So I wasn’t going to blog about our current Whole 30 experience, and I still may not blog every day, but when I got to work this morning something occured that made me realize something and also gave me the inspiration to write this post.
This will be our third attempt at a Whole 30. I did well on the first attempt and completed all 30 days. I felt great and was loving life, but as soon as that train slowed on day 31, I jumped right off and went back to eating just as badly as I had been before.
For the second attempt we wanted change, but we just did not want it enough. Our heads were not in the right place and after 12 days of “feeling bad” (which I realize now was not actually the case), we dropped it. Part of it was also because we were low on money at the time and spending every last cent we had just to get food and still not having enough was getting old.
That brings us to now. Almost as soon as we dropped the second Whole 30 and began to realize that we had not been feeling as bad as we thought for those short 12 days, we started to talk about when we wanted to start back again. We knew we needed to make sure we had the funds, and that our heads were in the right place, so we had decided on some point in July. We kept pushing it back for various reasons, but then I saw that there were many many people starting on August 1st, and that settled it. We would do an August Whole 30.
We did some shopping last night, with more to come this afternoon, and we have now officially kicked it off. Better health here we come! It will not come, however, without troubles and temptations. We know that we will “feel bad” at least for a few days, and at least for me the temptation started as soon as I stepped off the elevator at work. Before I could even get myself to my office to get settled in, I was offered a donut. Normally I would have rushed down and shoved that sugary piece of fried batter in my mouth as if it were the best food in existence, but today I just said “ok” and walked on to my office. I found it was quite easy to say now and to instead chow down on my scrambled mushroom eggs and banana. That’s the way Day 1 is though. This is my third Day 1 and honestly, when you first get started it is easy. You think “I don’t need those ‘bad’ foods” or “This stuff I’m eating now is so good that I don’t care if I can’t eat that other stuff.” It won’t last though.
With this being our third time I know that very well. I know what’s coming, and even though you kind of get a sense of “false confidence” with Day 1, knowing what to expect helps. It keeps you from being surprised when you wake up on Day 2 and want to find out where that semi went that just ran over you. It keeps you from punching everyone you see on Day 6 when it seems like everyone’s sole purpose on earth is to do everything they can to irritate you. It keeps you from giving up on Day 12 just because you “think” that you feel bad. Best of all, knowing what is coming reminds you that it will get better. You will feel better, have more energy, sleep better and in the end, be a much healthier person.
Day 1 may be the easiest of the 30 days ahead, and while I know we must hit Day 2 next, Day 30 is not as far behind as we may think!