sezza85 Posted April 15, 2012 Share Posted April 15, 2012 Hi all! I completed my first whole30 in February, and have been attempting to maintain compliance as much as possible ever since.. Firstly I need to fill you in on my unique stiuation! Sorry if this is a bit long winded.. I'm currently on operational deployment with the Australian Navy (same area that Denny is in) which has made my whole30 a little bit difficult. I started the day we deployed from Oz, with long stints of 3 to 4 weeks at sea at a time.. During the 30 days I was only faced with one port visit - success! I stayed at a hotel and the buffets were amazing, was very easy to remain compliant, though chances are I succumbed to a little bit too much fresh fruit. Aside from not being able to prepare ANY of my own meals, my biggest issue is the crazy hours I work.. Unfortunately I shift work, at the moment I hold a watch from 12pm to 5pm, then 12am to 7am.. Meals are provided at lunch time, but not throughout the night.. They do put a small meal on at midnight though its usually all deep fried like sausage rolls or pies, or porridge/cereal.. Therefore all I have to get me through the night is snack food.. Lunch time is the only full meal I get.. Additionally, my job leaves me pretty sedentary.. im generally stuck at my desk and get minimal movement for the times I am on watch, and then I just go to bed.. I work out twice a day, getting up early before I go on watch (one session crossfit, one session cardio/core) but that is really the only movement I get.. I'm eating all the right foods when I do snack through the night (aside from a fruit and nut addiction i just cant seem to shake) but my calorie consumption is all out of wack as well as my sleeping.. I just cant figure out a way to time my meals right and how many calories to eat.. I know you say not to count calories, but when Im not moving around at all im concerned my body will go into hibination mode and just store what I do eat.. Due to lack of availability my meals are basically the same every day so I can safely say my day of eating is like this: Midnight till 7am - post workout, boiled egg and a piece of fruit 3-4am - organic food snack bar (dates, sultanas, coconut, raw cacao flavour or almond and fig flavour) 630am - tin of tuna/salmon also as mentioned the fruit and nut addiction, so I would graze on that as well - the temptation being too much when i go near my locker.. Its not just one handful either.. more like 2 or 3... 12pm to 5pm - lunch Salad, whatever veggies they have usually cauliflower, broccoli, carrot.. occasionally sweet potato.. i have to be concious though to check its not roasted in butter.. EVOO and balsamic on the salad a small portion of protein either roast meat, cold sliced turkey etc 3-4pm organic dried fruit snack i have, several different flavours (all definately within the rules) and whatever temptation i've had again from the fruit and nut mix In saying all of the above, i should point out the positives as a result of whole30 - when Im awake i am AWAKE! i feel fantastic.. regardless of what sleep i get, i wake up full of energy. I have the motivation to work out twice a day.. I have no desire whatsoever to eat bread, as amazing as it is over here.. my skin is clear, only bloating is when i eat too much fruit and nut mix but I know how to manage that.. I recover from every workout within less than 12 hours, ready for the next one! i get so many comments on how fit and healthy and lean i am looking - makes my day every time. I definately see the results in the mirror but have stopped seeing them on the scales.. i'd love just another 2-3 kilos! I'd love to hear if anyone has any ideas on how i should manage my calories/times i should be eating and how to combine types of snacks i.e fruit with eggs or nuts etc.. I will also point out that in about 2 weeks my watch times will shift.. I'll be working frm 7am to 12pm, then 5pm to 12 midnight.. I will get breakfast and dinner.. so any ideas for getting through the 7 hours at night with just dinner would be great!! Thanks everyone for having a read! Sarah Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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