Warning! You could find this post to be very boring. I’m giving you permission now to just skip this post UNLESS, you would really like to see crazy. I AM talking about the good kind of crazy. A crazy that I never thought was possible. You see, I gave up sugar, and dairy, and all grains, and legumes, and even alcohol for 30 days. I did this Whole30 challenge for the first time, back in mid July of 2013. I had great success and gained control over my sugar addiction. I saw the scale start moving downward and it stayed there…until the holidays came along.
If you would rather see the highlights, check out my What I Ate Wednesday posted this morning.
Prior to doing the challenge the first time, my weight loss had plateaued and no amount of shakes as meal replacements, or training for marathons had made that scale budge. Yeah, it’s not about the number on the scale, but I wasn’t happy with how my clothes were feeling and I was sick and tired of how I felt I was a slave to sugar.
New Years Day, I started my second Whole30 challenge to get the holiday sugar fest out of my system, but it just didn’t click. It didn’t click either when I restarted in Mid January. This time, it’s clicking and firing on all cylinders. You know when it’s the one, you just know. Cue sparkles, hearts and unicorns! I realized as well, that the two times that I failed the challenge, I wasn’t weighing myself. Nope, I’m not addicted to my scale but it does motivate me to see where I’m at…to see progress…and to see if perhaps that number is telling me that I’m trying to fool myself. So for now, I’m accepting of the fact that I like my bathroom scale and I use it as a weight loss tool.
To assist me in my challenge, I’m keeping a fairly detailed journal of what I’m eating, feeling, and thinking so I can spot problems and successes more quickly than relying on my memory. What follows is my day to day eats with notes that I’ve included for myself. I’ve also been jotting down my energy levels, feelings and or cravings, and my hunger levels. 100% honesty with everything as well. Oh and I think I should start tracking my sleep behavior as well. Enjoy…if you dare. So serious. I’ll stop.
Day 1 – WEDNESDAY
Meal 1, 8:30am– Three ham, spinach, egg muffins and two cups of black coffee
Small handful cashews11:30am
Meal 2, 12pm – Spinach with three hardboiled eggs, cashews, and Tessemae’s Zesty Ranch Dressing
Afternoon snack – some cinnamon and vanilla black tea
Meal 3, 6:30pm – White fish with Dijon, coconut aminos, ghee, garlic, and Brussels sprouts
Feelings: No cravings and felt at peace, knowing things were under control versus my crazy out of control sugar feeling.
Hunger level between meals: I was a little hungry between breakfast and lunch, but not starving. I could have gone without cashews but I was also a little stressed with a deadline. At bedtime, I had a cup of tea and my stomach started growling. I had some freeze dried strawberries to quiet the growl but I don’t want to make a bedtime snack a routine. I’ll need to eat a bit more veggies at dinner.
Energy Level: Fair to a little on the tired side all day
Day 2 – THURSDAY
Pre-workout, 6:30am – small handful of cashews before a 30 minute treadmill run
Meal 1, 8:30am – Three ham, spinach, egg muffins and two cups of black coffee
Meal 2, 12pm – New York Steak marinated in garlic, spices, and coconut aminos, leftover Brussels sprouts, and an apple
Afternoon snack – I had a small handful of cashews with some chai rooibos tea at about 2:30 pm. Hunger wasn’t the issue but I just felt like I needed something extra. Something to work on here!
Meal 3, 6:30pm – Leftover white fish with Dijon, coconut aminos, ghee, garlic, and asparagus.
Bedtime – Tea and a cherry pie Lara Bar. Dinner didn’t hold me over like I wanted. I also forgot to roast the sweet potatoes to have those on hand.
Feelings: No cravings and feeling very positive about everything in general. I also ran in the morning and I don’t know why I forget that running puts me in a great mood.
Hunger level between meals: I went to reach for some cashews at around 11am but told myself to ride it out until lunch so I drank some water to quiet the hunger thoughts. My stomach was not growling so it could have been from just being bored/working/stress/mindless/routine. I realized that I should probably add a half an avocado to my breakfast and that will probably take care of this problem.
Energy Level: Very good and very steady all day. I kept plugging along without hitting a wall until about 9pm.
Day 3 – FRIDAY
Pre-workout, 6:00am – small handful of cashews before a 30 minute treadmill run
Meal 1, 8:30am– Three ham, spinach, egg muffins and two cups of black coffee. Totally meant to add half an avocado but that didn’t happen.
Meal 2, 12pm – Leftover tri-tip marinated in garlic, spices, and coconut aminos, leftover asparagus, and an apple
Afternoon snack – I had a small handful of cashews with some chai rooibos tea at about 2:30 pm. Hunger wasn’t the issue but I just felt like I needed something extra. Something to work on here.
Meal 3, 6:30pm – Chicken Carnitas in the crock pot with spinach, tomato, and onion. No corn tortillas…boo, and a sad face. Very filling and it was only mental that in my head, I wanted to celebrate in the “It’s FRIDAY!” sort of way.
