If we were having coffee right now…

Blogging is like exercise. I think about it a lot, but can’t manage to do it. True story.

Soooooooo much has happened since my last post. I figured I’d copy a fellow blogger (Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery) and do a virtual coffee date. I will, of course, be having tea, since I do not drink coffee. Duh. Or wait – if we are being super realistic we would be having drinks (the alcoholic kind).

If we were having coffee right now…  I’d tell you that my boyfriend (Mr. Coffee) moved to Ohio. WTF? Yeah, it’s pretty crazy. He applied for a job in April and got said job. It was a great opportunity for him, so he took it. My emotions about it all? Mixed, at best. My feelings were hurt. Why was I not considered? Or if I was considered, why wasn’t I #1 priority? BUT I get it. I’m not trying to force anything on anyone and jobs are important. Opportunities are important and one must take chances to move forward. So, where does that leave US? Well, we are still together and trying the #LDR thing. If we are meant to be it will all work itself out. Right? Right. Or at least, that’s the going mantra. We both agreed we were invested in this relationship, so we are going to try this situation out with an open mind.

The current – This Thursday is 1 month in. He’s been gone for 1 entire month. I’ve adjusted to life every easily (relatively speaking). I mean, I can do single white female thing, pretty well. LOL. I’ve got it down to science at this fucking point. I keep myself busy. Work is crazy busy again and I have a pretty packed social calendar. Do I miss him? Of course. Is it hard? Yes. There has been lots of tears. Lots. All the feels.All the time. But postivitiy and a strong connection is keeping me going thus far.

If we were having coffee right now… I’d say I have the best support system ever. My girlfriends are the shit. I mean, all of them are awesome.

If we were having coffee right now… I’d tell you that I’m going to Ohio at the end of this week. Never thought I’d say that. Ohio has never been a must see state, but now there is Mr. Coffee… So, I’m ready to explore “The Buckeye State”.

If we were having coffee right now… I’d tell you that my family makes me sad. As you know, my dad, had a massive stroke 2 years ago. His recovery has been very difficult to watch. The last two times I’ve seen him, he has fallen. It breaks my heart. He feels embarrassed and I feel helpless.

If we were having coffee right now… I probably talk about work. It is causing me stress and more stress. Why is work soooo stressful? Does everyone have a love-hate relationship with their jobs?

If we were having coffee right now… I’d tell you that tomorrow I’m volunteering at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater selling beer for a local charity.

If we were having coffee right now…. I would divulge my newest addiction – Netflix. Scary movies for daaaaaaays! Binge watching for days. No commercials – LOVE. I’ve pretty much stopped using my DirecTV. Some of my favs at the current are: Bloodline, Hemlock Grove, Slasher, Orange (not completely sold, but watching), House of Cards, Pretty Little Liars….. I’ll stop listing…. you might start judging the amount of time I spend in front of the television.

If we were having coffee right now… I’d probably ramble on about my hair — It is falling out. Naturally this is freaking me out. I’m completely obsessing over it.

Who wants a post without pictures… So, here is a random one that’s on my computer.:)

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Well, my tea/drink/coffee is empty… Until next time.

 

Who remembers The Labyrinth?

Seriously, who remembers the 80’s movie called The Labyrinth?

It is a freakin’ classic and I LOVE IT. It used to be one of my favorite hangover movies.

The power of voodoo.
Who do?
You do.
Do what?
Remind me of the babe.

Yesterday, Mr. Coffee and I went and saw it at The Plaza Theatre.

(Sidenote: It is Atlanta’s oldest operating and only independent cinema since 1939.)

It was soooooooo fun! #nostalgia

It was my (our) first experience at The Plaza and I loved the vibe. Very old school (probably considered ‘hipster’ now). Not that expensive – we got 2 drinks and a large popcorn for $13. Popcorn is definitely not Whole30 compliant and I paid the price later that evening.

I’m just loving how Mr. Coffee is game for my silly antics.:)

He also met the entire gang (husbands, kids, babies – EVERYONE) this weekend! It went well!  I think he held his own… OR at least did better than Subway. HA!

My Whole30 Journey | Round 1 Complete!

Tuesday, April 5th was a big day for these 3 reasons:

  1. I finished the first season of Daredevil (on Netflix).
  2. I did my first run with my after work running group. (1.5 miles – kicked my ass! OY!)
  3. I completed my very first round of the Whole30!

My musing on the experience.

What a challenge! I’m so proud of myself and happy I did it.

Full disclosure: Monday (day 29), Mr. Coffee and I went to the Braves game AND I had two beers. So, I was not 100% compliant. I did however, stay away from all stadium food. I really wanted all the bad things. P.S. those two beers got me so very buzzed.

Two slip ups in 30 days is okay with me. I’m impressed with myself.

Here’s what I know…

I no longer experience mid-day slumps like I used to. SCORE!

I am hungry less, and overall feel better.

I had developed a VERY shitty relationship with food and I now can recognize what it is I’m seeking (i.e. comfort, happiness, relaxation). Food however lovely is NOT the answer to all my problems.

Sugar is in everything. I mean everything. Reading labels is a chore. BUT becomes a habit!

For the most part it wasn’t as hard or awful as I anticipated. SCORE!

It is work, but it becomes routine.

Constant purchasing of food, carrying of groceries and food prep makes for a LOT of work.

I bought a lot of already cut veggies and fruits. Yes, more expensive, but totally worth it.

I ate out a lot less.

Broke up with fast food.

Learned I am in control.

Having a support system is KEY.

