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Whole Foods on the Whole30 + A Whole Lot of Randomness

If there were one word to describe the last 10 days of my life, it would be EXPENSIVE.

First up, my car. Good lord. It has less than 60K miles on it but it’s been giving me a run for my money lately. First, it wouldn’t start consistently. AutoZone said I needed a new battery (side note…have you ever seen a battery in the trunk!? I didn’t even know where to find it). Then it still wouldn’t start consistently and the motor started cutting off while I was driving (terrifying). Took it to the dealership and got a new fuel sensor. While there, they informed me I needed four new tires. Ouch. My grandmother says that bad things come in threes so let’s hope I’m done with car stuff for a good long while.

Second, I’ve had laundry room and plumbing issues at the rental house I own. The plumber just made his second trip out today and we have what is hopefully a “long temporary fix” for a drain issue. I’ll eventually have to replace a bunch of drain lines under the house. Fun, fun.

What I bought at Whole Foods on the Whole30.

Third, Whole Foods always makes quite the dent in my wallet. Here’s the Whole30-friendly haul for the week.

  • Jason Body Wash with Coconut Oil
  • Organic chicken broth (love the Whole Foods brand, no sugar added!)
  • Everyone Lavender and Aloe body lotion
  • Buchi kombucha
  • Pure Intentions coffee
  • Organic lacinto kale
  • Organic red cabbage
  • Organic full fat coconut milk
  • Leeks
  • Acorn squash
  • Organic pink lady apples
  • Yellow onion
  • Tomato paste
  • Cinnamon
  • Bob’s Red Mill Sesame Seeds (FYI, this bag was so much more economical than buying a small spice jar!)
  • Organic Italian Herb tomato sauce
  • Mushrooms
  • Green pepper
  • Organic red potatoes
  • Organic boneless chicken thighs
  • Brussles sprouts
  • Housemade Italian sausage
  • Ground lamb
  • Frozen wild caught salmon
  • Plainville roast turkey breast
  • Eggs
  • Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Powder (cornstarch alternative)

Dog momma.


And now we transition to the part of this post that’s called “I’m making it all okay with dog pictures.”

Does anyone else’s dog help them work? Look at those EYES!

It was a gorgeous day in Charlotte today so I took the girls to hang at the park.

Of course Zoey was “ball, ball, ball.” Her tongue kills me and look at the dirt over her eye.

Sullie’s always “mommy, mommy, mommy.”

I got my exercise in after I got home from the park with the girls. I headed out for a run and somehow ended up running almost 6 miles at a 7:54 pace. My fastest mile was a 7:37. I don’t even know where that speed came from but it felt so good. I stopped to pat two golden retrievers on my run (I just can’t help myself) and Zoey was giving me quite an inspection when I got home.

So while the expenses haven’t been fun, they’re just part of it. I’m taking it all in stride and just focusing on gratitude for the ability to be able to take care of what I need to and for pups that make me smile! 🙂

Do you find that “bad things come in threes?”

Do you ever have runs where you’re like, “where did that come from!?”


{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Julie January 25, 2017, 4:46 am

    Lady – we are living parallel lives! EVERYTHING over here is falling apart too – including my car battery as well!! Along with my wiper blades & a headlight. Add to that my dishwasher, house needing pressure washed, tile floors needing grout cleaned … and on and on and on and on! BUT the Whole30 is going AMAZINGLY well – the running is now pain free – really getting into Yoga and it’s been SPIRITUAL. 2017 is THE YEAR!! 🙌🏼

  • Emily My Healthyish Life January 25, 2017, 7:32 am

    I ran the other evening after work and I NEVER run at night. It wasn’t far or fast but the fact that I did it was a surprise in itself! Also, my one dog doesn’t let me type on the computer (just licks and nudges my hand). He thinks my hands should be used to pet him instead 🙂

    Ok- I saw you bought the frozen salmon from Whole Foods. How do you cook it? Every time I make that kind it comes out awful (not sure if I’m defrosting wrong or cooking/flavoring wrong). Let me know if you have any tips for that brand/cut!

    • Amanda January 25, 2017, 9:32 am

      Second the request for a frozen salmon cooking tutorial! My husband loves salmon so we buy it pretty regularly, but he claims to not like the taste of frozen salmon. We’d save so much $$ if I could find a way to cook it without the texture getting funky.

  • Bess FIT+FAVE January 25, 2017, 8:35 am

    Girl, yes! When it rains it pours it seems like. Sorry you’re having those car/home issues! I wish I could take Maverick to work 🙂 I would love it. And yes I love those runs…I’ve noticed a slight uptick in my pace over the last year since incorporating more strength/circuit training so I love that! 🙂

  • Linda January 25, 2017, 10:45 am

    Isn’t owning a rental property fun? 😉 Love all the golden pictures! Keep em coming!

  • Nathaly January 25, 2017, 11:38 am

    Car issues are always the worst, ugh!
    And yeah, I’ve had runs where I get surprised of my own performance. Wished everyday was like that though… but then it wouldn’t be special anymore, right?

  • Fran January 25, 2017, 4:42 pm

    Dogs really make everything better! I love those runs where I just go out and run, then look at my pace and am shocked / excited about it. You clearly had some feelings to let out / run out! I’m also impressed how you have been coping with your experiences recently. It’s inspiring and very helpful and always a reminder we are not alone.

  • Julie Running in a Skirt January 26, 2017, 8:48 am

    I’m a firm believer that bad things happen in 3’s! Yikes– hopefully you are done now though!
    And yay for cute puppies… they always help!

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