I know it’s been a few days since my last
confession post, and I was on Day 29 the last time we last talked. So, you might be wondering, how was Day 30? And how are things now? Did you enjoy the thing? Did you lose weight? Have you started adding foods back in? How do you feel?
I have some news for everyone. It seems my final few hours of the Whole30 were not entirely successful. Now, I feel that I have a good reason for that (see dinner Day 30 below), so I won’t be mad at myself. However, for anyone who feels I should have been perfect for all 30 days… I want you to know… I had like 4 pieces of gum over those 30 days too. Because breath. And I ate steak and veggies at Chipotle at least twice, even though they are both cooked in soy oil. I know we are supposed to aim for perfect because it’s only 30 days. Well, I did my best. Hopefully this isn’t demotivating to anyone else. I am not quite perfect. But I have a good sense of humor and I can be a good listener if I feel like it.
Final(ish) Weigh In? Probably Friday.
Well, here’s the situation. Shark week started in my uterus last Wednesday, and I haven’t really felt right since. I feel bloated, uncomfortable, not sleeping well, the whole nine hells. So even though it is technically over, I have decided in order to get a more accurate idea of how I feel, how much weight was lost, etc. I am going to wait for a couple more days. Hopefully today is the last day and I will have a better sense by the end of the week. I think I will do the final weigh in on Friday for the first month. Since we are still going, I will probably keep weighing in, but may not share the results unless you are dying to know.
Results for Whole30 Group
As you may know, I started this adventure with Becky, Melissa, Shannon, and Tracy. Each of them have decided to stick with the program for awhile longer. Becky and I plan to keep doing this till the May 5K run and Century Cycling ride challenge is over. Here’s what I have heard from the others at last report:
- Becky reports more energy, and focus. She’s lost some weight, not a lot.
- Melissa has added some exercise to her program. She’s doing the T25 workout. She’s adding a breakfast shakeology, and staying Whole30 compliant for her lunches and dinners.
- Shannon says he pretty much eats this way all the time, so it’s really not much different for him. But he is cutting out some sugar and sodas and would like to keep doing that for awhile.
- Tracy says she may have actually gained some weight on the program. She’s pretty thin, so she might be actually building muscle. Or she’s doing it wrong, or God hates her. She still seems excited to continue with the program.
Overall Response to Whole 30… So Far
In general, I would say this has been a good experience. And I intend to ‘keep on keeping on’ as they said in whatever year that was they talked like that. I had some Day 1 goals, some of which are still in progress. But so far, my main take aways have been:
- Faster recovery time after workouts. Much faster.
- Less pain in joints overall – even bunion, particularly after exercise
- More energy throughout the day. Noticed mostly in the evenings after my hour plus drive home
- Modest weight loss? Don’t have the final number yet, but I am guessing in the range of 5-10 pounds.
- Fewer sugar cravings throughout the day, though I still think about grabbing a diet coke when I see one. Or even a regular coke.
Breakfast | Eggs, sweet potato, sausage, fruit
I stayed home because I wasn’t feeling well (cramps), so I had time to make this delicious breakfast.
Lunch | Leftover sirloin, veggies, guacamole, fruit
Leftovers. Never a favorite, but at least it was alright. I ate late to try and help stave off hunger at the upcoming work party.
Dinner | The middle of a couple roast beef sandwiches followed by breakdown to eating whatever they had. Two drinks.
I know, I know. None of this is whole30 approved. This was my very last meal of the fast, and I should have probably just not eaten. I had some Macadamia nuts before going, and a late lunch, but this was a very special occasion for my place of employment. It was an opening of a retrospective on work our studio has produced since it came to be. I took a few photos so you can see what sort of event I am talking about.
I really thought there would be something I could eat legally at the party. Maybe some veggies without cheese all over them… or a sandwich center without a dairy sauce. But, no such luck. So, I ate illegally. I did, however, knowingly have the two vodka drinks. I had Tito’s vodka, soda water, and a splash of cranberry juice. I wanted the drinks, and even though I could have said “no,” I really felt like I wanted to have them for this occasion.
