Today is the last day of Whole 30. Tomorrow we'll start reintroducing things and figuring out how we want to permanently change our diets. It'll be interesting for sure, but I feel so much better I'm eager to try and figure out specific things to do to make sure this lasts. As the month went on, it got easier and easier doing everything we wanted while sticking to Whole 30. This past weekend we even ate out for the first time the entire month (not as hard as I expected). At the end of the month, my skin is clearer, I feel more rested when I wake up in the morning, and I've had virtually no stomach problems (which is huge considering I have Crohn's). It's made such a difference in how I think about food, eating, grocery shopping, etc. that I pretty much want everyone to try it at least once. It's more than worth it!
It was a busy weekend around here. Friday night we went to our friends Katie and Cullen's Ghost, Ghouls and Fools party. Saturday we headed to Tuscaloosa for Homecoming (above is what ADPi's lawn decorations looked like). It turned cold all of a sudden which made the night game a little brutal, but it was a good game (for us) so that made getting home in the middle of the night a little more bearable. Sunday I had lunch at my parents house since my sister was in town, then Jared and I headed to a surprise birthday party for our friend Caroline that afternoon. Like I said - busy weekend! I need a nap...
I think it's pretty easy for girls to throw together a Halloween costume at the last minute. Devil, cat, angel - none of those are difficult and don't require much that you probably don't have on hand. I don't think it's as easy for guys, or maybe this is because I'm married to a guy who does not at all get excited at the thought of dressing up for Halloween.
That's probably it.
Anyway, when in doubt, watch The Office:
Three-hole punch Jim
Personally three-hole punch Jim is my favorite. Jared didn't act excited about that idea either, though. Oh well.
Wasting my time on you If I didn't know better Well damn it I do
I was excited to start watching the new show Nashville but on the first episode, it wasn't until the last song that I really fell in love. It's a song by The Civil Wars and it's completely gorgeous. I bought the Nashville version immediately and have listened to it a ridiculous number of times ever since. I already figured I'd love the show (I mean, Tami Taylor is on it), but this just sealed the deal.
There is an entire week left, but I feel like we're in the home stretch of Whole 30. We have the meal planning and prep down to the point I feel much more confident about the process. It's becoming a habit to leave the house with water and snacks if we're going to be gone most of the day, so we don't have to scramble to find something Whole 30 compliant. Like I've said before, beyond the first week it really hasn't been that difficult.
So what next?
That's the big question. I've already said I'd like to add things back in gradually to maybe get a better idea of what bothers my Crohn's. But then what? I certainly don't want to go back to eating whatever, and I know Jared doesn't either. I think the overall goal is to make sure we're eating better, good quality, organic food whenever possible. But that's pretty vague, and I don't usually do well with vague.
One of my projects this weekend was trying to find new storage to re-arrange the master bathroom counter. Again. It's something I can't get just right, so we'll see how this goes. Worth a try, right?
Besides shopping and organizing, we had everyone over to watch the game on Saturday. I've decided Urban Decay's Last Call comes pretty close to crimson (ok, not really, but it's the closest I have) so it was part of my game day eye look.
I always love Ulta, but October is possibly the best month to shop there. They have tons of products for Breast Cancer Awareness month, but the Tigi ones are always my favorite. You can get Rockaholic dry shampoo (my favorite), 2 kinds of hairspray and Bed Head Manipulator all for $7.99. They are regularly close to $20, so it's a really good deal. I had a $5 coupon this month so it was definitely the time to stock up on Rockaholic and try out Manipulator for the first time.
Last week I grabbed a J. Crew shirt that I bought over the summer to find a sad state of affairs - bleach stains. First thought - I'll just bleach the whole thing and "ruin" it equally. (I've done this before. It works, if you like the 'new' color you have after.) Then I remembered that Maegan did a DIY using Sharpies on a pair of jeans. Well, if you can use Sharpies to make a design on jeans, why can't you use them to color in a bleach stain?
You can. Using blue and black Sharpies covers up a navy bleach quite nicely if I do say so myself :)
But it's a low low road You've gotta roll down Before you find your way, my friend And it's a high, high hill You've gotta climb up Before you get to the top again
I have all of Grace Potter's albums, so there isn't a song I'm not already familiar with. But sometimes it's just a different experience hearing a song live, and Low Road was one of those songs for me. I liked it before... but I love it now.
I think the 2nd week of Whole 30 must be when your mentality starts to change. The first week I kept looking at this as something temporary. I'll do this for 30 days - the end. And it's not that I'll be doing this permanently, but I'm certainly not just going to start eating all the crap I was eating before again. One of my main goals now is trying to see if I can figure out what kinds of foods aggravate my Crohn's the most. I don't know that I'll ever figure it out precisely, but having the "baseline" of Whole 30 means I can slowly experiment with adding things in - not all at once - and see what bothers me. The biggest change I've noticed to far is how much better my stomach feels. I'm not having nearly as much trouble with my Crohn's as I was pre-Whole 30. That alone is reason not go back to eating how I was before. Hopefully I can get some answers with this!
