30 Day Reset


If you aren’t familiar with what the 30 Day Reset is, please go back and read Post 1, Post 2, and Post 3! Then you will be up to speed. It’s all about health!

This is a page dedicated solely to my 30 day whims. Some days I might whine. Some days I might shout my successes from the rooftops. Some days I might vent about slow progress. Whatever the case may be. I’ll be putting progress here. I might also post some pictures now and again of delicious food or other 30 day reset things. Be sure to follow our Instagram account for the latest and greatest pics! Find us at @thedarlinggirls. And feel free to follow us on pinterest, where we will be pinning plenty of workout ideas, easy whole30 recipes, and some daily scripture.

Please also leave any encouraging comments, questions, ideas, or just random thought here on this page. Should be loads of fun!!!!


Day 1: Let’s start this off right! Coffee and Jesus get my day going before my run. A famous quote from the founders of whole30: “It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black is. Not. Hard.”



Today I ate a shake for breakfast, leftovers for lunch, and an avocado burger atop zoodles for dinner.


Day 2: I am feeling pretty good after yesterday. I had a great 3 mile run in the morning and got a few extra chores accomplished . Which is basically miraculous with kids. (Can I get an Amen?!) Stick with me. According to our whole30 founders, days 2-3 are known as “the hangover.” You may be going through sugar withdrawal and feel headachey, sore, and foggy. It’s normal! Push through with me! Eventually it will get better.

Today I have a few book recommendations for you. These are all solid devotional books for personal or family devotions. If you don’t have any, contact your local WELS Lutheran church. They likely have many of these in there church library. If not, stick to reading straight out of the Bible. You can never go wrong with that!


Today I had eggs for breakfast, a fabuloussalad with farmers market fruits and veggies for lunch, and chicken lettuce wraps for dinner.

I’m not going to lie to you guys, my husband and kids played Wormwood and got Papa Murphy’s pizza for dinner. I stayed strong despite the ooey gooey delicious looking cheese. Cheese. I miss cheese. I am a Wisconsin girl plain and simple. And I love cheese. I’m pretty sure Darling girl Ruth went through similar withdrawal when she cut out dairy for a while. But I had some guacamole to “cream” up my chicken salad and it worked out ok.  Onto day 3!


Day 3: Well, as a Pastor’s wife, Sundays are always tough. This morning I sailed out the door with a hard boiled egg and sime berries. For lunch we had some delicious cabbage roll ups.

But most importantly, we had the opportunity to worship this morning! The sermon was great (and I’m not biased at all…), and despite the fact that my 18 month old had an epic 20 minute meltdown, I enjoyed being surrounded by my fellow believers.


Dinner was the hard part.

We are down by my in-laws for a little holiday celebration. And they served the most fabulous meal. Brats (do I need to reference the fact that I’m a Wisconsin girl through and through again?!), chips, baked beans, grilled asparagus-but it was dusted with Parmesan 😞, and plenty of other yummies! But I muscled through with fruit, veggies, and sauerkraut. So hard, but hopefully so worth it!


Day 4: Happy Independence Day! Freedom is quite the thing, isn’t it? As confessional Lutherans, freedom has an even more significant meaning.

But today I’m going to talk about the hymn I’m learning. I love hymns. I love seeing them. I love playing them. I love memorizing them. But you know what’s best? Learning hymns that succinctly tell the message of Christ. It’s all about solid doctrinal content, in my mind. Law, Gospel, salvation, repentance, justification. If you can put all of those in one hymn, you’ve got a winner! Here is one of my favorite hymn stanzas that, I believe, fits all these criteria. And on top of that, my kids LOVE singing this one. The tune must be nice and peppy for little girls:

Salvation unto us has come,

By God’s free grace and favor.

Good works cannot avert our doom.

They help and save us never.

Faith looks to Jesus Christ alone,

who did for all the world atone.

He is the one redeemer.

Christian Worship Hymn 390:1


Do you have any favorite hymns? What hymn are you going to memorize?

Day 5: Well, yesterday was wonderful! We had a fantastic Fourth of July. I ended up making the from scratch mayo recipe given in the whol30 book. I enjoy did the roasted red pepper mayonnaise and basically used it in most of my Fourth of July dinner (chicken, grilled broccoli, and roasted sweet potatoes). It was DIVINE! It was nice to eat something creamy without it being a cheat. Later this week I will post the mayo recipe with a few little hints. If you are doing whole30, this recipe is a must!!!

We watched fireworks last night with some wonderful friends and closed out the night by taking a silly selfie. And, y’all, I’m posting it here even though I don’t like the picture. But I want to encourage myself (and you), to get over this fear of having pictures taken of yourself for fear that you won’t like how you look.


