Whole30 Day 10 & 11

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Chocolate is everywhere I look. Stinkin’ Valentines day. My compliment of the day yesterday (day 10) was feeling proud of myself for not giving into temptation after watching SIX Food Network Channel shows with food that just looked delicious. I was tempted to cave…but I didn’t! 😀

This timeline kinda freaks me out how accurate it has been…

Days 10-11: The Hardest Days

Fact: you are most likely to quit your Whole30 program on Day 10 or 11. By this point, the newness of the program has worn off. You’ve made it through most of the unpleasant physical milestones, but you’ve yet to experience any of the “magic” the program promises. You’re still struggling to establish your new routine (read: you’ve eaten eggs prepared ten different ways over the last ten days), and while you’ve been trying really hard to have a good attitude, today you are incredibly aware of all the foods you’re “choosing not to eat right now.”  Everywhere you look, you see the things you “can’t” have: the melted cheese on a greasy burger, the creaminess of that double-scoop cone, the cold beer in your best friend’s tailgate cooler. Dammit, this is hard! And right now you’re wondering if the results will really be as good as “they” all say it is.

You’re cranky, you’re impatient, and you’re really, really tempted to just eat the stupid cheese.

This is where you really start to experience the psychological hold that your food habits have on you. You’ve put in a lot of effort to get to where you are right now, but you’re still waiting for the results you’re hoping to see. Your brain tells you that you deserve some kind of reward (don’t you?) and, of course, we’ve been conditioned to think of food as the best reward out there. Right now, you’re craving that ice cream, beer, or whatever treat you think would make for just the right reward. But, instead of that treat, you’re standing face to face with the realization that you have 20 more days of deprivation ahead of you.

The key here is to redefine your idea of reward.  Think long and hard about the foods you’re grieving and ask yourself what need you’re expecting them to fulfill.  Are you feeling anxious and looking for reassurance?  Are you feeling sad, and looking for something to cheer you up? Are you worried you won’t successfully finish the program, and it’s easier to self-sabotage than fail? Remind yourself that food cannot fill that void for you—cannot make you feel truly accomplished, comforted, calm, happy, beautiful. Then, find another way to fill that need that does not involve those foods. Prepare yourselves for these days, knowing that all you have to do is see them through to the other side before things get much, much easier.

I have not felt the desire to quit by any means but I have had the desire to eat and devour the foods I cannot have. Like, bad. Insane to me that the explanation of how it all feels in the timeline is EXACTLY how I feel. No kidding, EXACTLY! And I just want a burrito. But I feel to dang good to cave.

 

Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom

I am a constant worrier. Ask anyone who knows me. I worry about the most ridiculous things and it drains me but it is who I am. When I worry, I want to eat. Not an apple, or a carrot, or a salad…I want something sweet, savory, and fatty-delicious to help fill the void of feeling worried and/or sad. (‘Who’ came up with the idea that filling emotions with food was a good idea? I wanna meet that ‘person’ and slap them in the face. 😉 ) It is something I will probably always have to work on and talk with myself about but I know I have the power to work through my emotions better without it resulting to me eating something I will regret later.

Today, I am worried about some results on a couple medical tests I had to take and all I want to do is eat a pint full of ice cream. But I know deep down, that won’t make me feel any better. Normally, I would treat myself to something like fro-yo, a piece of chocolate, or chips and queso. This time I am choosing to blog about it which actually makes me feel 100 times better. A much more fulfilling and satisfying feeling than before when I had chosen not-so-good-for-me food. I know that no matter what, everything will work out to be fine but I am still a little nervous and scared.

It feels really good to be making and seeing progress. I will continue to persevere through this whole process and I know I will become a better, fitter, and happier person from it all. 🙂

Compliment for the day: I am proud of myself for finding a healthier alternative to help me better cope with my emotions.

Day 10

PreWorkout Snack: Nothing (on new med and cannot take it with food…will get this figured out)

Workout (at The Lean Lemon):  30 mins Sculpt & 30 mins Cheeky

PostWorkout Snack: Slice of turkey

Drinks All Day: WATER, coffee, & tea

Breakfast: Sweet potato hash with two eggs and four strawberries

Lunch: Chicken with cabbage & asparagus

Dinner: Mini egg pizza’s with sautéed kale

Day 11

PreWorkout Snack: 1 cup of Homemade Almond Milk (so fun to make!)

Workout (at The Lean Lemon):  1 hour Cardio/Sculpt & 30 mins Core

PostWorkout Snack: Slice of turkey

Drinks All Day: WATER, coffee, & tea

Breakfast (w/my dad): Omelet w/linguiça, spinach, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes cooked in no oil or butter

Lunch: Mini egg pizza’s with sautéed kale

Dinner: Chicken/Shrimp Tortilla-less soup

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