Gramma Susie Posted October 28, 2013 Share Posted October 28, 2013 My first post-30 journaling is a bit late. I ended my Whole30 three weeks ago. I'm not calling it my first Whole30, because it is my plan that it will be my last and only. It is the best system for me hands down. I can now go ahead into my later years (will be 60 in January) knowing my nutrition and workout lives are both on track and not have either of those things feeling like a burden or a roadblock to living. I can look ahead with confidence. What an amazing feeling! I can now focus on other important things and places to put my energies. So, am I eating Whole30 right down to the last piece of kale for lunch? No. I've had some add-backs which have worked ok for me and will stick with them for now. So I guess I have to call it Susie's New WholeLife. I added back real whole cream from grass-fed cows in my two cups of morning coffee. I added back some hard cheese in my morning eggs occasionally and on my salads now and then. I throw in an occasional white potato for dinner and a few glasses of red wine/week. It's a sweet life for Susie I tell you. None of the things I missed while on the Whole30 have caused any issues adding them back in moderation. But, the best part I've saved for last. I've lost weight and girth. Nine pounds and 3" around the middle at the end of the Whole 30; and, at this writing, seven weeks after starting my Whole30, I've lost 12 pounds. For a girl who hasn't seen a number under 150 in more than a decade, I'm now there and I am ecstatic. I'm wearing jeans I hadn't been able to snap before; and fitted things are hanging lightly around my middle comfortably. And I am sleeping better (though still seeking more improvement there) and I have peace of mind. This weekend my husband and I are hosting our cooking group (4 other couples) and are doing a paleo evening. It's been great fun trying to figure this out and I'm confident we will have a good day on Sunday. We're thinking of dressing as Fred and Wilma Flintstone. Hm....not sure I am quite ready to expose that much skin yet (remember her one bare shoulder dresses?). We will see where that goes. Anyway, right now here's our menu. Drinks and appetizers: sparkling water (with or without a choice of potato vodka or tequila) and lime, or red wine. Variety of olives, tuna stuffed cherry tomatoes, and gluten free granola. Salad course: kale and other greens with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a slight sprinkle of toasted walnuts and nitrate-free sausage crumbles served with gluten free crackers. Dinner: crock pot grass fed roast beef, onions, and sweet potato, plus oven roasted cauliflower and asparagus. Dessert: Some kind of apple or pumpkin dessert yet to be determined or a piece of dark chocolate. If anyone wants to critique my choices or give me new ideas, have at it. I'm open to tweaking the menu a bit. Susie's New Whole Life is now in production. Watch for future episodes here or at theater near you. I'm dreaming big. I can see it now: Wilma and Fred's New Adventure. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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