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For the next 30 days, I’ll be participating in my first Whole30. Check back for daily updates about my progress.

Day 2 was relatively smooth. We went grocery shopping last night, so I had many more options to choose from today. I had a little bit of a headache in the afternoon, but my hunger level hasn’t been too bad. I overcame my first challenge today. We had a going away party at work today for our intern, which happened to be an ice cream party. I stayed strong and passed on an ice cream sandwich. One small step for man, one giant leap for me.


I woke up a little bit earlier today to throw together a heavier breakfast this morning.



I totally flaked and forgot to take a picture at lunch, but I had a tuna spinach salad. It looked pretty much the same as the salad I had on Day 1.

  • Yellow fin tuna in olive oil
  • 2 cups spinach
  • Balsamic vinaigrette – 2 tablespoons Macadamia Nut Oil (from what I can tell it’s paleo approved), 1 1/4 teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon organic brown mustard, a pinch of salt, a pinch of dried dill.
  • 1 cup Watermelon on the side


For dinner, I braved the 100 degree heat and spent some quality time with my BBQ grill.

  • 5 oz. Grilled Chicken seasoned with salt, pepper, smoked paprika and garlic powder
  • Grilled veggies including asparagus, yellow squash, yellow bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and shallot
  • 12 Bing Cherries


What I’m Listening to Today

The Lumineers – The Lumineers have quickly become one of my favorite bands. I have been listening to this CD pretty much non-stop since it came out earlier this year. One of my favorite tracks is Ho Hey.

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Today’s Inspiration

“Invictus” by poet William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


John lives in Austin, TX with his wife and blogging partner, Diana, and daughter. When he's not busy with his day job, Marketing Manager, or writing at, he enjoys lifting weights, gardening, photography, video games, grilling, reading, eating and spending time with his family. You can contact John by email at John AT luvs2eat DOT com.

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