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Whole30 - the food experiment: DAY 29

How do I feel: Nervous.....I now realize the switch back to "regular life" is going to bring some changes I might not be fond of.... I am sure this feeling is normal, right?! Let's consult the guide....

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Days 29-30: HolyOprahIt’sAlmostOverWhatAmIGoingToEatNow?!?!?!

It’s day 29, and you’re still rocking. The thoughts you had yesterday of throwing in the towel are gone. You cruise through the day and as you crawl into bed you have a small thought that then grows into full-blown cold-sweat panic. Holy crap. Tomorrow is day 30. The last day. What the hell are you going to do after that?! You worked so hard, fought through all the anger, the naps, the cravings to get to the awesome you’re feeling now. The rules have been your backbone, your lifeline, your excuse for being “that person” in social situations. Are you just going to give them up on day 31? No. You firmly resolve that there will be no deviation on day 31. If it ain’t broke… It’s totally normal to feel a twinge of panic as your Whole30 comes to a close.  For the past month, you’ve lived, breathed, and literally eaten the rules. You feel incredible in your new high-octane body. It’s natural to hesitate at the thought of making any changes – even if the change is a return to what was “normal” for you before. And, the truth is, you don’t have to go back to the way you used to eat. But keep in mind that the Whole30 was intended to be a reset, an introduction into the world of Good Food. I know it’s scary, but keep an open mind, okay?

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And yet, I know that I cannot continue to live strictly within the Whole30 guidelines forever. It's just not manageable. Today is a Monday, and having my regular structure of bus, work, bus, workout/run in the dark/rain, cook dinner, etc. is a welcomed set up for coming off the weekend.

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Saying Mondays are less than glamorous would be an understatement, but I try my best to just push right through and be present. Breakfast is the same as always, sorry to disappoint - although I suppose you could look at it from the "glass is half full" perspective and say that I am dependable, if nothing else, right? Coffee (2 cups, one while getting ready and dancing in the kitchen while my eggs boil, and then a second one in my go mug for the bus ride), homemade almond milk, a large banana and those hearty 2 soft boiled eggs.

I glide through the day with a basic salad composed of grilled chicken, tomato, avocado, baby spinach and Tessemae's lemon garlic dressing. Plus, I have an apple and huge mug of tea with a handful of almonds.

Dinner? You guessed it, curried mussels leftovers, but the portion is a bit meager, so I add more green beans and some sautéed chicken breast to it and enjoy a couple glasses of sparkling water with lime juice. Today is one of those days you could set your watch to - completely normal, uneventful, and for that I am grateful.

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I also put my car up for sale tonight on Craigslist, after getting it completely ready (cleaned it out, detailed it and took pictures of it myself yesterday before heading out on my adventures). Fingers crossed for a quick, easy and reasonably priced sale!

Lesson of the day: Food is for enjoying, but also for nourishing and I shouldn't be hard on myself if I only successfully fulfill one of those on some days.

Whole30 - the food experiment: DAY 28

How do I feel: Brrr! Silly snow! But, it's still the weekend and I'm not mad at any of that! Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

The snow is basically gone and it appears everyone made it home last night (or else the towing company had a field day getting all these cars into their closest impound lot!)

I can't believe we're just about out the other side here, everyone. If you've been sticking with me for the duration of this wacky rollercoaster, thank you so much! If you jumped on mid-stream, then I admire your adventurous attitude! Let's consult with the timeline one more time before our final day, shall we?

[From their site]:

Day 28: 28 is as good as 30…right?

It’s day 28. DAY 28! You’ve almost made it!  You pushed through all the rough spots, fought off the food boredom, and you’re really loving where you are right now.  You’ve had a solid breakfast, packed a delicious lunch, and planned a stellar new recipe for dinner. You’re primed to make it through day 28 without breaking a sweat. But then you get to work. Today is your department’s monthly birthday celebration, and at the mid-morning break a co-worker teases, “You’ve been so good for 28 days! Isn’t 28 as good as 30? Just have one cupcake with us to celebrate.” You brush the comment off – you’re used to them at this point – but it really gets you thinking. What have you got to lose at this point?  What benefit could two more days possibly bring you? Isn’t 28 days just as good as 30?

