You guys. I have a week left of this #whole30 challenge. I’m excited – and a little nervous. I love the way I’m feeling – but I miss pizza. After a hard day at work sometimes I just want to have a beer (or three.) I’m getting hella sick of hardboiled eggs. I am enjoying the new recipes and the search for substitutions to make some of my favorite foods #whole30 approved. I like that I’ve had someone at work as well as someone on my volleyball team tell me that I’m losing weight. My pants fit better, my spandex-filled yoga clothes make me feel more comfortable, and although I have really vivid, odd dreams at times, my sleep is second to none. I feel GOOD in the morning and have energy throughout the day. Of course I want to nap sometimes – but who doesn’t?
I’ve been a little anti-social, mostly because many dinners and nights out include drinking – and I just don’t want to be tempted. And being around drunk people when you’re sober isn’t the most fun I’ve ever had. But because of that anti-socialism, I’ve gotten a lot of reading done. I’ve also cleaned out my closet, organized my dresser drawers, and done A LOT of yoga. I’m on class 19 after today – and I still have a week to go for the 20/30 challenge. My practice feels strong although my legs and shoulders have been super sore. Not that I’m surprised – spending a considerable amount of time in Warrior 2 and Crescent Lunge will strengthen and tire your legs out in no time.
Non-scale victories have been considerable this time around. Like I mentioned before, my pants and spandex fit and feel better, I’ve had two mentions of looking thinner, the redness in my face is near gone, I have more energy, I sleep better, and I don’t want to punch people (as often) in the face when they irritate me.
But I’ve also had some downfalls. The first week sucks – I wanted 25 beers after work on the first Monday we started because work was just full of shenanigans. I wanted creamer in my coffee. I wanted an effing chocolate bar. And for God’s sake give me a Casey’s taco pizza. And then all of a sudden – I was out of my haze. I felt good, I wasn’t hungry all the time, and food prep was getting way easier. And then all of a sudden last week, something hit me and I wanted the ice cream in my freezer SO BAD. It was ridiculous. I’m not even a big ice cream eater – but for some reason I needed that. So what did I do? I took it out of the freezer, opened it up, grabbed a spoon, and dumped it down the sink. It was such a sad site to see – but I knew I had to do it. I’d never had one of those moments where I wanted and NEEDED something SO BAD that I was willing to screw it all up by just having a bite. So now, that ice cream with chocolate chunks and caramel is in ice cream heaven, slow-clapping me for not giving in. (I assume that’s what is happening anyway.)
So what happens next week? Next Wednesday is my last day of #whole30. And after that, what are my plans? I’ll be honest – I really have no idea. A few things that I know are a permanent change in our house – cutting out a lot of dairy. After trying coconut milk early on, it seems that it would be a good and easy switch from regular cow’s milk. I’m not a big milk drinker as is, but sometimes I do want a bowl of cereal with milk. (I’m not sure how I just now decided to do this – I’ve never been a milk-on-my-cereal kinda gal. Thanks Mom.) Coconut milk and almond milk seem like a good switch for us. It can be used as a coffee creamer as well – and with far less shit than is in the actual coffee creamer. And the less shit I put in my body, the better. I’ll significantly cut down on my egg intake – at least for a while. But will I go back to eating oatmeal in the morning? Or a bagel? Or toast? I really don’t know. I like the idea of eating three meals a day as prescribed by #whole30 – and I also like that it’s set up as Meal 1, Meal 2 and Meal 3… rather than breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ve eaten eggs and avocado for dinner, while I’ve had hearty meat and (sweet) potatoes for breakfast. I love the way I feel without all the extra sugar in my body from coffee creamer, candy, and literally ALL THE OTHER FOOD I eat on a daily basis. It’s just amazing how much sugar is in EVERYTHING. I used to think reading labels was for that person who just “wants to lose 5 pounds” and is only looking at the calorie or fat intake. But really, reading labels has opened my eyes to how much garbage is put into processed foods. I’ve adapted the “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t put it in your body” mentality when looking at labels. I feel like I’m a pretty good reader so being unable to pronounce something that I’m putting in my body to fuel it seems pretty outrageous.
So. Long story short – I’ll decide what I’m going to do next week, when next week gets here. I may have a piece of pizza and a beer to celebrate. Or I may hold off and keep going. You just never know. Plus I have so many new #whole30 approved recipes from the amazing paleo blogs I follow – I can’t wait to see how those turn out! Pictures to come. As always. Sorry if you’re sick of my Instagram account. I looked through the other day and realized that 95% of my pictures revolve around food, drinks and Toby. I’m not even mad about it.
Maybe I’ll do a #whole45 – or maybe I’ll make some small changes but stick with it. Maybe I’ll say “screw it I want McDonalds” and feel like trash for a week until that garbage gets out of my system. Maybe I’ll eat some pasta and realize I hate the way I feel after I’m done eating. I love carbs – and I like carbs with my carbs. But maybe I can ease back into it and cut that love of carbs in half… you just don’t know. So stick with me for another week – and we can find out together.