It's day 31 of my Whole30 diet.
That means I made it! And I really did make it. No cheating, no starving, nothing but real food for 30 days. And man did I have some temptations!
I handmade 24 individual s'mores and didn't have a taste.at.all. Not even when I passed the last one across the counter did I stop to lick my fingers. NOPE! And the pizza? I sat down with my plate of fruit and veggies and just ignored those greasy cardboard boxes. First hurdle cleared.
Next hurdle was a get together for a new all women's shooting club I've joined.
Women + Guns = Killer Snack Food!
But I just grabbed a few pieces of fruit and drank 3 bottles of water while smelling coffee creamer, cookies and cake... oh my!
Next was ice cream for the kids to celebrate the last day of school. I ordered 3 of my favorite sugary desserts for the kids, for myself, I ordered an unsweetened tea. I survived yet another hurdle.
Then summer break officially started and most of the snack food had been cleared out. The kids were made aware that mom wouldn't be taste testing their mac & cheese to make sure it was ready, or cleaning off the spoons after making a truck load of PB&J sandwiches. I realized then that I wouldn't be able to eliminate all the sugar and carbs from the house, but I could at least jump on the scale (not Whole30 approved) and see what I had done those first 10 days. When I saw 10lbs gone the temptation to just take one bite was eliminated. Because what was the point? I'd already committed and starting over just wasn't an option. (I mean, I'm lazy... and do overs are work!)
The last but certainly not final temptation was at my parent's place for Father's Day. On the table was squash and zucchini (whole30 approved) but covered in butter and cheese. I had to say no thanks. The handmade fries; I didn't hesitate to say no. When the fruit was brought out I thought maybe I was still able to enjoy something sweet, but those had been covered in sugar. <sigh> Why people why!?! Then came the chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter and marshmallow filling. Like a prissy dog walking down the street I turned my nose to everything as though I were above it. And dammit I was. I had gone 28 days without cheating. I didn't care what we were celebrating, my health far outweighed what others thought. And for too long I've not make it a priority.
What I did have was a steak and I pulled together the hamburger fixing to make a salad... no dressing because everything had sugar. And you know what? I survived. And as I chugged my water while watching other drink wine I didn't feel deprived. I felt fully alive! I didn't need or desire to make food what I celebrated. It was my dad and my husband. The father that raised me and the one now raising my kids. What on earth does food have to do with that?
Day 30 I sat on the couch making plans with the husband. What will we have on day 31? I hesitated because nothing came to mind. Fruit had taken over my dessert cravings and my carbs were replaced with veggies.
"A bourbon and... oh wait, no Cokes. Maybe a wine cooler. Or a hard cider. I don't really know. Nothing comes to mind."
And that's when it hit me; my cravings were gone. My desire to use food as a means to celebrated just seemed so lame. So temporary as to be made meaningless. And that <happy sigh> was when I knew I could do this for a lifetime.
But just to be sure, this morning I tried a teaspoon of raw can sugar in my coffee. Three sips and I tossed the cup. My celebratory item today was a piece of gum. I know, super lame, but that's it. I'm still chugging my water, still eating meats, veggies and fruit. And after the husband texted me saying his hot dog and chili fries at lunch made him sick, I knew he was in this for the long haul too. I replied back to him:
"It's like going back to a night club during daylight hours and seeing the stained couches, the vomit smeared floors and the haggard toothless whores lounging about. Comfort food is now a sleazy club you never want to go back to."
Results, cause really that's what motivates many of us:
18.2 lbs LOST!
-1.50" under breast
-3.75" butt... told y'all everything went there on me! ;)
...and because I have crazy amazonian legs I went up .5" in my calves.
I swear I was built for manual labor.
So I lost a total of 8.5"!!!
I'm down a full size in clothing and my joints are already feeling better.
I'd call it a great success and one I plan on continuing for a lifetime.
... and the secret to not starving is simple... eat.
How I Started:
Head to Pinterest and look up recipes. My favorites are the cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash spaghetti, dressing and the turkey sausage.
For a quick satisfying snack, grab a handful of almonds or coconut flacks.
And water... you will find you can't get enough of the stuff. Especially if you're used to cokes and coffee like I was.
Don't worry with exercising in the beginning. Unless you already work out... then for heavens sake don't stop. ;)
Whole30 has a cute calender that let's you know the process and changes you'll see step by step.
If you can, find support. I'll be happy to help where I can, but a family member, friend or co-worker is even better.
And remember, you can say no to food... even your mom's. ;)