I successfully survived what I expect will be my 2 most difficult days during my Whole30: my birthday and Thanksgiving. It wasn’t easy with Peanut Butter Pie staring me in the face every time I opened the refrigerator, but I stayed strong.
Yesterday was my 31st birthday and as far as I know my first cake-less one. It wasn’t so bad actually. My day started off with a speedy 7-mile Tempo run with Kaitlin.
Tempo runs are always easier with company.
Yesterday afternoon my little family headed to South Alabama to spend the night with my parents, sister, neice and nephew for our birthday/Thanksgiving celebration.
My family made me a special Paleo birthday dinner.
Grilled steak and chicken apple sausage, collards, asparagus, baked sweet potato and stuffed cabbage rolls. Yum!
My sister even brought me home a special rice-less sushi roll from work that she had made for me. I ate it for breakfy this morning.
Since I would obviously not be going to CrossFit today, I set up my own CrossFit style workout in the yard. My hubby, sister and I did a 400m run and then 3 rounds of 1 minute stations: air squats, kettlebell swings, push-ups, sit-ups and rest. Each round we followed with another 400m run.
The rest of the day was spent cooking and eating, of course. My parents made the typical Thanksgiving foods: green bean casserole, dressing, turkey, etc and I made a few dishes that I knew Tim and I could eat: stuffed mushrooms, deviled eggs, cabbage rolls, butternut squash soup and roasted sweet potatoes.
It was so nice being able to eat a big beautiful meal but not having that sick, hungover feeling afterwards. Win/Win.
Of course I knew going in to the Whole30 that these 2 special days would fall during that time period. I could have easily decided to start after Thanksgiving and nestle my Whole30 snuggly between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I viewed the timing as an added challenge and opportunity for growth. I actually really love the fact that I’m learning how to enjoy healthy holidays.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!