Whole30 Program Continued Success
I am now on day 61 of the Whole30 diet program and feeling great. Well, let me be honest and say that while I have kept up with the Whole30 Program rules, for the most part, I did have a slip up on day 58 of my Whole30 round two, my first day back to work as a teacher.
Someone so kindly donated these amazing muffins to our staff. They were warm by the way! OMG! It was all I could do when I walked into the teachers’ lounge and saw all the sweet goodness. Believe me, they looked and smelled amazing, but I wasn’t tempted. I know what can come of feeding the sugar dragon and so I moved on. This was not my slip up.
Our administration, each year, provides Kona Ice snow cones for us. And, let’s just say that after dealing with the hectic pick up line after school, I felt like I deserved a treat. So, I headed down with all the other teachers and I asked if they had a sugar free flavor. They sure did, but it included stevia. Ugh! I knew I shouldn’t have, but half a snow cone with stevia isn’t bad in my opinion. Did I stick with Whole30 rules on that occasion? No, I did not and I am ok with that. Believe me, after all the sweetness tempting me this week, that one stevia slip is by far so not a big deal.
Don’t guilt yourself for slip ups as the Whole30 program may want you to do. Take your slip up and do better the next day. That is what happens to people; they cave in and then never get themselves back on track. Do not let this happen to you, especially if you have already successfully completed Whole30 round one. If you are like me, and extending your healthy life style beyond one month, allow yourself to have occasional desirable foods that may not be approved. Don’t go wild and feed the dragon a lot of bad foods. Instead, choose wisely. Otherwise, you will, one day, find yourself devouring foods that are not good for you and by doing so, you might open the flood gates for reoccurrences, telling yourself one more donut is fine, and then another until you wind up like me, wondering how the heck you let yourself get this far.
Weight Loss & Body Image
I have not weighed myself as of yet. I would like to know how much I have lost, but I know it is not anywhere near where I have to be so I will stay away from it for now. I am feeling good and that is all that matters to me. One piece of advice I would give others, as I have said before, is to stay off the scale. It will only bring stress to you. As long as you are feeling well and making strides, that is all that is important. The Whole30 diet program does boast about the 95% of participants who lose weight while on its program. And, because of the high success rate, you too, may feel the constant tug to want to see how much you are losing. I know it may be stressful and some people may start to develop issues with their body image as they constantly compare jean size, leg circumference, etc… Don’t be so hard on yourself. Take it day by day and celebrate small successes. I will eventually hop on the scale, but not quite yet. Once I do get to where I want to be, I will share my pre and post pics with you. I can tell you I have gone done 3 pant sizes. Yay! That is a celebration for me. It is all about exercising and eating good foods.
Some Food from this Week
Handling Stress and Diet
There are many people who stress eat, me being one of them. Others may not eat very much as all when they are stressed. That being said, let’s focus on those of us who get to the point of anxiety or overwhelm ourselves with our work that we turn to sugar and other processed foods. It is hard when we find ourselves in these situations. I often feel the stress in the pit of my stomach and I run straight to the cookie jar or bakery section at the local grocer. I then end up eating many wasted calories on horrible foods.
I know I have talked about this before, but I believe that we have to have a plan when we feel the stress. Just now, I had an email from work that literally put a knot in my stomach and my stress level went through the roof. But, I am writing and it is one of my calming elements. Thus, I didn’t run to the fridge or to the cupboard looking for sweets. Find what calms you or what motivates you and go to that before you run to food. I’ve been noticing that a lot about myself these past 61 days. I no longer think about what I want to eat all day. In fact, I am busy working or enjoying life and not living to eat.
If you are finding yourself hungry throughout the day, make sure you are eating enough food for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner and drinking plenty of water. Find the snacks that will fill you and keep you going. You can do it and will feel so much better.
I thought Brittaney’s Whole30 Story was a good one to share as she talks about getting back to being healthy after dealing with the hormones after pregnancy etc… after having a baby. We all know how difficult it can be when you have a baby and all the emotions that come with it.
All in all, I am at the point to where I want to start incorporating some sweets that don’t necessarily have all the bad sugars, gluten, wheat, etc… I don’t want it to be something I do all the time, but as a random treat every now and then. I found these that I will check out and let you know how they taste. In the meantime, keep on keeping on. Don’t give up. Eat healthy so you feel healthy.