Whole30, Week 2

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.

 

Amazing salad with chicken, guacamole, cucumbers, and tomatoes
Avocado with bacon, balsamic vinegar, a hint of lemon, salt & pepper, and a dash of onion powder
Fruit Infused Water: Cucumbers, Pineapple, and Mint
My favorite go to snack! Grapes, Strawberries, and Cashews

*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:

  1. Read the WHOLE30 Book! It is truly informative. I can’t stress it enough.

  2. Let your family and friends know that you are on the Whole30 plan.

  3. 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!

  4. Prepare your food needs ahead of time by using the Whole30 shopping list.

  5. Exercise!


*As always, please leave a comment below! Feel free to give me advice as well. I am all about learning 🙂

 

8 thoughts on “Whole30, Week 2

    1. Thank you. Be lucky you are not addicted! Sugar addiction is no joke. If you ever feel like you are eating more sugar and need some control, I recommend Whole30. It really will set you right with food and make you rethink your relationship with it as it rewires your brain’s reward mechanism.

  1. No sugar cravings here either, however I would still have a look at Whole30 because my weight is starting to rise because of the mobility issues like you mention about yourself. It is no fun having a day of rest due to pain after an hours work the day before, so Whole30 and your exercise plan may be a low impact way ahead for me.

    1. Glad to hear that you might try Whole30. It really does help you to rethink what you put into your body. I never realized how much sugar is in everything we eat! It is insane, things you never would imagine to have sugar actually do. Even if you are not going the Whole30 route right now if your label says 0 sugars, make sure to read the ingredients because they often slip something in. There is so much to learn from Whole30, but you need to do what is best for you. I can say that if you are having pains, etc… like me, you will find them diminishing when on WHOLE30. I wish you the best and if you decide to start and have questions, please come back here and ask away. I wish you the best and hope to see you back here.

  2. OMG that is the best thing I’ve read today. Thank you. Everything you’ve written feels like I could have said it myself. I applaud you for doing this program. I need to do it, I want to do it… I just don’t want it MORE then I want to have my coffee every morning with half and half. You are an inspiration! Thank you.
    It’s interesting really… I have changed and evolved in so many ways in my life really building and creating the life of my dreams but there is just this one aspect I can’t seem to get past. It’s as if I tell myself I DESERVE to be Fat. Well, I don’t actually say that… it’s more like I say… I deserve to eat what I want… but it’s really… I deserve to be Fat. HA HA HA HA HA HA I am definitely going to bookmark this blog! Thanks!

    1. Thank you for coming to my page and identifying with me. This is really why I started doing this in the first place. I know there are people who struggle with their relationship with food just like me. I am on day 16 and so far I have resisted temptation after temptation and I really feel so good right now. I totally understand not giving up coffee with half and half. OMG!!! I used to have a latte almost every day and when I didn’t, I had a lot of cream and sugar! But, I have acquired the taste for coffee with coconut milk. It has grown on me 🙂 I know you can do it when you are mentally ready. That is what it took for me. I had to be mentally ready. I will be here. When you are ready I urge you to buy the WHOLE30 book if you want to go the WHOLE30 route. If it is too much, that is ok. You find what works for you. What I like about Whole30 is that if forces you to get your relationship with food straight. People in my family have had a hard time lasting 30 days because they are so hooked on sugar. But, I take what I can get and if they go 3 days and break, that is ok. I like that they are actually thinking about what they put in their bodies now. That has been the best. Anyhow, you take care and hope to see you back here. No telling where you can go if you start this life change!

  3. Wow! This is a great read. I totally agree, sugar is highly addictive and does not go well with the body. I remember one time my sister came in from outside and started yelling, “I NEED SUGAR! I NEED SUGAR.” It was quite funny, but serious too. Thank you for the tips and menu items though, they look really appetizing to say the least. I will definitely bookmark this so I can come back to it.

    1. Thanks, Rob. Sugar really is quite addicting. In fact, some studies say it can be as addicting as illegal drugs. It really is crazy when you think about it because sugar is in so much of what we consume, even when labels say zero sugars, companies find ways to sneak it in. Anyhow, thanks for the comment and look forward to seeing you here again.

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