Jessica M. Posted February 1, 2013 Share Posted February 1, 2013 Today is day 31! I have made it through my first Whole30. I honestly wasn't sure I could do it. I had not even heard of Paleo before, except maybe in passing, and have been eating poorly on and off the pastâ€¦ohâ€¦ 30 years of my life (I am 39). This is a whole other world for me. What went well Even though I sort of jumped in without much preparation, there were only a few days I had to brave buying lunch. Ate out only once in the 30 days and was very careful Drank my coffee black and unsweetened, and it did not kill me. I made funny faces but I lived to tell the tale Drank coffee with coconut butter, then with coconut milkâ€¦ coconut milk is marginally better than black coffee Started ordering my veggies through a co-op and I like the better value and the mystery of not quite knowing what I'm getting Have been eating lots of fatsâ€”avocado, nuts, olive oil, coconut butter, clarified butterâ€”and I lost nearly 9 lbs. (from 209 to 200.2) The weight lost seems to be from my "saddle bags" of all places. Would have liked it off my middle, but at least this is a fat storage place it came from, vs. losing 1 lb from my toes like on Weight Watchers. Read labels like crazy and avoided soy and sneaky sugars (both seem to be in everything!) It was not as hard as I imagined giving up so many things, because I like the other "compliant" things so much and eat a variety of foods even non-dieting </p> What could have gone better Sleep: I didn't concentrate on getting enough. Some nights I got 7 hours, some nights only 5 or so Exercise: I thought giving up several food groups was enough of a challenge, so I did not exercise at ALL (typical) Stress: I actually got MORE anxious and depressed throughout the Whole30. First I was tense about big changes and was clenching my jaw and jamming my tongue into my teeth, on top of my usual bad breathing and smack-talking-brain; mid-way through, I ordered my stupid medications too late in the week and wound up being off my depression and anti-anxiety medication for about 5 days which made me extra nuts (also wound up being the week I had my periodâ€”not my brightest move). Food: Could have eaten less Food: Bought regular grocery store meats, eggs, produce. Baby steps, I guess. Food Habits: Did not sit and savor my meals. Spent every lunch at my desk as always (reading, online), ate many breakfasts in my car, did mostly eat dinner away from the tv but still was reading or otherwise multi-tasking. Rule Breaking: Weighed myself at least 3 times to make sure things were happening, since I was not feeling very magical. What you'll do the next time Will bitch less about lack of beverage choices Will cook a greater variety of foods, especially lunches, so I am not eating the same thing five days straight Work on sleeping more/better Start to make time for at least a little exercise, for goodness sake breathe! I decided about a week ago to take this to at least 45 days. Even today, I wanted to reward myself for being "so good!", but that's the wrong thinking. I still really really want my coffee to be sweet and creamy. I think if I tried to have one piece of dark chocolate I would go crazy for more, etc.I'm still battling my "dragons" mentally. I think this is just starting to make me feel a little different, and I want to give my body more time to learn and heal. I haven't had huge food interactions that I know about in the past, so part of my brain is like,"you don't feel any different, why give up all these yummy foods?" WELL because you are 80 lbs overweight, tired all the time, sweaty-headed, and on medication for depression and anxiety and you are still a ball of stress all the time. Because you ache like a 90 year old and you are turning 40 this year. Because you have zero drive for anything. Because you get lots of headaches from "allergies" that didn't exist 10 years ago. Because you are unhappy with your body in 100 ways. Because you want to be a better example for your children and get them and your husband healthier, too. Because your mom didn't take care of herself and she died at 52. Because your dad is diabetic and you were gestational diabetic your first pregnancy. Because, because, because! Just dooooooo it. Trying to feel proud of myself. Just feeling like there is a looooong road ahead. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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