Wowza! Loooooong time of no posting. I always make such grand bloggin plans that always fall ridiculously short in reality.
So, updates! In a shocking twist, I am NOT writing with news that I have fallen off the proverbial wagon and am re-committing AGAIN. I have been going strong since January – diligently following Weight Watchers and working out. I’m down about 16 lbs or so since my December dr’s appt – I may be turtling, but turtles still bloody move, so I’m all good there. In January I was doing #Coredeforce deluxe calendar, and then in Feb I did their hybrid calendar where they take the best of #coredeforce and mix it with workouts from Beachbody On Demand – so I did a little bit of everything, including like 3 workouts from the Insanity or Insanity Asylum series – crazy town. I was super proud of myself for getting through those ones.
I started Hammer and Chisel (for the second time) in ummm, April? End of March I think actually, and am just coming off of two months of doing that. I will admit that the last two weeks of Hammer and Chisel I just bunked off completely. After killing it for 5 months, I needed a break, and got into a workout funk. I’d literally be glaring at my computer when it was time to workout, all attitude and shiz about having to workout. So I took a break.
Other things prompted a break as well. With WW, I’ve been eating pretty clean. Probably 80/20 and doing really well with it. All in control and stuff. Then a friend messages me like, umm, 3 weeks ago? And says “Hey! Wanna come on a #Whole30 challenge with me??” Masochist that I am, I said “sure!” Cause this seems like the PERFECT challenge for a person who loathes most vegetables in any form other than raw or on a sandwich/burger and who drinks coffee with milk and splenda like 3 times per day. Perfect choice for that person…
So naturally, I hit up my #rideordie partner, my cousin, and hauled her in cause lord knows I wasn’t doing this by myself!
What is #Whole30?? Whole30 is basically an elimination diet that removes food groups known to cause inflammation in people. So – dairy – sugar – grains (ALL grains, including corn) – legumes (bye bye beans). You eat real foods, unprocessed (it has to be unprocessed – you can basically find NOTHING Whole30 compliant that’s been processed, lol), with lots of protein, veggies, some fruit, and healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, some ghee etc.).
After the end of the 30 days, you follow a re-introduction schedule that slowly (over about 10 days) puts the eliminated foods back into your diet and you can see how your body reacts to them. Then you can decide how to deal with it. For example, if bringing back dairy makes you violently ill, maybe you wanna keep that one off your meal plan for the foreseeable future, or at least limit it hard core. Ultimately, the creators of the program and movement, would want to see people stick with the Whole30 regime forever, but let’s be realistic here – that ain’t gonna happen. But at least you can figure out what truly bothers your body and go from there.
I am 1 week in with no slips. I like their mentality about slips. There are no “slips” – everything is a choice. If I had milk and splenda in my coffee, that was a CHOICE – no one forced me to do that. No one forced me to go off plan. Same with having a slice of pizza cause someone unexpectedly brought it home one night. No one tied you to a chair and shoved that slice down your throat. It may feel like that – with familial guilt and peer pressure, it may feel like it’s being forced (I get it – my family loves with food), but in the end, it’s you who decides what goes into you, so there are no “slips”. There either is or there isn’t. It’s black and white, in a world where that is rarely the case.
Now, albeit, I have it pretty easy. My family lives 3000 miles away (disclaimer – I love my fam, really do – and I hate living that far away from them, but in this scenario, it works for me) – I control everything in my own home. I am the cook (the thought of my bf cooking scares me a lil bit – he’s burnt his own eye lashes before). I pack my own lunch. It’s a very controlled setting. My #rideordie isn’t in that controlled setting. Her hubby isn’t following the program and is bringing home non-Whole30 food on the regular. Same with her MIL. That’s real temptation and I applaud her for getting through it. The creators of the program said that it’s hard, yes – but not the hardest thing out there. Hello #firstworldproblems, you can live without your damn sweet coffee for a month. It’s just a frickin month.