SO, day 30, final hours… a bust. But they tell you to have no guilt. If you go “off-road” enjoy it. You should neither use food to reward — nor punish — yourself. So, I enjoyed those drinks. The food, not so much. Anyway, call me a failure and send me to hell, but I did what I felt was right for me for this occasion. Life happens, ya know? 🙂
Quote of the Day
When I buy cookies I eat just four and throw the rest away. But first I spray them with Raid so I won’t dig them out of the garbage later. Be careful, though, because that Raid really doesn’t taste that bad. ~Janette Barber
I’ll post the follow up final sometime late this week or next. TaTaForNow!
Well yesterday is over. And we are moving on to today… which is the end of the beginning (Day 30 of ?). I am a little bummed that I’ll be riding the cotton pony (sorry fellas) for my last day. I guess I will have to do the weighing and measuring a couple days after the final day, otherwise it won’t show apples to apples progress. Anyway, tonight is a big event for work, so I have to dress up and be cheery through it anyway. I’ll just go bloated.
That’s new my motto.
I’ll just go bloated.
Breakfast | 2 softboiled eggs, sweet potato, mango
No, I wasn’t planning on having a “soft” boiled egg for breakfast. Yes, I originally had 3, but one did not survive the shelling. So, that is what I ended up with. It’s clear that we encountered a batch of the rare “boil resistant” brown eggs. Or, maybe I don’t know how to boil an egg. There seem to be multiple ways, but the way that I am now planning to stick to is this one from Martha Stewart. If I get another soft boiled variety, I may never eat a hard boiled egg again. Which means Easter will really suck. No candy. No eggs. Only pain.
Lunch | Chipotle bowl.
I still love Chipotle. Part of me does miss that rice though. Yummy butter, lime, cilantro rice. I will reintroduce that sometime to see if it messes me up.
Dinner | 4-5oz. Sirloin, fajita veggies, guacamole, sweet potato, and mango.
This is a standard meal for me. Kind of like a fajita with no silly corn or flour shell. I enjoyed it last night. Abby enjoyed watching me eat it all, I think.
Physical Condition Report [ for women only ]:
I had some terrible cramps last night. One of my hopes was that this eating strategy would help me with my cramps and general monthly misery. So far, relief has not been a by-product of the experiment. Becky is thinking about seeing a hormone specialist. I didn’t even know there were such things, but it seems like the health care industry had changed a lot in the last 10 years or so. Maybe 20. I don’t know. The person she may see is a “DO” which I had to look up (difference between an MD and a DO). Our old Dr. was an Integrative Medicine (?) or something Dr. which is a more holistic approach to medicine. I think. Anyway, seems like a good direction, but I don’t know much about it as you can see. Anyway. I’m still not prengant.
Quote of the Day
I bought a talking refrigerator that said “Oink” every time I opened the door. It made me hungry for pork chops. ~ Marie Mott
I have only two days left of my “first” Whole30. And by my “first” whole30, I mean that Becky and Melissa, and I (and maybe Shannon?) have all decided to keep going for a bit longer. I guess I just don’t want the fun to end.
You know, I didn’t really know if I would be able to stick to this eating strategy for 30 days. But honest-to-goodness, THIS WAS NOT HARD. They say in the book, “This isn’t hard. Cancer is hard.” Which I suppose is motivating in an almost creepy way. But in the grander scheme of things, eliminating Diet Coke (god i miss it!) and at least added sugar for 30 days along with all processed foods has been much easier than I might have thought. I mean, I still have two days to fall prey to a cookie or the coke in the work fridge, but I don’t see that happening. I guess I just was ready to do it.
The question now will be, what else am I ready for? And what are YOU ready for? “…What other questions are there? What other questions are there? If you want to understand the universe, embrace the universe. The door to the universe is YOU!”
Breakfast | Eggs over easy, 1/2 Adiell’s sausage, mango, sweet potato
Lunch | Mango, guacamole, shredded chicken, carrots, prosciutto
This was essentially
Dinner | Outback prime rib, salad, sweet potato
If you don’t know me well, you may not realize that Jennifer: Outback as Norm: Cheers. Except nobody shouts my name when I enter the room, there is on TV show, and I am not allowed to drink beer or anything else right now. Anyway, point being. I go there a lot. I know it’s a chain and that there are terrible things about chain restaurants and we should eat locally and all that. I know. But it’s a favorite of mine and I thought I should come clean. Apparently I am not the only one who enjoys it because there is a 45 minute wait on a Friday or Saturday night. I certainly wouldn’t wait that long to eat there, but anyway. They probably don’t use grass fed beef, so this is a potential failing of my whole30. I did do a little research on the Whole30 forum and they seemed to think Outback was OK but Chris reminded me that fattier cuts of meat should really be organic if possible because of all the junk that gets sticks in the fat bits. Anyway, I have been meaning to mention that when posting Outback dinners.
