<![CDATA[Sweet Life of Anna - Blog]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:17:27 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Postpartum Preeclampsia: How It Almost Took My Life]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:51:12 GMThttp://sweetlifeofanna.com/blog/postpartum-preeclampsia-how-it-almost-took-my-life
I wasn't aware of how sick I was... 

We had been there for a week and I was ready to go home. The walls were starting to close in on me. I was over the place and wanted life to begin, in our home, with our new baby girl. 
 I was induced and put into the hospital 3 weeks early on August 14th due to preeclampsia. On August 17th Ava made her entrance into this world. August 19th was our day to go home and I didn’t want anything stopping us from that. 

We were in the hospital room packing things up while Ava was having her car seat test in the NICU. 

My parents were in the room with us. My mom mentioned something about wanting to talk to my doctor when he arrived and how she had some questions for him. My mom is an OB nurse and has been for many years. When she said she had some questions for him, I knew what that meant. 

I made the biggest mistake that day by telling my mom NOT to say anything to the doctor and to let me handle it. All I wanted to do was go home. I didn’t want anymore magnesium, or another catheter, or a blood pressure cuff strapped to my arm going off every so often. I just wanted to GO HOME! 

The doctor came in and my mom did what I asked. 

The doctor who discharged me that day wasn’t the doctor who delivered Ava BUT was my original OB doctor who induced me 3 weeks early for preeclampsia. 

He walked in, asked me how I was doing and if I had a vaginal delivery or a c-section. DO WHAT??? How did he not know this? Did he not look through my chart before discharging me? Did he not remember me having preeclampsia? In my head I was stunned, shocked, ticked off, disappointed, and confused but I wanted to go home. I acted as everything was fine so he would sign that little paper and let me go. 

They brought Ava back from the NICU, she passed her test and we were all set to go. We arrived home and life began. 


It was the Sunday after we arrived home and my parents came over to visit. When my mom arrived she took one look at me and said we needed to take my blood pressure. She just knew. Her mother/nurse instinct kicked in and she just knew. 

My blood pressure read somewhere around 190/140. I still thought I was fine. I felt fine. I was tired, exhausted, weak, had a headache, but I just figured those were all the normal symptoms to parenthood and being postpartum. My mom said I needed to go to the hospital right away but I told her I would be ok and that it would go down in a little bit. She insisted I call my doctor and see what he said (she knew he would tell me to go to the ER). He immediately told me to go back to the hospital. I remember sitting in the back seat with Ava on the way to the hospital just balling my eyes out. This wasn’t what I expected. It wasn’t what I had planned. 

I was admitted to their mother baby unit, hooked up to some more magnesium, they strapped the blood pressure cuff on and these leg cuff things (don’t know what they’re called), they padded the bed rails incase I started to have seizures, inserted my catheter (I hate those things) and we spent the night and next day getting my blood pressure under control.

That night was tough for us. It finally hit me that my body was sick, very sick.  

The next evening, I was sent home. THIS TIME with some BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICINE. Looking back now this is what should have happened the first time we left the hospital. My doctor (the one who discharged me) should have read my chart a little better and prescribed me some medicine. THIS is what my mom wanted to talk to him about. 

The other day I read an article about a woman in Tampa who died in her home due to postpartum preeclampsia. My heart aches for her family and I can’t help but think if my parents hadn’t visited that day, could that have happened to me? 

My mother was my angel that day. 
<![CDATA[Soft Baked Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:45:44 GMThttp://sweetlifeofanna.com/blog/soft-baked-cream-cheese-sugar-cookies
Valentine’s Day will be here in just a few days. I can’t believe it! This weekend Ava and I made these delicious cream cheese cookies for her teacher. I warn you now these are ADDICTING! 
These cookies are easy to make, require few ingredients, and are so good! They’re a soft baked cookie and they get softer as the days go on (so good). They’re seriously so addicting. I had to bring our leftovers to work so I wouldn’t eat them all. 

These cookies were fun to make with Ava. I frosted them and she put the sprinkles on. I have definitely learned when working with a toddler you should just expect a mess. A big mess! If you do you will never be disappointed. There were sprinkles everywhere after we got done and I mean everywhere! I think I’m still stepping on sprinkles. 

If you’re looking for a yummy treat for Valentine’s Day definitely try these cookies. We frosted them with a vanilla frosting. I usually make homemade buttercream frosting but yesterday I took the easy route and went with store bought frosting. 