Why do I keep bringing up coffee?? I really miss my coffee, haha. I miss my sweet coffee with milk (I weaned myself off cream a while ago). I am now drinking coffee with just coconut milk (from the carton, not the can – so it’s akin to almond milk in thickness versus what you’ll get from the canned version) WITH NO SWEETENER. I miss it. I really really miss it. I don’t miss anything else with the same vehemence that I do my sweet coffee. But wait, you said you drink your coffee with splenda, well that’s not “sugar”. Sigh. Same argument I tried to make with the Whole30 program book (we had WORDS over this). The program doesn’t allow for ANY sweetener – no sugar (of any variety), no agave, no maple syrup, no stevia, no splenda, definitely no aspartame (ok, I get that one) – NOTHING. Because the program isn’t about being mean to you, it’s about changing your taste buds and your relationship with food. This program is STRICTER than Paleo diets, and I never thought that was possible. Because on Paleo diets, as long as you use Paleo compliant ingredients, go nuts. So you can bake. You can make coffee sweeteners (I think dates are involved – have never tried it), and still be compliant. On Whole30, no. You can’t have “treats” of any variety and the only time dates are allowed to sweeten things are in some sauces.
GAH. So I have been having UNSWEET coffee for a week, and it took me until like 2 days ago to actually finish a cup of the stuff. The first few days were ROUGH. I persevered, cause no coffee was a worse alternative for me.
Other than that – I have to say, in week 1 honeymoon phase, I am doing AWESOME. I have been making really good food – stuff that’s very similar to what I ate before, and basically just loving the tastes and experiences. I had like an epiphany over nuts a few days ago. Normally I wouldn’t eat nuts. Sure, healthy fats, but still not on the “greatest food ever” list – you eat too many of those bad boys and it won’t be good. Well, I started eating cashews and unsalted pistachios and I am IN LOVE. Like never realized how good those suckers are! Yes they’re high in fat (the good kind I’m told), but they’re filling, and satisfy so many cravings. I measure out a portion, and rarely get through it all. I’m still following WW, so I’m not using this month as a free for all, what I eat still needs to fit within my daily points target. But guess what happens when you remove basically all food groups? Leaves room for nuts! And nut butter! (almond, not peanut, cause peanut is a legume, sigh). It re-shaped a little wee portion of my brain and its relationship to food. That was pretty cool.
I also made plantain chips (you can’t buy commercially prepared chips of any variety on Whole30), and discovered just how amazeballs those are! So many new discoveries, which is awesome. Though with the plantain chips, after Whole30, I’m likely ditching the “prepare my own” and buying them at like Whole Foods or something cause they are a bitch to make.
So it’s only been a week, but it’s been soooo much easier than I imagined. I am also ridiculously upbeat and have more energy than before. Case in point, up at 5 am this morning (getting ready to workout here), and had coffee vs. my preworkout supplement, and I am doing fine! I had given myself an exception to the program to take my preworkout since 5 am is really goddamned early and I often need the extra push to get through the workout. But it has either stevia or splenda in it – like it has sweetener (can’t remember which one) – and after a week, I decided that if I truly don’t NEED it (like, maybe it’s been a really rough night, etc.), then I am going to drink my coffee as my boost and not use my preworkout. Not ruling it out completely – I will go by how I feel. I’d be pretty pumped if I got through this month without it.
I am also starting a new program calendar today! Yay! I am doing a hybrid of Core de Force and Insanity Max 30. One week of CDF, then one week of Max 30, etc., until I move through both total programs (so about 2 months, a little less). Max 30 is INSANE! I did a week of it a couple months back and ohemgee! What I like is a) 30 minutes long baby! and b) it’s FAST. You’re like, omg I’m dying, I’m dying, oh wait, it’s done, cool! I’m pretty sure Shaun T plans it that way.
Time to get that workout in! I hope to do more weekly posts on how this Whole30 is going. I feel like it’s going to be an important challenge for me, and that I should document how I’m feeling. Might as well document for the world as well! 😉
Have a great week!