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Today is the first day of my research rotation for the month of September. I had the first week off as a vacation week. We get 3 full weeks of vacation during the year and this past week was my first one.
I’m starting the morning with Grand Rounds for the Department of Ophthalmology and I’m super excited but also nervous. I’m sure I will meet a few of the residents whom I haven’t met before… eek!
Yesterday was Day 1 of my Whole30. I read through the Whole30 timeline, which is pretty funny actually, and this is what they have to say about day 1:
Day 1: So what’s the big deal?
It’s 3 p.m. on day 1. You had a guilt-free plate of steak and eggs for breakfast, breezed through the morning with coffee and coconut cream by your side, and had a nice big salad for lunch. Your body is telling you it’s snack time, so you grab a handful of almonds and an apple and head back to your desk to finish out your day. You’ve got a slow cooker full of chili infusing your kitchen with a heavenly smell, and right now you can’t see why anyone thinks this is hard.
This delusion is somewhat akin to the first episode of any given reality show on which the contestants are herded together and forced to live in one house. At the end of the first episode, everyone can just tell they are going to be best friends for life. Those of us on the other side of the screen know better, though, don’t we? No one really believes this mess to be true, but everyone humors it… because how long can it last, really?
The truth is that you’re feeling empowered by making one good choice after another, all day long. And you should! Take note of that Rock Star feeling, stash it away and bring it back out when days get rough. Because rest assured that after a lifetime of suboptimal choices, things are going to have to get worse before they can get better.
So far, I agree with this description. I felt great all day yesterday!
I started the day with 1 egg scrambled with spinach, zucchini, green onions, and tomato:
I had a bowl of mixed frozen berries on the side which I microwaved for a minute and topped with some cashews.
Honestly this was such a great breakfast. I didn’t even miss my oats or greek yogurt!
I worked through the morning on school stuff (I had to take an ICU test!!!) and blog stuff.
By 1pm I was really hungry for lunch. So, I cooked up a tilapia fillet, 1/2 sweet potato, and spinach. A side of carrots and a plum = great lunch!
I topped the sweet potato with ghee and it was SOOOO yummy. Butter isn’t allowed on the Whole30, but you can have ghee which is clarified butter that has the milk solids removed so it doesn’t act like dairy in the body.
I didn’t have any ghee, but I had butter, so I decided to make my own ghee! It was so simple and turned out perfectly. I’ll blog all about it soon 🙂
After lunch I worked a little more, ran an errand, and then headed to the gym. I started with 20 minutes on the elliptical to warm up. Then, I did a short but effective back and biceps workout. I did:
- Lat pull-downs 12 x 3
- Bicep curls 12 x 3
- Seated upright rows 12 x 3
- Hammar curls 12 x 3
- One arm standing cable rows 12 x 3 each side
- Preacher curls 10 x 3 (those are so hard!!!)
- One arm bent over rows 12 x 3 each side
I finished my workout with 20 minutes of sprints on the treadmill, 30 sec on and 30 sec off.
Then I came home and was HUNGRY for dinner. I forgot to pick up chocolate syrup for Kyle when I was running my errands (yes, my husband is eating ice cream and chocolate syrup while I do the Whole30) so before I started dinner, Kyle and I ran out together to get the coveted syrup. Since I was so hungry, I had 1/2 a Larabar to hold me over.
I didn’t expect Larabars to be allowed on the Whole30, but they are! I don’t want to eat them all the time since they are pretty desserty, but having them on hand for a quick snack (especially post workout) works well 🙂
For dinner I made a turkey burger, broccoli, mushrooms, and avocado.
Shockingly, I couldn’t eat more than half the burger and couldn’t finish the avocado or broccoli! I felt so full, which is very unlike me! So, I put the rest in the fridge to have for lunch tomorrow.
I’ve been so excited about that monkey salad I found online last week, so I made myself my first bowl before bed but didn’t take a picture- next time 🙂
1/2 sliced banana, coconut, and cashews- how can you go wrong? It was just as good as I had hoped!! I think this might become my night time snack!
All in all it was an awesome day. I ate really well, had a great workout, and felt awesome. According to the timeline, I’m supposed to feel like crap tomorrow, so I’m really looking forward to that…. I’ll let you know how it goes!!
Have a great day!
Andrea Tooley MD, A Doctor In The House