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Hello! 

This is my first time doing whole30. I went through the bloating, tired, cranky, and then saw some energy with better sleep. But this week I haven't felt great. I've been doing 3 personal training workouts a week which makes me incredibly sore. I also teach so I know that causes some stress. It's highly unmotivating seeing as that i'm already half way through. I've tried my best to not cheat but I might have unknowingly??. I'm getting worried and confused as to why i'm so tired/cranky/don't feel like i've lost any weight. I know that weight loss isn't the main focus but I thought going from drinking almost every night to nothing and totally changing my diet I would feel some pounds come off!  

Here's what I had today as an example: 

7:30 breakfast: 2 egg cups, handful of sweet potato hash, half an avocado, half a grapefruit. coffee with nutpods 

10:00 mid morning snack: banana or apple with almond butter 

11:40 Lunch: leftovers from dinner or premade whole30 meal from Territory (similar to snap kitchen) examples: stir fry with cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash with ground turkey

3:00 Mid afternoon snack: epic meat stick, or pork and sage balls before I go workout. Was doing an apple with almond butter but tried to stop having fruit after lunch.  

7:00 Dinner: burger with mayo, lettuce, sweet potatoes, avocado, and maybe one slice of bacon 

 

Is there anything that I can be doing differently to see the energy spark in the last 12 days? I would greatly appreciate any help!! I workout after I get done teaching. I do have a pre workout (promix) because of the high intensity of it all. Could just 10.5g be ruining my results? If it is I can stop drinking it! 

 

Please help make the tiger blood happen!! Thank you!! 

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I also want to mention... Will be TMI for the guys but my hormones have gotten out of wack. I've been on birth control for many years and never started in between. I randomly started again two weeks after my last cycle. Could this be from the drastic change in my diet and exercise? 

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Some people do find their cycle changes during a whole30, so that is definitely possible. If there's anything that is worrying you about it, if you have a heavier flow or it's more painful or anything that seems off, obviously you'd want to talk to your doctor, but if it's just the timing is off, it's probably due to diet and exercise change.

Weight loss wise, try not to even think about that aspect until the very end. I know that's hard to do, but thinking about it or worrying about it isn't going to make you lose more or faster, so try to just let it go for a little while.

Is there anything in that pre workout mix that is not whole30 compliant? If it isn't compliant definitely stop using it, and read this:   https://whole30.com/2014/06/really-start-whole30/. Pre workout, have some protein and/or fat, not a full meal's worth, just a few bites. Post-workout, have some protein and maybe some starchy vegetable -- so for instance chicken and sweet potato, again not a full meal, but a few bites. This explains more about post-workout food:  http://whole9life.com/2015/02/eat-post-workout/

Food wise, you should be able to go 4-5 hours between meals, so you should be getting from your 7:30 am breakfast to your 11:40 am lunch without a snack. If you're truly hungry halfway between those meals, make your breakfast bigger. It's hard to tell serving sizes from what you've listed, but if eggs are your only protein, have as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand, so probably 3-4 for most people. You should be aiming for 2-3 cups of vegetables at each meal. If you've got the protein and vegetables right, try having the whole avocado.

 

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Awesome! Thank you so much! 

 

I will increase my meal size so i'm not snacking and give up my pre workout drink since I looked at it again and realized it had non gmo cane sugar in it :angry: 

Do you think I should start my process over since now I haven't been totally compliant? 

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