Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Whole 30 experience: take 2 - - Day 1

Almost a year ago I participated in a Whole 30 challenge with some friends online. In about 30 days time, I lost approximately 18 pounds and felt amazing! I intended to continue eating a mostly Paleo diet moving forward but life has different plans. In January our 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with a Type 1 diabetes which is an autoimmune disease which requires constant monitoring and treating and currently has no cure. That big blow along with other typical life stresses sent me crawling back to junk food for comfort and I slowly started gaining some weight back. In early June my mom and I took a girls trip to Maui to relax and have some time away from all those typical life stresses and on our 2nd full day I slipped on a tiny little slope, rolled my ankle and broke my tibia AND fibula. Just. Like. That. I was unable to walk for 3 whole months. That was depressing which led to more junk food comfort and that paired with the whole not walking business led to more weight gain. So here I am, a year later and maybe only 2 pounds shy of my starting weight last year! At lease I didn't manage to gain back MORE weight! Silver lining people, there's always something to be grateful for. So here I am at 2:30pm on day 1... My first thought this morning was that I really should have prepared our pantry and fridge for this decision... The thing I was reminded of right away was the bizarre cravings I experienced last time. I'm craving things I don't even normally like. For instance, Oreos... I mean I don't HATE them but I don't love them. They're normally easy for me to pass up. Today though, man... I'd punch a stranger for an Oreo. I had a random craving for red wine, I love myself some tasty wine but I don't have random mid day cravings for it. haha I feel very tired today, I wish I was feeling a super burst of energy but I'm guessing I'm doing quite a bit of detoxing and that's good too. I do think although I am grumpy and dragging a little that my mood is more stable today, not quite so up and down and less irritable. I understand what I mean. haha Mostly for my own reference I'll be documenting my food choices. Breakfast: large green apple, small handful slivered almonds and about 12 ounces black coffee. (we were in a hurry and like I mentioned above I hadn't really prepared for this ahead of time. I'm super smart.Following our appointment I swung by an amazing local grocery that sells a lot of organic and local options for a few items.) Lunch: 1 medium russet potato fried in olive oil with seasonings, approximately 1/4 cup frozen onions and peppers, 1 large organic egg scrambled with seasoning and approximately 1 tablespoon organic sugar free ketchup. 24 ounces ice water Snack: 24 ounces ice water, banana, approximately 1 tablespoon fresh ground almond butter. (delicious and satisfying, IMO.) Dinner: Homemade marinara meat sauce over spaghetti squash, 24 ounces ice water. (while preparing dinner I really wanted a glass of wine. Drank water and fought the urge for the sake of health and knowing I can do this!) 24 ounces water

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