January 21, 2014

Whole 30: Day 1

This morning I weighed myself, for a few reasons. First, to see how I did after a weekend where six of twelve meals were eaten out. Second, to see how I did overall after two weeks of eating on plan. And lastly, to have a starting weight as we embark on a new set of 30 days.

I lost a pound and a half over the weekend, an incredible success if I do say so myself! Especially considering that we weren't super active, we mostly drove from place to place getting things ready for the party and meeting up with people while we were in town.

This brought my 15 day total weight loss to 13 pounds.

That is remarkable, and I certainly don't expect to see such a significant loss this time around - remember, when I started this time we were coming off of a vacation where we had absolutely no discretion with our eating. A good amount of that loss, I'm sure, was just bloating from all the carbs and sodium.

I'm still not quite back to where I was before Christmas (I really let myself go this time), but I'm thrilled that things are moving in the right direction, and most importantly, that I feel in control of my eating. I don't miss dairy or grains, largely due to the fact that I'm a pretty good cook, if I do say so myself, and I managed to make things that are not only compliant but delicious. We don't feel deprived and, best of all, more often than not, we don't feel exceptionally hungry. I don't feel like snacking excessively, which is definitely what got me in trouble over winter break - I find that when I'm at my mother's house, I graze. Instead of binging on a large portion of something at once, I snack constantly, even when I'm full. I pick at this and that all day long, until finally I go to bed feeling so full that I'm sick.

That doesn't happen these days, and I couldn't be happier. Physically, I feel the best that I have in quite a while, and emotionally I'm feeling stable and motivated. I don't know if it's the eating plan that does this, but it certainly doesn't hurt.

Today's breakfast was scrambled eggs, and lunch was ginger and pineapple pulled pork that I made overnight in the crockpot - now I'm good for lunches for about the next two weeks! After work we went to the post office to pick up a package (which I'll write about in a few days), then we stopped by our apartment leasing office to get a different package - this one with a few cases of Larabars I had ordered. Where we live in South Carolina, they cost nearly twice what they did back in Chicago - and there are only a few flavors available, most of which are not compliant. We got cashew cookie, lemon bar, and (my favorite) coconut cream pie. They taste just like the date coconut rolls I would get from Whole Foods when I was pregnant ... naturally sweet and delicious! Those are going to be a treat, which I have to earn with workouts. Just because I am feeling emotionally stable and not tempted to binge doesn't mean that I am entirely safe, and I want to have measures in place to stay focused and ensure that I am not triggered.

Dinner was chicken fajitas - this time I made them on the stovetop instead of in the crockpot, and they turned out pretty well. I chopped up ingredients and prepped tomorrow night's dinner (apricot chicken). It is all ready in a gallon size freezer bag for Matt to open up and put in the crockpot tomorrow while I am at work. I also cooked up some mushrooms, onions, and ground beef for putting in egg muffins this week. Once it had cooled a bit, I cooked up a batch of the muffins for tomorrow morning.

And speaking of muffins, today when I went to the office kitchen to heat up my lunch, I noticed that someone had made muffins and left them in the office for everyone to try. I know exactly who the culprit is: a sweet man who works down the hall from me who deals with stress by baking and bringing the treats to the office. Last semester, whenever I would find that he baked something, I allowed myself to partake in excess. Today, I am very proud that I did not even consider snitching them - I was not tempted at all.

Matt and I discussed this a lot when we were in Minnesota and afterward: we realized that there was nothing that we could have eaten there that would have been worth restarting the Whole 30 for (even if we weren't already planning to restart because of incidental soy, etc.). If we were going to give up, it certainly wouldn't be for a breadstick here or a frozen custard there.

I think it finally clicked again with us that no food is worth feeling lousy. That just might be the best NSV of all.


Anonymous said...

This makes me so happy for you. I know that trips and traveling are hard, especially when you're seeing family and they want to go out a great deal.

Do you have any tips for healthy ordering? We're about to visit Texas and it will be my first trip back to the US in 9 months and my husband's first in 18. Everyone is definitely already talking about where they want to take us to eat, but I'd really like to not gain weight while there.

I'm excited to keep following your progress through the Whole 30. There's part of me that wants to give it a go and part of me that knows that now (intercontinental move time) is not the time. Hope you have a great week!

timothy said...

that's a wonderful loss, so happy it's working for you and you're happy to boot!

Heather said...

Congrats on the weight loss! And it's clear that you've got the prep part of the whole30 down pat. Once the prep is taken care of, all you have to do is follow through by eating it! If you don't feel like shipping Lara Bars in, I suggest checking out Nom Nom Paleo's new cookbook which has a great recipe for homemade Lara Bars. I prefer her version (and it's easy to modify for different flavors).

Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

Wow! 13 pounds is awesome, even if 5 pounds was bloat! That's STILL 4 down each week! Keep it up!

Caron said...

You both are doing great. Ever onward. :)