It’s the end of Week 2 / kick off to Week 3 of #Whole30 aka I have somehow survived going two weeks with no dairy, GMO or gluten, and have had limited carbs and added sugars for 14 days. WHO AM I?!
While this hasn’t been the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life, it has also not been the easiest, my friends. I am 100% not lying to you when I say that last night I was having a nasty craving for something sweet right before bed, so I caved and had a lollipop and then felt guilty about it. AFTER EATING A LOLLIPOP. BYE. Also, I’m pretty sure this was the catalyst the carb dream I had last night where I went around eating everyone’s leftover pizza crust (bc I love pizza crust) and had cupcakes. Like, I was literally dreaming about being able to eat carbs. And in my dream I was like, “yeah I shouldn’t be doing this but I don’t even care because this is so good.” The struggle is getting real.
At least the struggle is worth it though. My mom’s friend’s husband has been doing this for three weeks (and probably committing a little harder than I am) and has lost 20lbs. Obviously that’s most likely happening because a) he’s a men and, like all things in life, men have an easier time losing weight. I find this to be absolute bull-shit annoying, but just add it to my list of grievances about them as a sex in general. I digress. B) if you have more weight to lose, more will come off after. I wouldn’t expect that the average person will go into this and lose 20 lbs in 21 days, that seems super extreme and tbh, doesn’t seem sustainable once Whole 30 ends. HOWEVER – I’m down about 6 pounds in two weeks and I’m not following it 100% strictly, so it definitely works. I’m kinda hyped to see what happens at the end of the 30 days..
Things I’ve Learned In My Second Week of Whole 30
- If you’ve followed along, you already know that I’m doing *Mostly* 30, which, for me, means that I’ve avoiding dairy and gluten in all ways possible, and avoiding added sugars and carbs for the most part. I’m doing this because I know myself, and I truly believe that if I were to follow this with 0 carbs and sugars for 30 days, I would’ve cracked after the first 3 days. Keeping in small amounts of carbs and sugar for me has actually kept me on track and made me feel like I have more control.
- Cooking for myself has become more of a blessing than a nuisance. But be prepared, because it can get expensive, especially in the beginning. It’s so annoying, but healthier food is just so much more expensive than junk food is. RUDE. But true. And when you first start cooking these recipes, you’re probably going to need to buy a few kitchen staples that you didn’t have before – for me, that included things like coconut flour (what?), almond flour, a bunch of different spices, coconut flakes, almond meal (again, what?), and paleo mayo and ketchup *eye roll*. Believe me, it adds up. But after the first few meals are made and these items are bought, you typically won’t need to buy them again for a while, so it more is just running to the store and grabbing the meat or the sweet potatoes or whatever. And if you compare it to what you’d spend dining out or ordering in, you’re still spending less and most likely making more than just one serving, so the meal lasts for a few days as opposed to one night.
- I haven’t been counting calories. Like, at all. I truly could not tell you how many calories I’ve had in any given day, because it’s become so unimportant to me. I know that 90% of what I’m putting in my body is really healthy and made with all good things, so I’m not concerned about the amount of calories they have in them. I also know that I’ve been eating less just by the fact that I’m not longer gravitating towards the non Whole30 approved snacks at my office, so that definitely helps. And it must be working, because I’ve been losing weight. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
- I’ve enjoyed working out more. When I work out, I usually fully commit and force myself to go every single day because I’m the type of person where if I break from routine, it can lead to a longgggg road of me not going to the gym at all. A perfect example of this was the fact that I followed Nike’s running program to a T from June 1st through the end of August this summer, no exceptions. I ended up going from being able to run less than a mile to being able to run 5. But then my uncle passed away, and with everything going on, I let my routine slip away and long store short, I’ve probably run a total of 15 times since September. Not exactly on schedule anymore, ha. ANYWAY – now my workouts have become more about doing things that I really enjoy, and not paying attention to how often I’m going (note – I’m still going a few times a week, just not following any particular schedule). I’ve always loved dancing and find Zumba to be a ton of fun, so I’ve gone to a couple of classes each week. I’m just happy when I get to dance around and let loose, and although I’m sweating like crazy and totally out of breath, it barely feels like a workout!
Recipes I’m Loving This Week
Easy Slow Cooker Paleo Beef Chili – Makes 8 cups, takes a total of 6 and a 1/2 hours to cook, from prep to plate. Recipe Here
Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Tenders – Makes 4-6 servings, takes a total of 30 minutes from prep to plate. This is by FAR my favorite recipe! Recipe Here