Whole30 and 30 Day Shred: Week 1

It’s now been 1 week since I started my weight loss plan for this year. My plan is to follow Whole30 diet program and 30 Day Shred workout plan for 30 days. Take a look at how I’ve done so far!

This is my report on week 1.

Week 1 Whole30 and 30 Day Shred

Week 1: January 1 – 7, 2016

If you want to know more about my weight loss plan and “before” pictures and measurements, take a look at the previous post I wrote:

Whole30 and 30 Day Shred: Start

Here’s a day by day account of what’s happened during week 1:

Day 1

I woke up very late after I had been up so late at night and I was starving so I started my day with a dinner 🙂

Whole30 Day 1 Breakfast

Whole30 Day 1 Lunch

Whole30 Day 1 Dinner

That smoothie looks small but that glass is big, 2 cups/0,5 litres. I felt so good about my diet today – it’s so refreshing to be eating a lot of fruit and vegetables again! I had some cravings for chocolate but it wasn’t too bad.

I also did my first workout, Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. Oh my. The thing is, I haven’t done any exercise (apart from occasional walks) for several months so I am very out of shape.

You’re not supposed to have big breaks during the workout but it was quite horrible so I did take one. I got a glass of water, sat on the sofa and just stared at the paused TV screen, gulping my water and trying to catch my breath. My body felt so tired that I just had to lean to the cushions for a bit. Don’t tell Jillian 🙂

Day 2

Another day off so I woke up late again to start my breakfast with dinner – well, it doesn’t matter really does it?

Here’s what I had today:

Whole30 Day 2 Breakfast

Whole30 Day 2 Lunch

Whole30 Day 2 Dinner

Whole30 Day 2 Snack

I’m still craving chocolate but other than that it’s been a great day! For chicken wings (picture above) I used NomNom Paleo’s recipe for Chile lime chicken wings (I modified it a bit), they turned out quite nice.

I’ve been aching a bit today thanks to Jillian – I can definitely feel my hamstrings and abs. I really didn’t want to do the workout but obviously had no choice but to. So I put the chicken wings in the oven and pressed play. It wasn’t any easier today. I had to take several short breaks, just a couple of seconds, but still…

I’ve used two sets of hand weights so far: 1 kg (just over 2 pounds) and 2 kg (4,5 pounds). I use the heavier weights for dumbbell rows, bicep curls and chest flies.

Day 3

Today was a good day, I went for a 45 minute walk and bought a lot of healthy stuff at the supermarket.

Today’s craving was liquorice. I have no idea where that came from.

Whole30 Day 3 Breakfast

Whole30 Day 3 Lunch

Whole30 Day 3 Dinner

I’m not sure if I’m imagining it, but I think I managed 30 Day Shred a little bit better today. I still took a couple of quick breaks – not so that I would have actually paused the DVD like on day one – but enough to let my muscles rest just a few seconds.

I’m still following Anita mostly (she does easier versions of the exercises). I’m struggling with push ups – I can’t even do the Anita version properly!

It’s really nice to see a little bit of progress though!

Day 4

Here’s what I had today:

Whole30 Day 4 Breakfast

Whole30 Day 4 Lunch

Whole30 Day 4 Dinner

Whole30 Day 4 Snacks

I don’t know why but I felt I had very little energy for 30 Day Shred today. Especially as I started it. Aah. I didn’t feel like jumping, my calves were hurting, I took small breaks etc. Once I got really going it got a bit easier, but I don’t know. I just didn’t have the energy and it was so annoying. I think I’ll have a day off from Shredding tomorrow. Maybe my “muscles” need to recover from the shock that they’ve received these couple of days!

Another thing about 30 Day Shred:

Am I the only one who finds it hard to get up and down to the floor? You know, first down for push ups, then up for squats, then down again… A lot of the time Jillian has already started the next move by the time I get up!

Day 5

Today was a busy day – but it certainly wasn’t a busy morning. I woke up at noon (I’m on holiday for a couple of days so I like to stay up late) so I had some stew that I cooked in my Crock-Pot overnight for breakfast.

The rest of the day’s food choices weren’t that great I have to admit. I was starving by the time I went to the supermarket and was happy to find some sausages that had no sugar, grains, banned additives or anything else I’m not allowed to have.

