One of the pages that I really appreciate Whole30 publishing is their timeline. It gives you a general idea of what to expect to feel as you move through your Whole30 experience.
Days 2 and 3 are labeled as “The Hangover.” Sounds pleasant, right? I’ve never actually had a hangover but I hear they’re unpleasant so I was pretty certain these couple days would be miserable for me. For the week before starting I ate all the foods I wouldn’t be able to in January. Cupcakes, cookies, macaroni and cheese, Chinese, chocolate oranges, well, you get the idea. So when I woke up the morning of day two with only a slight headache I was pleasantly surprised. As the day wore on it would come and go but was totally bearable. That evening though the headache changed to one that starts at the base of your neck but it was still bearable. About 2am I woke up with a headache that engulfed my shoulders, neck and entire head. I got up to get a drink of water and the moment I opened my eyes I had to close them and I knew I’d fallen victim to the hangover. The morning of day 3 was rough and the headache continued throughout the day but got better after I had something to eat. All day I noticed I was incredibly thirsty and would drink 3 glasses of water at a time without feeling like I was satisfied.
Today is day 4 and I feel a lot better already. Got the kids up for school which was unpleasant for us all after being able to sleep in for 2 weeks. I came home and made myself half a roasted sweet potato, scrambled eggs with spinach and mushrooms and a few strawberries. Days 4 and 5 are supposed to be the “Kill All The Things” phase so I apologize in advance to everyone I am less than patient with.
This week I hope to start posting some links to the food I’m eating. I know how hard it can be to come up with ideas and if I ever decide to do this again it would be nice to have a meal plan already created.
In an attempt to document, and hold myself accountable, my new year’s resolution I thought I’d try blogging again. Hopefully I’ll post more than 3 times a year. 🙂
So what is my new year’s resolution? Ready for it? I am resolving to lose weight in 2016! Totally cliche, right? I know, I know. But it needs to be done and I’m ready to do it. I’m also not JUST resolving to lose weight. That’s too big. I’m going to make a series of monthly resolutions throughout the year to keep me motivated and to require me to reevaluate my needs throughout the year.
For the month of January I will be completing the Whole 30. I’m actually making it a Whole 31 because January has 31 days. One thing that attracted me to this is that it really helps you kick the sugar habit which is one of my big struggles and with a family history of diabetes it isn’t a habit I can afford to continue. I also like that it helps determine what foods are triggers for your body because we’re not all the same.
I’ve spent a lot of time during December searching out recipes that are Whole 30 compliant, reading about other people’s experiences and trying to set myself up for success (and if I’m being totally honest…eating all the foods I thought I’d miss come January). One of the things I read over and over again is to clearly define what you’re hoping to get out of the Whole 30. Without knowing your goal it is hard to know if you’ve succeeded. So here is what I’m hoping to get from this month:
- fewer sugar cravings
- not waking up achy, sore and feeling like I’m 100 years old
- better sleep
- weight loss/better fitting clothes
- more energy
I’m really excited to see how this month changes me and I’m also really excited to be eating whole and real foods. I can feel my body craving them but cookies scream louder than spinach.
So far I’ve made it to 1pm on January 1st and all is well. True, all I’ve eaten is breakfast but I ate sweet potato and 2 eggs instead of a bagel or bowl of sugary cereal. Small victories people. I know full well that the next 31 days will not be as easy as this morning. Here is what I’m expecting:
I’ll keep you posted!