My Whole 30 Journey (just over halfway)
I thought I would post a little bit about my Whole 30 journey thus far for anyone who is thinking about jumping in.
Honestly, I had no intentions of doing it, but a mommy friend asked if I’d like to join her and some other preschool mommies and I just said sure!
The truth is, I honestly didn’t even know what I had really signed up for at that point. All I knew is that it was healthy, it was for 30 days, and I was really looking to lose some baby weight. After Ainsley I kept on about 5 extra pounds, and then with Asher I did the same. So there I was about 10 pounds over my ideal weight. And now Atlee, and it’s safe to say I’ve got that extra 5 (although technically I put that on before her pregnancy with glasses of wine and a sugar monster). So here I was about 2 months postpartum and stuck with 15 extra pounds.
The first 2 weeks, they fell off, and then nothing. Crickets. Silence.
Of course I wasn’t doing anything about it, so really not a reason to complain, but I was hoping that with breastfeeding the rest would just continue to fall off. Not so.
So on December 30th (no joke), I decided that I should do some reading on the Whole 30 to see what I had signed up for. We were starting January 2nd, so I only had a few days to figure it out.
Luckily, we used to eat strict paleo, so honestly, I felt like I had a pretty good foundation to start with. The main differences were almost the complete elimination of sugar (aside from fruit), and not making paleo “treats.”
So here it goes thus far.
And first of all before I share, I have to say, the folks behind Whole30 have a great sense of humor. Love their articles, and anecdotes.
So there is this timeline….
Here’s what it says:
- Day 1: So what is the big deal? I’m not going to lie. I thought these exact thoughts. Seemed easy. Excited about the new venture. Ready to lose baby weight (even though that’s not the goal and they explicitly state this).
- Days 2-3: The Hangover. Honestly, I didn’t get one. I still felt good! The only thing that was really hard was around 8pm, when the kids were down… and all I wanted to do was pour a glass of wine. Just pouring the glass and hearing the glug, glug, glug is therapeutic really. So, my solution? Spindrift seltzer. Blackberry. Not quite wine, but something refreshing to sit down to.
- Days 4-5: Kill all the things. Now, when I read about these days, I was seriously worried. With our new baby and the adjustment on the big kids here, we were already battling. I feared for my kids lives. #kiddingnotkidding BUT, these days were good. I really still felt good. Still wanted a glass of wine, but I felt good. What I did realize at this point is how much I actually lick my fingers and finish last bites of my little people’s food. It’s been good to be more cognizant of this. I haven’t licked a finger or finished a bite of my kids food aside from grapes and carrots.
- Days 6-7: I just want a nap. So, I think I have felt this way the entire time really, you know, from the newborn baby we have. So, these days really felt like any other. What I would say, was that I really had no cravings for anything. We went to a going away party and I was surrounded by pizza, and desserts, and I really didn’t feel like I was missing out. Eating Whole 30 is definitely satiating.
- Days 8-9: For the Love of Gosling, my pants are tighter. So, for this portion, I don’t feel like my pants were tighter, and they certainly weren’t any looser. I know I am not supposed to focus on my waistline, but a this point I really did think.. nothing is happening, I might as well have a glass of wine at the end of the day. However, I am not a quitter. So I didn’t pour any, and continued on.
- Days 10-11: The Hardest Days. In some ways these were the hardest days, because (since I am focused on the wrong thing), all I could seem to focus on was why my waistline wasn’t any smaller. Otherwise I felt great. But I did have thoughts of… is it really working? But I would say it is working. I felt good, was giving my body great food, and I didn’t have any cravings. I pressed on.
- Days 12-15: Boundless energy, now give me a Twinkie. I did have a dream that I had a milkshake and foiled Whole 30 and had to start over. Which, is seriously weird b/c a milkshake would not be what I would choose to foil my progress if given the option. Anyhow… I do feel good. Have a great energy. Sleeping fabulous when I’m actually sleeping. When Atlee wakes in the night I do feel like I am in a death coma I want to put my head back on the pillow so badly. But hey… it is what it is. She has slept through the night 2x, so there is hope my friends. One thing that is a bummer, is that sweet girl for some reason is crazy, crazy fussy if I eat sweet potatoes. So there’s that. Kind of a bummer, but not the end of the world.
- Days 16-27. Tiger Blood. This is where I am currently. I feel great! It’s amazing how well my body feels when I give it good food. I think the biggest thing for me is the satiation in whole foods, and I’m not doing any mindless eating, which is easy to do with little people running around. Prior to this, food was on the go, whatever I could grab quickly, but I’m being mindful to sit down and eat, and fix my body what it needs. I still think about that glass of wine. Not a craving, just something that I enjoy and look forward to. I am anxious to see how I feel if/when I introduce other foods back in. I really have never noticed any problems/inflammation with foods that I’ve eaten in the past. And, I do feel like MAYBE my waistline is a teeny teeny bit better. I’m not sure if it really is… but it feels a little bit better in my pants. 🙂 So, press on I will.
So…. that’s where I’m at!
Really as a photog, I should have all of these pretty pics of my food. Well, I don’t. But, I did snap these with my phone yesterday. 🙂
My breakfast just about every day: 3 eggs, and 1/2 of an avocado (way more filling than the protein shakes I was drinking before)
And one of my salads. I basically throw in whatever vegetables I’ve got with chicken. Maybe a hard boiled egg. I use guac for my dressing and a splash of balsamic vinegar (which is why the chicken & guac look gross).
Happy Thursday! Thanks for reading. If you are doing Whole 30 press on!