Day 8: I decided to step on the scale for the first time in about four months. I don’t weigh myself often because I know the results will not be what I want so why put myself through that unnecessary guilt? However, I have been feeling a little lighter and my clothes are fitting looser so I decided to just go for it. Lo and behold I am at a weight that I haven’t seen on the scale since 2015!! It’s not completely where I want to be but I am on track. I know that numbers aren’t everything and that my self worth should not be defined by a number on a scale… but dammit, I’m happy! I’m hoping that this feeling will get me through the dark days ahead.
Day 9: The power of friendship! Holy smokes, I need my lady friends when it comes to this stuff. Being in a Facebook group and seeing some of the moms at school pickup who are also in the thick of the Whole30 has really helped. We share recipes, we complain, and we joke about this bizarre cult we have managed to, willingly and of sound body and mind to, join. One of my friends even decided to join our journey two days ago because she told me that she had done Whole30 twice before and it really helped her curb her sugar intake (which is my goal). She had overheard us talking about it and decided to jump right in. Having her “veteran” perspective is also encouraging. She said that by day 20 you stop counting down the days because you’re so comfortable with your new lifestyle. She also said that there are things she doesn’t eat or drink anymore after her two previous experiences. She’s using this month as kind of a reboot for some other food items that have been creeping back in to her daily diet.
Day 10: Today is the day that, supposedly, most people crack and quit the diet. If I can get through today, supposedly, I can make it to the end. Let’s just see about that.
I am a firm believer in the “Treat Yo’ Self” philosophy (from Parks and Rec). Therefore I decided to treat myself to a manicure and a pedicure as a reward for reaching day 10… and because I’m traveling tomorrow… but whatever.
I’m missing bread, which is weird because I don’t eat a lot of bread. Maybe it’s because I know I’m not supposed to have it… therefore I WANT IT! I feel like my kids. Today I realized that I have some bananas that are a little too ripe so I searched online for a recipe to use the bananas and also create the illusion that I’m eating some kind of bread product. I came across this little gem: Link and it was simple and easy to make. Whenever I try a new recipe I like to make it in its original form before making modifications based on my own taste and/or based on the online comments. These little biscuits were okay but I strongly recommend following the advice of the online comments and add some extra flavor and spices, particularly cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. I think these biscuits would be amazing with a little flavor boost. I’m wary to make too many of these bread supplements because I don’t want to fall into the SWYPO trap.
Day 11 (Travel Day 1): Today marks the biggest challenge so far in this experience. My family and I are traveling back to California this weekend to see my in-laws who are flying in from the Philippines. We’re planning on going to all of their favorite places and I’m SO nervous. All of their favorite places involve delicious, and I mean delicious, food. To calm my nerves I decided to pack some backup/emergency food because being prepared helped me survive Oktoberfest last weekend so hopefully I can make it for three whole days without a kitchen. Lord help us all. My carryon bag is now filled with: Larabars, raw cashews, and raw baked carrots.
I decided to pack my banana biscuits as well and I regret that decision. I ended up eating ALL of them today. Fully a SWYPO moment for sure. No more substitute bread-like foods for me.
Day 12 (Travel Day 2): Hotel room coffee… and since I packed everything in a carryon I didn’t have room
for any Whole30 approved creamer or flavor. Thankfully, the hotel had coffee from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, which is pretty good. I had my first cup of black coffee in probably a decade. Guess what- it was fine! I drank the whole thing. The only downside is that when you drink black coffee you definitely get some ‘coffee breath” yikes. Time to brush again. Breakfast consisted of a Larabar and a second cup of coffee. I’m not a big breakfast eater so I feel satisfied and off to a good start.
My family wanted to go to our favorite buffet restaurant for lunch and I obliged in the hopes that I’d be able to find something to eat. I also didn’t want to be that person who makes everyone else miserable just because I’m on a restrictive diet. They didn’t sign up for this, I did. We went to Kome in Daly City, just south of San Francisco and I was optimistic about my dining options because the buffet is HUGE. Sadly, when I picked out various vegetables and salad options and took a bite of each one I could really taste the sugar and soy flavors. It’s incredible what happens to your taste buds after some time on Whole30. I ended up pushing most of my choices aside and I dined on steamed broccoli, sashimi, and fresh fruit. I also thought a lot about what I would have eaten had I not been on Whole30 and how wrought with guilt I always used to be after indulging at a buffet. I would leave feeling bad about what I had consumed and literally sick to my stomach from all of the carbs, sugar, and junk that’s in buffet food. What I’m noticing is that practically everything that’s prepared outside of my kitchen has sugar in it and it’s super frustrating.
Day 13 (Travel Day 3): Breakfast of champions! Breakfast is hands down the easiest meal to eat when you’re dining out at restaurants during a trip. I decided to treat myself to an early morning spinning class at Soulcycle* because I didn’t get in much physical activity the day before and then head out to brunch with my family. I ordered a scramble with tons of veggies and bacon, with a side of fruit. It was delicious and although my son stole a fair amount of my fruit plate, I left not just full, but also satisfied. I’ve found that a lot of my meals during this process have been filling but not necessarily satisfying in the sense that I’m used to. I think this is more psychological than actually physiological. My hope is that by the end of the 30 days I will be able to achieve physical and psychological satisfaction from a healthy meal and not from a massive plate of nachos, BBQ ribs, or some other unhealthy meal that I’m obsessed with.
*I know, I know, Soulcycle is SO expensive. I don’t go very often, that’s especially true now that I live somewhere that doesn’t have a Soul studio (until this November yay! There goes my bank account) and there are a lot of people who think the whole concept is crazy. I mean, who pays $32 for a 45 minutes class?!?! The thing that I like about Soul is that they have shoes available at the studio so I don’t have to pack them when I’m traveling and I love that it’s both a workout and a form of motivational inspiration. Basically a therapy session and exercise class rolled into one. If you look at it that way, it’s cheaper than a session with a real therapist (or at least that’s what I tell myself). There’s also something to be said for starting your day off with a booty kicking workout. On the days where I exercise, especially when I exercise early in the morning, I tend to be in a better mood and make healthier choices throughout the day. You can’t put a price tag on that. Let’s not talk about the fact that I also bought a sweater while I was at the studio… (insert eye rolling emoji here haha)
Travel Video: Link
Day 14: Back home! Hallelujah. Back to my kitchen, back to the kid’s routine. And back to a feeling of control over this Whole30 journey. Unfortunately, I woke up this morning feeling super sick. Maybe it was the close quarters on the two flights I took in three days, maybe it was something I ate, or whatever the case may be, I feel awful! On top of that, we got home so late last night that I didn’t have time to go grocery shopping. The plus side of feeling sick is that at least I’m not ravenously hungry in the morning. Time to get the kids to school and figure out a menu for the rest of the week.
Shopping List: Link
Whole30 Week 1 Journey: Link