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Last Week’s Workouts + Whole30 Week 1 Meal Plan

While our foretasted 3-5 inches of snow turned out to be more of a light dusting, it is still freezing here. It’s 25 degrees right now and our low tonight is 12 and the heat in our house is only working at about 50% of its ability and we’re having a hard time keeping the temperature above 60 indoors. Needless to say, I’m bundled up and carrying a space heater from room to room with me.

I am not a fan of cold weather running (again, I know 25 degrees would be balmy for some of you…be kind to my southern blood) but I’m meeting a friend for a run this afternoon. After running 20+ miles and four consecutive days the week of Christmas, I had a hard time finding run motivation last week. I ended up practicing yoga almost every day and only getting one decent run and one gym session in. I credit this mostly to where I was in my cycle. I find that the week before I’m pretty low on energy and motivation. Anyone else?

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Last Week’s Workouts

Here’s a recap of the workouts.

Sunday: hot yoga

Monday: hot yoga

Tuesday: hot yoga + long walk

Wednesday: 4.4 mile run at 8:50 pace

Thursday: hot yoga

Friday: 1 mile warm up run on treadmill + strength/lift + hot yoga

Saturday: REST

I don’t stress when I experience ebbs in my workouts, I know it will all come back around again. As long as I’m not actively training for something, I try to listen to my body when it comes to how I move it on a day-to-day basis and not get too attached to any one way of doing things.

Shifting to food and meal planning. This weekend has been all fun and games leading up to my Whole30 kick off tomorrow. Just wait until you read my weekend recap tomorrow! 🙂 Here’s my meal plan for the first week of my second Whole30.

My meal plan for week one of Whole30.

Meal Plan: Week 1 of Whole30, Round 2



Cajun baked tofu over grits and collards (last non-Whole30 meal and last Purple Carrot recipe to try!)

Monday: (DAY 1!)

Slow cooker grassfed bottom round roast with potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, etc.


Sheet-pan dinner with chicken leg/thigh quarters, apples, red cabbage and acorn squash


Leftovers from Monday’s roast


Cod in parchment with olives and potatoes


Slow cooker creamy southwest chicken over cauliflower rice with sliced avocado


TBD…we have teacher training all day. Leftovers if we have them or I’ll do a simple protein + roasted things in the oven.


  • I’m going to make a big pot of chicken and veggie soup to eat throughout the week. Loosely based on this recipe from Cooking Light.
  • Salads topped with canned pink Alaskan salmon, sliced turkey or chopped hard boiled eggs. I’ll probably do soup + salad most days.


I plan on branching out from these two things on my second Whole30 so stay tuned! 🙂




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  • Katie January 8, 2017, 5:26 pm

    I’m so glad you’re doing these posts! I’m on day two of my first Whole 30. I’m excited about my meals this week!

    • Jen DeCurtins January 12, 2017, 10:59 am

      Good luck on your first Whole30! Planning is key!

  • Hillary January 8, 2017, 7:28 pm

    Sounds like a great meal plan! Just curious, if you don’t mind me asking, how much do you typically spend on groceries for 2 people on the Whole 30?

    • Jen DeCurtins January 12, 2017, 10:58 am

      This is a great question that I can’t answer completely accurately but can give you a general overview. I would say that I spend a good bit “stocking up” with all of my Whole30 staples and faves. After that, I feel like the grocery bills are comparable as long as I meal plan. For example, I probably spent around $25 on a grass-fed roast that I cooked in the slow cooker but it fed both of us two complete meals and we still have leftovers. I think meal planning is key for grocery budgeting no matter if you’re on Whole30 or just eating regularly. Our weekly grocery bill for the two of us is usually around $125-$150 both on and off Whole30. That is with me cooking almost every single night and I eat breakfast at home every day and lunch almost every day.

      Hope that helps!

  • Danielle January 9, 2017, 8:42 am

    I’ve been thinking about doing another Whole30. Definitely saving these posts for future reference!

    I’ve learned the hard way – from an overuse injury – that the only way I think intense exercise can be sustainable if it ebbs and flows with lower intensity workouts like yoga.

    Happy Monday!

    • Jen DeCurtins January 12, 2017, 10:55 am

      I couldn’t agree with you more on injury prevention and not going so hard all the time. It’s so key for long-term sustainability.

  • Julie Running in a Skirt January 9, 2017, 9:29 am

    We got about 9 inches and the county never gets around to plowing our neighborhood! Boooo! My hubby left this morning in our larger 4×4 and said it was still super slick and I should not leave again today unless I had too…. booo!! Day 3 of being snowed in.
    Guess I’ll be hitting my treadmill today!
    Hope you have a good week!

    • Jen DeCurtins January 12, 2017, 10:54 am

      Oh Julie – that sounds lovely and terrible all at the same time. So glad you have a treadmill to use at home. Hope you guys stay safe this winter.

  • Francesca January 9, 2017, 11:27 am

    Can’t wait to see what you make during whole 30! I’m on week 2 starting today. Check out my blog to see how it’s been so far!

  • Fran January 9, 2017, 11:29 am

    Can’t wait to see what recipes you do! I’m on week 2 today! Check out my blog to see how it’s gone!

    • Jen DeCurtins January 12, 2017, 10:54 am

      I will definitely head over to your blog and check out your Whole30!

  • Alison | Daily Moves and Grooves January 11, 2017, 3:10 pm

    I think I’m in that point in my cycle right now. Sleeping, eating, and yoga are all that sound good for my body this week!

    • Jen DeCurtins January 12, 2017, 10:45 am

      Yes, listen and be kind to yourself! Get some extra rest.

  • Leigh January 15, 2017, 12:07 pm

    What kind of gear do you use for running in the cold? Specifically, the tights…fleece?

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