Ok listen. I survived the Whole30 for 5 days. I learned that I can live without chocolate or donuts or dairy or breads or sugar. It was a challenge sometimes, but I did push through the cravings for all those things–mainly chocolate. I also learned that strictly following the Whole30 doesn’t make me feel the best. Sure, my body feels great, but I don’t feel like myself.  ?

I don’t think the Whole30 is for everyone. I know all of the arguments: it is only for 30 days, you really can live without it, you can always go back to eating grains and such, it isn’t a restrictive diet it is a way of life,  etc. But I don’t feel that the exact Whole30 is right for me.

Therefore, I have decided to kind of make my own eating plan. I don’t want to restrict what I eat. I love the benefits of eating the Whole30 way. I definitely feel much better and not as tired. Maybe I have the wrong mindset about it, I don’t know. I just think that I would feel better if I ate healthily without excluding anything from my diet and exercising as much as I can.

For that reason, I don’t believe that I am quitting. I know I said that I started this to see if I could finish it. Well, I have realized that I could if I felt it was benefitting me. I don’t view whole grains and dairy as bad food. I realize that most Whole30-ers don’t either. In my opinion, for me to be really healthy, I need to eat some of every food group. Still limiting the sugar to special foods. Still staying away from processed junk. I absolutely love almost all of the Whole30 foods that my family has made, and I will most likely still eat what my mom (who is still doing the Whole30) eats for meals. I just might add in some yogurt or a piece of toast.

So there:) I didn’t really know how to say this without making it sound like I was quitting. So don’t think that! Because if I thought that I was being a wimp about it, I would push my way through.

What do you say about choosing ‘your own healthy’?

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PPFT, Happy Mother’s Day, and surgery

Good Monday morning to you all.

I took the final tests in the Presidential Physical Fitness Test (PPFT) on Thursday. I did…ok:( I am probably the most inflexible person in the whole world! I scored National for that and the mile. I ran an 8:44 mile. I am pretty happy with that time, it just wasn’t fast enough for the Presidential award. So I scored Presidential for the majority of the tests and National for two of them. (National Award is a little bit easier to get than Presidential Award.) I didn’t quite make my goal, but I am happy with what I did get.

Saturday brought 70 degrees with a beautiful breeze. Mom mowed the yard and did some other yard work, and I sat on the porch making key chains as a goodbye present for my kindergarten Latin class. We had a wonderful day outside.



I have to make 9 altogether.

I have to make 9 altogether.









Yesterday was Mother’s Day, as everyone should know:) Happy Mother’s Day–one day late!!! My sister and I each got my mom some potted flowers. Now she sits on our front porch staring at them happily:) Picture is coming soon–once I talk my mom into it. [Update: Picture…finally. Sorry that it is sideways.]


This morning I got a call from a doctor at our local hospital. I get to shadow a surgeon tomorrow! Starting at 7:15- about 3:30. I get to see some very interesting cases. The nurse there made sure to call me in when they had an interesting case load. So that is where I will be tomorrow!

Also, my mom and I officially started Whole30 today. And so starts the 30 day countdown finishing on June 10, right before we leave for our vacation with Noni to Virginia. Great timing, self!

How was your weekend? Did you take full advantage of the glorious weather?

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Hi ya’ll:)


I had an exciting yet mostly slow weekend. Yesterday morning I survived the SAT! It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. I was more nervous about the math sections than anything else. I had to leave a few blank, I didn’t want to lose points. For the others that I didn’t know but could almost figure out, I used the process of elimination and guessed from the two or three left. In order to study for the test, I ordered How to Crack the SAT from the College Board. Their test strategies really helped me to answer some that I wouldn’t have been able to answer on my own. I feel like I could have done better on my essay, but those 25 minutes flew by! I followed a very basic outline. My mom read somewhere that the people who score the essays are really looking for structure and complete thoughts. They only spend a few minutes on each essay. I feel like I did a pretty good job in that time frame, so I’m happy:)

Yesterday afternoon, I was just so tired. I walked the dog and laid out in the sun on the hill across from our house with him. The day was gorgeous! Blue sky and huge white fluffy clouds and warm sun. Beautiful! After my mind slowed down a bit, I just relaxed the rest of the day. We ordered Chinese food because I took the SAT and tucked in for the night.


This morning, we went to church. Our pastor is starting a series on Revelation. So far it is really interesting and I learned a lot:) This afternoon I have been working on some Bible study stuff for camp and blogging!


Now, onto the name of the post. Today I decided that I am going to do a Whole30. Mainly because I want to see if I can do it. And also because I want to see if it makes me more alert and not so tired. So therefore, I want to get the blog back onto the fitness side of things. I still want to write about everything I am doing, but also yummy, healthy recipes and how I am progressing in fitness. So there you are! My goal for the month of May. The Whole30!

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Homemade Mayo and Weekly Challenge #1

Good morning! Happy Sunday:) I will be in church this morning, then a church potluck, then a flute concert. Pretty fun day:)

I thought I would start this Sunday off with a very yummy sauce that my aunt, mom, and grandma make. It is another delicious Whole30 recipe. Put it on hamburgers or fish or chicken, in tuna salad or chicken salad…this stuff is honestly so good.


Doesn't it look good??

Doesn’t it look good??

Recipe for homemade Mayo

-2 eggs
-1/4 cup lemon juice
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp ground mustard
-approximately 2 cups of extra light olive oil (not extra virgin) **add more olive oil until it reaches the consistency you want.**

Blend (using an immersion blender) eggs, juice, salt, and mustard. Keep blending as you add the olive oil.


Ok, so to go along with a recipe today, I wanted to tell you about my first eating goal. I started this a couple of weeks ago. I eat only good things until lunch. I eat a good breakfast and usually one good snack. By good I mean healthy. I don’t mean good chocolate or good chips. 🙂


Each week I am going to try to have a ‘Weekly Challenge’. Maybe at some point I will come up with a cute name for them. Any ideas? This week is eat only healthy food until lunch. I hope you all will try it with me!


Questions: What do you think about my idea for weekly challenges? What do you think about the Mayo recipe?

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