So now, no more procrastinating. Here it is.
I stopped Whole 30 (...makes me feel better than saying I quit or gave in).
You may have been wondering where all the yummy food posts have been the last few days, and yes, just as you may have feared, it is because I stopped Whole 30. Believe it or not, it was not that I gave into sweets. I had no problem saying no to those over the last couple weeks. No. It all came to a screeching halt last Friday night, when I had a sort of mini melt down. I was feeling bloaty, crampy, cranky, over fed but not satisfied, tired, moody and chained to a diet (not one intended for losing weight btw). I couldn't take it anymore. For pete's sake, All I wanted was a protein shake!!
As I sat in my car outside my apartment, hemming and ha-ing for 30 MINUTES trying to decide if I wanted to try and tough it out or just stop, I had to figure out what my real motivations were. Would I continue on just out of fear of failure and everyone else's disappointment? Or would I figure out where I was at and what I wanted?
I finally made my decision. I started the car, drove to the Casey's and got - no, not 3 doughnuts, 1 liter of coke, and a pizza - I got a small diet pop. Sure, still not the best I know, but it could have been worse. I then proceeded to go home, make a cup of hot cocoa with almond milk, sugar free cocoa, and a little truvia, sit on my couch...and let relief flood in. I had made it to day 13. And you know what? On day 13, at 6:32pm, the minute I stopped Whole 30, I didn't go crazy on the forbidden foods. And I still haven't.
And that's why I quit Whole 30, but did not fail. Not to me. Because, by day 13, I had reached my goals and gained the benefits I had hoped to get.
I have not had one pop today (or craved it), I no longer grab a piece of candy every time I pass the candy dish at the front desk, and I have had only ONE stick of gum since stopping! And I'm proud of that! So am I going to come out here resentful and tell you not to try Whole 30? No. In fact, if this whole thing has sounded insanely hard and impossible to you, maybe do like me and start by doing it a week or two. You will gain so many benefits and learn so much from even that amount of time. And who knows! Maybe by the time you get to day 13, you'll feel like you could go longer. My girl friend has done it a few times and is thinking of going for 60 DAYS right now because she feels so good!
Will I ever try it again with the goal of making it the entire 30 days? Maybe. I'm not sure yet. I know there may have been some things I got wrong or had too much of in my diet (like the nuts and dried fruit) that left me feeling icky. I will have to get that part figured out first.
But until then, I look at my Whole 30 experience as a success and will continue to prepare Whole 30 and even Paleo approved meals and share them with you here.
Because after all, isn't the point of all this to find balance and feel great? Yes. That is the bottom line. And the lifestyle I will continue to live...most of the time ;).