The answer is a loud and resounding NO. 28 days is NOT as good as 30, and we’ll tell you why: You owe yourself 30 days. You made a commitment to give yourself 30 full days of Good Food and improved habits. When you make a commitment to self-improvement, it’s a big deal! If you cop out now, you’re telling yourself that the commitments you make to yourself are open to compromise. You’re telling yourself that you are not important enough to honor your commitment to you.  But that’s not true, is it? You ARE important. You ARE worth a full commitment. Require that of yourself and celebrate with a renewed sense of integrity, not a cupcake.

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I didn't really have anyone trying to get me to cheat - although I have still had the crazy "oooooooo, I want a whole entire _____________ right NOW!!!" moments today. I'm just kind of pacing myself for what I know will be a little bit of the MUST. HAVE. NOW. imbalance on Day 31. But to avoid actually indulging in all that and hating myself for it later, I'm going to work up a plan of action to really stick to the reintroduction phase. I will certainly put up a post here or there to let you know how that's going.

Just a smidge of snow left on the park at the end of 1st and Virginia...love seeing the Sound from the edge of the Market.

Since my plans of taking my mom to the flower and garden show were foiled by the weather, and I already had a ton of fresh produce to make breakfast for us, I cooked up a little bit of that for my own breakfast. Still started with my coffee and last batch of homemade almond milk, plus two soft boiled eggs. Then I had a banana and some strawberries which were delicious (thanks Whole Foods). Since I had some time and daylight, and it wasn't snowing or raining, I decided to step out and roam my city. Put in the headphones, grab some supplies for the Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest I entered (which I posted about a few days ago now...) and snap some pictures.

I saw this wonderful store front under construction, behind a fence line. I put my camera over the top to get a clear shot...

I love the fun, semi-art deco details they're highlighting with color and can't wait to see what this space turns into!

There's just something about the mason work around the windows that sets off the laid back arches of the first floor windows.

I had to perfect and bake my recipe all in one day to make sure I had what I needed in time to edit down my pictures, write up my blog post and get it all finalized by Wednesday night. On my way home from getting all those ingredients, I saw some wonderful buildings, sights, and well, moments. I just had to capture them. The building above is somewhere around 2nd and Virginia and between the beautiful lead glass window above the door (is that technically a transom, or not?), the brass suite numbers atop the door jamb, and the construction lights strung up inside with all the promise of a new start sitting inside, it's just an exciting scene.

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 Then I happened upon this parking garage which is filled with these old wooden beams, boards and framing. Juxtaposed against the fresh coat of fire engine red paint, it stood out among neighboring spaces.

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I just couldn't resist....I only wish the color in my reflection came out better. But still, I had never seen this place before, and of course, now I must go!

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On the walk home......

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I passed by a patch of grass still covered in snow....

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And I just couldn't resist hearing the crunch of the snow under my feet. So I took a little time out. I'm sure the people passing by though I was a complete dork. And they'd be right! :)

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A few blocks down the road, this little alley way had a quiet charm about it. Old and new, function and design, all smushed together in this one little byway. It's not much, but....still.

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Those bricks, walls and roads, used and worn and utilitarian. This is the Seattle I grew up seeing, and is such a large part of what I identify with when I think of Seattle.

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Just around the corner from there, the theater was all lit up with the promise of a couple hours escape from reality. I have always loved the throw back feel of the Cinerama sign and the neon. It's been AGES since I've seen a show here...I should change that.

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With Valentine's Day right around the corner (from when I took this), the corner store had lovingly wrapped the tree out front in red and white lights. Pretty cute - even I couldn't resist smiling (and seriously, I might be the Valentine's Grinch this year).

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A little closer to home, more twinkling lights welcome me as the daylight dwindles. What a way to spend a day, falling in love with my city, yet again, and cooking up a fun new recipe (that, of course, I still can't eat because I'm two days away from ending my Whole3o).

Lesson of the day: Keep looking, see the unseen, take a different road home. Let yourself be swept away by the little things, smile just because you can.