1Maryann Posted September 2, 2013 Share Posted September 2, 2013 I'm not good at keeping a log, but thought I'd give it a shot one more time. I don't log food. I spent too many years on diets that made me count calories, or points, or fat grams, or carbs, or just about anything you can name. This journey has helped to free me from the obsession to count, log, and critique every morsel I put in my mouth. I just eat healthy food, and stick to the template. Period. And by following those two simple guidelines, I can enjoy what I eat without guilt and without second-guessing myself. What a relief! I started my first Whole30 in June of 2012. I had just spent a couple of years on Atkins, with diminishing success the longer I did it. I joined the forums, found myself an accountability group, weighed, logged, measured, and reported my weight loss success (or lack thereof) to the group secretary so she could chart us all and declare the 'winners' for the week/month/challenge. It was a grind, and it wasn't healthy. Not just eating that way, but having to spend so much time and energy on something that should be a natural part of life. Anyway, I spent my first Whole30 treating it like it was every other diet--something to endure, something to jump on, get some results, then jump off and go back to my old ways. Back then I was still fixated on losing weight, not getting healthy. I didn't try any new recipes, I merely cut out the things I couldn't have and forged my way ahead on sheer willpower. I fantasized about which forbidden food I would eat first when my 30 day sentence was up. But something happened along the way. Severe, debilitating joint pains began to disappear, pain I'd accepted as permanent, something I'd just have to live with. And I gained energy, lots of it. And I was once again losing weight after stalling on Atkins and struggling for every pound. Once it was over, I quickly slipped back to my old ways. And a few weeks later I realized my aches and pains were coming back, and I was feeling slow and bloated and awful. So I did another W30 in Aug/Sept 2012, slipped a little but not a much and did a third that ended just before Christmas. Then I went completely off the rails for a couple of weeks and needed to get back on track again. I joined a group starting a Whole100 on Jan 1st, and finally the good habits became a part of me. I did very well for a long time. I didn't even have any desire to reintroduce most things. I was happy where I was. I felt good, why mess with it? Then my schedule got ridiculously tight this summer, I couldn't find time or energy to do the necessary cooking to have compliant food on hand, I used up my stash of back-up food in the freezer, and I just wound up pitching it for a couple of months. I own a business, I was insanely busy, had lost my part-time help and couldn't find anyone with the skill set needed to replace her, so I wound up doing it all. It truly is amazing how easy the SAD is compared to this. You can slap a sandwich together in seconds, or you can find one anywhere--drive-thrus, grocery stores, even gas stations. But compliant food takes time and planning. Time I just didn't have. But now I'm over the hump, things have eased a bit, and I started a reset today. The nice thing about this way of eating is that it isn't hard to get back on the wagon. The food is delicious and so healing. These last couple of weeks I was craving real food. I was so sick of the processed crap I was eating. I just needed to stop the merry-go-round long enough to get my feet under me again and get back in the rhythm. So here I am. There's a double batch of beef stew and a double batch of chocolate chili in the freezer. The green curry will join them tomorrow. I cooked a chicken in the crockpot today, so I'll have curried chicken salad for the week. I made a batch of breakfast sausage and some roasted sweet potatoes, so my beloved sweet potato hash is back on the breakfast menu. I'm still a bit light on veggies, but I'll make do until Tuesday when I can visit my favorite local organic market. And I haven't lost my touch when it comes to making mayo. So that's it. I'm good to go. And I can't wait to get my mojo back. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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