Back On Track Link Up - First Week Of January Whole30 Update

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Railroad tracks ran in front of our home. We spent many days walking the tracks.:

Well that went by pretty quickly! One week down and 3 to go. Can't wait to hear how everyone is doing with their goals. I am feeling different... like this particular reset is going to be more about the emotional side of Whole30 for me than the mechanical but I guess I'll get more clarity on that as the month goes on. If you follow me on all of my social media outlets you have seen me cooking in my snapchat and IG stories, posting pics of all of the delicious food I have been making and eating, touching on some of the tools that I am using on this leg of the journey and talking just a little about how I am feeling. So in the spirit of re-capping let's get to it. I have been keeping a little day to day diary that I was going to share at the end but who in the hell wants to read 30 days in the life of Amy on Whole30? No one currrr. Eight days may be a stretch but it does kind of illustrate the first week so here it is. If you are not doing a Whole30 or ever plan to feel free to skip it or skim it. Otherwise it might be interesting to you.

Day 1 - Not Good. I am hungover from the holiday and not just the alcohol but the food too. I am seriously dehydrated and tired. My stomach has been queasy all day and I'm overly irritated. A couple of times I have found myself thinking about walking into the kitchen for some cheese and crackers or a cookie. Damn. I am not happy about spending the entire day cooking, shopping and meal prepping for the week  but it's done. I know if I do not prepare I will likely make a crappy choice. I'm freaking exhausted.

Day 2 - Better this morning. Not as dehydrated, much easier to get up and out. I felt more rested even though I stayed up pretty late last night. Not happy about going back to work but that has nothing to do with Whole30. Not really all that hungry but I ate throughout the day a little here and there. Late afternoon and I am feeling like a headache is starting. No, a headache is definitely starting. I just want to get the hell out of my office and lay down on my bed. Up too late but an amazing and satisfying bunless greasy burger for dinner.

Day 3 - Felt great this morning. Decidedly less pissy but I am practicing some deep breathing techniques from Food Freedom Forever and I think it's helping. It's weird but I swear it works. So nice to wake up without a hangover of any kind. Hunger average. Food tastes so good right now. When will I feel less ginormous? Sitting in a meeting this morning tugging at my shirt to keep it in place, not a good feeling.

Day 4 - I woke up feeling great again today but an hour after my alarm... wierd. I think my face looks better (I'm hypersensitive about fat face), some of the bloat seems to be going down. Food was very similar to all other meals this week and everything really tastes awesome. Navigated through a busy work day  with out of office meetings just fine with my packed lunch and snacks. Tennis in the evening, my tennis clothes look and feel like shit. Gonna be a few more weeks till things start to feel looser. I can not wait!

Day 5 - Got up on time, feel energized and not tired at all. Loving getting in bed early and reading. Snow coming today which means all of my friends and neighbors will be boozing it up around the fire. That sucks for me. My bestie fell off the Whole30 wagon on Tuesday with a cheeseburger at lunch. SHE MADE IT ONE DAY. I have to admit I was disappointed. I kind of knew she wouldn't be able to hang with me but I was so hoping for a local pal. Thank God for my brother, sister in law and blog land buddies to lend lots of support!

Day 6 - Last night was kinda rough. Friday night no wine, snow, fire in the fireplace. My friends were at the bar and/or home drinking and I was just hanging out puttering around my house. Today I was kind of grumpy and hungry all day for this things I can't have. Put away Christmas and cooked all day for myself and for my daughter's 18th birthday dinner... all things I can't have on Whole30. Ugh. Too cold to go out and do anything. I'm just pissy. And I still feel fat.

Day 7 - Sunday morning coffee with Nutpods is growing on me! I felt good all day and was nonstop getting shit done. It felt so good to just be home this weekend. I spent zero money (self imposed January spending freeze) and rocked Whole30. I'm not following the timeline this time in terms of how I should be feeling... it's weird. I was not super tired all weekend and my pants don't feel tighter... thank God. I am still craving sweets pretty badly though. Feels good not to wake up with a wine hangover though. Meal prep and planning is a real chore, not gonna lie. I just keep trying to focus on the fact that once I do this for awhile it becomes habit and it does get easier.

Day 8 - I think my face definitely looks better! Not so puffy. I stayed up kind of late last night but still, woke up feeling very refreshed. I know it says my pants might feel tighter on Day 8 & 9 but they don't really feel any different. Hard to believe a week is done already. Making it through the first weekend was tough but I think the end is actually harder, yay something to look forward to. I had a moment today when I got really pissed off and the first thing I thought of was having a glass of wine tonight.... uhhh whoops. Not gon do it. I miss wine.


Here is what I know... I'm a pro at this. Round 3 and I don't even really have to think, refer to the book or even look up the recipe for Whole30 Mayo anymore. I want snacks. They say no snacking for the most part and here is why.... there is no snack food. Snacks in my mind are cheese and crackers, nachos, oreos, chili cheese fries... getting off track here... the point is carrots are not fun snacks. Skipping it. A few walnuts or almonds on occasion is sufficient. I'm a bit tired of cooking though.


On the rise. It's official, I am no longer a complete slug.


Up and down. I'm happy that I am doing this so well again... but I am also a little bit sad. I feel to be successful long term I really need to make lifestyle related changes.Which obviously, I have known all along. I kind of had a mini epiphany this weekend about what that is going to entail and I am not thrilled or sure how to really do it. Getting pizza and beer texts from my friends this weekend made me think about the junkie that gets out of rehab and starts hanging out with his or her junkie friends again. I'm weak.


Like a rock.


Ummm... I typically have all kinds of issues. Yeah... they are gone.


Don't ask. I see no changes.

How are you doing??


  1. i think i just make it easier on myself by eating the same thing for bfast and lunch errday. it's dinners that i vary (sometimes). it's boring as shit but the food sustains me so that's all that really matters to me. your meals though....on IG i legit stare at them and think WOW THAT LOOKS SO GOOD.

  2. Isn't it funny how dehydration can really take a toll? I'm trying to get back on track as well.
    I'm still in "SLUG STATUS"... cant wait to shake that feeling off.

  3. You're doing so good!!! I'm with you, I feel like a junkie getting out of rehab the minute I hang out with my friends who like to indulge. It's a vicious cycle I need to break once and for all and find that happy balance.

  4. i love snack food - like all the ones you mentioned, but i am not a fan of snacking like people tell you to, if that makes sense. i like big meals, not a bunch of smaller ones, and if i'm going to snack, it just makes me eat more, even if that is just carrots or nuts.. and those things normally make me want to eat more of the bad stuff because i'm eating outside of normal meal times. i don't know, it's weird. that's awesome you are such a pro at this now though! i hope you're able to make the lifestyle changes you need to while still being able to hang with your friends and enjoy certain things. i definitely struggle with the balance part, i'm very all or nothing with food. mostly all. haha.

  5. I feel you on the pissy feeling in the first few days. I was on one, but feel so much better this week. I wish I felt refreshed at 2 p.m. the way I do at 5 a.m.

  6. I love reading food diaries--really puts it into perspective of how you're feeling and makes it REAL!! I've never tried Whole 30 before.