Casey Posted May 4, 2012 Share Posted May 4, 2012 Hi everyone! Before I post today's eats, I want to say that I am also seriously looking for some motivation here: I am on day 11 of my first Whole30, and with the exception of eating a wee bit too much almond butter and banana this past Sunday, I have been eating 100% to the rules -- lots of veggies, organic and/or grass-fed, pastured protein, limited fruit, and of course nothing on the no-no list. I'm always a pretty good sleeper, and I've been getting a solid 7-8 hours a night depending on my schedule. I do weights and strength training twice a week, as well as some cardio/stretching session inbetween, so I'm probably moving my butt 5-6 times a week. And after all that... I feel exactly the same as I did before I started. I'm not weighing myself, but my clothes are fitting just like always, and I can't see any visible improvement. My skin in the same (not great), I have the same amount of energy as I had before, which means there isn't a whole lot to spare after a workout and work. I ate pretty clean before the Whole30, but it definitely included a regular supply of oats and wheat bread, along with PLENTY of dairy in the form a daily greek yogurt fix. I also indulged in a lot of late-night sugar yummies (chocolate, froyo, peanut butter, popcorn WITH chocolate and peanut butter, etc) before, and have not been doing so. So why do I feel like I hit a plateau before I even saw benefits? I am in good health, and am trying the Whole30 mainly to see if I felt benefits from excluding dairy and grains (which so far I have no noticed) and to hopefully drop a few pounds and get rid of my bloated (possibly just FAT) belly. The only benefit I've noticed is that I'm more in control of my cravings, but I know that's just b/c I know I can't indulge anyways if I follow the plan, so it's easy to ignore them. It's nice, but I also kinda don't care at this point, and just want some froyo. Can anyone offer some motivation? Is it too soon for some people to expect changes? I wouldn't be so bummed about the weight thing except that I'm just not seeing the benefits in any form right now. And besides enjoying the extra fat I'm eating in the form of 'cado's and pork, I am missing my chocolate and popcorn an awful lot to feel and look the same. I know internally there is probably some improvement I'm missing, but I guess I still feel discouraged. Here is my log for the day, which I would say is a pretty standard spread of food for me. I did a light-moderate jog for about 20 minutes today, but wouldn't call it an intense workout by any means: Breakfast: half chicken sausage, 1 egg, some veggies and quarter of a sweet potato all sauteed in coconut oil, with some leftover guac on the side. (I have to workout in the mornings right after breakfast, so I have to eat small if I don't want to VOM, otherwise I could see adding another egg and the other half of that sausage) Lunch: spaghetti squash topped with homemade not-lean meatballs, and homemade marinara sauce with mushrooms and onions sauteed in coconut oil. A few chunks of honeydew for a treat after. Dinner: spinach salad with pulled chicken breast, 1/2 avocado, bits on onion, olives, and mushrooms, and dressing made from homemade mayo, balsamic, mustard. For a snack when I get off work tonight, I'll probably have a small chunk of frozen coconut milk, some honeydew, and tea. Eating like this I am pretty full after each meal, which is my goal to prevent my urge to snack between meals. I don't feel deprived at all, except that I really miss the comfort of relaxing with a small bowl of chocolate and popcorn (do you see the pattern?) after work. That log is pretty standard, occasionally I'll eat some fruit with breakfast, usually half a grapefruit, but in terms of fat and protein through the day, this is pretty standard. So, any thoughts on what I could be modifying and doing differently? Or do I just stick it out? Thanks for reading this super long post! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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