Well, yesterday was officially my last day on Whole30. Was I successful in the traditional sense of completing a Whole30? The "official" answer would be NO! But, I'm ok with that. Here's how weeks 3 and 4 went down...
Week 3 was going as planned. I knew I was hosting our monthly book club meeting that Friday and I actually created a menu that was Whole30 and was relevant to the book's story. BOOM! However, I made one dang good charcuterie + cheese board and there went all my will power! Well, that and wine. And by the time I got to dinner, I was like, oh well, I'll have the regular rice too and not the cauliflower rice I was supposed to have. And, yes, you guessed it? I might as well have the dessert too! Add to that a few additional glasses of wine and nachos on week 4 and no it was not a successful Whole30.
But, it was not all for nothing! I still feel I benefited greatly from Whole30 and that I succeeded in a lot of areas. Starting the Whole 30 program really got me out of my rut. I was cooking the same boring foods, which just made me crave tasty and not-so-good-for-me foods on the weekends. It was a bad cycle. I've made some really good dishes that I will continue to make and to add some variety, I'm planning to make a few new dishes a month. So, if you have any yummy Whole 30/Paleo recipes you love, send them my way, please! I've also been way more consistent on my running and workouts, which is so important for me and helps me not just physically but emotionally! At the end of the 30 days, I weighed myself and I'm down 5 lbs. Could I have done better? Do I need to lose more? Yes and Yes. But, it's way better than keeping them or gaining even more.
The plan is to continue with my Whole30/Paleo meal planning and prepping each week. I know that helps keep me accountable to myself and I'm way less likely to "graze" and snack on tortilla chips jus because they're available. And on that note, I'm also not buying my "trigger foods" (ie. foods that I have a super hard time resisting!) I was buying these for the kids (wink, wink!) I am really feeling better about myself and my food choices and starting to feel like myself again.
I'd definitely recommend the Whole 30 program to anyone who wants to feel better about the foods they're eating and in turn feel better about themselves. It's a lot of work and commitment and yeah, I'm not the best example but I learned a lot and it's helped me a ton too! I recommend checking it out and giving it a try for sure!
Have you ever started something and even though you didn't complete it perfectly, still feel good about the results you got or where it left you? I'd love to hear about it and what you learned from it. Doing Whole 30 taught me that sometimes, it's not about perfection. It's not always about saying no 100% of the time. It's not about beating yourself up because you ate a cookie. Sometimes, we have to be ok with doing what we can and forgiving ourselves when we fall short of our goals. There's grace and beauty in living our lives fully and with balance. Balance is about knowing when to say no to the junk food and going to workout even when you don't feel like it and knowing when that glass of wine or slice of pizza is going to be good for your soul and totally worth it! XO