To be honest, I can’t believe I’ve stuck with the Whole30 this long. It’s day 17.
It’s restrictive. I’ve been saying “no” a lot. I think the determining factor in my success is staying accountable to my Whole30 buddy, Rachel.
I’m able to text her when there are treats at work – or when I’m feeling good. It’s been the only reason I’m sticking with it.
I’m learning several things while on the Whole30 so far.
First, my body likes this. I’ve lost weight. My belly bloat is down. I feel good. I have energy in the mornings and the evenings (I’m usually out like a light at night!). This is a good thing for me.
Also, there is crap food EVERYWHERE. Until now, I didn’t fully realize that at just about every meal, I’m faced with choosing crap. I could eat the healthy breakfast I packed or eat a donut that a coworker brought. At lunch, I could eat the salmon and veggies or a burger. At the pizza place, I could get a salad or pizza and ice cream. I typically choose good stuff about 1/2 to 3/4 of the time…but it’s the crap the rest of the time that’s gotten me to where I was – overweight, unhappy, tired, and sad. But it’s amazing how choosing good food at every meal for 17 days has turned that around. I mean, I’m still overweight….but I’ve lost some.
I’ve also learned that food prep doesn’t have to be hard. Yes, cooking protein requires some work. Having good food on hand means I have to go to the grocery store. But this morning, I took some of my precooked meatballs for breakfast, threw in some fruit, made a quick salad for lunch (because I had everything on hand), and spiraled a squash for my veggie. I was done in 5 minutes because I had prepared. Thinking ahead is key.
I’m also learning that some people won’t understand. Friends will wonder why in the heck I’m doing this instead of eating my “usual.” Coworkers will wonder why I won’t eat the healthy muffins they brought. It’s hard explaining yourself. First off, the Whole30 is a bit complicated and restrictive….but it’s also a mindset about health instead of “diet.” And I think that’s hard for most of us to really grasp.
So here I am. Day 17. Making good choices. Being more active than usual (I did some weights at home this morning!). Seeing some results. Wondering what will happen on September 2 when I am not longer “Whole30.” Here’s my plan….finish this round of Whole30. Do the reintroduction phase to see what (if anything) is bothersome to my system. I have 6 days to full do a reintroduction phase before a work trip to Cleveland. I plan on making good choices on the trip (with a little wiggle room because of a visit to Lola- Iron Chef Michael Symon’s restaurant!)….and returning for another round of Whole30 before Vegas. I can do like 27 days between Cleveland and Vegas….and since my body is a fan of eating this way…I’m pretty certain I’m gonna do it.
And while I’m not gonna care AT ALL what I eat in Vegas, I will probably do another round when I get back before Thanksgiving.
I know those are pie in the sky goals…but I’m serious when I say I’m feeling good and want this feeling to continue. Sure, the weight loss is GREAT (and this is the least I’ve had to actively think about weight loss/calorie counting/”eating to lose weight” and still lose weight)…but I’m loving the way I feel.