Well, here it is, my last day of my 3rd Whole 30. Okay, I’m going to be honest here, I caved over the weekend. I was in Mobile visiting my dad, and just couldn’t resist some fried crab claws, scallops, and shrimp. It was DIVINE!!! So, I’m not going to beat myself up or start over, I’m just going to keep on keeping on and try to stay as close to the straight and narrow as I can. Still going to try to avoid Coke Zero, haven’t caved on that one yet. I know this weekend will be tough, and I’m not going to lie and say that I won’t be drinking, because I will. I’m going down to the Gulf Coast with two dear friends that I don’t get to see nearly often enough, and there will most definitely be a throw down!! However, I will do all I can to try to eat as close as possible to the Whole 30/Paleo plan. Oh, and BTW, I’m down 12 lbs. A decent start, anyway.
Side note–at the hotel in Mobile there was a “Toddlers and Tiaras” type pageant going on. OMG!! Oddly fascinating but at the same time disheartening. I just wonder what type of message is getting through to those little girls with their false eyelashes, huge hair (the higher the hair, the closer to God), fake tans, and pushy parents. I would venture to say that the biggest majority of the parents are doing this for themselves and not the kids. Kinda sad if you ask me. But then, who asked me?
So, onward ho!! Wish me luck!!
So, it’s Day 24 of my Whole30, and now it’s just a slide into home plate!!! I’m feeling pretty good, clothes are definitely looser, and I’m down 11 lbs. I know that’s cheating, but this is MY Whole30, right? And weight loss is a big motivator and reward for me, so there!! I’m really loving some of the new recipes I’ve tried, and thanks to my Paleo version of Comeback Sauce, I’m loving salads as well. If you don’t know what Comeback Sauce is, I have a blog from a couple of years ago about it and the recipe is posted there. And seriously, if you haven’t experienced it, you need to. Like, now.
Being this near the end kinda scares me, you know? I tend to do better with strict guidelines. Give me an inch and I’ll damn sure take a mile!! I really, really, really want to stick pretty closely to the Whole30. Add in a few things, like the occasional glass of wine or bottle of beer. Maybe a slice of cheese now and then. I’m going to try very hard to stay away from Coke Zero, because for me it’s like a drug. One sip, and within days I’m back to 4 or 5 a day. I seriously LOVE them. So it’s better for me to avoid them completely than try to enjoy them “in moderation”. I’ve never been good at that in any situation, which explains why I’ve kept falling back into my old patterns over and over again. If a little is good, a lot is better!!
Anyway, I’ll keep plugging along and hoping that this time I won’t just completely lose my shit and blow it all. Wish me luck!!
Last May I completed a Whole30, and managed to stay about 75/25 paleo afterwards…until the holidays hit, and then I just completely lost my shit. I ate everything that got in my pathway, and packed on the lbs. Dammit!! So, I decided it was time to go Whole30 yet again, and this time I am going to do everything in my power not to blow it after working so hard. I am now on day 24. This time hasn’t been quite as difficult, mostly because I kicked my Coke Zero habit last time. Not that I never drank any after May, but they were few and far between. I dare say that Coke’s stock must have plummeted, because I was pounding back about 5-6 a day!! I have finally learned to at least tolerate water, and I drink a LOT of it. As before, I am really missing my red wine. A glass with dinner is sublime. I almost caved last weekend. I stood looking at the lone bottle in my wine rack, muttering to myself, “No one will know but you” over and over. I’d walk away, but like a magnet it would pull me back. But I am proud to say, I never opened that bottle…I’m saving it for next weekend when the 30 will be done!!! Cheers!!!
So, I finished my Whole30 last Friday!! Feel so good about sticking it out til the end! I’ll admit that Saturday I drank WAAAY too much wine, but I enjoyed every drop of it. Now I’m back on the straight and narrow, though, because I damn sure don’t want to undo everything I did last month.
First thing Saturday morning, I popped the top on an ice cold can of Coke Zero. I was expecting Nirvana. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but I have discovered that there is indeed a life without Coke Zero. I never, ever thought I’d hear myself say such a thing, but there you have it. I’m drinking plain old water and fizzy water almost exclusively now. A glass of unsweetened iced tea now and then, but for the most part, it’s good ol’ H2O. Also something I’d never have dreamed of, ’cause I ain’t the biggest fan of water. But now that I’m used to it, I’m okay with it. And I know it’s SOOOO much better for me. Not saying that I’ve totally given up my dear friend Coke Zero, but now it’ll probably be like a couple a week, if that. Good to know that habits can be broken, even when you’re old as dirt!!!
Now, wine will be a different story. No more glass with dinner every single night, but if I want one, I’m having one. Still haven’t had a beer, but I did have a margarita last night. Along with the requisite brain freeze!!! I’m thinking that I’ll save the margaritas for a rare treat, that way they’ll be all the more special when I do indulge.
So, onward into the Paleo world I go!!
So, yesterday I was a little tired, but nothing really bad. Today I’m cranky, but I kinda have a reason to be. It started out okay…woke up early and took my dog for a walk around the neighborhood. Well, let me rephrase that–she took me for a drag around the neighborhood!! She’s less than 10 lbs, but she’s strong and scrappy. Anyway, came back home and had breakfast, a scrambled egg, small sausage patty (homemade), and a few grape tomatoes in a coconut wrap with some salsa. Really quite tasty. I managed to drink a whole glass of unsweetened iced tea, something I’ve never done in my entire life!! Then got ready for work. As I was gathering up my lunch, etc., the dog went back out into the back yard. No big deal, until I realize the yard guy is here, and I know that any second he will open the gate. Of course, Stella decided that this was the morning that she would not respond to my calls. So I had to tromp across the wet grass, and when I get to her, she looks up at me like, “Oh, did you need me? Well, let me run back in the house now!!” Brat. Wrote a check for the yard guy and was going to tape the envelope to the door. Finding tape was a challenge. Now I am officially running late. Crap!! So I get in the car and head out for work. I felt like my car must be invisible, because THREE times people just forged over into my lane without any concern that I was there. Nerves jangling at this point. Almost to work and I realize I forgot my cell phone. Double Crap!!! Jonesing for a Coke Zero BIG TIME!!! But I did not cave. Another glass of iced tea, then a lime flavored fizzy water.
I think I can, I think I can…
So, for reasons I myself am not even sure of, I have decided to do the “Whole 30” program starting May 1. This means that for those 30 days, I can’t have dairy, sugar, sugar substitutes, alcohol, grains, and about 50 other things I can’t think of right now. Now, those who know me well might think that the alcohol would be the one that would do me in, but those who know me VERY well know that it’s gonna be Coke Zero. I’m a full blown addict. I have my first Coke Zero of the day shortly after I wake up in the morning. I have my second as soon as I arrive at my desk. After that, I lose count. Caffeine Free Coke Zero was one of the best things that ever happened to me, because then I could drink them after 3:00 p.m. which is my caffeine cut-off time. A Coke Zero right before bed–woo hoo!!! What could be better!!! But, I digress. I was telling a friend of mine about the “Whole 30”, and she has decided to do it as well. Which is great, because we eat together about 75% of the time. We’ve got the book, a couple of cookbooks, and the entire internet to help us.
So, wish me well, and if there are other Paleos out there, tell me your stories…I need all the encouragement I can get!!!