. Like deciding to end my streak. I could have easily kept going, running in pain, and dreading it every.single.day. Or I could end it, rest, make some changes, and come back happy and healthy. 

Clearly, I chose the latter. So I ended the streak and I took a few weeks of rest. That rest was so crucial for my body, and also my mind. I also needed to make some changes. One of those changes is something you may have noticed in my Instagram pictures...

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Anybody notice it?

It's the shoes, people. For years I have been a loyal Mizuno wearer, for work and running. I love the different models I have been fortunate to get to try, and they are some amazing shoes. But recently it was recommended that I try something different due to my "injuries".  So here I am in Hokas, the shoe I really never thought I'd wear... 

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Until I wore them. Like magic, my knee and hip pain have dissipated, and I'm finally back to running pain-free. For anyone who has ever run in pain, you know how magical that feeling is. I'm not saying my Hokas are the sole reason for this, but I am saying they feel great. The cushioning is fabulous, and they feel as light as my beloved Wave Riders. 

Honestly, I don't know what this means for me and my Mizuno love affair. I'm not ready to break up with them, and I'm still wearing them to work. But if the shoe fits, and I'm running without pain, well, Hoka it is, for now. 

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The other change I've had to make is an adjustment to my expectations. Up until my extended break from running, I had been training to attempt to run a sub-2:00 half this weekend. Obviously, that's not in the plans any more. I'm totally okay with it, because as the pain had increased, it became harder to hit the paces necessary to train for that goal, so I kind of knew I wasn't going to be ready. I'm not giving up on that goal for this year, because there are plenty of other halfs. Right now, I just need to focus on getting back to healthy running.

So my new goal for the half this weekend is to run a mentally strong race. I'm a notorious head case when it comes to racing, so my goal is to run this race without falling apart. If that means running slow, then so be it. I just want to be able to run the race and not let self doubt creep in. I want to run with confidence and joy. And I want that confidence and joy to carry me forward throughout the year, when I will eventually run my sub-2:00 half.

How do you handle change?

  • The older I get, the better I am about it. I am learning to give zero f@#ks.

Do you feel guilty when changing shoes?

  • I have been feeling a massive amount of guilt. But I'm LOVING the Hoka Clifton 2s, so the guilt is fading a bit.

The Sunday GYST XIX

Have you ever read a blog that makes you feel crappy about yourself?  Well, this isn't that type of blog. I've never hid the fact that I'm unorganized or that I struggle with untimely laziness. If you have the same affliction, you've come to the right place, because Sunday's are now all about the GYST:

GET 

YO 

SHIT 

TOGETHER 

Halla-lu-yur, we made it through another week! It's kind of a bittersweet thing when you think about it. We survived the week, yet it's a week we'll never get to experience again. Deep thoughts, right? I'm going to choose to be thankful I made it, because let's face it...life is tough sometimes! Overall, I'd say it was a successful week around here. I did an awesome job keeping things caught up, I made dinner a few nights, and I had some fabulous runs. We've been passing a cold around the family, and it's a crapshoot as to who will wake up with it on any given morning. I'm hoping this week will see it finally exit the premises completely, especially since I have a race this weekend!

To-Do:

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Yep, the trip to the post office is still on my to-do list for this week. To be fair, I ended up going in to work for a bit last Tuesday, so my plans got messed up. I'm determined to get it done this week! I also put off making some doctor's appointments so I really need to get that done as well. Oh, I just thought about this too...I really want to get my hairs done! I've been fighting my grays and they are in need of some professional assistance. I'm really happy with where I am as far as laundry and dishes. I'm now able to do just a little bit every day or every other day to keep things caught up! I'm learning, yall!

Meal Plan:

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I did really good with the whole cooking thing last week, and I'm excited to continue this week. I'm not trying anything new, mainly because I haven't found anything new to make! It's been a while since I've made falafel, but it's one of my favorite foods, and I'm excited to bring it back. Hopefully the chick peas will play nicely with my GI system! I also have some carbs to eat later in the week to prepare for my half. Okay, I eat carbs all the time, so I'm not sure what the point is in putting it into my plan. Carry on...