Marilyn Monroe Diet/Workout
This story came out last year, or the year before, but I found it while searching for quotes and thought I would share. It’s Marylin Monroe’s diet and workout plan. She often had a Hot Fudge Sundae in the afternoon. I guess a fancy actress could say that sort of thing back in those days without being murdered by the press. Although, it wasn’t all progressive back then or anything. Anyway, read the whole MM story here.
Physical Condition Report:
Cramps. Cramps. Cramps. They make everything suck. But at least I’m not pregnant.
Quote of the Day
Never eat more than you can lift. ~ Miss Piggy
Anyway, much love to all of you. Here is a video from the Whole30 newsletter to make you feel happy inside. Followed by the food log and other bits.
Day 26 complete. I am getting on towards the end here. As of Friday, I will be a free woman. Well, Saturday. And really I don’t think I’ll be free. I still want all the cookies and diet cokes. So, I guess I am not free to tackle those just yet.
The tentative plan is to continue this until early May. We will see how it goes. I think it might be best to just keep on, since I’m already used to it. The occasional treat will be allowed for special occasions (NOT the stupid hard candy bowl at work that won’t go away). They say not to use food as a reward, or punishment, but that you should leave room for a few of those things you really enjoy – even knowing they are not good for you. SO, I plan to have some So Delicious Mint Chocolate Chip Dairy Free ice cream after this 30 days as up. In the Whole30 world they call this “off-roading.” If you do diverge into the unhealthy, they say, you should do it deliberately and without guilt. Then you should get back on the highway – or whatever.
As we draw nearer to the end of the program, I have been reading ahead on where I will be left on Saturday morning (day 31, if you will). Since this really isn’t a lose weight quick diet… it’s a healthy eating strategy… they encourage you to not be too caught up on the number on the scale. Sure, I have heard that a million times, but I do like the way they break it down. They give you a ‘new scale” by which to measure successes. They include lists like the following:
- Clearer skin
- No more under-eye circles
- Brighter eyes
- Fresher breath
- Whiter teeth
- Flatter stomach
- Clothes fitting better
- Less bloating
- Healthier gums
- Less swollen, stiff joints
- Less painful joints
- Fewer PMS symptoms
- A more regular monthly cycle
There is stuff about your mood, sleep, etc. there too. It does make more sense to put more value on these kinds of visible changes instead of a number on a scale which no person other than myself (and I guess a doctor, nurse, medical assistant) will ever know – unless I tell them… which I most CERTAINLY WILL NOT.
It’s like they say. Nobody cares how much you weigh really… They just care if you’re fat and ugly. And I mean, they don’t even really care, they just might not want to hang out with you publicly. So… I mean all this is a real comfort, right? Sure it is! Not really. I suffer with the concept of dieting because I am not ashamed of myself. I have friends. I don’t hate my body. But I know that there is a part of the world that will always think you are more if you weigh less. I’ve obviously never really agreed. And I always wondered if some form of dramatic, magic weigh loss solution found me, would I be the same person? I’ve always liked this Woody Allen quote about weight loss:
When we lose twenty pounds… we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty.
Thusly, the goal is not to lose weight, but to be healthier. Should you be in the same boat, or perhaps just a dreamer, here’s an inspirational song for you to enjoy today. From the Musical Seussical “I’m Alone in the Universe”
Breakfast | 3 hard-boiled eggs, sweet potato, mango
Lunch | Chipotle bowl. Delicious this time.
Dinner | Porterhouse steak stir fry with baby bok choy, peppers, onions
Physical Condition Report
I got very tired today around 3:00pm. I think all the mango is catching up with me. Chasing that Mango dragon is tough. One is one too many, and one more is never enough.
I will be posting quotes for the next 4 days. I just decided. Here’s the quote of the day today:
“Fat’ is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her.
I mean, is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I’m not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain…
I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’
‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’
What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!