If you don’t have time to make cookies you can try this SUPER EASY Valentine treat for the special one’s in your life. I made these last year for Ava’s teachers. I bought some cupcakes and sprinkles from the store. Printed the FREE printable and made super cute Valentine’s. I mean who doesn’t love cupcakes and sprinkles? ​

Soft Baked Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction (My most favorite baking blog!)
  • 3 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted or salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4 ounces block cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. In a medium sized bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together until combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and cream cheese together on high speed until completely smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the granulated sugar and beat on medium high speed until fluffy and light in color. Add the egg, vanilla extract and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine.
  3. On low speed, slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be very soft and creamy. 
  4. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days. 
  5. Once chilled, preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and prepare your work surface. The dough will be sticky so make sure you flour your hands, work surface (where you'll roll the dough out), and rolling pin. .
  7. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Using heart cookie cutter, cut into shapesRe-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used. I often have to keep adding flour to my work surface, hands and rolling pin several times throughout this process. 
  8. Arrange cookies on baking sheets 3 inches apart. Bake for 11-12 minutes until VERY lightly browned around the edges. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating. 
  9. Decorate with your favorite frosting and sprinkles. I recommend trying Sally's buttercream frosting for these cookies. 
  10. Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Other Cookies Recipes You Might Like...

<![CDATA[Bump Update 27 Weeks]]>Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://sweetlifeofanna.com/blog/bump-update-27-weeks
Sharing about how baby and I are doing at 27 weeks and some of my favorite bump fashions. 
This post is sponsored by Shop PinkBlush. 

Bump Update 27 Weeks

  • MOVEMENT: I feel baby girl all the time! I can actually feel her a lot more than I did with Ava. I also feel like I felt her sooner than I did Ava but maybe because it's my second one. 
  • CRAVINGS: Holy cravings. I've definitely had a sweet tooth craving, mainly for donuts.  I've also been craving Diet Dr. Pepper. 
  • MISSING: Being able to breathe and being able to stay up past 8:00pm.
  • This week I have felt like all of sudden my belly just popped out! Seriously! Some days I have energy and others I am dead tired! This week I have had more tired days than energetic ones. 
  • My blood pressure has been AMAZING lately. This week I hit 107/72. That's awesome for me. Usually I'm in the high 120's/80's.
  • Heartburn is kicking in. I usually get it at night time or when I eat fruit snacks or cashews. 
  • Hot flashes have started. 
  • My back is starting to feel a little better, thanks to going to the chiropractor. Some days are better than others. The weeks I don't go to the chiropractor I can definitely tell a difference in the pain. 

I know this list sounds pitiful but, I am doing good. I'm super excited to welcome our baby girl into this world. I'm hoping this weekend I will get some work done in her nursery. 

Ava is SO excited about getting a baby sister! Every day she says she wants a baby sister. We've been buying newborn diapers every week to start stocking up and Ava always says, "These for my baby sister." The other day she was sitting on the potty and Joey asked her if she pooped, she replied, "Yea! A baby sister!" Haha! It was so funny! 

Dressing the Bump, Ready for Spring. 

I've enjoyed this winter we've had here in Florida lately, but I am ready for everything Spring. From Spring weather, colors, fashion, to spring candy. I don't think my hot flashes can take winter sweaters for much longer. Lately, I've been loving these two new dresses I received from Shop PinkBlush. 

My first favorite is this floral maxi dress. I've always wanted a long maxi dress to show off my bump but I was always nervous because I'm so short. I'm only 4'11 and these dresses seem made for tall women. When this dress came in I was so excited that I could wear it. It was definitely really long on me and I'm not a fan of going to the seamstress to get things hemmed so I tried my two go to tricks. I gathered the fabric on the bottom and tied a knot on the side to keep the fabric from hitting the ground. That worked. Then I decided to just cut the bottom of the dress instead of doing the whole knot thing. Cutting it worked great with this fabric. I left enough room incase the dress curled up after being washed. I've washed it since and its perfectly fine! The fabric didn't curl and you can't even tell I cut it. I LOVE this dress. It's so comfortable and plan on wearing it while breast feeding. It's made perfectly for easy breast feeding access. You can find it here and many other maxi dresses. 
My next favorite is this loose fitting ruffle sleeved scalloped dress that just screams spring! I love the color of this dress and the scalloped edges. Oh, the best part is it comes in so many colors! Both of these dresses can be worn as maternity dresses or non-maternity dresses, which I love about Shop PinkBlush's clothing. You don't have to worry about spending money on something you will never wear again after you have the baby. I love it! 
For fun here is my 27 week bump update I posted on Instagram when I was pregnant with Ava. 
<![CDATA[Our Potty Training Journey and What Worked For Us]]>Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://sweetlifeofanna.com/blog/our-potty-training-journey-and-what-worked-for-us
So we actually introduced the whole "potty" thing to Ava when she was about 19 months old. 

