missmunchie Posted January 4, 2017 Share Posted January 4, 2017 Welcome to the personal journal for my January 2017 Whole30! I am looking forward to keeping a consistent journal of my reset experience, since I’ve blogged off and on before but never had a dedicated reset journal. I think this will really help identify triggers and potential “not-worth-its” for me. This will be my fourth Whole30. My history has been a huge yo-yo Whole30’er for ages. I treated it a like a quick-fix diet and didn’t bother putting in the long term work in between rounds. After reading Food Freedom Forever, I finally got a grip on how this is supposed to be another tool in the “what lifestyle is right for me” toolbox and did a solid fast track reintroduce after September. What I found is that just one meal of the problematic foods really doesn’t hurt me. I don’t seem to have any noticeable acute sensitivities. So a splash of cream in my coffee once in a while turned into tons of cream every cup every day, or a mini chocolate bar after dinner turned into sneaks of chocolate all day throughout the day, and an treat of a double-smoked bacon, egg, and cheddar breakfast sandwich at Starbucks (my fave) on a busy morning quickly transformed into my routine morning breakfast. It was when my breakfast shortly before New Years was a cupcake, two cookies, and three cups of cream-laden coffee that I figured maybe, just maybe, I have strayed off of my Good Food path. Plus my tendonitis was back with a vengeance, my gym performance is starting to suffer, and I just feel sort of depressed and lousy all the time. Sneaky, sneaky. Originally my whole family was going to be on board. But the close we got to January 1, the less they really seemed enthused when I suggested we start cleaning out the fridge and start planning the menu for week 1. Weird, huh? By New Year’s Eve, it became clear that I was embarking on this journey solo. I have their support and they are really great cheerleaders, but Diet Coke and bread is still on the grocery list. I’m okay with that, but I admit I am a little disappointed that we’re not all doing this together. Also, since some of them have some big travel booked this month, and I know how hard it is to stay on top of things on the road (especially on the first around) so it’s okay. They’ve promised that they’ll join me in February! My goal for this Whole30 is to take meal planning seriously. I want to learn the habits and skills I need going forward to plan ahead on how to make sure good food is available for those busy on-the-go weekdays and lazy weekends when I don’t really want to do anything. I hate big weekly cookups, but I think I need to figure out how to make them a part of just what I do. And not buy a whole bunch of expensive ingredients that just waste away in my fridge because I never get around to cooking them before they spoil. Actually eat what I buy. What a novelty. I want to make planning to eat healthy food just something that I do, rather than something I only do when on a Whole30. Now, for the plan around the sticky parts I can foresee happening to stall my progress: IF I get too over-scheduled and completely burn out (this happens a lot to me, I tend to overextend myself because I get so excited to do all the things), THEN I give myself permission to “slum it” in the food prep department while still keeping compliant: think, canned tuna, a bag of baby carrots, chicken apple sausage and frozen veggies, all of the grab-and-go foods I know I can do. I will also tell the family that I can’t cater to their food needs and they’re on their own for meals for a day or two. Even if I’m making food for me, making dinner for one is so totally different than making dinner for five! I know they’ll be on board with this. I also have a girls’ weekend planned for the end of the month. WHEN I go on my trip with the girls, THEN I’ll plan out where we’re going to eat ahead of time so I know we’re going to places I will be comfortable getting food, and I’ll bring compliant food with me so if plans change and we get detoured I’ll have a full meal on me. IF I forget an event or don’t bring enough food with me for the day, THEN I will either rely on my emergency food stashed in the car (epic bars and nuts) or I will make plans to run to a grocery store and pick up what I need, if possible. I also know they sell RX bars at my gym, so if I get to a workout with no food I can pick one up there. IF I’m having a major can’t-even type of day and the cravings are out of control, THEN I’ll use the “just this meal” trick, telling myself I’ll just eat the next meal compliant, and after that I can go off the rails as far as I want to. Then at the next meal, I’ll tell myself the same thing - just eat this meal compliant, then go nuts afterword. THEN I’ll plan some major self-care to get me out of my funk - a hike with my dog, or a bath with a good book, or a movie-and-cuddle time with my kids. Stuff I know that works. Finally, there is a good chance I want to extend this one beyond 30 days. Since I’m trying to root out some major habits around planning and preparing, I don’t think I can do this in just one month. I’m going to consider keeping it up through February (especially if my family jumps on board then) and possibly March. I’ll check in weekly with myself after the first 30 days to do an honest evaluation on where I’m at. OMG you guys I am so excited. Let’s roast some veggies and get this party started! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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