Anyway. All that fun has caused me to be tired today. So, there’s this:


Day 6: Things have been going surprisingly well. There are a couple things I’d like to draw your attention to in the upcoming days, though.

According to the whole30 timeline, days 8-9 may very well be met with bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. This is not uncommon because your body is adjusting to this new way of eating. Your gut is healing and re-acclimating itself to these foods. So don’t be disheartened! Push through these tough days even if you want to give up.

This could be true for any lifestyle change, I think. There is an adjustment period for your body, and we have to be forgiving of ourselves and allow time for those positive changes. I would encourage anyone doing a lifestyle switch to stick to it for, at the VERY LEAST, 20 days before you can expect noticeable change. DONT GIVE UP!!!

Today I also ran 4 miles. It was a big accomplishment for me, so 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼!!!

And on Wednesdays I get together with a group of wonderful women to have a kind of “book club Bible study.” Do you have any Bible studies in the area you could join? Think about attending. It’s a wonderful faith-builder.



Day 7: One of the biggest reasons to do a #whole30 is to discover otherwise hidden food sensitivities. When your body is exposed daily to inflammation-causing foods, who’s to say what specific food might be reaking havoc on your personal system.

Now, I don’t have allergies. Seasonal or food. So most people I’ve told are confused that I would do a #whole30 anyway after giving my reasoning. BUT I do have these pimple-like bumps on my upper arm that appeared when I was pregnant with #3 and haven’t gone away since. I’ve researched a little and found that (of course), it very well could lead back to food, and in fact could be a symptom, of a leaky gut. A few other symptoms looked suspicious for me as well, so I am RESETTING my body!

This morning I also found playing hymns for a half hour to be especially therapeutic. For any of you piano players out there, you know what I’m talking about. Sometimes life gets in the way and you don’t just sit and play piano for what seems like forever. Not going to lie, I was crying as I played through some of my favorites. Reading the powerful words of a hymn can bring even the strongest of men to his knees!


Day 8: It’s been a rough week to be living this side of heaven. Pray today. Come Lord, quickly.

Day 9: Well, I am feeling very much ready to give up on shole30 today. Don’t worry, I won’t. But I’m definitely feeling it. I’m tired (could be the 5:30 alarm), I’m cranky (could be the dishes that I didn’t want to do last night that greeted me this morning), and I’m craving chocolate (could be the hormones…). Whatever it is, it’s rough.

One area I’ve been trying to improve on is my prayer life. If you’re anything like me, you tack prayers on at the end of the day as you are falling asleep. Not exactly the most respectful way to talk to the Almighty. Today I am going to find a notebook and begin writing my prayers before speaking them OUT LOUD. Have you tried saying your prayers out loud? This isn’t science or anything, but it helps me in a few areas:

1. Keeps me from falling asleep.

2. Heightens the reality that I am talking to Jesus.

3. Shows my children (or anyone near) what talking to Jesus looks like.

4. Keeps me “in check.” (By that I mean: I can feel somewhat foolish saying prayers out loud. Which in turn makes me feel very tiny. So instead of being ego-centric when I pray, I more readily turn to the saving power of God in my life and in the lives of others.)


Have you tried praying out loud? Get a notebook and give it a shot!

Day 10: Well. Yesterday was by far the hardest day so far. I knew it was coming, too. But after walking around Sub Fest here in Manitowoc and smelling all the delicious foods from various vendors at the Farmer’s Market, I was struggling. BIG TIME. My family all got lunch from these delicious places. And I sat and drooled. But don’t worry. I stayed strong. I got home and made a fruit smoothie to satisfy a craving for that amazing looking bubble tea.

This morning was a wonderful worship service with some fabulous organ music. It is a blessing to be surrounded by fellow believers!


Day 11: Well, I’m not even half way through yet and I am tired. According to the whole30 timeline, this is totally normal. I’m sick of cooking umpteen different meals because my kids and hubby aren’t doing whole30 with me. I’m sick of not indulging in the summertime ice cream when the rest of my family does. I’m sick of drinking herbal tea at night instead of the occasional glass of wine. I’m sick of black coffee (yes, I said it!).


I am grateful that I have the opportunity to choose to eat this way. I am grateful to be surrounded by loving friends and family who are encouraging me through this 30 day reset. I am grateful for the means to cook umpteen different meals for me and my family. I am grateful for pineapple. And I am grateful for black coffee, because it is still coffee, after all!

But most of all, I am grateful that my little earthly life are nothing in comparison to the heaven that awaits me. I can work on my health ’til kingdom come, but it certainly doesn’t impact the reality of eternity. It only helps make my short life on this earth a little more bearable.

