So ends my first Whole30 challenge. It has been a truly positive experience and I haven't been left feeling deprived or starved over the last few weeks. As someone who recently did the Weight Watchers program (3rd times the charm right?) I found it so freeing to not feel like a complete failure every single saturday. No weighing meant I had to look for other signs of change and progress and I found many. Not restricting my food intake but rather trusting myself to actually differentiate between full and empty shifted the responsibility and relationship between my physical and mental self. I am amazed at how I have altered my mindset and how my body has responded to these improvements.
So it's lunchtime on day 30 and I am really not sure what to write about. I will do a weigh in and redo my measurements tomorrow and post up the before and after pictures. But right now I am not sure what to make of my last 13 days.
So often when you try make lasting changes to your life you find it rather harder than anticipated. I mean how hard can it be? Other people do it without it looking like a total uphill battle after all. The reality is it is hard for us mere mortals, we know this and there is a whole string of people counting on it for their livelihood.
This time around I am trying to pool together everything I've seen and read, all the little successes and lessons learned through failure. There are so many tricks out there and you have to work out yours. This is going to be an ongoing list of those things that work for me. Part self help manual, part things that might be useful to others.
Well that was an interesting last few days. The last week has seen some real struggle moments and challenges however it looks like we are all going to make it though just fine. Hubby had to go back to work rather suddenly and it took the kids (and I) by surprise. Now if you learn nothing else about Autism there are a few key rules 1) don't change the plans 2) don't break a line and 3) no surprises. Unfortunately 2 out of three occurred and the end result was one incredibly distressed and regressed little boy. Why am I talking about Autism in a Whole30 post? Well this is my life, these are our challenges and when things get hard the last thing you feel like doing is sticking to a diet.
Short and sweet, today was a long day with lots of highs and lows. All in all I went well, the diet is going strong but I did end the day not really interested in eating or cooking. So the rest of the family got pizza for dinner and I had left overs. You know I didn't really miss anything or feel deprived. My stew was delicious and I felt much better knowing I was not giving in to tiredness.
Breakfast was eggs and salmon again.
Lunch was the taco salad, seriously yummy.
Dinner left over stew.
Beds looking really good and I hope I get a good night sleep.
So it occurs to me that I probably don't eat enough meat to be a caveman. I guess that could mean I don't qualify for the Whole30 Diehard Championships but I can live with that, after all I am getting healthier and doing well. Basically what I have noticed is that the amount of protein in meat form I eat is less than the palm sized amount at each meal recommended as basically I just don't need that much at the moment. I am not exercising apart from toning up some very weak muscles so I am not needing as much. I get a decent amount of egg and fish in at breakfast (2eggs and about 30-80g of fish as I split a piece between the kids and I) which sets me up well. Lunch is a moderate amount once again I split a chicken breast 3 ways or do 2 minute steaks cut up in a big green salad, and I mean big. Then dinner is a petite amount of meat so I'd guess on average about 200g max and often not quite that amount.
Wow and I thought yesterday was tough. Doing the Whole30 is actually the least of my concerns right now. Being a wet rainy day there really was nothing for it but to set up a tent in the lounge and let the kids play. With Hubby upstairs sick and them playing happily I could at least have a fighting chance of feeding everyone and getting things done around the place. Apart from the acne (I blame detox) I'm actually doing really well. No sore tummies, clearer head and my energy is slowly increasing. I've also noticed my tummy is going down. Either that or my pants are getting bigger.
Wow what a day, everything that could have gotten in the way of good eating did - and I didn't give in!!!! Between running around getting to appointments and Drs, attending events for big school next year and managing trades people in and out of the place it's been fun. I'm sitting down now to a cup of herbal tea before tackling dinner. The Chiropractor is pleased with my exercise progress and I can take it up a level, we are trying to repair some damage that happened during my second pregnancy so its been a long time since those muscles have worked.
Well today started out ok and got a little tricky in the middle but I pulled through and stuck to my guns. Had a transition to school meeting today and I am blessed to be surrounded by people who genuinely respect and see the best in my little guy. These meetings can go either way really and today luckily was a good one. I also had one rather sick husband returned to me (work didn't want him apparently) which was rather unexpected. He will be fine as long as I can get him to stay in bed resting. So a big batch of Whole30 approved chicken soup has been made to help him get better soon.
Well the headache has disappeared and it can stay wherever it went to thank you very much. The nicest part was that my beautiful little girl tricked me into some exercise. It started with a request to go for a bike ride which suddenly was switched for a scooter. Sure its windy outside and I was wanting to get some work done but she asked so nicely and was being so sweet that I really couldn't find an excuse not to. Heck I even have done all the dishes and have the washing folded, a small miracle in my life BTW.
So off we went, I planned to just do a small walk around the block but oh no her ladyship was not to be slowed down. As a result we ended up going all the way to a local park and playing there before coming back home. It was a good 40min of exercise for us and involved more than a few moments of me running after her up and down hills to avoid accidents. The most amazing part is that I didn't mind it at all, it was fun and being with her made it worth the effort. So I am very glad my little trickster conned me into going out to play today, I might just let her trick me again tomorrow.