It is hard to believe that I am already half way through my Whole30 journey. It has been a complete reset for my body and I am feeling truly incredible. The book referred to something called "TIGER BLOOD," and I'm not there quite yet, but it's definitely coming!
A lot of people have been have been asking me why I selected this program. This isn't a Beachbody endorsed program, right? I already eat clean, right? I don't need to lose weight?
For me, this program is about my general health and my mindset. For years I have struggled with sugar addiction. It wasn't until a recent conversation with a friend that I even realized it was even an addiction. She talked about how she would sneak in the cookie dough, and I realized she was talking right to me. I am that girl. I am the girl who sneaks the kids treats late at night. I am the girl who defines her worth by the scale. I am the girl who uses food as a crutch.
I thought food was simply a reward. I rewarded myself for working hard. I comforted myself when things didn't go my way. I always found food, especially sugar to be my coping mechanism.
15 Days into the program, and I have not had ANY source of processed sugar or natural sweeteners! I also love that I am learning when I am full. I am depending on my own appetite and signs to know when to stop eating as opposed to counting and measuring. It's pleasantly surprising to know this about yourself.
Addiction, for me, is something I have to cut cold turkey. I knew that committing to this program wasn't about weight loss. It was about learning to find fulfillment in something other than my plate.
What am I eating on the plan?
Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. I also keep LARA bars handy as well as That's It Fruit Strips. My blood sugar tends to be low, and I know when I need a little extra sugar. They are easy to pack in your purse, and grab instead of being tempted by sugary snacks!
What is my goal 15 days in?
At this point my goals are to increase my water intake. I want to drop out the sugar cravings for good. I know that my food choices impact more than my waistline. It impacts my overall health as well as my skin and my energy. I plan to stick with it 100%- no turning back now!
What are my workouts?
Throughout the program I am focusing on an at home workout called Hammer and Chisel. I did this program last year, and had incredible results. I am feeling stronger this time around and my energy has been incredible, naturally. No pre-workouts allowed!
What was more difficult than I expected?
I am finding it hard to eat all my meals in 3 sittings. According to the Whole30 plan, you are supposed to eat 3 meals a day without snacking in between. My body isn't adjusting easily to this. I am eating 4 meals a day, smaller portions. Occasionally, on days that my workout is really hard, I am eating 5 times a day. My 2 additional meals are lower in calorie and are more "snack like."
What's my secret sauce to success so far?
I am in a pretty solid routine. I start my morning with prayer and the book, Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst that has been incredibly helpful in keeping me accountable, and focused on craving more than what is in the pantry. She has been able to break down some of my more personal issues with food.
What have I realized so far?
I can tell that my tastebuds are changing. This week I bit into an apple and I thought it was a cheat! Sugar in it's natural state is enough. When you start to only eat real foods, that's what you start to crave! I've also discovered that creamer is definitely not necessary, black coffee, if it's made right, needs no filler!
|Halfway Mark Results!|
Here are my results so far! I can't wait to share with you more next week about "tiger blood," and tips for traveling on the program!!!
Also, if you missed the Butternut Squash recipe, click here!
Have an awesome day!
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Because of the high volume of interest, I am thinking of kicking off a group on the 24th.