September 7, 2014

Whole 30: Day 7

I've made it a week into the Whole 30 - so far, so good. I had an intense headache around day 3-4 that I've never experienced before in my attempts - it made me feel queasy and all-around awful. Since then, though, I haven't felt sick at all.

My breakfasts and lunches are ready for the week: breakfasts are two spinach egg muffins with a homemade sausage patty (ground turkey mixed with sage, a little salt and pepper, and chopped Granny Smith apple), lunches are pieces of pork tenderloin with a slice of sweet potato and spinach. Similar to last week, but different enough that I won't go crazy.

The excitement of the first few days is already fading, though, and now the reality of "okay, three more weeks of this" is setting in. I don't mind the food - I read a lot of people's experiences with Whole 30 where they get fed up with eggs after the first few days. Honestly, I could eat eggs for every meal and not get bored. I think my bigger issue is that after the first few days, the "do this, don't do that" isn't right at the front of my mind - it has become routine, I can get back to my regular thoughts - and now, my normal worries take back their place in my thoughts. I am once again faced with my anxieties and now, I don't have food to soothe myself with.

This is what makes Whole 30 hard for me. When anxieties and stresses hit, I need to find alternatives to snacking. I need to recognize what makes me crave and what triggers my binges and deal with them. Face my stuff, instead of stuff my face.

The past few days I have been fighting with my husband on and off, and therefore fighting the urge to break off the Whole 30 and binge. I believe in myself, I believe that I am stronger than the cravings. I want results more than I want to drown my sorrows in junk food. I want to feel good about my choices.

I am thinking about making a binge jar - something I created years ago, a jar full of ideas for things to do instead of eat when I get anxious. I have a few go-to activities - reading blogs on Feedly, looking at the ridiculous Humor page on Pinterest, Words With Friends, a handwritten journal that I keep locked in my desk at work so no one else can read it. But sometimes these aren't enough.

Making exercise a priority is helping. Knowing how easy it is to eat 500 calories and how hard it is to burn them off is definitely a motivator for keeping myself on plan.

I made my fitness goal this week, by the way. Plus a few extra calories! Here's to hoping this week's workouts are also good.


Denise said...

My favorite part of Pinterest is the funny tumblr posts. I cannot get enough of them.

Losing The Rolls said...

Your food prep looks great. Best wishes for a great week. I think your binge jar sounds like a good idea. Hang in there Mary, you can do this!

Amy said...

I'm sorry to hear it's been stressful for you the past week.

I think I remember entering the second week being hard because you're not half done, and you still have 3 weeks left.

Huge props to you for sticking to it, even when you're doing it alone and under high stress!

Running Meg said...

Stress is one of those things that can really kick your ass. I'm sorry that you've been stressed. BUT, every time you get through a fight or a bad day and don't binge you are that much stronger! IF you can make it through the hard stuff you have SO got this!

Do you knit? Or crochet? I find doing something with my hands really helps prevent mindless snacking.

timothy said...

definitely make the binge jar an option. place folded papers and make it an activity that you MUST do right then....IE do 20 sit ups, do 15 burpees, run in place for 10 minutes etc etc (fun activities you enjoy or things that require your attention whatever works for you but by having it random it'll keep it interesting. and when the jars empty you put em all back and start over. adding things as they occur to you also. just hang in cause YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Wii Fit & A Bet said...

paint your nails?

Mrs Swan said...

I give you some mad props! I couldn't make it through the first day of the whole 30. LOL We all believe in you! Your lunches look really yummy! :)