Everything in Moderation

So, I’m still trying to figure out what works for me. Trying to figure out how to enjoy the not so good for me foods occasionally, but not going crazy. For me I’m trying following whole30 completely every other day and then on the off days indulging a little. I still try to eat the majority of my meals whole 30 (2 out of 3) and I try to limit myself to 1 dessert on these days. This worked great last week, I lost 2lbs which is great since I’m not actually trying to lose weight anymore.

**Explanation: the whole30 is something you do for 30 days no cheating, so I know I’m not doing it when I skip every other day; what I mean by whole 30 here is no sugar, no sweeteners, no alcohol, no dairy, no gluten, and no legumes

Figuring out what works

So, I’m trying to figure out what works for every day for me. The whole 30 is amazing, but I can’t be on it 24/7 (and they don’t advise that you do either). So I’m working on balance. I’m working on eating whole 30 compliant foods most of the time, but enjoying some of the other foods occasionally. Like coconut cake 🙂 Last week I didn’t gain or lose any weight. I ate horribly for 4 days and whole 30 for 2. I think my new goal weight is 171, which is what I currently weigh. It would be close enough to overweight to keep me eating well, but is a “normal” healthy weight.

Day 2: whole 30 2.0

So today was tough, I stuck to the plan, but it was emotionally tough. We are having a stressful time right now figuring out our long-term housing situation. Every house we find that seems like the perfect house has just been sold. The point of telling you this is that I couldn’t figure out why this was stressing me out so bad and why I was soo depressed. Normally I’m a pretty even-keeled person. However, that’s because I cope with food. And right now I can’t and I don’t want to. I read this book called “Made to Crave” when I started my first whole 30 and it’s all about learning to find comfort in God and not food. This is where the problem lies. I’ve removed food but haven’t replaced it with God, if that makes sense. And I know it’s my fault. I know that there are some road blocks I’ve recently put between myself and God and I’m not quite ready to remove them (yes I know I should and I’m not looking for a pep talk on removing them, I’m just not there yet). So here I stand, with no coping mechanism. Stressed out, but staying strong!

So back to the whole 30. I had my omelet for breakfast, then a snack of fruit and nuts around 12:30 (was running errands all morning). Then lunch was two whole 30 hot dogs and a banana. For dinner, we grilled burgers and used lettuce instead of buns. Matt had made a cayenne mayo that we put on top which took the place of cheese really well. We then made some sweet potato chips. Great meal. I’m attaching a pic of my bunless burger.

Tomorrow will be my omelet for breakfast, tuna salad lettuce wraps for lunch, and our delicious pork chop and squash bake for dinner!

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Day 1: whole 30 2.0

So, today I restarted the whole 30. I had been off it officially for 4 days and I hated it! I had no self-control (I had pizza, chocolate, twizzlers, Starbucks, soda, and coconut cake) and I felt like crap both mentally and physically. So I decided to go ahead and start another whole30, because, despite all my whining, I loved the way I felt! I didn’t feel guilty about what I was eating and I felt amazingly hot and physically I felt great! In the last four days, my allergies have been horrible and despite getting more sleep I’ve been exhausted! I also noticed that the cough I used to have in the mornings and when I run has returned.

On a positive note, I had my omelet for breakfast and then a banana as a pre-run snack and I didn’t have any indigestion during my run today! Yay! Considering I really want this to be a long-term style of eating, I have to figure out something whole 30 approved to have on run days.

For lunch today, I did tuna salad in lettuce wraps. Then for dinner we had meat sauce over spaghetti squash, delicious!

Tomorrow night we are doing burgers in lettuce wraps instead of buns (something I had at flip burger and it was amazing!). Probably will just do tuna salad for lunch and my omelet for breakfast.

It’s amazing the number of people I know that are thoroughly interested in this diet since I started it, had such success, and loved it. I’m really glad that I can have such a positive impact on people! I’ve noticed the same thing with my running addiction…

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Day 30: whole30 and whole30 recap

So yesterday was my official last day of the whole 30 and I have to say I feel pretty great. I would say I feel better overall and I feel better about myself. However tomorrow morning will be the real test. Tomorrow morning I will wake up and weigh myself and I will try on my “skinny jeans”. I weighed myself this morning on the scale at my moms house and it looks like I’m about 10lbs since I started but this scale could just be off 10lbs from my scale at home and I may not have lost anything…

So here’s a recap of what I liked and didn’t like about the whole30:

Liked:
-easy to understand and know whether you were following it or not
-no guilt if you just didn’t eat what was on the “no” list
-feeling better about myself

Didn’t like:
-no room for any sort of desserts, you either followed the diet or didn’t, some moderation would have been nice
-never figured out what to eat before runs…my body likes to burn carbs and sugars while I run…

Day 29: whole30

So I did really well today food wise. I had my omelet for breakfast and then for lunch I skipped everything from the low country boil except the shrimp (everything was cooked in a whole30 compliant boil). There was a birthday cake for my birthday and I skipped it. I opted for an extra helping of the fruit salad instead (thank goodness it was strawberry cake and not coconut!). For dinner we had green chicken and grilled zucchini. Delicious! Tomorrow is my last official last day! I know I haven’t stuck with it but I’ve done 1000% better than I was doing before! I’ve really enjoyed it.

Day 28: whole30

Made great choices all day. Then we ate out for dinner and went completely not whole30. We’ve been planning this dinner for months and so I knew it was coming. I’m just proud of myself for not blowing the whole day (especially when I was starving and no healthy options were in sight) because I knew I’d be off it for dinner. The most tempting part of today was going by a sonic on our way to Publix to pick up fruit and not stopping to get a Reese’s sonic blast (we don’t have sonic in Rhode Island so this could be justified as enjoying something we don’t have at home).

Anyways, tomorrow is a big party (complete with birthday cake for my birthday) so it will be a great test to see how I do with a temptation that I’ve said I’m not giving in to.