We didn't have any intentions on potty training her at 19 months but we wanted her to be familiar with a potty and how it works. I found this super cute potty to put in her bathroom. Her reaction was the cutest thing ever! It was like her and the potty were best buds. 

I often bring Ava into the bathroom with me (not by choice) so the potty is something she was familiar with at a young age. Sometimes I would encourage her to sit on her potty like mommy does. We also put her on the potty without her diaper before every bath while the water was running in the bath tub. For awhile nothing happened and then one day she peed and freaked out (they say this is normal). We kept talking about the potty and interacting with it even though she was still in diapers and we weren't "officially" potty training her yet. 

When Ava turned two she was moved into the two year old room at daycare. Her teacher requested she be sent with pull-ups to school. This helped get the potty training started. Her teacher has been a HUGE help through all of this. 

At first Ava hated the pull ups because the smallest size they offer didn't really fit her. She's so petite that they were really big on her and uncomfortable. Eventually she got use to them. While she was in pull-ups (August- late December) we still took frequent trips to the potty. Sometimes she actually peed on the potty. 

My goal was to start potty training her full throttle during my Thanksgiving break (27 months), but then Thanksgiving happened and we were so busy that I pushed it back. We had plans to go to our parents house during the holidays and I didn't want her having accidents on their carpets. Plus, we had a lot going on during then (emotional stress) that it just wasn't the right time. We also transferred her to a toddler bed. With all the transitions and changes already happening it was best to wait another month. 

December came and it was time for Winter Break. Ava was 28 months old. My plan was to keep Ava home for a week, put her in panties, and start potty training full throttle. A week turned into 3 days at home. For those three days, she wore panties under her clothes and every 30 minutes I took her to the potty. After day one I slacked off on the every 30 minutes but I did take her frequently. She averaged about 2 accidents a day. Thankfully just pee, no poop. Pee got everywhere! All over our carpet, tile, and rugs. Stain remover was kept very close by. During those days I put her in a pull-up during nap time. After the 3 days she headed back to school. We sent her in her panties, with 5 changes of clothes. 

Thankfully, she did really well. I think she had an accident every once in a while for about a week or so. Her teacher is AMAZING at frequently taking the kids to the bathroom. There were a few days her teacher was absent and Ava had an accident almost every day.  

They say that it takes children a little while to get use to going poop on the potty. Ava's had two poop accidents in her panties since December, but for the most part she goes on the potty. I think the reason for this is because Ava doesn't poop everyday. She poops maybe every other day or so, and she's often constipated. She will go off in a corner or into another room when she has to poop and I can see her red face. This gives me time to take her to the bathroom. 

When we started "officially" potty training it only took a few accidents in her panties before she started letting us know when she had to go. I think we are VERY blessed because Ava caught on pretty quick. Some people recommended giving her a treat after she goes on the potty or doing a sticker chart but we didn't end up needing anything like that. If she didn't catch on as quick as she did I would have definitely tried something similar. 

Also, I want to mention that Ava caught on quickly but we also had her in pull-ups for a while before going to panties. She went to the potty soooooo many times while in pull-ups but probably only went on the potty maybe 10% of the time. It was annoying. Very annoying, but we stayed positive, praised her attempts and said, "Maybe next time." 

Below is a little video from when we first introduced the potty to her. It's one of my favorites!

Our Current Situation 

Currently, I think we're just about done with potty training. Ava very rarely has accidents, she goes to the potty on her own and only wears a pull-up at bedtime. She often wakes up with a dry diaper but we're going to wait a while before using panties at night. Not sure why, I guess I just think she's too young to expect her to get herself up at night time to go to the bathroom. 