I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.” ~ J.K. Rowling
I do sometimes think about being a vegetarian, though I have never been able to do it for long. I guess I sort of think of red meat as my original ‘real food’ since I tend to eat it daily. It’s also murder. So. I get that too. To continue this eating strategy, however, you really have to put that out of your mind. Every animal that dies for me to eat has my deepest sympathy and respect. And while it is zero comfort, I appreciate their sacrifice.
Anyway, last night we went out to dinner at Outback with fellow Whole30er, Melissa. We were talking about all of the red meat we have been eating since starting the eating strategy. While this isn’t a big change for me, it is a big change for Melissa and Becky who don’t take part in it daily.
So, we wondered if we stayed on this diet and continued to eat the red stuff, will we be having our heart attacks a little earlier than every one else’s? With all of the recent research on fat, it seems more and more health enthusiasts are coming to the same conclusion. The problem isn’t cholesterol, it cholesterol combined with sugar, wheat, and other inflammatory parts of our diet. A friend posted some random website article on Facebook that addressed the issue like this:
“Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.” (source)
I don’t know who this guy is, but he totally looks like a trustworthy Dr. in the photo, so I won’t be at all suspicious. Plus there is a lot of other information out there on this new research, but I thought that was succinctly put. Mark’s Daily Apple has been preaching this for many years. I used to include some of his nutrition posts in my daily newsletter, back in the day. Here is a bit from his blog:
For many years, the “cholesterol-fed rabbit” was a popular model for studying heart disease and gave rise to the now-popular idea that dietary cholesterol also elevates blood lipids in humans (thus immediately condemning them to a heart attack, naturally). Except it isn’t the case. Save for a select few who are “hyper-responders,” the vast majority of people can eat cholesterol without it affecting their cholesterol levels. And even when dietary cholesterol affects blood lipids, it’s usually an improvement, increasing HDL and the HDL:TC ratio while leaving LDL mostly unchanged. As for where all that blood cholesterol comes from, we make pretty much all the cholesterol in our blood in-house, and dietary cholesterol tends to suppress endogenous cholesterol synthesis. Boy, between “staying local” and “only making as much as we need,” our livers are downright green. I bet our HDL is GMO-free and organic to boot (not so sure about those sneaky LDL particles, though)…
- A 2011 study found that “reducing the intake of CHO with high glycaemic index is more effective in the prevention of CVD than reducing SAFA intake per se.”
- From a 2010 study out of Japan, saturated fat intake “was inversely associated with mortality from total stroke.”
- A 2010 meta-analysis found “that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD.” (source)
So, my take away is that if we lay off the dairy, sugar, and gluten, the red meat won’t put us in an early grave. However, if we decide to eat this much meat, AND have the other stuff, we’re looking at speeding up potential heart clogging issues.
Breakfast | Adiells sausage, scrambled eggs, sweet potato, kiwi, a few macacamia nuts
Lunch | Pot roast, nuts, tangerine
I forgot to take a photo of this but you probably have an idea.
Dinner | Outback prime rib, salad, sweet potato
My prime rib was so rare, i think some people will be grossed out, so I am leaving out this photo too. The server asked us if we wanted to enjoy a drink, which I believe Becky did, in fact, want. However. We are on this Whole30 thing so no drinks for us. 🙂 We are totally teetotalers.
Speaking of which… this reminds of what I thought was a great episode of “Who do you think you are?” if you can imagine such a thing. Helen has an initially negative reaction when learning that her great-great-grandmother was a teetotaler and headed up the charge for the local women’s temperance society. However, after learning about the history of the time — kids would drink, men drank at work, there were violent brawls at the pubs on a regular basis etc. — she began to realize that her GGG was actually a feminist, who started daycares, helped get women ellected to school boards, and was a leader in getting women active in getting women the right to vote. In fact, her GGG was the very first woman to vote in her county when she was 90. She died 10 days later.
Physical Condition Report
I was able to exercise AFTER work last night, which isn’t common because I am usually so tired from my drive home. The drive still sucked, but it didn’t entirely zap my last bit of energy though, so that’s a good thing. I think that’s all there is to report today. Onward to day 23~~~~
Another day of eating stuff. I guess it’s like any day now, really. I don’t know if it’s a habit or not yet. In fact, the Whole30 folks send out a newsletter for each day of the program. The email today was about habits. Here are a couple tidbits from today’s newsletter:
- It takes approximately 66 days to form a habit even though the common wisdom is that it takes just three weeks.
