Photography by: Angie Garcia
Give me a loud print and bell sleeves and I’m headed to the register faster than my feet can even walk. It’s a comfortable look for me, that never gets old. I could wear this dress 47 times and I won’t second guess myself when I put it on for a 48th.
I actually purchased this dress while Paul and I were in NYC and I immediately knew it would be my new meeting dress. I’m very lucky and get to wear prints to work and it be 100% okay, but I do still have to dress up. Knowing this dress combined my two favorite elements meant I’d feel comfortable in any meeting, even though I’m a serious introvert.
It fits true to size, but if you are in between sizes go up one size! This brand can sometimes run a bit smaller than traditional sizing.
Lastly, I wanted to give a Whole 30 update. Finishing Whole 30, I was over it. I just wanted a class of Cabernet so stinkin’ bad while I watched an episode of Fixer Upper supporting my BFF, Joanna. #IWish
Whole 30 completely changes your metabolism. Women fluctuate. From hormones to stress and changing up workout routines, I felt like I was always within a 3 pound range. And not that that matters, I mean it’s a scale. Who cares?! But I always wondered why my body was so sensitive to eating a breadstick or even a cookie.
I’ve been off Whole 30 for a month, and I’ve weighed the same exact weight every day since the day I got off. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I can’t help but think it means my body is balanced and has a routine down. We eat clean in our home and I have incorporated paleo treats, including some gluten-free bread when necessary [not paleo, but I love avocado toast!]. I found gluten was the hardest to reintroduce. In NYC I just felt full all the time and swollen [after eating bread!] and it was hard for me to eat the portions I normally do. But I do have chips and guac, wine or chocolate when we go out to eat. However, it hasn’t affected how I feel or my weight, because I think my body feels great from what I put into it 90% of the time.
I don’t like talking about weight or fluctuation, because I just think it doesn’t matter! I put more emphasis on the types of food we eat and my work outs. However, I did want to share this because at the end of Whole 30 I thought if I ate a doughnut I’d be so swollen and my body would freak out. Granted, if I have bread heavy things like bread baskets and pizza [#NewYork] I do feel that way. But if I just have one I feel completely fine and my body doesn’t fluctuate like it used to.
I just wanted to give that follow up for girls curious or in the same boat as me during Whole 30! You eat so clean for 30 days and it can be stressful not wanting to put all the damage back in your body with wine, cheese, sugar. Since Whole 30, I’m not a fan of dairy. I’ll pick at a cheese board, but I haven’t had queso. HELLO, WORLD I haven’t had queso in almost 75 days. This is unheard of. But I don’t want it, at all. I also can’t do coffee creamer or regular milk. Of course I can have butter in desserts, but if Paul accidentally gets me a vanilla latte from Starbucks I can’t do more than a sip without getting nauseous. Gluten-free bread has been amazing [Udi’s is my favorite! I get it at Target or any other grocery store]. Sugar was what I missed most, but I just stick to dark chocolate pieces every few days!
This shake seriously fights any craving I have:
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
2TBS Cacao Powder [paleo friendly!]
Almond Butter [read label and make sure it’s just almonds and water
Did you ever try Whole 30?! What were you results after!