|My breakfast this morning...yummy but the sausage was, meh.|
Ladies and Gentlemen...we have a quorum! The Whole 30 Challenge is on!
Here are our start dates:
- Sherry - September 18th
- Annette - August 26th
- Carrie - August 29th
- Dawn - September 18th
- Mrs. D - September 18th
- Amy - September 18th
If you're out there following along and just want to comment and ask questions from time to time then DO IT. As I told Annette earlier this week, this doesn't belong to me, I'm just the secretary. I just thought that together we'd have a better shot at getting this "science experiment" (as RoS calls it) done.
So here's a few things, caveats, and pearls that I discovered in this last week.
- I'm an alcoholic so I have the disease of MORE. Nuts are out for me. I don't know when to say when and they are loaded with fat (good fat but still) and calories. I love them and the occasional small handful of them is fine but I can't rely on them as my go to snack.
- Since I am an addict, I have to be careful with "sweet" things lest they wake up the beast. Thankfully, so far fruit has been very kind. Fresh fruit has become my go to snack during the "witching hours" which are about 3:00 pm and then after dinner and on into the evening. Have I mentioned (of course I have) that I don't really like fruit? Well that ain't true anymore. I LOVE it.
- The witching hour is lessening. I noticed last night that about 9:30 I wanted a snack. Just a snack. So I came down and put watermelon and freshly cut pineapple (it's REALLY easy to do and so much better than canned - "You Tube" it) into an ice cream bowl and took it upstairs where I was watching HGTV. As I sat and ate I realized that I got the snack in response to hunger rather than entitlement or boredom. Score one for clean eating!!!
- I can find something to eat anywhere. During my dinner the other night at the fried food feast, I ordered fried chicken (white meat only, from which I peeled all breading and skin) a double order of collard greens and green beans. I was full...even though I REALLY wanted that damn biscuit.
- My body is changing. My clothes are fitting better. I feel more comfortable in my skin (a little). I'm really proud of what I'm doing.
- The hubs called me his hero in a comment the other day. Me? His hero? Wow...no really...wow.
- My regular diet is very low fat. I'm having to get okay with bumping my fat intake up a little to compensate for the lack of sugar. I'm trying to keep it to good fats - olives, olive oil etc. But as a treat I ate a couple of link sausages this morning. They were good...but I think I can do without them going forward. It's was kind of..meh. Plus I'm sure there was a fuckload of chemicals used to preserve them. I'm trying to get the courage to read the label.
This has been a course in experimentation. What do I like? What does my body like or dislike? Because I'm not getting on the scale, I'm forced to really listen to my body and figure out what it wants and what is best for it. It's not, "Oh Lord the scale was up 3.6 ounces today...no breakfast for me!" It's more like, "Hmmm, I'm not hungry yet. Let me take some eggs and fruit for when my stomach tells me it's ready."
Tell me how you're doing. What choices are you making? How are you feeling? Have you killed anyone? What are you doing to prepare for this journey? What's your body telling you?
My book came so I'll read it this week and report back on insights and learnings. I'm excited and so happy to be doing this will all of you! Let's kick some Whole 30 ass!
"The common conception is that motivation leads to action, but the reverse is true -- action precedes motivation. You have to prime the pump and get the juice flowing, which motivates you to work on your goals. Getting momentum going is the most difficult part of the job, and often taking the first step is enough to prompt you to make the best of your day." ~Robert J. Mckain