Her new favorite thing is to say she has to go potty 100 times during our bedtime routine. I'm pretty sure it's her way of avoiding bed time. I usually give in the first 50 times (more like 3) because I feel awful telling her no if there's a chance she really has to go. Usually on the third time she does go. Of course, a few nights I freaked out and thought maybe she had a urinary infection and immediately Googled all of the signs (she got me) but she didn't have one. Now on the fourth, "I've got to go potty." I say, "NO! Lay down right now! You have a diaper on, you can go in that." Ok, maybe not that extreme but I do tell her no. 

She also loves to do the same thing when we're shopping and she doesn't want to be in the shopping cart anymore. Fun times. 

Potty Training Must Haves

I absolutely HATE taking Ava into public bathrooms. Some are so gross. As adults we can squat and hover over the toilet seat without actually touching it but obviously toddlers can't really do that. For public bathrooms I recommend this foldable reusable seat cover (my friend has it and LOVES it) or these disposable seat covers. Both are in my Amazon cart right now to purchase. 

What Worked For Us

  • Introducing the potty at an early age (19 months) but not forcing her to actually use it. Officially potty training at 28 months.  
  • Starting with pull-ups first for a couple of months and taking her to sit on the potty even if she never actually went pee. 
  • Communicating with daycare and receiving their help. 
  • Staying home a few days while putting her in panties under her clothing and taking her to the bathroom every 30 minutes. 
  • Not rushing it. Doing what best fit our family and what worked for us. 

Some Other Ideas...

When we first started thinking about potty training these were some ideas others recommended that worked for them. 
  • Stay home for a week or so and have them walk around with no underwear or diaper on (too scary for me).  
  • Use some sort of incentive. Every time they go potty give them a treat (skittle, M&M, stickers, etc.) 
  • For boys put a little sticker in the potty for them to aim at, or a cheerio. 
  • Some people are recommending to begin potty training when they're a little older (3 or older).

The best advice I can give after going through this journey is to do what best works for your family and your child. Try different things. Pay attention to signs to see if your toddler is ready for potty training. Some take longer than others to catch on and that's 100% OK! Don't beat yourself up about it.

​Are you currently in the potty training phase? What has worked for you? 
<![CDATA[Weekend Recap. Toddler Free Weekend]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMThttp://sweetlifeofanna.com/blog/weekend-recap-toddler-free-weekend
This weekend, we had a toddler free weekend. The first full weekend we've had toddler free since our trip to New York City last summer

Friday night we dropped Ava off for her weekend getaway at Nana's and then headed to Babies R'Us. After that we went to IKEA and then to dinner at Season's 52. Our dinner reservations were for 9:00 pm! That's pretty wild for us considering we usually start getting ready for bed around 8:30. 
They had the best little desserts. 
Saturday morning, we slept in and then headed to Born and Bread Bakehouse in downtown Lakeland for some cruffins. We told ourselves we were going to walk out with one cruffin each. Yea, we left with 7 pastries. 
A Banana Foster Cruffin.
We returned home and took a little early day nap. It was so, so, so nice! Then we got ready for our game night with friends. I made these delicious brownies and cooked a super easy pork loin recipe in the crockpot all day for pork tacos. 
That night we hosted an adults only game night at our house. It was so much fun! We played this new game I picked up called the Game of Things, and on of our ultimate favorite games called Pass The Pigs
Sunday morning, I actually didn't wake up until AFTER the sun was up. This doesn't happen often. Really like never since we had Ava. 

I spent the morning relaxing while drinking HOT coffee and catching up on Nashville until Joey woke up. Then we went to pick Ava up. 

What Ava's Weekend Looked Like...

Ava had a blast at Nana's. They played outside, painted a bird house, and played some more. She had a great weekend too. 

Now let's talk Super Bowl. Here are my thoughts...

  • I was really looking forward to the halftime show, but thought it was just OK. I was really hoping for an NSYNC reunion. 
  • Surprisingly I'm NOT of fan of This Is US. I've tried to get into it but just can't. I do believe #CrockPotIsInnocent. There has never been a house fire reported that happened from a Crockpot. Still loving my Crockpot everyday! Haha...I think an Instant Pot aka Pressure Cooker is WAYYYYYY more dangerous than a Crockpot. 
  • I'm happy the Eagles won. Not that I'm a fan or anything, but just because they've never won a Super Bowl. 
<![CDATA[My Whole30 Journey: Donut- 1 / Whole30- 0, Why I only Lasted three Days.]]>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 12:42:01 GMThttp://sweetlifeofanna.com/blog/my-whole30-journey-donut-1-whole30-0-dont-laughOk, so don’t laugh. I’ve learned that I should probably try a diet out first, complete it and then share it on the blog and social media, and also to never try something like this while pregnant. Ok, just kidding about the whole trying it first thing, that’s the point of this space, to be transparent. But I am serious about not doing something like this while being pregnant. 

