Whole 30 Now

Three weeks ago I completed the Whole 30 challenge with the hope of resetting my unhealthy eating ways. I successfully completed the challenge and tip-toed back in to the real world of eating. For the first few days I stuck to most Whole 30 principles. And then one decision led to another and soon my eating was back off track.

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From one of my favorite Instagram feeds

I never fully killed the sugar beast and immediately after completing my round of Whole 30 I wanted allthesugar. A little wasn’t going a long way and before I knew it I was eating three pieces of store bought cake the day my daughter was baptized. I am a mess. And clearly do not do well without boundaries. To top it all off, I stood on the scale yesterday at the gym and my weight (gasp!) went up. I feigned surprise, but it was really no surprise. After all that hard work and effort I am nearly back where I began. I am a little disappointed in myself, but more than anything I am realizing the consequences of my actions.

I keep toying with the idea of going back to the Whole 30. I so desperately need fences. I suck at saying no. Especially to cake. Here would be the pros to doing another round (or two or three) of Whole 30.

  • Lose weight
  • Have set boundaries to follow
  • Energy all day
  • Feel good about myself and choices

…and the cons:

  • Expensive
  • My family doesn’t eat meat-meal planning is sooo hard
  • Burnt out

Right now we are loosely following Whole 30 Vegetarian principles for meals. I try to keep my snacks aligned with the Whole 30 as well, or at the very least Paleo (lots of paleo style mug-cakes going around here). It’s the other junk that is standing in the way- cake at a party, treats at a BBQ, wine (oh the wine!).

I really want to continue reaching toward my weight loss goals but feel a bit lost at the moment and not sure where to start back. Yesterday I took two classes at the gym and tried to eat great all day (then there were the chips before bed). I truly love when I am exercising and eating right. I feel great. When I eat crap I feel like crap. I know all this but just can’t stop. Will power is elusive to me.

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