A whole week has gone by and I feel like there is some news but not too much. Part of that may because I’m just in the groove now so somethings have just lost that sparkle.

I’ve been eating a lot of snack and left overs and just trying to keep up with calorie consumption while not getting bored and staying motivated. It’s hard to believe that 20 days have already gone by.

I feel like every time a new level of Whole30 has been reached by body back slides a little bit. I’m really trying hard not to over analyze and worry, but when food is your main concern 24/7, it’s hard not to. For instance, my skin was looking great, and then I’d break out, and then it’d look great, and then again, break out. It’s still in that hormonal balancing area of the face like I mentioned last time, so I’m not sure if hormones are truly balancing, or if I’m just getting ready to have my period. I used to break out in this region of the face when I was younger, but it hasn’t been so much lately. The same yo-yo feeling has been going on with the weight loss/feeling as though I look bloated factor. Again, maybe it’s just my period, and I have to say I’m excited to see what my period is like on this diet. (Look out boys! You know that post will be coming at some point!)

All of this most likely comes back to sleep. Sleep. The foundation of our lives. I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of getting up early, and, ideally, getting to bed in time to grab a solid 8 hours. The only dilemma is that I’ve been pushing hard for the 4:30am wake up call. I have a lot of work to do lately between yoga, blogging, going to work, and reading homework (both actual homework for work as well as friend imposed homework), so getting up almost 2 hours before the sun gives me so much more time and freedom to get stuff done. However, in order to get 8 hours of sleep that means 8:30pm bed time, (It’s like I’m 8 years old again) and often I’m not even home till 9 or 10pm… Still working the kinks out on that…

Here are a few glimpses of meals that happened this past week.

Left over ground turkey curry over sautéed zucchini.

Left over ground turkey curry over sautéed zucchini.

My first attempt at homemade mayonnaise. Our pastured chickens' eggs made it super-duper yellow!

My first attempt at homemade mayonnaise. Our pastured chickens’ eggs made it super-duper yellow!

Mom's top-secret lamb burgers. I will tell you that they have toasted pine nuts in them ;)

Mom’s top-secret lamb burgers. I will tell you that they have toasted pine nuts in them 😉

Shrimp Salad (almost the same as the last time, but I used my runny mayonnaise as the dressing)

Shrimp Salad (almost the same as the last time, but I used my runny mayonnaise as the dressing)

All together with some green beans!

All together with some green beans!

Last night's dinner. Ayrshire Farm Bratwurst with roasted beets, sautéed beet greens, pastured eggs, Bubbies sauerkraut, and grainy mustard.

Last night’s dinner. Ayrshire Farm Bratwurst with roasted beets, sautéed beet greens, pastured eggs, Bubbies sauerkraut, and grainy mustard with tea.

Snack lunch. Baby carrots, smoked mackerel, and olive tapenade.

Snack lunch. Baby carrots, smoked mackerel, and olive tapenade.

Homegrown eggs and tomato scramble.

Homegrown eggs and tomato scramble.

Some of the most amazing cantaloup I've ever tasted!

Some of the most amazing cantaloup I’ve ever tasted!