Hey so its Day 20 today of my whole30 and I’m still here. I haven’t wilted or withered away to nothing…..yet. Yesterday was a pretty difficult day in that I really really really wanted to just go ahead and eat something sweet but again I fought it. And it was a hard fight. I was literally talking to myself (out loud) in my car. I wanted a lemon loaf from Starbucks pretty bad to go along with my matcha water. It was really about a 10 minute conversation with myself that ultimately ended with me getting some chopped fruit from the grocery store. What was the conversation about? Telling myself what that sugar will do to all the progress I’m making. And its been very good progress.
I ran through all the thoughts that no one will know but me if I break this whole30 and sneak a bit of sugar. Yep I said it out loud. I said no one will see me. WHO WILL KNOW??? ME that’s who. And I’m no hypocrite. I won’t say one thing and purposely do another. I make mistakes but I correct them and will own up to them. So I reminded myself of the research and studying I’ve been doing on sugar and that was enough to make me grab a small cup of fruit and my matcha water. And it helped the sugar craving even though I try not to satisfy my sugar cravings with fruit because to me that sort of defeats my purpose. Usually I try to grab some tea or a snack I’ve prepared.
So being 20 days into the program I will say that I am totally feeling the difference. I can’t go run a marathon or anything like that but I definitely have more energy first thing in the mornings and even late in the evenings. Prior to letting go of sugar and other things it was a total drag in the mornings and in the evening, I had to do everything I needed to do before I ate dinner. As soon as I would eat, my eyes were starting to close and I was NO GOOD. In the mornings I tried to wake up and work on blog posts, newsletters, etc but it just did not happen. I would get up out of the bed only to get up and fall back asleep on the sofa. I wasn’t able to get anything done because I was always SOOO tired. And don’t even mention trying to keep up with my two year old who has energy for days (shes actually awake now at 5:30AM as I’m typing this – there goes my quiet time) on end. But my skin is looking so much better. I have not had any breakouts and many of the dark spots that were there have faded away. So the things that I’m putting on my skin are working much better because of a healthier diet.
As I am going along this journey, I am learning so much about taking care of my body and how doing that will enable me to do a lot of the things I want to do in life. I want to be an awesome mom and teach her good eating habits and more, not the one that can’t get off the sofa because I’m always tired. I want to run a successful company and teach others how what they put in their bodies effect everything from their skin to their mood that day. I can’t do that if I’m not living that life myself. And that’s the purpose of whole30 and everything else. Live the life so others can see it working through me…..not just talk it but actually walk it!
PS….they say it takes 21 days to develop/start a habit so cheers to starting good healthy habits. Over the next week or so will be figuring out what I will introduce back into my diet and how much of it I will eat. And of course I will share that.