Looks like the rain's pouring down on me It's drowning me now And all I want is to come back home And this old corduroy coat is not keeping me dry But I can't think of what else to try
Joshua Radin is pretty amazing. Joshua Radin and Patty Griffin? Why didn't someone think of this sooner? Their voices sound gorgeous together, so I could happily listen to this all day. I'm also remembering that I think Joshua Radin has a new album out and I haven't bought that yet, so, that's now on my to-do list.
It's Day 9 of Whole 30, so obviously I made it through Week 1. On the Whole9 site, they post the above graphic to let you know how Week 1 goes for a lot of people. It's pretty accurate. A day of anything is no big deal, so the first day is easy. Day 2 and 3 Jared and I both felt sluggish (from the sugar and carb detox), although this is also when I needed my B12 shot so I didn't know what was sugar detox and what was B12 deficiency for me. For me on Day 4 I definitely had a couple of meltdowns, but Day 5 was better. 6 and 7 were over the weekend and I slept in majorly on Sunday.
So - yeah, pretty accurate.
That said, nothing has been terrible. Nothing is unbearable. It's not any amount of fatigue or irritability I'm not already used to (guess what, when you live with 2 auto immune diseases, you put up with a lot of crap).
What has helped the most, outside the lovely Whole 30 Facebook crew, is planning ahead. On Sunday we make a huge grocery run, meal plan, and do prep work that night. It makes the week go much smoother knowing what meals we're having and doing some of the work ahead of time. Thursday night we went to a concert and Saturday we were gone a lot of the day to a fundraising event and both times I put snacks for us in my purse (I feel like my mom...).
Planning ahead. Do it. You have no excuses when everything is set for you.
It's only 30 days! This really hasn't been that bad. I love my carbs and sugar, but it's not like there's not plenty of things to eat on Whole 30.
The weekend was a little different than usual. No going out for dinner Friday night, but that was fine. Turns out there's plenty to do that doesn't involve going out to eat (who knew?). Saturday we went to an SMA fundraiser in Tuscaloosa and I had a lot of fun at the silent auction (see above picture). I mean, who doesn't want a Roll Tide pumpkin? This girl does.
Ok, and I put Coco in August's bumblebee costume. She loved it. Seriously.
Once fall hits, the start of each month signals something different. October 1 = put out the Halloween decorations. This takes 5 minutes since there are 5 things to put out. We also have a Halloween cookie jar (I have no idea why) but that's not out this year since there will be no cookies (Whole 30, going strong.... ok it's only Day 5...).
Also, I picked several of these things up at Target in the $1 bins which aren't $1 anymore, and probably haven't been for years, but that tells you how often I look in that area. Anyway, $2.50 still isn't bad for a glittery wooden BOO sign. I clearly needed that in my life.
Some friends of ours have an annual Halloween party, and deciding what I want to dress up as basically comes down to what kind of fun outfit and makeup I want to wear. So far, Cleopatra is topping my list this year. Now, you can search the web for tons of inspiration and ideas for a Cleopatra look, but really there's only one way to go:
If you're going to do something... do it right.
There's an amazing tutorial for the makeup look on YouTube:
I might keep looking but let's be honest - I can have way too much fun playing with my makeup if I do this.
And I told you to be patient And I told you to be fine And I told you to be balanced And I told you to be kind
And now all your love is wasted And then who the hell was I? And I'm breaking at the bridges And at the end of all your lines
I love Bon Iver's original version of this song, but I'm always a sucker for the piano. Birdy's voice is so nice to listen to and I love the subtle changes she made to the song. Just makes it that much more gorgeous, if you ask me :)
I've wanted to try Deborah Lippman nail polishes for awhile but like Butter London, the price kept me away until I could get a deal. I have seen sales on Gilt before but I never made up my mind quick enough. With a recent Apothica gift card though, I was able to grab a few at a good price.
Here's what I picked up:
Ray of Light
Across the Universe
Glitter in the Air
I can't wait to try them all out :)
Have you tried Deborah Lippman nail polish before? What's your favorite?
We went to our first home game of the season on Saturday, and it was an extremely long day. Probably because the game didn't start until 8:15, so it was almost 3am when we finally collected the dogs and got back to our house.
Yes, dogs. Coco is staying with us while my parents are out west on vacation. So things are even more interesting than usual around here. Hard to complain though - Bama won, puppies weren't too upset at us for leaving, and Sunday was a sleeping in day.