Drinking La Croix or Dasani Sparkling was a H.U.G.E factor in getting over my Diet Coke addiction.

Keeping meals simple helped, but also created food boredom.

I didn’t miss cheese or alcohol nearly as much as I predicted.

Always have compliant foods available. I mean, always.

I purchased a ‘Whole30 Classic Kit’ from Barefoot Provisions. Totally recommend getting one of these for compliant snack items. 

Shop in bulk for veggies and fruits.

Will I do it again? Yes.

Did I lose any weight? Yes, 6 lbs.

Do I have before & after pictures? Yes, but I’m not comfortable sharing on here. Sorry, pals. Not THAT confident, yet.😉

 

The List

Mr. Coffee and I have a list. As you can probably imagine the idea was mine, but he is sweet enough to play along.:)

So, what am I talking about? Whenever we think of something new to do, we (catching on, yet?) write it on “the list”. This is what we’ve got so far.

  1. Trip to Biltmore
  2. Trip to the beach
  3. Vortex for burgers
  4. Try new restaurants in Atlanta
  5. Reformation Brewery
  6. Gibbs Gardens
  7. Wine tasting
  8. Yoga
  9. Watch the Labyrinth
  10. Waterfall road trip
  11. Run a race together
  12. Braves game
  13. Burnt Hickory Brewing
  14. Drive-in movie
  15. Pick strawberries

My Whole30 Journey | Day: 13 – 22

Hiiiiiiiii.

I’m still here and I’m still eating all my proteins, fruits and veggies. I will admit to you devoted followers that I did eat something non-compliant on Sunday. Not going to beat myself up about it — just moving on! I made banana bread and it would be ludacris for me not to tryout my own creation.:)

I’m still struggling with food not being my go to comfort. My pacifier. My blanket. This experience has been super eye opening relating to how much I rely on food (shit food that tastes sooooooo yummy) to make me feel better emotionally. Be it stress or boredom… It is a consistent battle, but ‘mind over matter’, right? RIGHT.

Headaches are still occurring. Not as frequently though.

Skin looks great. Sleep is still amazing. I haven’t had any stomach issues since I started. Well, I’ve been a little gassy.

Overall, I feel good and I have lots of energy.

 

 

 

My Whole30 Journey | Day: 9-12

I might have been overly confident when I said the time change wasn’t bothering me. I was wrong. Tuesday was rough. I could not get out of bed. I woke up with a headache. So, I worked from home. The rest of the week as also been a struggle to get up.

I’ve had lots of headaches this week. Sugar detox? Allergies? I don’t know.

I’m also hungry. I want to eat all the things, however, I’m still sticking to compliant foods! Win.

I still have a ton of energy. Win.

Sleeping is still on point. I am having some cray dreams. Last night my dream involved a Butterfinger (the candy bar) and I don’t even like those. Weird.

Not missing Diet Coke at all. Win!!!!!!

Not missing cheese nearly as much as I anticipated. I mean, I still miss it, but it isn’t that horrible to go without.

Not really missing alcohol either. Win!

I did break the rules a little and weighed myself on Thursday. You are supposed to stay off the scale during the 30 days, but I just had to see if I was losing. (Not the point of this program, but I was feeling low.) And, yes, I’ve lost 6 lbs.:)

 

My Whole30 Journey | Day: 8

I feel like to day I had a non-scale victory. Seriously. I attended a meeting that was held at a Mexican restaurant. Yeah. That’s real life. That’s testing the fucking restraint. Queso. Chips. Beer.

Did I say queso? That is my weakness. That is my jam. It’s the bees freakin’ knees.

So, yes, I’m claiming a #NSV! I stuck to my guns. No queso. No chips. No beer. No sour cream.

I had a salad (lettuce, grilled chicken, peppers, onions, avacado and salsa).

I’m super proud of myself. I feel pretty freakin’ ah-maxing AND the time change hasn’t bothered me! (This is a total atypical response.)

And… Just to be clear that Corona belonged to the lady sitting next to me.

My Whole30 Journey | Day:3-7

Hey friends.

I’m still here and kickin’ ass on the Whole30! Still eating compliant. Win. Trying new snacks. Win. Eating home cooked meals.Win. Drinking lots of water and unsweetened tea (mainly hot green). Win.

Feels? Pretty good. I have a ton of energy. Sleeping has improved. Still getting mild headaches in the afternoons, but that could be due to work stress? Or my neck/shoulder issues? Who, knows.

Do I miss non-compliant foods? Hell ya. BUT it’s getting somewhat easier. Sugar seems to be in all the things. Gotta read those labels. I’ve noticed/learned I am a total stress eater. At work when I’m stressed, I start thinking about food almost immediately. Gummy bears or a Diet Coke. That is when the struggle is real.

Today (day 7) was our first tennis match and I had to withstand all the goodies. No tennis beer. No Publix sub. No chips and dip. No cookies. No hummus.

(note the plate of carrots and apple slices – yep, that is mine)

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I can’t explain to you how much Mr. Coffee has supported me this week. Totally recommend the buddy system when doing this program.

AND, it also helps that my pal, Sharon, is on her own journey right now too! We’ve been swapping texts all week. Power in numbers.

I will say I’m a smidge disappointed in my appearance — Like I’m ready to see some noticeable improvements!!!! Can’t I just immediately be a size 4 again. (Oy! Wishful thinking. I’ve got to remember this is a journey.)

 

You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.

Mr. Coffee and I enjoyed the spring weather today with a trip to Gibbs Gardens. The daffodils were worth the 40 minute drive north.