I’m here to tell you I made it THREE days on the Whole30 Challenge. THREE WHOLE DAYS. I’m so embarrassed. My reasons for stopping have nothing to do with the challenge itself. I think the challenge is AWESOME for someone who is looking to make the change and to see what certain food groups do to your body. I think I’m just not at a spot right now in my life for that. Maybe later on down the road I will be. 

I did however realize the following things in just the fews day I did Whole30…
  • SO MUCH food has added sugar that I didn’t even know had sugar in it. It’s seriously crazy how many things have sugar. 
  • I was eating way too many sweets and definitely needed a reality check. 
  • There are meals that are yummy, quick and easy to make with less processed food. 
  • I need to drink more water. 
  • Leftovers for lunch are a great idea. 

My plans moving forward…
  • Never to share about diet on the blog before actually doing it (just kidding)
  • Cut WAY back on my sugar intake.
  • Cook more dinner for leftovers the next day. 
  • Pay attention to the ingredients in things. 
  • Try to be a better me everyday and live the best life I can. 

So there you have it. That was my Whole30 journey, at least for now. 

Disclosure: My husband was all about this challenge and would have totally kept doing it for the 30 days to support me. This choice was all my own. 
<![CDATA[Our New Favorite Toddler SnacK That Every Toddler Should Try]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:34:33 GMThttp://sweetlifeofanna.com/blog/our-new-favorite-toddler-snack-that-every-toddler-should-try
Today, I wanted to share with you a healthy snack that Ava has been loving lately. 

Ava has been in the picky eater stage for a while now. Her most favorite thing she eats is yogurt and it’s probably the one thing she eats every day whether it’s for a snack or part of a meal. 

I love talking to other moms and getting ideas on what to feed my picky toddler so today I wanted to share with you these Happy Tot Whole Milk Cups from Happy Family that I discovered at Target the other day. A few of the things I love most about this yogurt are
  • There are no added sweeteners.
  • It’s mindfully made with probiotics (these help keep Ava regular). 
  • It’s whole milk yogurt made with Vitamin D. 
  • It helps introduce her to new textures and tastes while giving her the nutrition she needs. 

This yogurt comes in a few different flavors including
  • apple, mango, carrot 
  • strawberry banana, oats and chia 
  • apple and pear

I also love that they come inindividual cups which make packing lunches for daycare much easier. You can find these at your local Target. ​

Now, what are your favorite snack ideas for your toddler? 
<![CDATA[My Whole30 Journey: Day 2 The Struggle is Real]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:31:22 GMThttp://sweetlifeofanna.com/blog/my-whole30-journey-day-2-the-struggle-is-real
Sharing the good, the bad and the really ugly today including some things I'm not proud of. 

Day 1 - Today was hard. Much harder than I thought. The book and people I’ve talked to have said that day one isn’t too bad. It was bad, really bad for me. It was very self reflective. Honestly, I didn’t realize how dependent I am on sugar or how many sweets I consume in a day. I realized today that I usually have a sweet when I first get up, a sweet mid morning, one after lunch, one late afternoon and one before bed. Ya’ll!! That’s a problem! I think I cried today. On my way to school I thought about buying a box of Little Debbie cakes, you know the Valentine heart ones they have right now and eating like 5 of them. I didn’t! No worries. Here’s to hoping tomorrow is better. Oh and my husband and I agreed to not take anything we say to each other personal during these 30 days. 

Day 2- Today was even harder. It started off really good. Black coffee with almond milk isn’t my fave but it will do. Breakfast was good, lunch was good and I didn’t have to eat an RX bar first thing in the morning for my “fix”. Today I went to see my chiropractor and have a massage. That was really nice. Usually on my way there I stop and get a large diet cherry limeade from Sonics, but I didn’t this time. On my way home I stopped at Publix to pick up some Primal Whole30 friendly ranch (it’s gross). That’s when it all came crashing down. I was immediately smacked in the face with the smell of heavenly fresh bread. All I wanted was a loaf of white mountain bread. Just one loaf, nothing to go with it. I passed it up for some $13 grapes. Then at the check out I lingered the beverage chest for a couple of minutes pacing back and forth. I wanted to call my husband to see if he had been drinking diet Mountain Dews and if he had I was going to get ME a diet Sprite. I didn’t and of course he’s been good. I checked out with some more RX bars, grapes, some nasty ranch, and salsa that I thought was ok to eat until I got home and realized it was made with cane sugar. Seriously? 

