Its done! I just wrapped up my first Whole 30 and I’m really proud of myself. I’m not going to lie and say it was all roses and rainbows, but ultimately I pulled it off, and mostly I was content 🙂 Actually, I think my 21 Day Sugar Detox earlier this Winter definitely help set me up for success. The main difference between the two programs was on the 21DSD I couldn’t have most fruits (besides unripe bananas, grapefruit, lemons & limes) but I could have dairy (on level 2), and on the Whole 30 I could have fruits (though they shouldn’t be the focus) but couldn’t have dairy. I think I’m done with eating challenges for awhile- but it sure was nice to see those numbers on the scale – down almost 12 pounds over the last 30 days! Of course, some of that I have to credit to my 3x a week training program- but I certainly notice the scale responding to the exercise more when I getting my eating in check.
The things I missed the most? I’d say yogurt, black beans and cheese. All 3 I’m planning to incorporate back into my life. And can’t forget chocolate. Honestly, it hasn’t been as hard to ‘give up’ certain foods as I thought – the days I felt cranky were days I was unprepared – i.e. I get home from a shoot 3 hours past being hungry and have nothing in the fridge ready to go. I thought social events would be more challenging – (although I did skip out on a few) but I managed to go out for dinner (and be THAT girl ordering), navigate Easter, get ‘drinks’ (club soda and lime please), and hang out with people and not be too much of a hermit.
One thing I thought I’d be dying to get back to was Diet Coke. I
am was a self proclaimed addict – having at least 2 per day. I’m on the water and sparking water bandwagon now so while of course I don’t imagine I’ll be Diet Coke free forever (mmm movie popcorn and soda) I can definitely hold off until I have a craving and not make it a standard grab and go choice.
Moving forward I’m planning on an 80/20 rule – 80% of the time I will make the healthy choices, putting ‘good’ deposits in the bank as Melissa Joulwan says, and that way I won’t feel guilty going out for the occasional brunch, drinks with the girls, or indulging with chips & salsa 🙂 And today being Cinco de Mayo- I think I’m obligated to have a margarita, no?