Little Wins

I had planned on posting a little something every day, but the last couple days have been pretty hectic. Even though I was really busy, I don’t have much exciting to write about them. Friday I worked, went grocery shopping, and then stopped by my parents’ house to do some laundry. Super exciting… Then Saturday I got up, worked out, met up with some friends for coffee, and then went to my boyfriend’s house. Again, it was a good time, but doesn’t really leave time for writing, and really there wasn’t a ton to write about. I did have fun catching up with my friends though. I only get to see them about once a month, sometimes longer, but it’s always really fun to see them and share our stories. 🙂

I will heartily admit that up to this point, I haven’t been using the Whole30 exactly as intended. My intention when I first started it was to do the 30 days and then slowly reintroduce the foods that were eliminated as a way to really figure out what does and does not work for my body. I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve had some digestive issues among other things, and I wanted to use the Whole30 as a way to really figure out what was causing it. Anyway, I wanted to do the slow reintroduction, but with my last two attempts, I always had something going on right as I was ending them (actually it was the reason I was ending them), that made me just jump right back into my old ways. This really hasn’t helped me figure out what it is that I can’t eat because I started eating everything right away.

Even though as a whole, I haven’t been fine tuning what I should and shouldn’t eat, I have discovered a couple of life-changing things.

  1.  I can’t eat eggs. I’m not sure what it is about eggs, but every time I eat them, within probably 15-30 minutes, I am in serious pain. I get terrible stomach cramps and nausea. It gets so bad that all I can do is curl up in a ball and wait it out. The last time it happened, I was at work, and I couldn’t function. I just curled up in my chair clutching my stomach, nearly in tears. My coworkers around me said I looked like I was in pain, and I was ghostly white. I don’t seem to have issue with foods that contain egg, but maybe that’s just because it’s not in a high enough dose? I used to get terrible stomach pains like that all the time, and I could never figure out what was causing it. Ever since I gave up eggs, I haven’t had an issue with it even once.
  2. I’m pretty sure I’m lactose intolerant. After I would eat certain dairy containing foods, I would always get stomach aches. I never really put two and two together until doing the Whole30. I think for me it’s pretty mild unless I eat dairy products in conjunction with high levels of other sugars-think ice cream or cookies and milk, etc. Again, when the dairy products are in other things, it doesn’t seem to be an issue. What really cements the idea for me is that since starting the Whole30, I’ve had a couple of days where I didn’t get much sleep the previous night, and I was just dragging the next day. I needed a little boost of energy, so I decided to have coffee. I was really worried about it because coffee almost always gives me a stomach ache after I drink it, and I was worried that without the cream and sugar it would be that much worse. I decided to just give it a go and deal with the consequences, but they never came. Not even a little. So I’m pretty sure it’s the cream and sugar added to the coffee that upsets my stomach and not the coffee itself.

So anyway, that knowledge is one of the preliminary benefits I’ve gained from the Whole30 thus far. If you’re on the Whole30, have you had any aha moments like mine?


Wins:

  • I went out for coffee with my friends, and they all had yummy looking treats and fancy coffees, but I stuck with my black coffee and was totally ok with it. 🙂
  • I have gotten my 10+ minutes of activity in every day this week.

Tomorrow’s mini goal:

  • As I have failed up to this point… not hitting snooze more than once. 😉

Gratitude:

  • I am thankful to have such great friends that even though we don’t get together as much as we all would like, when we do, it’s always a great time and feels like no time at all has passed.

 

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My 180

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I was going to just continue my Whole30 until Thanksgiving, but I’ve really felt burnt out on it the last few days, so I made the conscious decision tonight to enjoy a “cheat meal.” I don’t like calling it a cheat meal because I don’t feel like I’m cheating. Some people call it a reward meal, some call it a cheat meal, but I’m just calling it a meal. I don’t like calling it a cheat because that implies that I’m doing something bad. I also don’t like calling it a reward because rewarding yourself with food doesn’t create a healthy psychology with food. If I’m going to adopt a clean lifestyle for the rest of my life, it has to be manageable, and to me that means occationally giving myself permission to eat things that don’t necessarily fall into the category of “clean.” The only caveat I have is that it has to be worth it, so I ate something I’ve been craving pretty much since day 1 of my Whole30… pizza! I ordered my favorite pizza from my favorite local pizza place, and it was amazing!

I ordered the personal size pizza which really has no right to be called a personal size pizza. It’s way too much for one person. That definitely didn’t stop me from eating the whole thing though… I always knew it was a trigger food for me or as the Whole30-ers say a “food with no brakes,” but I never really realized just how bad it was. I got about 5 slices in, and the pizza just didn’t taste as good. It registered in my mind that I was getting full, and the taste just wasn’t as good, but that didn’t stop me from continuing to eat it. I wanted to, and I knew I should, but I also really wanted to keep eating it. It was a really weird internal struggle.

I also had some caramel apple pie gelato, and it was the same as with the pizza. I bought the pint size container, and I planned to only eat a cup of it, but once I started, I just didn’t want to stop. I got to the point where I was getting uncomfortably full. I even portioned it out, but I kept going back for more. It’s definitely an indicator that I can’t keep my trigger foods in the house. If I know they’re there, my mind dwells on it until I eat it. Even though I’m really uncomfortably full, and I wish I wouldn’t have eaten all of it, I don’t regret it one bit. It was what I wanted most, I made the conscious decision to eat it, and I savored every bite. 🙂

I also mentioned yesterday that I had an appointment with a personal trainer today. I was really nervous about it all day today, but I told myself it was just an hour, and I was going. I went to the gym after work and started changing only to realize I had forgotten my sports bra! I stood there for a minute debating whether I should just work out in my regular bra, but since I’ve been losing, my regular bras have been fitting looser too. I decided to just go home, and I rescheduled my appointment for next Wednesday. I swear I didn’t do it on purpose, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little relieved.

Finally, the good news for today… I stepped on the scale this morning. I wasn’t expecting much because I’ve been feeling so bloaty lately, but I was down 12 lbs! That’s about 3 lbs a week. 🙂 Even though that’s a significant loss, I still feel a little disappointed with the way I feel. I’m happy for the loss, but I decided to do the Whole30 to be more healthy, and I don’t feel as healthy as I was hoping. Tomorrow I’m back to eating squeaky clean until Thanksgiving, so hopefully I’ll get more of the benefits I was originally doing it for.