Lorna from Canada Posted February 1, 2019 Share Posted February 1, 2019 Is it weird that I'm about to write that I expected more than I received but, at the same time, I'm extending to a W40? Maybe because I received things I didn't expect? Let's dump this here and find out. I was expecting miracles to be honest - and, I actually received a few! The one thing I was really, really, REALLY hoping is that my 10 year battle with SI Joint pain would be over. Ya ya, I know - talk about a dreamer! I'm a long distance runner and I've had chronic hip pain from my SI joint for 10 years. I have an amazing Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer and Psychologist on my team. I have glutes and core of steel but, still so much pain! It started from a foot problem as a compensatory injury and things have cascaded around it for years. It doesn't slow me down much - last summer I backpacked the 70km Pukaskwa Coastal Trail - often ranked in any list as one of Canada's top 3 hardest trails - and Canada is no slouch in the challenging trails department. ANYWAY - I digress. It doesn't slow me down that much but, well, that's not really true. This year, it has started to slow me down alot. I finally got some surgery for my foot and everything has gone haywire since. So, while my body has been falling apart over the past 6 months, I've been focussing on my SI joint and was really, really, REALLY hoping that W30 would magically whisk it away. It didn't. I was also hoping I'd get some relief from my 6 year battle with plantar fasciitis. Ditto the long story above. I have had some resolution there - mind you, I have also been out of the gym since October so, there could be some correlation there BUT, right now, when I get up in the morning, I don't hopscotch my way to the bathroom cursing myself for leaving my Birkenstocks at the bedside. So - fingers crossed. Returning to the gym next week... I'll keep you posted. I was expecting Tiger Blood - mostly though, I don't think I knew what that meant. I have way more energy but it's mostly showing up as motivation. I don't feel so much like I NEED that coffee or time to relax on the couch. I can keep going with whatever I am doing without needing to sit down for an hour mid afternoon - oh, who am I kidding - without having to nap every afternoon. Tuesday I had a jam packed schedule with much physical activity and running around and I didn't flag for a moment. Wednesday, I woke up with a rare headache and slept all afternoon. That could have been related to the weather - we had rapidly changing barometric pressure here and that can mess with my head. So - tiger Blood? Not sure - jury is still out on that one. I did NOT expect the vast improvement in sleep quality. I haven't slept this well in decades. I wake up at 3 AM and, still tired, roll over and go back to sleep. Typically, I wake up at 3 and sometimes that is it for the night. I am getting so much solid sleep, what a delight! I really love that the most. I did NOT expect to lose weight. The last time I lost weight was a couple of years ago when I realized menopause was causing weight gain. I ate 900 kcals/day and lost less than 1lb per week for 3 months. It was AWFUL. Imagine my surprise to feel the weight fall off these past 4 weeks. I have no idea what the number is - I can feel it - my pants are baggy, my bra is baggy (why Lord? Why are they the first to go??), I'm using a notch in my belt I haven't see for 3 years. I feel like I am eating like a horse! I haven't measured the calories in my meals but, this is WAY more that 900 of them, I can assure you that. I did not expect to feel as awful as I did for the first 24 days - bowel spasms, heart burn, headaches, asthma trouble, constipation - oh, let's talk about that (where's that poop emoji when you need it?) I have suffered from IBS with constipation since 1978. As per conventional wisdom, I was told I would always need increased fibre so, for the past 15 years, I have been consuming approximately 65gm of fibre per day. That is twice the RDA for adults. That much fibre can interfere with absorption - and I was getting it mostly from bran, psyllium and fruits, vegetable. For my first week on W30, I was in agony - several bowel spasms (death by cramping), severe nausea and stomach discomfort, and, no BMs. By week 2, it started to move again. Now, I am perfectly and delightedly regular. No more gas either - that's relief for everyone around me. Such a surprise! What else? Hmm - I simply feel better and more in control. I have generally improved mental health - no depression or anxiety - I'm managing my emotions better. I feel like some super charged version of myself - like I could accomplish anything. It's a very general statement but so true! This Whole30 thing has some serious chops. I'm adding 10 days to help me get over my jetlag next week - I know I'm probably avoiding re-introduction as well. I don't want to discover that wine caused all my problems That would be a hard one to process. Still - on to the rest of my life... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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