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How do I feel: Seattle won the Super Bowl, hooray! I am feeling good for a Monday, waking up early, catching the bus – let’s do this!

Now that I’m on the back third of this adventure, and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, I notice a few things. First, I see that there are definitely some limitations to my will power. I have done a good job (if I do say so myself) of maintaining focus and chanting “you can do this, Sampson” throughout the process, but I have started getting random cravings, so I know I’m ready to maybe have a few treats in 8 long days. Second, I have broken through the ceiling on my short sightedness as far as creativity goes with recipes. I have basically continued to just cook, not lean on recipes that are Whole30 approved – for the most part. But now I’m starting to really lift any barriers my brain previously had to how I can utilize a particular ingredient. Third, I really love the way I feel on the inside and am slightly wary of what’s going to happen on days 1-10 of being off this experiment when I reintroduce things. But that’s all part of the experiment too I suppose.

Let’s do a quick check in with what the Whole30 program says I may be feeling at this point:

[from their site]

Days 16-27: Tiger Blood Goodbye cravings, hello Tiger Blood! This must be what everyone is talking about! You’ve hit the downhill slope of your Whole30 and life is beautiful. Your energy is through the roof, you’ve kicked the cravings, you’re experimenting with new, delicious food, and you’ve finally got the time to notice that your clothes fit better, your workouts are stronger, and you are generally more awesome. There’s not much more to say about this phase – go forth and enjoy!

[See more at: http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/#sthash.GxB2LWYh.dpuf]

For the most part, this is pretty accurate, except of course the cravings I’ve been noticing creep in and also the weird dreams – not food related, but weird and really vivid. I can do without those, but I’ve always been a dreamer!

I ate completely normal things you’ve already seen pictures of, so I’m going to cut straight to the chase here, and then leave you with a funny little video from the holidays of me cutting my Christmas tree down, because, why not, right?!

Food Diary:

Breakfast: Coffee + homemade almond milk, 2 eggs

Lunch: spinach, tomato, jalapeno salad with avocado tahini dressing, meatballs and sauce, Fuji apple and water

Dinner: baby bok choy with Tessemae’s lemon garlic dressing, meatballs and red sauce, almonds and dates

Lesson of the day: No pictures is a boring way to live, so take more of them, record everything and then weed out the boring stuff.

(PS: Thanks to Troy for capturing this hilariousness….now I can laugh at myself for infinity)

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