Work Out:

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I'll be taking it fairly easy this week to give my legs some rest before my race. I'm so excited for my first race of 2016, even though goals have been adjusted. I'll also be spending some time with Jasyoga, as usual, to keep my body and mind balanced. I'm feeling eager to do some strength work as well, just because it's been so long since my body has felt healthy!

After last week back GYSTing, I realize how much I need this weekly focus to get ready for the week ahead. I feel like I was so much more productive at home and at work, simply by laying it all out there!

Do you take some time out to prepare for the week ahead?

What was the best part about your weekend?

  • The sushi I ate Saturday night. That was definitely the best part of my weekend!

 

 

 

Oiselle Wednesday: Endorphin 3/4 Long Sleeve

 I might be a member of  the Oiselle Volée Team, but I've been wearing Oiselle (pronounced Wa-Zelle) for several years now. Oiselle is a company with a mission I believe in, and running clothes that help me believe in myself. Oiselle Wednesday is a day for reviewing my favorite running fashions and showing you the fit on a 5'7, 130 pound Mommy-body!

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So it's been a while since I've done a Oiselle Wednesday, and I've missed it so much! Truth be told, this is one of my favorite blog posts that I do, for several reasons:

  1. I love running clothes, specifically all things Oiselle.
  2. I like making the L's take funny pictures of me.
  3. I love the feedback I get from other women regarding the love they have for Oiselle, or that my silly review helped encourage them to try Oiselle!
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Today I'm reviewing a new spring favorite of mine, the Endorphin 3/4 Long Sleeve. As soon as this top was released in January, I knew I had to have it once I had the extra funds. As a pharmacist, I'm kind of science-y, and the geometric pattern inspired by the endorphin molecule, the neuropeptide thought to be responsible for "Runner's High", sold me. I ended up ordering it the new Mineral color, and it arrived Monday, just in time for me to test out on a dreary day yesterday.

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I'm not going to lie, my first thought when I put the top on was, "Wow, this color really compliments my eyes.". Of course my second thought was, "Wow, this top is so soft.". This makes total sense since it's made from the seamless Arque fabric, also found in my beloved Flyte Long Sleeve, Wazelle Long Sleeve, and Wazelle Halter, among other Oiselle pieces. Side note: Oiselle released a great post detailing all of their different fabrics here. Back to the top, I'm already a huge fan of this fabric so I knew it could withstand loads of sweat.

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The 3/4 sleeve style is pretty new for Oiselle, and I was curious how it would work for a run. I put it to the test on a 50 degree, slightly drizzly day for four miles. It turned out to be perfect, of course. Fifty degrees is always kind of a weird temperature for me because I can go with either a short sleeve or long sleeve top and feel fine. The 3/4 length meets in the middle and takes the guess work out of it. The sleeve length also makes it perfect for topping jeans for an everyday look as well. 

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Can we take a second and go back to the color? I mean is it gorgeous, or what? I *may* have already ordered something else in Mineral because I'm so obsessed. There was some curiosity on our Oiselle Team page about how the color looked in real life, and I would describe it as a soft mint green. I don't think it has as much yellow in it as some pictures online would have you believe. To me, it a perfect spring color, and I think it would look great with any skin tone or hair color. 

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I ordered a medium, and I am very happy with the fit for my body type. I prefer most things (besides bras) a little looser, and I find the medium is perfect. However, if I preferred things more body hugging, I believe a small could totally work as well since I had room in the sleeves and body. I love the length of the top as it hits a little below my hips and doesn't bunch up when I run.

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You can get your own little piece of the Runner's High for $58, and it is available in two other colors, Shine and Midnight. Because I know how much use I'll get out of this top, I feel like the price is great. All of my other items in the Arque fabric last years, making them well worth their price. My only complaint is that sizing might seem limited since it is only available in small, medium, and large. However, I'd encourage you to still give it a try if you don't fall into those size ranges because the fabric and cut is oh-so forgiving!

