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So, I am into my third week, and if it were not for my commitment to lowering my cholesterol numbers, I probably would not be continuing with Whole 30. Contrary to what Ms. Hartwig states in the intro, this is hard. I have been through child birth, grieved the loss of loved ones and endured plenty of hardships. While it is a different type of hard, I contend that it is more difficult in some respects than the difficult life changes listed. This changing my eating habits requires deep down changes in the way I do just about everything from going out to fixing ANYTHING to eat. Food as also been a soother and emotional release. Stuffing the emotion is something I faced a long time ago and won. I will never forget the day that a wave of raw overwhelming anger/fear/helplessness engulfed me. I was in the kitchen near all of the foods I would normally grab to stuff down the negatives, but this time I didn't. I literally hung on to the counter screaming inside my head as well as out. In my head, I kept saying, "What's the worst that can happen? Feel it, Let it roll through you! What's the worst that can happen?" I made it through without stuffing, and it changed my life. I wish I could say that I lost all kinds of weight, but I didn't. However, I am not longer an emotional stuffer. I just pretty much stopped gaining. I am and have been about 25 pounds overweight for many years now. I mostly likely would not have started Whole 30 if not for my cholesterol. I do not want to go on any cholesterol lowering drugs. My young Standard Poodle puppy keeps me active. I did not know what VERY ACTIVE meant until she arrived. At nine months, daily 40-60 minutes walks are mandatory to maintain sanity on all fronts. Between the daily walking #nottoday30knotwindsofflakemichigan and this clean eating, I hope it will be down. I don't recheck cholesterol until April, so I will introduce somethings, but the no sugar rule will be kept. I needed to let some of this fly because it has been getting more difficult recently. I am having a "What's the use?" crisis and hope that venting will help. At least I have my puppy to keep me busy, and it is off to obedience class we go. Have a great day, You all.