Well Hey there.... it's time for Laura and I to check in and give you guys an update on how we are doing with The Break Up Challenge that we started way, way back on Jan. 4th. It seems like a long time ago on the one hand but on the other hand this month has flown right on by. We picked some bad habits to break up with to kick off the new year and I have to say, we are killin it despite some challenges along the way.
Look at that number up there... it's day 23... double digits in the 20's, SINGLE DIGITS LEFT. That means home stretch at it's finest. Next stop 30 and success. The past week has been pretty much amazing from a Whole30 standpoint. I am in the Tiger Blood portion of the program for sure. I went out to eat 4 times over the course of the week which seems like a lot for me anyway but especially challenging for Whole30. And... wait for it... I stayed 100% compliant for every single meal. Not a crumb, not a shred of cheese, not a drop of alcohol, not a bean, not a spec of sugar crossed my lips. I am like a total freaking Whole30 rockstar now. Well... I won't say I wasn't tempted to order a pecan waffle at Waffle House because I was... but I didn't and my breakfast was perfect without it. Who knew you could get hashbrowns steamed in jalapeno juice instead of fried in butter on the grill? They were amazing too! But back to the update...
Days 16-27: Tiger Blood!
So I am still here according to the timeline. I touched on this last week here so, not feeling the need to rehash it again. Just know that once you get here you are basically feeling like you are big pimpin, and anyone who can't hang with your whole30 ways is clearly beneath you.
(Interlude) Day 21: I am so over this.
So... confession time. I didn't realize that Day 21 had any significance until I sat down to write this post on Day 22. But it actually really did for me. I had a tennis match Sunday and was gone all day. After 3 sets in the cold I opted to grab my daughter and hit a local Mexican joint with one of my girls, her hubby and daughter. We met them at the restaurant and as I approached the table I immediately started to regret my decision. It was covered with fresh baskets of chips and bowls of salsa. Ugh... and I was starving. We sat down and next came their giant beer and frozen Margarita. Then my daughter asked for cheese dip. I searched for a gun in my purse cause I seriously was about to shoot myself. What was I thinking???? I was thinking before I left the house "I can handle this" but then, all of a sudden, I was not so sure. I scanned the menu for a solid 10 minutes thinking no, no, no, maybe, I really want that but no. I settled on combo steak and chicken fajitas, hold the cheese, hold the sour cream, hold the tortillas, double guac. I ate half because it was actually a ton of food and packed it up along with the rice and beans and took it home to my son. Getting through that meal after wanting to turn and run out in the first 5 minutes was huge to me. Aaaaand... one other cool thing happened. I reached across the table at some point and my friend turned to me and said "I can tell in your hands that you have lost weight, your fingers look skinny. I could see it just now when you reached over."
I am a water weight retainer as I have said before. One of my most hated features when I am heavier are my hands (and feet) and fingers. This may seem dumb to you but to me they look like little sausages, for real. When I cut the crap it's one of the first things that gets visibly better, and I looooove it. Inside I was soo excited when she said that, such a little thing but HUGE for me... huge.
What else I have to look forward to this week:
Day 28: 28 is as good as 30…right?
I know it seems insane but this really happens. Apparently I will have most likely at least one more day when I think..."oh hell this is good enough". Seems crazy right? It happened to me last year and on day 29 I almost ordered a drink because I went to a book reading... in a bar! Brilliant. 28 is not 30 and if you fuck it up on day 28 you should just start over. Sound harsh? Well, 28 is not 30 so...
Days 29-30: HolyOprahIt’sAlmostOverWhatAmIGoingToEatNow?!?!?!
This too is a real thing. Panic sets in toward the end. I really have been living in this amazing whole30 bubble and it's about to burst. Suddenly I will have to figure out what the rules are for me from day 31 and beyond. To be honest with you right now I am not sure 100% what it means for me. I have a plan in my head and it is going to be tweaked for the next week, while I am still safe in the rule bubble. I will report back on this one.
Next week at this time I will be on Day 30. Wow. I cannot wait to get on the scale, take my measurements and see the results. I have been working so, so hard I have no doubt it is going to pay off.
If you would like to chime in on how any and all of your challenges are going please feel free to link up and tell us!