Check out my previous Oiselle Wednesday posts here:

Is there a color you feel compliments your eyes?

  • For me, always green!

What color makes you think of Spring?

  • I'd say anything pastel. I instantly think of the Easter Candy aisle!


The Sunday GYST XVIII

Have you ever read a blog that makes you feel crappy about yourself?  Well, this isn't that type of blog. I've never hid the fact that I'm unorganized or that I struggle with untimely laziness. If you have the same affliction, you've come to the right place, because Sunday's are now all about the GYST:

GET 

YO 

SHIT 

TOGETHER 

Let's skip the whole "Oh my gosh I forgot I had a blog" BS, and just get back into it, shall we? Truth is, I didn't feel like blogging, so I didn't. The End. But now I'm back and I'm in desperate need of GYSTing so here we are. We can chat more this week about what I've been up to.

To-Do:

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Blogging isn't the only thing that has fallen off my radar in the past month and a half. We can go ahead and throw in cleaning and cooking into the mix. My energy level has been at an all time low, I'm guessing from the lack of exercise. Hopefully that will change this week, and if it doesn't, I'll inject myself with coffee. I've spent all day today trying to catch up on laundry so that I can keep it in balance this week. I also cleaned out the fridge today in order to get dishes caught up, so I'm really on top of my shit right now. My big task for the week is ridiculously enough, to take some shoes to the post office to mail back. I know. How lazy can one person be? 

Meal Plan:

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I haven't totally forgotten my goal of cooking four times a week in the past month and a half, but it's probably been more like 2-3 nights a week. I really love finding new recipes for my family, and Whole 30 made it kind of difficult to experiment. This week I'll be sticking to some basics that I know we love just to make the transition back to cooking a little easier! If you have any recipes that you love, please feel free to share them with me!

Work Out:

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Running and working out have been a huge disaster since we last talked. I intentionally took some time off to allow my knee and hip to recover, but I could have still been doing my Jasyoga and strength work. Alas, I didn't. My half marathon is in 2 weeks, and while my goals have changed, I'm still excited to run! We'll probably chat more about all of this soon, but my runs right now are focusing on the mileage, not the speed, per my fabulous coach, Abby. I'll be adding back the Jasyoga videos and core work this week, while continuing to stretch and foam roll incessantly.

 

So I guess that's it! I'll be back this week with a look inside my streaking break-up, a new Oiselle Wednesday, and more.  

 

How are you doing with your 2016 goals? 

 

 

 

Let It Go

Remember when you were a kid and you would be on the swings, swinging as high as you could, and then you'd simply let go...and for that instant you would feel completely free as you flew through the air? There was nothing weighing you down, no timelines or restrictions, only the eventual pull of gravity which caused you to tumble into a pile of laughter on the grass below. And then like any normal kid, you would get up and do it all over again, because the "letting go" was the most incredible feeling ever.

I guess I kind of got to experience that "letting go" feeling as an adult when I quit Whole 30 and my run streak all in the same week.

The Whole 30 retirement happened because I was at a dinner and it was impossible to know the ingredients in what I was eating. Oh, and I also remembered I hate feeling restricted in my eating. I wholeheartedly believe in the science behind Whole 30. As a pharmacist, it simply makes sense. But as a human being, I can't get myself to be "all-in", even for 30 days. Maybe I'm weak, or maybe I just like cheese too much. Either way, I love the lessons I learned in my almost two weeks on Whole 30, and I completely support anyone that gives it a go.

