First of all I wanted to say THANK YOU all for your response to Friday’s post on Friendship– It is SO refreshing to know I’m not alone in this struggle. Hopefully we can all just learn to be friends to each other and no one will have to be lonely anymore! Als0- Don’t forget to enter the U Design Jewelry Giveawy!!
THE HALF WAY POINT!!! WHOOO! So I’ve officially made it half way through the Whole30! And let me tell you, it has NOT been easy. I seriously thought I ate “pretty clean” before this, but I gave into my cravings far more than I realized. There are a ton of other bloggers doing the Whole30 this month, so this is a place to link up and see how others are doing, to find ideas and inspiration, and to know you’re not alone.
So this week was tough. Tougher than week 1, I think. Week 1 I was all hyped up and “This is going to be amazing hooray!” Then I ran a half marathon – and when I do that I usually want to eat everything I see. I stayed on track and felt fine on Days 8-9. Kinda boring. Then comes Day 10.
Day 10 deserves its own paragraph. Because it was that miserable. I was constantly hungry. I was emotional. I was exhausted. I wanted everything I can’t have. Chai Latte from Starbucks, creamy latte, Chocolate Chip cookie, muffins…. I wanted it all. I had a hugely emotional moment of telling myself I “deserve” it and that having something – anything- would satisfy those cravings. I had black coffee… tried to make my own chai latte with my homemade almond milk (it wasn’t nearly as good without the sugar), had some rasins and cashews… nothing was cutting it. I ended up laying down for a bit in the afternoon and it helped. But I was still kinda cranky.
I thought week 2 was supposed to be kick butt awesome?! Day 11 was tough too, but not nearly as bad as day 10. I realized that I have, in fact, been sleeping way better. I know when I wake up and am utterly confused as to what day it is and why my alarm is going off that I have slept good. Things with my schedule have recently changed and now I’m working out at 7am instead of 5am and let me tell you those extra couple hours make ALL the difference. I have been sleeping deeper (according to my Sleep Cycle app) and longer. My body is thankful.
Now for the food! I have been staying true to the spirit of Whole30 and sticking to the program as much as possible. I have not, however, been worrying about the sourcing. I try to get organic and local as much as possible but when it comes to meat sometimes that isn’t an option. I have been eating breakfast meat like bacon and sausage that is not technically whole30 approved…. but that is just a small detail I’m willing to overlook for the results I want to get. As much as there are so many technical Whole30 rules, there are certain things that you have to decide for yourself if they will help you reach your goals, and for me eating those kinds of meats is fine.
Power Steak Bowl from Panera – Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce – Salad with Oil/Vinegar dressing – Eggs, Sausage, Broccoli, Spinach & Mushrooms, Tomatoes – Bison Burger topped with Homemade Avocado Dressing on a bed of Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli – Roasted chicken and veggies – Lettuce Wrapped Chicken Breast with Bacon & Guac, Sweet potato fries from Red Robin – Breakfast bowl with eggs, broccoli, tomato, avocado, bacon – Texas Chocolate Chili with Avocado
We did eat out a lot more this week and I felt good about the choices I made. I stayed away from any processed sauces/dressing and picked mostly meat and veggies. I’m not sure what kind of oil the sweet potato fries were made it… but they were good. ha.
Overall I’m feeling good about my body. I am noticing myself looking smaller in the mirror. Mostly, I just miss the aspect of community when it comes to food. We are very much social eaters. While we still have been going out we have avoided some of our favorite places to go with friends because there would be too much temptation for me. Speaking of temptation – when we went out on Friday the hubs and daughter split a piece of cheesecake. It looked amazing. I was SO tempted to have just a bite. But I didn’t. HUGE points for that one.
I’m ready for week 3. I hope there aren’t any days like Day 10 – I want to be smooth sailing from here on out! If you are doing Whole30, link it up!
How are you doing? How do you deal with those days you struggle with making healthy decisions?