Is anyone else out there doing whole30 with me? (or reading this…..herro….?) How’s it going for you?


Day 12: Today went much better than yesterday (yaaaaayyy!!!!!). I kicked off with a larger breakfast of eggs with avocado and salsa, and I think that helped me stay on track the rest of the day. Strength training boot camp with Denise Austin (Holla, Denise! Free workouts in YouTube!) got me very sweaty today. Or it could have been the 90 degree heat in a house without air conditions. Either way I was sweaty.

Today I am letting you know what hymn I am learning this week. It is one of my all-time favorites that almost NEVER is sung because the melody is a wee bit difficult. But it is a POWERFUL melody. Like, background music to marching-off-to-battle scene. I just love it! It is Christian Worship hymn 253, stanza 1 (Please at least read through ALL stanzas, even if you don’t intend to memorize them. Ah-mazing. Paul Gerhardt knows how it’s done. Well…knew…he’s dead now…):

I will sing my maker’s praises

and in him most joyful be,

for in all things I see traces

of his tender love for me.

Nothing else than love could move him

with such deep and tender care

evermore to raise and bear

all who try to serve and love him.

all things else have but their day;

God’s great love abides for aye.

Go on and read all the verses! Notice how this hymn hits all the criteria I talked about on day 4? Yeah. That’s how I roll.


Day 13: Today started off a bit rough. I went out for a six mile run. I had the route all worked out in my head (I don’t have a smartphone at the moment so I have to plan the routes before I leave the house), so I started off and ran the route that I remembered. I finished in great time! One hour and three minutes! I felt shockingly amazed! Only then did I realize that I ran the wrong route and I didn’t even make it to 5 miles. Super disappointed. But I am still glad I got an ALMOST five mile run in.

Today I want to talk about how amazing it is to share Jesus with your children. One of my greatest joys in life is watching my daughters (I have four of them) bloom into young Christian women. We have VBS going on at our church right now, and they take such joy in telling me about what the Bible lessons were and what the crafts mean and what Bible passages they are memorizing. It is WONDERFUL! We have been singing these songs together and saying passages together.

And that’s one of my goals in this 30 day reset. To refocus on sharing Jesus with my children. It’s too easy to live day to day in survival mode and forget about eternity. But my main goal on earth as a mommy is to help guide all my babies to heaven’s gate! “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Are you sharing Jesus with your babies?

Days 14-18: Well, sorry for the delay in posts. But I HAVENT GIVEN UP! Have you? I am currently on vacation, so I might post sporadically, but I am still on track.

I ran my first 5k with my sisters on Saturday and did better than I thought I would. Ruth won first in her age bracket and Cate got a fourth trimester PR! So we darlings all accomplished something huge!

I am now living it up at Cabin Week. I may be doing sporadic posts here as well. Because vacation is about relaxing, after all. But stay tuned for an update when I get back!

As for your goals, how are they coming? Most importantly, how are you strengthening your relationship with Jesus?

Days 19-24: Well folks. I made it. I made it through vacation. It was basically torture because my mother-in-law is one of the most generous people you will ever meet and loves to buy goodies for her kids and grandkids. I was surrounded by delicious vacation goodies. But I faithfully said no!

While I didn’t do any running over vacation, I did do some kayaking, paddle boating, and swimming. I’d say it was a successful trip!

One thing I wanted to touch on is my new devotional book. It is “Love Language Minute Devotionals” by Gary Chapman. Have you heard of the five love languages? Have you figured out yours? Your spouse’s? Your children’s? I am a firm believer in filling up individual love tanks using individual love languages! And this combined with some Word of God?! You’ve got a winner!!!

Tomorrow I am hitting the road again to get my legs back in order. I’m hoping to do 3 miles to get started. Tuesday will be an abs and legs strength boot camp. Wednesday is 6 miles. Thursday is another strength boot camp. And Friday will be either 4 miles or another 6 depending on how I am feeling. I don’t want to push myself too hard and get overtired right away after vacation!

Ive got six days left of whole30 and I am super proud of how far I’ve come. It has definitely helped to retire my brain and my cravings.

Say a little prayer for me as I get back into my normal routine!


7 thoughts on “30 Day Reset

  1. Maggie says:

    Speak Oh Lord…most recently. Played at my God daughter’s confirmation in the newly renovated sanctuary at Peace in Hartford. Acoustics are amazing.


  2. runrunmomma says:

    You’re killing it! Anytime life throws you stress or holidays or whatever, it can be SO challenging! But what an exercise in self control!


  3. runrunmomma says:

    I’m very impressed with your commitment! Keep going! Soon you’ll get your “tiger blood” and everything will kick butt!


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