I haven't had time to update in a while, but I'm hanging in there. Some notable things from the first week;
1. Willpower is, in fact, a muscle that must be worked to strengthen. A supportive husband is crucial. We had a date night scheduled for Friday with a compliant restaurant chosen and plans that didn't include drinking or desserts. All was set to go until our babysitter cancelled an hour before. I honestly froze. Here we were, no plans to cook dinner and we didn't want to take kids to the compliant restaurant. Groceries were mostly gone since we go shopping on Saturday. I told my husband that I was at a loss of what to do, this felt like a giant mountain that needed climbing and I was just done after a week of holding strong. He came through with a win, he suggested a quick run to the store to buy some salmon and zucchini and was on point with a recipe to make a quick dinner. He also hid the Halloween candy from me when I admitted my willpower was dwindling by the end of the week.
2. In previous attempts at Whole30, I felt ALL THE THINGS that first week. Headaches, bloating, kill everyone that brings food in my presence. That first week always did me in because I would rationalize that a person just cannot function in life when feeling that way. This time, however, I felt a few things like a mild headache, somewhat mutinous at times, but all in all, I just felt great. I can't explain what the difference is this time. I know my diet was crap before starting so it's not like I was already eating cleanly and just had a few things to address, leading to an easy detox week. My diet has done a complete 180 coming on to Whole30. I felt like this was going to cause hell that first week. It did not. My willpower was strong throughout most of the week. The only reason I can attribute these positive things to is that I was just 100% done with feeling crappy and 1000% ready to make a change.
Some of the great things I've been feeling:
1. Bloating is all gone. It's just not a thing anymore, where before, it was a thing that I spent a lot of energy being annoyed about.
2. The energy roller coaster is now very boring. No more ups and downs with energy. It's pretty level all day and starts waning at about 730-8pm. I go to bed at 9pm.
3. Clear headed. I've been pregnant or nursing for the past 4 years of my life (i.e., my hormones have been all out of whack). This causes quite the brain fog and it is so frustrating to not be able to think at your normal level. This past week I have been more clear headed than I have been in years. It's not back 100%, but much further along than it had been.