Whole30 Day 5 Breakfast

Whole30 Day 5 Lunch

Whole30 Day 5 Dinner

As I planned yesterday, I took a day off from Jillian’s 30 Day Shred today. I’m hoping to have more energy tomorrow!

Day 6

Today’s meals:

Whole30 Day 6 Breakfast

Whole30 Day 6 Lunch

Whole30 Day 6 Dinner

I also had an orange after the stew – I forgot to take a picture.

I don’t know why it’s still so difficult to get myself to do 30 Day Shred. Shouldn’t it be easier by now? I noticed today that circuit 1 (there are 3 circuits in the workout) is the hardest for me to get through without breaks. Circuit 2 seems to have gotten a lot easier which is nice to notice. I have to remember this tomorrow: I’ll have to just push it through circuit 1, it will get a bit “easier” after that.

Day 7

Today I went back to work after my little holiday. I knew it was going to be a very long day in the office. It turned out to be even longer… I went to work at 7 am as I wanted to start as early as I could. And I closed my computer and headed home around 11.15 pm! I was so fed up with the project I was working with. And starving!

Whole30 Day 7 Breakfast

Whole30 Day 7 Lunch

I know – a lot of fruit but not a lot of energy! When I got home I had a couple of those sausages I had earlier this week. Then I took a shower and went straight to bed.

So no workout today either, I’m feeling very disappointed.

Week 1 overall

Well, it’s been a mixed week hasn’t it? I started off really well – it was actually great to start while I had some days off from work. It all, both diet and exercise, went downhill when I went back to work. I really need to focus on that next week.

I just went through this post and noticed that my food seems a bit dry… I guess the reason is that I’m not a great fan of sauces. Well, I do love a lovely red wine sauce with my steak but I’m obviously not allowed any right now. What I do love almost as much though is lemon. That’s a great tip if you haven’t tried it – take a wedge of lemon and squeeze the juice from it on your beef, pork or chicken. It tastes so good!

I’m also a little bit stuck, eating similar foods every day. But I do like the food I eat! And I always add a good amount of olive oil and vinegar to my salads. In case you’re wondering 🙂

I really should find ways to add protein to my breakfast – I’ll have to think more about that next week. I’m allergic to eggs so that’s not an option. Do you have any suggestions?

Overall, I can’t believe this week went by so quickly! I’m really looking forward to next week – I’ll write another update then.

Are you on Whole30 or another weight loss program? What’s week 1 been like for you?




2 thoughts on “Whole30 and 30 Day Shred: Week 1

  1. Hi, I am enjoying reading your blog. I just started Whole30 for the first time yesterday. So far, my biggest challenge with it is not being allowed to put any kind of sweetener in my tea.
    I notice that you didn’t eat any fish the whole week. It is a great source of protein and so delicious. I had baked halibut this evening, and am looking forward to eating the leftovers tomorrow. Also nuts are great to snack on. Breakfast is problematic, but as you’ve shown we don’t have to eat traditional breakfast type foods for breakfast 🙂
    I also noticed that you had smoothies a couple of times during the week, but Whole30 states that they strongly recommend against them. Did you decide to have them anyway?
    Wishing you lots of luck and looking forward to following your progress.

    • Hi Penny!

      Wow, what a great comment – thanks for taking the time! My boyfriend had the same problem with his coffee as you have with your tea the first time we did Whole30. He was so used to using sweeteners he looked like he had just bitten lemon when he first tried having coffee without his sweetener 🙂 I’m not sure if he’s used to it by now or what’s happened but he now drinks his coffee without sweeteners, even when we’re not doing Whole30.

      About fish – I was allergic to fish when I was younger so I’m not used to eating it and don’t really like the taste of it. And I’m a picky eater anyway. You’re right, it would be a great source of protein. I’ll have to find ways to learn to like fish.

      To be honest I didn’t even know that Whole30 recommends against smoothies. I haven’t read the book, perhaps that’s why. Well, I will have them anyway because I want to try to build a diet, a lifestyle that I can keep up in the future as well. And I have smoothies for breakfast or snacks even when I’m not on Whole30 so that’s something I want to keep in my diet. And the smoothies do not contain anything that’s not otherwise allowed on Whole30.

      Good luck with your Whole30 as well – let me know how you’re doing along the way or at least once you’re done! 🙂

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