Hello lovely shrinkers and fitness enthusiasts! We are through the first two weekends of January and now is the time to look at some progress! I decided to follow the Whole30 plan for the month but gave myself a bit of time to prep a little mentally and physically. I started the Whole30 plan last Monday, so this is my week one progress check. I keep seeing the question pop up in our Facebook feed, “What is Whole30?” You can get all the information from their wonderful website, read the post I wrote last month, or you can read the book It Starts With Food.
The Whole30 plan is very similar to the Paleo diet plan so if you are familiar with that you can get a general idea of the Whole30 plan. And as a friend of mine said, the Whole30 isn’t necessarily an eating plan that you are going to stick with long term, but it is designed to get you and your system back on track and find out what sensitivities you are having. It’s also designed to help you rid yourself of processed foods and added sugar, something I have been wanting/needing to do for some time now. Here’s a great infographic to give you some ideas.
I haven’t spent a lot of time on the website because I keep getting overwhelmed with all the information on it, but that’s one of my goals for this coming week. I am going to need some variety in my menu to get me through this month and so far there hasn’t been much variety, but I’ve been doing better than I thought I would with the veggies.
Here are my thoughts, so far.
- Variety of meals will help me get through this a lot easier. If I have to eat the same meals every day, I’m going to get bored and want to quit. Quitting is NOT an option for me. I need this…..
- Eating out will be REALLY HARD!! This is a good thing because we need to cut the excessive eating out that we have been doing lately!
- But….if we aren’t eating out that means I am COOKING A LOT!!! This is a good thing, except cooking at home requires planning and lots of time in the kitchen! This past week I don’t feel that I accomplished anything except cooking, cleaning the kitchen, and running to the store for more veggies! I’ve known for a long time that I need to plan meals and figure out how to cut my time in the kitchen but I haven’t done it. This will REQUIRE me to do it. I have many other things to do in my life besides cook and clean.
- I’m eating A LOT more veggies! As in, I ate more veggies this week than I have eaten in three months. So far, I have fixed sweet potatoes and lots of salads, with carrots. I’ve had veggies with each meal I have eaten over the past week and I have to say, it hasn’t killed me! <grin>
- My family likes home made roast beef and sweet potato fries! It was nice to fix a meal that everyone liked, ate and asked for more!
- It’s not nearly as hard as I thought it would be to cut out the sugar, processed (we don’t eat much processed anyway), or dairy food items, as long as I PLAN ahead.
- My breakfast is the MOST challenging meal. I have eaten greek yogurt with fresh fruit for my breakfast for years! During this 30 day program, NO dairy…which means NO greek yogurt! I also don’t like eggs, except for hard boiled eggs. So, my breakfast during this week has been a challenge. I have eaten ham wrapped with romaine lettuce leaves and a hard boiled egg, with some nuts for breakfast. One morning I was really hungry, so I ate some sweet potato fries with the ham and lettuce. It helped fill me up and tasted great, too. I will be researching new Whole30 approved breakfasts. Hopefully, I can find something that I like. (Yes, I’m a very picky eater!)
- Because I am eating more veggies, so is my family! This is a good thing! <grin>
- I’m eating one or occasionally, two pieces of fruit a day. But, I’m using it as a “dessert” not part of my meal. NORMALLY, fruit would replace my veggies and I would fill up on the fruit and then have my veggies, as an after thought.
- I picked up carry out one day for lunch, and didn’t pay attention to the ingredients in one of my choices. There was cheese on the food and not nearly enough meat. I came home with the food and decided that I would make the best of the situation and not beat myself up over it. This is a HUGE thing for me! I usually get mad at myself and flip out and decide I’m a failure for not eating according to the “rules”. (And Whole30 is all about the rules!) I added more romaine lettuce to the food, ate it without mental issues, and managed to move on!
- I’m already seeing some improvement in my health. My arthritic hip has not been nearly as sore this week. I’ve been sleeping much better this week, too. This is causing me to be excited to see what the next few weeks (and beyond) will bring me in terms of my health!
I am determined (that’s my word of the year) to follow this Whole30 program throughout the 30 days. There may be times when I fall down, but I am going to pick myself back up, and move on. I will not beat myself up and fail to succeed in this!
Throughout this month, while I am working on my eating plan, I am also making sure that I move my body. I am still coming off from the cough, crud stuff so I am not pushing myself beyond what I think is healthy. I am participating in the squat and push up fitness calendars, and making sure I have AT LEAST 5,000 steps a day. That doesn’t sound like much but it is a lot more than I have been doing since Thanksgiving. As my cough/crud goes away I plan to increase my exercise and step counts, so that by the end of the month I am doing more, but I want to be smart about this and not hurt myself or burn myself out. I have also been doing well with my following along with the 52 small changes and I greatly increased my water intake during the first week and have high hopes to keep the water level at at least 1/2 of my body weight. Most days I managed to even drink more than that! I know it’s been a while since I’ve done that. That was my goal for the week. This week is to “Get your zzz’s”!! Oh this one is a challenge for me, but I know it’s necessary and once again, I am DETERMINED to take on this challenge and get enough sleep! It will help improve my health and that’s what this year is all about for me!
I know a lot of people made the comment that Whole30 is too restrictive. Last year, I would have agreed or I would have said that it’s NOT for me. This year, I am hopeful that it will help me get some answers to my health. It’s not for everyone and I don’t think a vegetarian could do it. But, it seems to be making a difference for me, after only one week. I will check back in throughout the month and let you know how I am doing with it. I’m looking for a lot of progress over the next 3 weeks!
Are you following along and doing Whole30, too? I would love to hear your progress!