Feelings: A little stressed this morning due to a financial issue but came out of it quickly as soon as it was resolved.
Hunger level between meals: No hunger between meals. I think my brain just wants to eat/snack out of habit. Really trying to break this one. Still having tea at bedtime.
Energy Level: A little on the tired side but that’s because I stayed up too late. Just 15 minutes under a full 8 hours of sleep. I’m totally an 8 hours type of girl.
Day 4 – Saturday
Meal 1, 9am– A delicious meal of two fried eggs, half of a sweet potato, and some sausage, all fried up in the same pan.
Meal 2, 2pm – Whoops, I ate lunch a little later than I normally do and by 2pm I was on the hangry side. I ate my leftover chicken carnitas.
Meal 3, 5:00pm– The hubs and I had an early dinner out because we were going to catch a movie at 6pm. We picked a Thai restaurant and I tried to order as best as I could. Some steamed veggies and some BBQ pork. The pork was sliced really thin and BBQ in lemon juice, seasonings, and I suspect soy sauce. An hour after eating, I started hurting…BIG TIME. I suspected it was the veggies as they were lightly steamed and because they were broccoli and cabbage mostly? Well, this girl was in pain. I was MISERABLE for the next 5 hours until I finally zonked out.
Feelings: I felt really good and in control, especially for a Saturday when I tend to do too much with too little food. Then I typically end up overindulging in the evening.
Hunger level between meals: Very even keel until I went too long between breakfast and lunch.
Energy Level: Very good and steady the whole day.
Day 4 – Sunday
Meal 1, 10:30am– I felt ok upon waking but my stomach still felt really off and very out of sorts. I forced myself to eat because I knew I needed to. I had the same as Saturday, eggs, sausage, and a sweet potato.
Meal 2, – Lunch didn’t really happen today. My hunger levels were suppressed but I wasn’t nauseous either. I had a dinner meeting at 5pm and it was at a restaurant, so I was going to try a salad there. As the meeting got closer, I started to feel hungry, so I ate a Lemon Pie Lara Bar to tide me over.
Meal 3, 8:00pm– The meeting was pretty involved and I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of whispering my order, so I decided I would wait and eat dinner when I got home but I still wasn’t hungry. I knew I needed to eat something though so I snacked on another Lara Bar, some cashews, and then finally fried up a couple of eggs.
Feelings: I felt mostly tired throughout the day and worn out from the stomach cramps the night before. Five hours of intense pain with no relief whatsoever…I couldn’t handle it. haha!
Hunger level between meals: Next to nothing.
Energy Level: Low, but not the worst I’ve ever felt.
Day 5 – MONDAY
Meal 1, 8:30am– Back to my egg muffins for breakfast. I’m still cutting it too close on time to add the avocado. Uh whoops!
Meal 2, 12pm – My hubs cooked up some more tri tip and the rest of the asparagus for me so I gobbled that down for lunch. I had an apple with me but I was too stuffed at lunch to eat it and decided I would save it in case I wanted a snack…which didn’t happen.
Meal 3, 5:30pm – We had an earlier dinner than normal because a certain 14teen forgot to tell me about a choir concert. The hubs whipped up some hamburger patties, and I ate a patty with a fried egg and half of an avocado on top.
Bedtime at 9pm – and my stomach started to growl a little. I caved and had a Cherry Pie Lara Bar. Ugh…I really want to break this habit!
Feelings: I had a few cravings in the late afternoon. They could definitely be attributed to feeling exhausted.
Hunger level between meals: Nonexistent.
Energy Level: Completely exhausted. Maybe due to the time change? I even tried a quick power nap as soon as I got home from work, but that didn’t happen. Between the cat wanting in and out and the teens getting home early from track practice, I was feeling just a tad murder-ish.
Day 6 – TUESDAY
Meal 1, 9:30am– Same egg muffins eaten a little later than the norm due to an orthodontist appointment for the 14teen. I only mention it because my two cups of coffee were making me super shaky and feeling a little desperate for food by time I got the chance to eat. – I’ll finish this batch of egg muffins this week so I better start planning now what I’m going to be doing for breakfasts. This is the one meal, for SURE that I have to plan ahead or it’s cereal city up in herr.
Meal 2, 12pm – Leftover tri-tip and asparagus. I’m getting a little tired of this combo but it sure is nice not to have to prep/cook/plan it.
Meal 3, 7pm – Chicken and veggie stir fry with zucchini noodles. This stuff was the bomb diggity! And to make the evening complete…NO BEDTIME SNACK! Yeah, you heard me. I was just a teensy bit hungry, but nothing crazy, and I fell asleep just fine.
Feelings: Excited to be wrapping up the first week without any problems, cravings, or crankiness.
Hunger level between meals: None
Energy Level: Steady but no crazy amounts of energy. Got into bed at 9:30pm and wasn’t exhausted either. (That’s late for me!)