Last weekend was hard. Really hard. In light of the chaos going on in the world around me, you would think something monumental happened. It didn't, but sometimes we just need time to wallow and feel a little sorry for ourselves. To be honest, I don't get that feeling a lot; however with my injury and lack of running it's crept back all too often. Between the injury, D's travel schedule, and Whole 30, I just haven't felt myself. I think that's ok. I've accepted that and need to change it.
I need to talk about my Whole 30 truth. This is my second round of Whole 30. I did the first back in July 2012. Back then I didn't complete the full 30 days, but the experience changed the way I eat forever. I am still a huge advocate of Whole 30 and what it can do for you. That said, 30 days is not realistic for me. I got to day 18 before I cheated with alcohol (which is actually an amazing feat). I cheated because
I got bad news about my injury and felt alcohol would help me feel a little better there isn't a good reason. I was the strictest ever with this Whole 30. I worked my ass off. To break it down, this is why another Whole 30 is likely not realistic for me.
- I didn't/haven't lost any weight. While Whole 30 is not and does not claim to be a weight loss method, cutting out bread, dairy, beans, & alcohol should lead you to some loss. I have lost nothing even while continuing to work out.
- 21 days in and I haven't felt a significant difference in myself like I did after the first W30. I was sleeping better, but then I got sick (sinus gunk). This had me not falling asleep quickly and waking up often throughout the night. Clear skin? Nada. The only difference I've noticed it sleep.
- The money spent. Last weekend, D calculated that we've spent approximately $500 in groceries during W30. That is entirely too much considering D has been traveling much of the month, I don't buy a lot of meat, and nothing (with the exception of maybe a cucumber and some scallions) has gone bad. This is an insane amount of money for 1 and a half people to eat for 19+ days.
- The energy spent made me unhappy. In combination with the other seemingly negative things in my life right now, the time and energy spent shopping, cooking, and spending money has got me down.
My decision is that I will go through the remainder of food we have here. When it's gone, W30 is done. I'm going to keep alcohol kicked to the curb for the remainder of the 30 days. I'm going to try my best to transition dairy in slowly and see how it affects my body. Then transition bread. I did think this Whole 9 article giving six reasons why W30 didn't work was informative. Maybe my expectations were too high? I found out that a full 30 days just isn't necessary for me. I'm still interested to see how dairy & carbs effect my body. If I get too comfortable with carbs, sugar, and cheese again, I just need to take a two-week sabbatical.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I am still a huge advocate of Whole 30 and what it can do for you.