When I got home the sugar in the salsa set me off and I just started crying. I HATE this Whole30 mess. It’s so hard. I had a stressful day at work and all I want to do is eat my feelings away to make me feel better. I kept hoping my husband would tell me that it was ok and we didn’t need to do this Whole30 thing but no luck there. I wiped my tears away and continued cooking dinner. We had buffalo chicken stuffed baked potatoes. The whole time cooking dinner Ava kept saying, “Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy,” at least a 1,000 times. Even when I answered her she still did it. She’s in this phase I guess. I wanted to sneak in the pantry (like I usually do) and dip a large marshmallow into my jar of Nutella because that always cures things (not really). 

It was time to sit down for dinner and eat. It didn’t taste good to me at all! In fact if I see another buffalo chicken stuffed potato on the internet I’m might scream. That seems to be one of the Whole30 go to’s or at least what I keep pinning. See, it’s probably actually a really good meal but because my tongue is still healing from the cough drops I ate last week while I was sick, anything spicy or highly seasoned with pepper or even a little salt burns the heck out of my tongue. Just my luck! I sat down at the table with my potato and spinach, no chicken, and my husband mentioned I didn’t have a protein on my plate. There they started again, the tears came pouring out. I told him, I didn’t like dinner, I don’t like any of the food and this is all I have and stormed off into Ava’s room to play with her. My poor husband, he has been SO PATIENT AND SO AMAZING! 

While playing in Ava’s room my mind got away from the struggles I was having, but I still had hoped my husband would tell me we could stop. He didn’t. I eventually closed myself in our bedroom and let the tears come rolling out. I boohooed and let it all out. This mess is tough and it’s ONLY DAY 2!!! What was I thinking doing this while I’m pregnant? I texted some of my friends to vent and for support and just like my husband they were amazing. One of them suggested to go back and read my Whole30 book and continue to understand the process. Once again I wiped my tears, went back into the living room, enjoyed some family time and then got my book out to read through it. 

My Reflection 

To me in those moments it did feel like this Whole30 Challenge was ridiculous and not worth it. I was unhappy, cranky, angry, not nice to my husband, and couldn’t live life with my favorite foods. No chocolate, no ranch, no bread, no cheese, no rice, no beans. What the heck? But then I read the book and did some more research. Whole30 isn’t saying you can’t live life without those things, they aren’t even saying if they are good or bad for you, because they don’t know. Only our bodies know. They’re saying to give up those things for 30 days. Just 30 days, which to me does feel like forever but it really isn’t. They say for 30 days detox you body from these certain things and then at the end of the 30 days reintroduce them systematically one at a time to see what they do to your body. Does sugar cause me to have anxiety and to feel yucky? Lord, I hope not. Or maybe just too much sugar will do that too me. Does dairy cause me to be bloated or give me headaches? What food might be causing inflammation in my back that may be causing this pain I’m having. Maybe that pain will go away or minimize. 

Here, I was thinking Whole30 has ruined my life, but it hasn’t. It’s made it hard but it’s not ruining my life. If anything it’s causing me to really reflect on my diet and on the challenges I have with food. This makes me uncomfortable and vulnerable and I don’t like it. I hate it. It makes me want to quit but I’m not. At least I haven’t so far. Haha…I know its only day 2. I am so unbelievably thankful for my husband. If it wasn’t for him I would have eaten the whole box of animal crackers in my pantry last night and then felt disgusting and defeated today.
​One of my favorite lines from the Whole30 book is this, “It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.” 

My To Do List Moving Forward: 
  • Find better Whole30 recipes that are delicious! 
  • Look for some yummy appetizers for Super Bowl Sunday. 

Side note: If you’re trying Whole30 or even considering it I HIGHLY RECOMMEND buying the book. It has helped me so much. You can find it here. 

Have any Whole30 recipes? Send them my way! 

Are you trying Whole30? How's it going?