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The end of my run streak happened with a little more fanfare. After months of running in pain, it all came down to a single treadmill mile that I just couldn't bare to complete. So I simply got off the treadmill, and said, "Jones, out". 752 days after the start of my run streak of at least a mile a day, I was done. And I was completely cool with it. Maybe cooler than I should have been, which told me it was time. I received so many sweet messages when I posted that I was done, but I hated the way the reaction was like someone died. It was JUST a run streak. Believe me, I understand that it is a big deal, but I don't ever want the thing that defines me to be that I'm a run streaker. First and foremost, I'm a Mommy to my beautiful daughters. Then a wife, and a daughter, and a friend, and a pharmacist. And then I'm always ME. And a runner, because running does define who I have become as a person. 

I guess what I'm trying to say is, a run streak is cool, but ending one is also cool. It's not for everyone, and THAT'S OKAY. The more I run, the more I realize that I want to run happy, and I want to achieve big things, and I want to run for a LONG time. For me, all of that requires some rest thrown in, and Lord Almighty, I love my rest days. I also love being able to cuddle with my girls without the stress of wondering when I'm going to squeeze a run in. 

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Thank you so much to everyone who has supported my run streak along the way! Your cheers were always felt and appreciated. If you ever have any questions about streaking, please feel free to ask. I'm happy to help in any way that I can! 

Have you ever done a run streak?

How about a cheese eating streak?

#Whole30 Days 8 and 9

There was a moment on Monday where I did not think I would still be posting my daily Whole30 eats. But lucky for you I'm still on board thanks to a pep talk from Tara. I guess I can say that I learned that stress is a trigger for me to want to chow down on non-Good Food. I might have told her that I wanted to face plant into a cupcake. Somehow I survived that breakdown and had a snack of raw cashews to tide me over until dinner. Lesson learned: Avoid stressful situations. Haha just kidding, I'm a pharmacist and it's January...there's no way to avoid that situation!

Day 8: 

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Monday morning I was in a rush to get the girls ready for school and get myself fed so I had my old standby: eggs and power greens plus some coffee with almond milk. One might think I'd be bored with eggs, but they'd be wrong. I literally wake up excited to eat my eggs! Have I said that before? 

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For lunch I made a salad of power greens with carrots, raspberries, and walnuts. I also cooked some salmon in the microwave and put that in the salad along with a drizzle of Tessemae's Lemon Garlic dressing which is OMG AMAZING.

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For dinner I made a family favorite: Stuffed Pepper Soup with a salad. While the family had rice in their soup, I skipped it, and it tasted just as good. I will admit I would have liked some rice just because but I was fine without it. I topped the salad with some cucumbers, olives, and more Tessemae's. 

During the day I snacked on an apple and raw cashews and I had some tea at bedtime. 

How I was feeling: 

Like I mentioned at the start of this post, it was a stressful day at work for me. That stress made me crave things I don't need, things that besides not being Whole30 approved are things that will end up making me feel worse. I'm glad I survived that storm, and more importantly I proved to myself that I'm stronger than a craving. 

Day 9:

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Last week before my long run I tried this as my breakfast and it seemed to work well, so I went with it again. A banana, LaraBar and almond butter is a great pre run breakfast when you can't stomach veggies before a run, like me.  

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Right after my run I ate some orange slices that I had brought with me, but then I headed home to get some protein. In all honesty, I wasn't hungry. I felt fine, great actually, after my run, but just not hungry. I knew I needed to eat though so I had some eggs, guacamole, and carrots. 

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A new Five Guys opened in our area and I decided to try their bunless burger. I still wasn't hungry for some reason so this size really was perfect for me. While this might have been a little out of the Whole30 zone,  everything I could find in their nutritional information showed that there was no sugar, soy, grains, etc in the burger. So I went with it, and it was good! 

How I was feeling: 

I don't know what my deal was, but I just wasn't hungry all day. This is really weird for me because I'm hungry like all the time. And I even ran 10 miles! Hopefully I'm not getting sick or anything.  

Well, I'm pretty much a third of the way though now! I'm hopeful that I'll be able to stay strong for the rest of the 30 days. Please let me know if you have any questions about my journey so far. I plan on having a post later this week about my running while on Whole30.  Also, check out my friend Margaret's blog post about what she ate in a day: girlfriend knows how to cook good food and take amazing pictures!

