Week 2 is complete! I have to tell you that there were some rough points in this week and I thought at one point Shadrach and I both might slip up and have to start over again. We held strong though and stuck to our commitment. Let’s just say that we are fantasizing about the food that we will reintroduce first. Will it be cake, ice cream, or chocolate? 🙂 In reality, though, we are starting to see what a difference eating whole, natural, unprocessed foods does for us and how amazing we are starting to feel. Shadrach and I have already started talking about keeping this all up after the 30 days. We will just add a few things back in like, bread and cheese, in moderation of course. 🙂
Once again this week I kept a short diary of each day. Just a few of my thoughts and some of the situations we found ourselves in. I hope it helps you see what the week has been like and how things can change from day to day. One positive thing I do want to say, I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of meal prep and what to have on hand. I spent significantly less time in the kitchen this week compared to last week. So that is one big win in my books. It just means continuing this long-term doesn’t seem quite so overwhelming now.
By the way, if you are new here and have no clue what I am talking about, you can read about the what and why we are doing Whole30 in this post. Also, if you’d like to find out how last week went, check here.
Anyway, here’s what happened this week…
Day 8 – Monday
Today went rather smooth. I’m starting to get into a rhythm and figure out what and when to cook. Shadrach is finally settling on some things that he doesn’t mind eating. There is just a good flow going and I like it. I’m still trying to adjust to my coffee with only almond milk. I decided, after some suggestions from friends on Instagram, to try some coconut milk instead. So today while grocery shopping I made sure and picked up some coconut milk. As soon as I got home I decided I had to try it and see if it was better. It wasn’t earth shattering but it definitely makes the coffee a little less bitter. Here’s hoping the week continues to go smoothly. 🙂
Day 9 – Tuesday
Things turned out to be a lot busier today than I had planned. I knew I had a doctors appointment this morning. What I didn’t plan on was having to take Logan to the doctor’s this afternoon. I was able to stay on track with eating and stick to the meal plan. Thankfully, I had time between appointments to come home, get Shadrach’s food ready for work, eat lunch, and head back out with Logan.
The big thing I’m having a hard time with is getting my workouts in. Before starting this blog I was religious about exercising at least 5 days a week. Since the blog, I’m lucky if I can fit in one day a week. I don’t handle change very well and I’ve yet to figure out how to work everything in. I miss my workouts, though, so I’m determined to figure out to fit them back into my daily routine.
It’s been a good day and I’m feeling pretty good too. There are a few cravings, like wanting something sweet at night after dinner. I’ve been able to work through them and distract myself. I’m still feeling pretty tired, though. Not sure if today is due to the busyness or the diet or a combination. I guess we will see tomorrow!
Day 10 – Wednesday
I had a realization today as I was putting Logan to bed. When I take care of myself, which means eating healthy, exercising, and getting good sleep, I become a better mom. I’m not saying I’m perfect but I noticed today that I had a lot more patience with Logan and felt like playing and doing things with him. Over the past few months, I had slowly started developing bad eating and sleep habits. While the sleep habits are not completely cured, I am working on eating better with Whole30. It’s amazing how much food affects your body!
I did spend a lot of time in the kitchen today but I cooked a lot of things so hopefully, that means tomorrow will be easier. I’m starting to enjoy the cooking mainly because I know exactly what is in my food and I know it’s good for me. I hope this is something I can keep up after we finish the 30 days.
Day 11 – Thursday
I did something today that is considered a no-no. I weighed myself. Eeek! I know. I’m not sure what made me do it! Maybe it’s the lack of sugar! Ha! 🙂 Actually, I was just feeling kind of blah and I was hoping maybe getting on the scale would help me feel better. Not so much. Instead, it just made me frustrated because I haven’t lost any weight. I’m exactly where I started two weeks ago. Now I know why they say not to get on the scale during the 30 days.
I’ve strictly forbidden myself from getting on the scale for the rest of the time. I know that I need to concentrate on how I feel and not some silly number. The truth is, I know that the number on the scale doesn’t really tell me much except a number. It can’t measure how I feel, how my pants fit, or how much fat versus muscle I have. So, why I put stock in that number is beyond me. I guess it just goes to show I’m human and I still have some things to work on.
There was a small win today, though. Normally after doing something like this and being disappointed, I would have grabbed the first chocolate thing I could find in the house. Somehow chocolate contains magic powers that make me feel better. However, today I contained myself and stuck to the meal plan. There was no consoling chocolate. So it’s a small win for the day. 🙂
Day 12 – Friday
Nothing much to report today. I stayed on track in the midst of being busy. There were some errands to run and I just made sure I was prepared. I do not leave the house at any given time without a snack or two in my bag along with some water. Here’s a big secret, though, I’ve been avoiding eating out. It pretty much sends me into hives just thinking about trying to maneuver a restaurant menu. There are so many unknowns when you eat out and I’m not one to generally speak up and advocate for myself. I just don’t want to rock the boat. So, I’ve been planning my outings around meals and making sure I have plenty with me when I go out. So far, it’s working. It’s just 30 days right? I will be able to eat at a restaurant again, right?
Day 13 – Saturday
The ultimate test happened today. My parents came home with a box of cookies for Logan. We’ve done pretty well at avoiding foods that we shouldn’t have and part of avoiding them means just not keeping those temptations at home. So when the cookies arrived, things got tough! I even caught Shadrach smelling them and then he stuffed them in my face! That smell. They smelled heavenly and now that is all I can think about. I am hoping I can forget about them.
The thing I realized is that the weekends have been the toughest when it comes to temptations and cravings. Shadrach and I were talking about how we usually do our worst eating on the weekends. That is when we have our treats and eat out the most. During the week we are really good at sticking to eating pretty healthy, even before starting Whole30. But on the weekends we were a lot more slack. I think that is why all I can think about are those cookies sitting on top of the fridge.
Let’s hope we can get through the rest of the weekend without messing up. 🙂
Day 14 – Sunday
The cookies are still there and I know I didn’t touch them, and I’m pretty sure Shadrach didn’t either. Smelling is the farthest it’s gone. 🙂 In all honesty, though, we have struggled today. All both of us have wanted was something sweet. We are staying strong, though. It is showing that we are dedicated to these 30 days and seeing results. We haven’t let a few cookies stop us or cause us to stumble. I think mostly because we are counting down the days and the last thing either of us wants is to start over. Here’s to powering through and marching on right past those cookies! I’m just going to try and ignore the fact that in a week is Halloween and we will have a whole other set of temptations after our little guy goes Trick-or-Treating for the first time. Week 3 here we come!
Wrapping Up the Week
There you have it, all the good, the bad, and the ugly. 🙂 There is nothing easy about Whole30 but so far it’s been worth every bit of the hard moments. At least that is how I am feeling right now (if you ask me tomorrow I may tell you something different). There are some foods I’m missing and I thought I would forget about them over time. Instead, I’ve been dreaming about them. 🙂 I miss having my Ezekiel English Muffin every morning with my eggs and I’m really missing my coffee with milk and sugar. What is a food that you have a hard time living without?
Last, be sure to come back next Monday as we have some news to share! (No we are not pregnant.)
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