From October 25 through November 26, I will be challenging myself with the Whole30 in order to change my lifestyle and live a healthier life. Throughout those 30 days, I will be posting my daily progress, food, activities, mood, and sleep. This is more for my own personal accountability, but I would be more than happy for you to follow me on my journey or even try it yourself.
Not sure exactly what I am talking about? Learn more about The Whole30 here.
Was away from the computer for a day visiting my main squeeze in Orange County, but here are my past couple of days in one.
Day 13: November 6, 2012
Sleep: 8 hours after taking some NyQuil to help me breathe throughout the night, then another three hours after taking more when I woke up. Total of 11 hours of sleep.
Activity: Other than walking around in downtown Orange, I didn’t do much of anything today. Just relaxed and took it easy.
Mood: Felt a lot better today after all the sleep I got the night before. Still stuffy and runny all at the same time, but my head and muscles started to feel better today. I was able to go walk and move around without feeling like crap.
Lunch: Burger patty with frilled mushrooms and sweet potato fries from The Filling Station. It wasn’t until 3/4 of the way through my brunch that I read on my Whole30 Daily that I can’t have sweet potato fries from restaurants because they are deep fried in seed oil (most likely canola oil). Dang…
Dinner: Taco Tuesday at El Torito. I had one beef, carnitas, and chicken taco with cilantro and onion, cabbage, and salsa. I threw the warm, moist corn tortillas to the side. It was tough not to eat the whole taco because I was so hungry, but my appetite was satisfied after it all settled.
Had a really rough day today with not grabbing some cinnamon roll dough from the grocery store this evening. I was really hungry and wanted something that I could just pop in the microwave, but couldn’t really decide what it was I was hungry for. I got to the end of the frozen foods section and was standing right in front of the dairy section, which is right next to the cinnamon rolls. I proceeded to throw a fit in the grocery store to Rob about how angry and sad I was that I couldn’t indulge in anything. I even started to cry. It was a pathetic sight to see. Rob even got mad at me and my diet and said just to eat anything because he knew how hungry I was. But after all the fuss, we just ended up leaving the grocery store with nothing and going home to bed. It worked out in the end. If I would have given in I would have been so angry with myself and felt extremely guilty. I kind of gave in and had a finger-lick of the Trader Joe’s cookie butter, but let myself have that. It wasn’t very much.
Throughout most of the day though, I did really well and spent a day enjoying the weather, the town, and myself. I walked around Orange Circle, went window shopping at the antique stores, and sat by the fountain and read It Starts With Food. It was a very relaxing day, and I think being outside helped me feel better too. I was actually able to breathe through my nose.
Day 14: November 7, 2012
Sleep: 9 hours. Slept like a baby and found I was able to actually breathe through my nose a little.
Activity: Partner WOD at CrossFit Inland Valley. I almost died. My lungs and throat were on fire throughout and about an hour after the WOD. Working out when sick, not my favorite. Especially when I had someone else relying on me to do my part of the work.
Mood: Feeling even better today. My grandmother is in town visiting from Washington, so we all spent some time together today just catching up and talking. When we were all working out today, she even told me how much better I am looking. It was nice to hear, even though I don’t see a whole lot of change yet. I have noticed my hip bones starting to protrude a little more again though. We shall see how much of a difference there is in less than 20 days.
Breakfast: None. Drove from OC straight to the gym.
Lunch: Salad from Submarina
Snack: Organic raisins
Dinner: Steak, salad, and pan cooked bacon and brussel sprouts
I also noticed I missed a worksheet from day seven (whoops!). A self-evaluation of my progress and how I feel. So here it is…better late than never.
Food for Thought: Self-Reflection for Modern Eating
- I find myself craving sugar, bread, or sweets when it’s late at night, when someone talks about sweets, or when I see them.
- Sometimes, I think I’m hungry, but actually I’m just bored or tired.
- When I’m craving sugar, I used to eat anything sweet I could find in sight. I would sometimes even put a handful of almonds in a cup and mix it with honey–or I’d just eat the honey from a spoon.
- During my Whole30, I’m going to reach for fruit or almonds instead.
- When I eat sweet food like fruit, I notice (emotion, craving, etc.) my craving for sugar is filled, but I still feel guilty because I am feeding my body sugar, even though it’s natural.
- When I eat salty foods like nuts or olives, I notice (emotion, craving, etc.) I crave more of it. I can never eat just one.
- I thought I’d miss eating/drinking Italian food, but I actually don’t miss it/them at all (until I smell it, that is).
- I didn’t think I’d like eating as many salads as I do, but I’m actually really enjoying it/them.
- I have the hardest time sticking to the Whole30 when I’m feeling sad or unhappy.
- I have the hardest time sticking to the Whole30 when I’m in a bar/restaurant with my boyfriend in a social situation or setting.
- When I eat a good breakfast, I feel more energetic throughout the whole day and don’t feel that 3 o’clock slump.
- When I prepare a healthy meal from scratch, I feel accomplished and better that I will be saving money and eating what I know I can eat without worrying how someone else prepares it.
- Since I started my Whole30, I’ve noticed:
That my exercise or sports performance is getting better. I am feeling stronger and wanting to run more (and I have always hated running).
That my sleep is deeper, and I get a lot more of it.
That my energy levels are higher throughout the whole day, not just at certain times of the day.
That my emotions are still shaky, but mainly because I feel like I am losing some of my favorite foods, but I am happier overall.
That my recovery after exercise makes me feel more awake rather than like I need to go home and take a nap.
That my body feels like it is detoxifying itself and ridding itself of all the bad shit that is in it (literally).
That my clothes fit a little nicer. I feel comfortable in some of my tighter tops again and I don’t have to work as hard to get my skinny jeans on (don’t get me wrong, they’re still a pain in the ass, especially when fresh out of the dryer). I still have to hop all of the place to get them on, but once they are up on my waist, they don’t seem to feel as tight.
That my condition (skin issues, allergies, digestive distress, etc.) is somewhat cleaning up. I am not too sure I can really judge this just yet because I got sick.