I thought since it’s almost been two weeks since I started the Slim, I would post an update. Here are some things I have noticed so far.
- The issues I have had with my gut have almost entirely disappeared. It has been a relatively short time, and I have had a couple occasions where my stomach has bothered me a little, but it has been NOTHING compared to what it way. Bloating is now coming occasionally and it goes away after a short amount of time instead of sticking around all day long. I’m thinking these changes are mainly an effect of the Probio and Biocleanse. It would make sense.
- My body has become more “responsive” to what I put in it. A few weeks ago it wouldn’t matter what I ate, I would come away bloated, gassy and generally miserable. Now if I eat something my body doesn’t like, I may feel bad for a bit, but then it goes away. This leads me into the next point…
- My tastes have changed. It seems to mainly be with fried foods, which I think everyone will agree are not the healthiest, but there are things I used to really enjoy that now don’t even sound that great to me. I’m not entirely sure if it’s because I know how those foods make me feel, or if I don’t like the taste anymore, but honestly it really doesn’t matter. The fact that it is now extremely easy for me to pass up a piece of cake, donut, fried chicken or even pizza is huge. I still don’t crave salads, but a steak and sweet potato, or maybe some Salmon and turnip greens sure does sound tasty!
- I have not really lost any weight, but I would rather focus on what I have gained. I now have energy that lasts from when I get up until my body starts telling me it’s time for bed, along with a mental clarity that I have not experienced in a long, long time. I had been struggling lately with being able to focus on things while at work, but lately I have been able to sit down and just fly through stuff that normally would have had me staring at the screen. Oh, I also seem to be turning into the type of person that does not like dirty things (which I’m sure my wife will enjoy). That part isn’t 100% there, just like everything else, but I can feel it inside me. In fact, my cluttered desk is even starting to bother me right now, haha.
I am positive that weight loss will come, and a much of that confidence comes from the fact that I now actually feel like getting up and doing things. Also, when I do come in contact with physical activity now (even simply things like walking up a flight of stairs), I have found that it is so much easier than it was. It’s only a matter of time now before the fat starts disappearing!
So there you go. Almost two weeks in, and I am already becoming a new man. I’m really excited to see what the rest of February is going to bring!
What a beautiful day! We went and watched the University softball game and of course got sunburned, but it was fun. I was confronted with one of the things I have been wanting when we got a free pepperoni pizza, but I managed to say no thank you and eat a piece of fish and celery after we got home.
We spent the afternoon going around town playing with this new app we dowloaded called shopkick. I already almost have enough kicks to get a $5 Target gift card! You can go here to register and download it yourself!
So then we came home, ate burgers with kale chips and watched Breaking Dawn part 2. Even though I’m not really a twilight fan, I did think this was the best movie of the bunch.
That was day 25… 5 more till 30!
Eggs… Sweet Potatoes… Donuts…
Each one of those has it’s place in today’s post. First, if I could figure out how to make a fried egg or omelette without it sticking I would be a happy man. I said earlier today that if it wasn’t for eggs and sweet potatoes I don’t think I would have made it as far as I have on this whole 30. Eggs have been my go to breakfast (and sometimes lunch) while sweet potatoes have been the go to side. I even discovered that our salad shooter can grate a sweet potato a lot faster than I can. That made them even easier to cook up as hash browns or something like that.
On the other hand, donuts (along with pizza and honey buns) have been playing havoc with my brain. I keep feeling like I “need” something sweet, but I know that I don’t. I just hope it passes by day 31.
Anyway, my days continue to be good with plenty of energy and such, but I’m hoping I can finally start to catch up on sleep tonight since I don’t have to get up at a certain time in the morning. Tomorrow is supposed to be a very nice day too, so I’m hoping to make tbe most of it in some way.
And with that, it’s bedtime!
I’m pretty sure my stages have gotten mixed up because I think I’m in the “hooray I feel great now pass the donuts” stage. Sugar wasn’t really a hard thing for me to give up, but right now my body wants a dang donut. Hopefully it’s just the last gasp though and will pass before I’m confronted with plates filled with chocolate and sugar covered donuts on Sunday. Even if it hasn’t I think my will power has grown enough to easily pass them up but I don’t want to even consider the possibility.
So yea… where did we hide those cookies?
My Whole 30 has started to become so routine for me that I completely forgot to write about day 22 yesterday. There wasn’t really much that went on anyway. The eating is still good (although we are getting quite short on food… especially meat), and I’m still feeling good, and looking a bit slimmer as well! Even so, for some reason I seem to be eager for this Whole 30 to end. I’m not really interested in going out for pizza on Day 31, even though right now it does sound kind of good, but I think some parts of my body are wanting to be able to add in a little honey or maybe a dash of cheese here and there. I’m sure it will be here before I know it though, especially with the way everything has been going the past few days.
On another note, I really think I want to take up hunting this next hunting season, and hopefully get out and fish some more this spring, summer and fall. This is in addition to growing some of my own veggies. I figure what could be more organic than growing, catching and killing it all myself? Not to mention all that actually sounds fun to me. That would cut down on how much we spend at the grocery stores too, and I am more than ok with that!
Now I just have to do it, and with all this energy that the whole 30 has given me, I don’t think I’ll have too much trouble with it!
I have to start with dinner tonight. We had the Crockpot Chili that I started last night, and I just have to say that it was one of the tastiest pots of chili I think I have ever made! I tried to make sweet potato hash browns to go with it, but they did not turn out as crispy as I wanted. In the end they turned out better. We put them on our chili and the texture was so close to shredded cheese that I thought it was actually cheese! It was sooooooo good!
On another note, I also made some ketchup that would definitely be Whole 30 approved. Nothing but tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and water. I think it actually tastes better than the store bought stuff too!
So yea, day 21 has been good even though I still feel a little lacking in sleep, but I think tonight may be a good night to start catching it back up. So with that, I’m out!
Oh boy… another Monday…
Well, that’s what I used to think. Today wasn’t nearly as bad though. We got in bed late last night, again, and since I set my alarm for 6 each morning, that meant I didn’t get enough sleep for the second night in a row. I got out of bed almost an hour late too, but since it’s Spring Break at the university, I wasn’t overly concerned. I went thorough my normal morning routine, grabbed some breakfast and headed to work.
Even though I was low on sleep, I didn’t really feel it like I usually would. I had energy and I had a great day! After work we went out for dinner with Hilary and her dad… my fifth time eating out on this whole 30… and it was yet again what I would consider a success! I had steamed shrimp and whitefish, with steamed cabbage, steamed shrimp and broccoli. It was tasty, and I still feel great! Oh, and I have now gone 2 days without taking my acid reflux medicine!!! I’m starting to feel a little acid trying to creep in though, so I think I may be taking it tonight.
After dinner we went to Earthfare to check again for some Coconut Aminos (which they still didn’t have) and then to Kroger to get some more eggs. When we got home I started tomorrow’s dinner.
Crockpot Chili… oh yea! I like to think of myself as a Chili Master, and each batch is a new challenge to me. I always expect every pot to be my best pot yet, and many times it is, so I’m excited about dinner tomorrow night! Maybe I won’t miss the corn chips, cheese and sour cream I used to love to eat with my chili.