Meal Planning: Whole30 Week 2

This is Week 2 of the Whole30. I’ve pinned a bunch of Whole30 friendly recipes and I’m ready to share my meal plan with you, but first a quick re-cap of week 1.

Week 1 went okay. I stayed on plan but I’m much more tired than I thought I would be. I didn’t take a nap any day last week, and have been going at my normal pace, but I think not drinking as much coffee is having a greater impact than I thought it would. Doing a WOD first thing in the morning (9am) also seemed to help get the blood flowing and wake me up a bit. It's also been challenging to eat lunch. I have a Pre-workout snack of 2 hard-boiled eggs, go to the box, come home around 10:30am and that's when I have meal 1. And then I have to pick the kids up from school at 3pm, and Whole30 recommends 5-6 hours between meals, so that puts me eating lunch at 3:30ish, but at that time I'm in dinner making mode. I need to figure out a better plan with this because skipping lunch or eating late is not ideal. That would put me eating dinner at 8:30pm, and that's too late. Suggestions needed and welcomed!!

I got some coconut milk, no sugar added, <1g of sugar per serving, so I’m adding that to my coffee starting today! I need my coffee!! And it is also a healthy fat, so WINNING. Week 2 is also supposed to be the week that tiger blood kicks in. I am really looking forward to that. I am planning on doing a little landscaping in the backyard this week, so some extra energy will be much appreciated.

The meals I cooked last week were so good!! James and the kids really liked the burgers, meatballs, and garlic shrimp. I did too. Those were all big hits! I also perfected the hard-boiled egg, so now I'm eating beautifully colored eggs instead of ones that have a grey or green yolk.

I’m craving Italian this week, so I’ve added a couple Whole30 friendly meals with an Italian flavor! Any recipe that calls for beef, I will sub lean ground turkey in its place.

Here is this week’s Whole30 menu:

Monday: Spaghetti Sauce with Zucchini Noodles

Tuesday: Damn Fine Chicken

Wednesday: Garbage Stir-Fry with Curried Cabbage

Thursday: Zucchini Lasagna

Friday: Paleo cauliflower rice with ground turkey and veggies


If you've done the Whole30 how have you worked through some of the issues??

Tampa Theatre presents Family Favorites Series

Disclaimer: My family and I received tickets to the Tampa Theatre’s showing of The Princess Bride in exchange for my review of our experience.  I received no compensation and the opinions shared in this post are my own, or that of my children Wink

On Sunday April 7th my family was invited to the opening performance of the Family Favorites Series presented by the historic Tampa Theatre! My husband is from one of the oldest families in Tampa Bay, and he can trace his Tampa roots back to the 1880's. He has been here many many times, but we've never had the opportunity to take our trio!

The Tampa Theater was built in 1926 (the year my grandfather was born) and it is a simply beautiful theater!  My camera just does not do the theater justice, so rather than focusing on blurry, dark photos, I'll do my best to tell you what a great time we had!

We arrived in time to take the 1:30 tour. During the tour one of my children (Ronin) asked quite loudly "IS THIS PLACE HAUNTED??" And we quickly learned that YES, there is in fact a ghost at the theater. His name is Fink and he was the theater projectionist for 35 years. He did not die in the theater but since he spent the majority of his time there, that is where he chose to "haunt."

Ella and Ronin were both quite excited by the thought of a ghost!! Haley was starting to come down with the cooties, and though she had fun, I can look back at the photos and tell she wasn't feeling herself. Ronin and Ella kept looking around for Fink, but never felt his presence. They'd probably love the 90 minute ghost tour that is offered!

We played "lets find the perfect seat" for quite some time. We went up to the balcony, but all the kids forgot their glasses (or maybe I forgot them???) so we ended up in the 4th row from the front. I got all little people settled with the husband and went up for snacks. The Tampa Theatre has a very reasonably priced snack bar and they serve beer that they allow you to take back to your seat!! This was my LAST beer for a month. And it was good!!

 Popcorn for the kids and husband, check. Beer for me and husband, check. Licorice for Haley, check. Water for the trio, check. One mom with only two arms. Oh my! But I managed to get it all back to our seat!

The Princess Bride came out in 1987. I was 15 years old, and honestly I don't think I've seen it since then, and my kids have certainly never seen it! They loved it!! All 3 of them. At one point during the sword fighting Ronin got very animated, very excited, bouncing up and down in his seat, pretending he was fighting. And both my girls wanted to know "mama back in the old days was Buttercup a common name??"

We had a great time, and we'd certainly love to come back, but with my crazy race schedule and other events we have coming up, there might only be 1 more time we can go! Fingers crossed!

The Family Favorite Classic Movie Series shows start at 2 p.m. on Sundays and run from April 7 – May 19.  Tampa Theatre offers a discounted kids’ ticket price for this series in the hopes to appeal families looking for an affordable weekend outing in downtown Tampa. The films in Family Favorite Classic Movie Series include:

  • Babe (1995) – April 14
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) – April 21
  • Annie (1982) – April 28
  • The Muppet Movie (1979) – May 5
  • The Neverending Story (1984) –  May 12
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – May 19

Feeling Grateful-Come to Jesus Friday

I am feeling very grateful today. Grateful that I have an amazing family, a supportive husband, and an online community that continues to inspire me. and I'm grateful that day 5 of the Whole 30 is almost over! Tongue Out