#Whole30 Days 5, 6, and 7

Somehow I survived a week on Whole30 and I dare say I'm going strong. I had some low moments this weekend but I didn't totally succumb to cravings! One of the biggest eye openers for me after reading "It Starts With Food", had to do with how psychological some cravings are. Especially sugar cravings. I want to be in control over what I eat, not the other way around. So while I did create a dessert type food for myself this weekend, I didn't blow it by having an iced sugar cookie like I found myself tempted by. Let's call that a breakthrough. 

Day 5

This day was not so pretty for me. I woke up to get the girls ready for school, took them to school, and then found myself back in bed taking a nap thanks to a ferocious headache. This kind of blew the whole day for me as I didn't have breakfast until basically lunch time. Which then meant I didn't have lunch, and to top it off we went out for dinner to a Japanese restaurant. I got a picture of my breakfast, but I didn't really feel like taking pictures in the restaurant, where I had salmon and veggies.  

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How I was feeling: 

Defeated. I realized a cooking spray I had used earlier in the week had soy in it. Plus I'm sure my salmon and veggies had something in it I wasn't supposed to eat because my stomach exploded later on that night. I decided that I wasn't going to start all over because I didn't totally blow it.  

Day 6

I was determined to have a better day and it started out much better as I woke up on my own fairly early (for me). This meant my eating schedule would be much better than the day before! 

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I decided to switch up my eggs a bit and scramble them with my power greens mix. Yes that's tons of pepper on the eggs. Just love some pepper!  

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I decided to have lunch after I ran to help with my post run hunger. I made myself a big salad with leftover chicken, raspberries, walnuts, and Tessemae's Balsalmic. The flavors were so perfect together!  

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We ate out once again, which I'm finding really sucks on Whole30. But I managed to find something compliant with a veggie Spud and grilled chicken salad, minus the cheese, bacon, and croutons at Mcalister's. Unfortunately this meal left me highly unsatisfied and I was craving something sweet. 

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I whipped up this desserty-treat to calm my cravings. I chopped up an apple and heated it in the microwave then topped it with a scoop of almond butter and some cinnamon for an apple pie type of treat. While this is not recommended on Whole30, it's better than what I could have done to myself!

Side note: I ate a LaraBar before my run and snacked on some olives in the afternoon.  

How I was feeling: 

Overall I felt better than I did on Day 5, but I did feel some anger due to a less than stellar tempo run. I was frustrated because my tempo pace felt harder than it should have. I couldn't help but feel like it was due to Whole30 which just made me angry about what I was eating and what I was NOT eating.  

Day 7

Luckily I love eggs so I actually look forward to starting my day with them! I've been cooking them in coconut oil and I added some raw broccoli to the pan today to stir fry and it turned out great. I topped the eggs with salsa and ate it all on a bed of power greens. 

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I honestly wasn't that hungry for lunch but I knew I needed to eat because I was going to meet my friends at Starbucks and I didn't want to be tempted by any sweet treats. I kept it easy and had a sweet potato with chicken sausage and a kiwi.  

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For dinner I made us quite the meal! I cooked up some delicious steaks with baked potatoes and roasted broccoli. I seared the steaks in a mixture of ghee and olive oil before cooking them in the oven, and seasoned them simply with salt and pepper and garlic. Oh and I topped my baked potato with some guacamole. Delicious!  

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How I was feeling:

I actually had no snacks today! Is this a breakthrough or what?! I'm not really sure why today was a good day but I'll take it. My run felt a lot better today too. Plus, I stayed strong at Starbucks and had a coffee with a shake of cinnamon. 

I'm excited to start a new week and while I anticipate challenges, I hope I can continue to handle them as best as I can! If you are curious, here is my shopping list for week 2:

Whole30 week 2 shopping list

To see what I'm planning on eating this week, feel free to check out the Sunday GYST from yesterday!

Thank you for continuing to follow my Whole30 journey! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!