- About 40% of the actions that you take each day are not the result of conscious decisions, but of habits.
- It can take up to 8 months for a complicated habit to take hold.
- Most habits run through three checkpoints—30, 90, and 365 days—before they become truly automatic.
- Missing a day or two here or there does not reduce the chance of forming a habit.
- The first few days of your new habit are the most important to be diligent about
They also offer up some sort of inspirational message that you are supposed to click on at the end of the day if you stay on the program. This was the message from today’s email… but only watch it if you ate healthy today!
Breakfast | Sweet potato and hard boiled eggs.
I still really enjoy this breakfast.
Lunch | Pot roast with vegetables
So I have made two previous pot roasts with two very different textures. I have found that one is far superior in terms of deliciousness. (see my tip below) Also, I added rutabaga this time which is very good. A good substitute if you really want a white potato which is not Whole30 compliant.
Tip: Bottom Round versus Chuck Roast
If you’re going to use the crock pot, use chuck roast. It tastes much better. Becky, however, thinks it is a little too fatty. She also doesn’t like bottom round.
Dinner | Steak, salad, sweet potato fries, guacamole, mango and tangerine
Forgot to photograph this till after eating most of the salad. We had red wine vinegar dressing, but I really wanted my Garlic Expressions which has added sugar. Everything else was delicious and satisfying.
Physical Condition Report
Feeling good again today. Did some more jogging this am and still felt strong. Still have the nicely regulated energy levels. All is well. Bring on day 22!
It’s been another busy few days, so I haven’t been doing my late evening blogging. Plus, I kinda think what I am eating is a bit repetitive so I imagine there isn’t much interest in the food. I also haven’t had many tips to speak of lately. But, I tell you what, that cilantro lasted a VERY long time in my fridge in that glass. That is a wining tip right there. And, I think I am getting much better at cooking an over easy egg. I think the hardest thing to learn about a lot of cooking is to not continually fuss with the food. For some reason I want to keep flipping or poking the food in the pan. I’ve learned to walk away and not touch for awhile. I guess food is like a little sister, maybe. Don’t mess with them too much and you’ll be happier for it.
Breakfast | Day 18 | Eggs over easy, sweet potato, 1/2 banana, pistachios.
Lunch | Day 18 | Prosciutto, mango, pistachios, bell beppers, guacamole, carrots
Dinner | Day 18 | Steak, carrots, blueberries, guacamole, and sweet potato
Breakfast | Day 19 | eggs over easy, guacamole, carrots, sweet potato
Lunch | Day 19 | Serrano dry cured ham (Fiorucci brand), guacamole, pistachios, mango, carrots, peppers
Dinner | Day 19 | Outback 8oz. prime rib, sweet potato (cinnamon only), and salad with red wine vinegar.
I shared about 1/4 of this prime rib with Abby, I think.
Breakfast | Day 20 | hard boiled eggs, sweet potato
Lunch | Day 20 | Chicken, tangerine, guacamole, mango, peppers, carrots
Dinner | Day 20 | Chicken, prosciutto, guacamole, banana
Physical Condition Report
If you’ve made it past all those food photos, congratulations! I have a couple things to mention here in the physical condition area.
First and foremost, I have been able to jog with my puppy every day for the last week or so. This may not be a big deal for some folks, but just a few weeks ago I would need at least a day to recover from soreness. It felt a little like my joints were burning… specifically my hips, and my bunion would flare up after every jog. It used to take a couple days for those areas to feel better, so I usually would do the jogging every other day, at best. Not so now. My body is recovering faster, and those pains have been significantly reduced. I also feel a little less cold. Strangely. Anyway. Two good things. I hope I don’t turn into one of those people who is all like “Ooooh, are you chilly? I prefer running in the cold. It’s so refreshing!”
Beyond those things, my sponsor (Chris) has suggested that I might have some smaller portions of protein. I have been a little on the tired side the past few days. I have been maintaining mental energy and a more consistent day-long energy store. But, my eyes are tired. I mean, I feel a bit tired mentally. Anyway. Chris said that it *might* be from larger protein servings. Protein can be harder to digest, so that might be a part of the tiredness. Also, she said that she feels most energetic after eating fats, so I am going to snack on some more nuts, or add them to meals.