I mean who knew that something soooo little could just take over your life!?
So 2 days in and I was done with the Whole 30. It saddens me to quit things but , hey, if it makes the baby cry I’m done. I’m not sure it was the sudden and extreme change in diet that caused her cramps but the timing was coincidental. Also, it’s really hard to prepare and eat Whole 30 when there’s a screaming infant. I also stopped drinking water. Maybe it’s a combination of the 3. Or maybe none of it. My point being that there will be a better time for me to do this and it’s just not now.
So now what?
Well to keep it short, having a baby. Not so focused on the nutrition and exercise (although maybe I should have been. Ok. Definitely, I should have been).
But anyway, I’m back! And things will definitely be different now as I try to figure out how to balance it all but maybe it’s worth sharing.
Some friends and I started The Whole 30 again this week. It is day 2 for me and I’ve already learned a lot!
- Don’t eat 3 hard boiled eggs at lunch if you are breast feeding. Unless of course you like to hear your baby scream with tummy cramps. So not cool.
- Go in prepared. If I had done groceries and prepped a couple of things I would not have resorted to the stupid eggs
- Soy, Corn, and sugar are everywhere. And shopping to avoid these is time consuming and, at our closest grocery store, impossible.(sorry Darryl)
- Keep it simple-stupid. No big extravagant versions of shepard’s pie on a week night. Meat and vegetables people! Do what you know
As for working out, well let me figure out the eating part this week. I’m not ready to beat myself up about it just yet.
Seriously, I never gracefully tumble off the wagon. I fall. Hard core. Every. Time. And it sucks.
My first trip post Whole 30 went swimmingly! I rocked it and even lost weight. And then I flew to Ottawa. And I’m pretty sure I busted the wagon I was riding. A whole-hearted carb and sugar extravaganza that continued when I got home. Which led to today. Me, in a change room, at a store, with a full length mirror. What the hell!? Is that really what I look like?? An Ethiopian?? Dear lord. Do I have an excuse? I have hundreds! Am I going to list them here? NOPE! Because in the end they are all bullshit, I know what needs to be done, and I just have to do it. Because I look like s#@! and quite frankly I feel like it to.
And I feel great!! So good in fact that I would totally turn this into a business if I could just so everyone can experience it. Think about it. Think there isn’t enough variety on the Whole 30? Find it hard to plan? Pay me to do all the leg work and thinking for you! I’ll meal plan, even shop and prepare meals for you! Totally customizable to your needs. And by I, I mean we. Because Darryl has definitely proved his talents as a cook over the course of this challenge. Today we had “ceaser” salad and guac with bacon stuffed and pistachio crusted chicken thighs-no big deal! Holly amazaballs. And of course I crammed my pie hole without taking any photos. Sorry!
This month my friends and I started a running group and named ourselves Pimp My Stride. We run on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings and we even have our own newsletter. Since I enjoy that newsletter so much, I thought I would try sharing it with the world here…. I hope others enjoy it as much as we do.
Today is day 28. Some people found this past week flew by. Other people started the challenge this week. And I have to admit, I felt more like the newbies this week then the old pros! It sucked! But I know that the sucky feeling was self-generated because I was unprepared. I had to travel for work. I even made sure I booked a room with a kitchen and took some food. Emphasis on some. Because I didn’t bring any of my FAVORITE things like: mayo, bacon, chicken or ghee. Those 4 items would have totally turned that trip around for me. Hindsight 20/20. Take food you ENJOY eating-not plain, cold broccoli (gag) and hard-boiled eggs. Both of those items would have been made better with bacon OR mayo. Damn.
Anyway its all better now.
And on Tuesday I will be starting a new challenge along with the FootTools peeps (www.foottools.ca). It’s a plank-a-day challenge. 30 days, hold a plank for as long as you can each day, send in some photos. It’s that easy!!! It starts this Tuesday, April 10.
I have to start by saying, if you have gone to my friend’s blogs and been discouraged by their lack of updates, Bri is back on track so go check her out! No pressure Bri
As for myself, well, I sort of organized a run club and I’m slowly working on expanding it, but as with most new things there’s a lot of work involved in that. I started a newsletter with it (hey maybe I can post those on here…..hmmmm) and thankfully someone else has taken charge of that project although I remain a major contributor. I’m hoping the group will start running more like a co-op and sort of grow and take ownership of itself. Because deep down I’m a hippie socialist.
Anywho! It’s day 18 of my Whole 30 challenge!! WHAT!!?? How did that happen? And the question I get asked most often is what are you going to do coming off of this? Reintroduce food groups individually? Have a giant pig out of chips and chocolate? And all I can think is-come off of it? Why in the WORLD would I do THAT!? truly I have day 31 planned. I want sushi. And I want Danielle to make me paleo truffles. YES paleo truffles!! Isn’t that exciting! lol But they are freaking amazing and I want them. Other than that I pretty much figure not much will change except my stress level when I am required to eat out. Because if I continue on this when I’m home then I can eat out once in a while worry free. And when that plan starts to slip and I find that occasional indulgences have again become constant companions I will restart the Whole 30 process to remind me. So….that’s the plan…..out in the universe!
And how is it going. Well if I hated it I wouldn’t want to continue I suppose. Seriously, I feel great! My clothes fit again! How awesome is that? And my biggest “craving” is that I can’t weigh myself! That’s hardship right there. I ran 15k on the weekend and it felt good. Had some dates and nuts when I finished, as well as an amazaballs Americano! And I was good to carry on about my day. Normally (and by that I mean before whole 30) that would cause me to want “rest” the remainder of the day.
Life is good!