Just a fun one…
…like today. I had my hard-boiled eggs for breakfast, but then–Chick-fil-A chicken strips and waffle fries for lunch, and two glasses of wine plus half of a crab dip appetizer (with dairy!) AND flatbread with which to scoop said crab dip into my gaping maw. Damn.
BUT, instead of slashing my tires when only one was flat, I came home and walked 2 miles to reach just beyond my 10,000 step goal for the day. So there’s a bit of redemption.
I’m still very much on this journey to wellness. I’m eating mostly Whole30 with only a few exceptions from time to time (a little rice here and there and today I ate a Kind bar–with peanuts). I feel good, and though I am not weighing myself more than monthly, I am fitting jeans I haven’t worn in who-knows-how-long, so I know I am losing weight. But I will admit, it takes resolve. And an eye on the prize.
That’s how many pounds I lost on my Whole30. But I am just getting started. I’ve added in exercise and only slowly adding in some foods, but not all. I feel great and I’m sticking with it.
30 days. THIRTY! I made it! Here’s what I can tell you today:
- I definitely lost weight, but I am traveling so I don’t know how much yet
- I feel 300% better and have at least that much more energy, especially in the afternoons
- I no longer even LIKE the taste of Diet Pepsi, which I consumed in ridiculous amounts prior to this (now it tastes like hyper-sugary chemicals)
- I have a plan for reintroduction that I’m excited to start on (but not until Thursday when I get home)
Is it hard? Yes, it’s hard. But Whole30 is about tough love. It’s not hard when you think about what REALLY is hard (giving birth, fighting cancer, losing a loved one, earning a Masters’ degree, etc.)
Is it worth it? YES. I don’t even need to qualify that.
Does it really jumpstart a lifestyle change? YES. Well, sort of. It’s actually a learning tool. I am almost certain I will never eat quite the same way again, and if I do slip at all, I know exactly where to go to get back on track.
More on Friday when I have a weight loss count and the reintroduction process has begun (with wine…because…wine).
P.S. If you want to learn more, get the book “It Starts With Food,” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. (I have no financial interest in you buying through this link.)