In keeping with what I have been doing here every week I am going to recap my last week and talk about next week a little today. I do want to do a more thorough post on my Whole30 journey at some point soon because there really is so much that I learned by doing it for a second time. So stay tuned for that most likely in a series of some sort... I have a lot to say about it. I photographed virtually every meal I ate, kept a detailed spreadsheet of the food and a daily journal of how I was feeling that I will share if anyone is interested. People are nosy, they always want to see what someone else is doing so I figured what the heck.
The last week has been pretty much just staying the course for me. The crazy mood swings are long gone as are the cravings. The tiger blood days were just as sweet as I remembered from last year. I have come to love hopping into my bed at night grandma early and waking up super refreshed and full of energy. I still hit the snooze a bunch of times but old habits die hard. Day 28 came and went and there were no thoughts of veering off course prematurely... thank God. Pretty sure my trip to the Mexican restaurant last week was the big mental and emotional show down for me and I got past it. I have to say that by the time I get to the last week of the 30 days I feel like I have reached baller status and no one can touch me... I would never think to give up or cheat but that's just me. Rather than mentally saying "I can't have that" I catch myself smugly saying things like "I don't eat that" or "How dare you?" when I am confronted with a non-compliant food or beverage. Not gon do it.
I also find that at this point I am an expert, even if only in my own mind, and the feed back that I get from people still annoys me. Telling me (your opinion) that it's really not healthy to cut anything out of your diet completely is only going to make me think one thing.
Tomorrow I get to weigh and measure myself when I get up because dems the rules. None of that till you are done, done, done. Will what the scale say make or break me? If it's not what I am hoping for will it lessen my joy at this accomplishment? I really don't think so. But I have yoga pants that are falling off, not a pretty site when I was running up the stairs at my house this weekend, so I am pretty sure I will like what I see. I can drop weight very quickly when I go all in, the short term has never been my struggle.
Here's What's next:
Re-Introduction: Fast Track vs. The Slow Roll
The next step after Whole30 is the reintroduction of the things you eliminated in a systematic and planned way. The point is to see how your body reacts to the off plan foods. Do you get an upset stomach, do you break out, get moody, lethargic, bloated? There are two approaches to this; a 10 day fast track where you introduce one thing every few days or the slow roll where you take your time and decide when something comes along that is worth it for you to add back in. I'm going for the slow roll. The thought of eating grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol and legumes all over the next 10 days does not sound appealing to me at all. I just think for me it would be too much, stress me out and make me feel bad. On the plus side you get all the answers in a short period of time, but I'm in no hurry and I already pretty much have solid clues as to how certain things affect me from the last time I did this. Tomorrow I will start with a glass of wine, a beer or a cocktail... not sure which but I am leaning toward wine. Time for me to celebrate a little but I am not really ready to relax on the food too much.
Soooo... wow. 30 days and this challenge is now officially about over. It has been a great experience, again. Thanks for all of the support and words of encouragement along the way! And thanks to my friend Laura for all of the emails and texts, snap chats and tags! And Nadine too!!! I am so glad we got to do this together, it helps so much to have someone to go through it with! I highly recommend finding a buddy if you decide to take on your own Whole30 at some point. My real life buddy was drinking beer by the first Saturday so I appreciate you ladies!
And that's about it for today! Stay tuned for the pounds and inches lost update later this week, a collage of 30 days of food and maybe some real talk and a peek into my journal soon. Cheers!