Whole30 – Week 2
Ok, here is the phase where cravings start to creep up and you just want to rip someone’s head off. Yikes! That was extreme. But, to say that cravings don’t come out and work a number on you would be a lie. When your sister comes over with raspberry thumbprint cookies during your 4th of July celebration, and you are expected to stay away, I am telling you it becomes very difficult not to scream at the top of your lungs.
That being said, I did it! I did not touch one cookie, much to my surprise. I survived it unscathed. Just so you know, my sister survived too. 🙂
I actually made it through our Independence Day without caving. That is pretty amazing for someone like me. Guess it was sort of an independence day for me too. It sure was proof that I was capable of saying, “NO”.
Preparing for Big Events
How did I survive my 4th of July get-together? I prepared beforehand and made sure everyone who was coming over new that I was on a mission to live a healthier life and that I would not be having any so-called “bad foods” at our celebration. I urge you to do the same. Let people know what you’re doing.
Much to my surprise, everyone listened. Well, except for my youngest sister. And, you know what? That was just fine because after my first inkling to lunge at her and dig my face into the plate of cookies, I knew that I was not even going to be fazed by the sugary treat because my health, at this point in my life, is so much more important than a 2 minute sugar fix. Everyone was surprised to see the amounts of fruits and vegetables at my house and everyone ate healthily and had a great time in the process.
*No joke, I’m sitting here creating this blog when my brother walks in with these cinnamon rolls↓ Oh no he didn’t!
**I’d be lying if I told you that my mouth didn’t water.
Exercising to Feel Good
One thing that has helped me stay on track and feel good, especially when the Texas sun is simply too unbearable to head outside, is sticking to exercise without making excuses. My treadmill used to hold dust and maybe some clothes here and there, but since starting Whole30, I have brought it back to life and it has made all the difference. If you don’t have access to a gym or if it is too hot (or cold) outside for you, I strongly suggest buying some sort of exercise equipment. A treadmill works for me because it is easy on my joints. Stationary bikes are also a great way to get moving without causing so much strain to your joints if you suffer from joint issues like I do. I like that the Exerpeutic GOLD 500 is foldable and had almost 5 stars. This will be my next purchase. It is smaller than a treadmill and will fit in my bedroom without being as big an eyesore.
Now, I am not saying that you need to go out and buy home gym equipment in order to succeed in your Whole30 journey. That is not what I am saying at all. Sure is cheaper than paying for gym membership though. Personally, I like having a couple of fitness machines at home so they are right in front of me yelling, “Hey! get on here right now and burn some calories!” You need to do what is right for you though. Whatever that may be, do not discount exercising, and take it slow. One step at a time. Don’t over do it.
Some Whole30 Tips:
Read the WHOLE30 Book! It is truly informative. I can’t stress it enough.
Let your family and friends know that you are on the Whole30 plan.
Before celebrations or get-togethers, let everyone know what kind of foods you will have and ask them to bring specific foods so that they don’t walk in with COOKIES!
Prepare your food needs ahead of time by using the Whole30 shopping list.
*As always, please leave a comment below! Feel free to give me advice as well. I am all about learning 🙂