In the meantime... I finished the Whole 30! I did it and... it wasn't as bad as I thought. It's certainly surprised me in many ways...
So, a recap...
What did I want to get out of it?
- I put on about 4 pounds over December and wanted to shift them.
- I wanted to 'eat' clean and cut out alcohol after a month of excess.
- I wanted to see what all the fuss was about!
- I lost nine pounds - totally unexpected!
- I cut out my three snacks a day habit, and don't miss it.
- I've been told I'm 'glowing'.
The real achievement is escaping the tyranny of my snack/sugar addiction. I don't need it and don't miss it.
So what happens next?
*Sound of door slamming as runs out to buy cake*. No, not at all! For the next week I introduce something back in to my diet every three days to see how it affects me and if it's worth eating again. My three things are wine tonight (!), Greek yoghurt/dark chocolate (dairy) Tuesday and peanut butter (legumes) Friday. The rest of the time I keep it Whole 30.
I care not a jot for grains at the moment, so am not bothering to add them back in. Don't miss 'em. And, yes, you will still be seeing sprouts for breakfast! I really believe that having a traditional sweet breakfast sets me up to crave sweet things all day. I won't go back to snacking, either.
It's been tough at times, mainly all the prep and being organised with food. Sometimes I feel like I spend my life chopping vegetables and handling meat. Convenient this regime ain't. But, it works for me and I love food, so I'll keep on chopping!
Right, back to our usual programming.
The usual frittata with roast veggies and the last of the blueberries. The highlight of the morning was getting a message from my favourite girl BC to say she was back from her month-long trip to Australia. Eeeeeeeeeeeee! Can't wait to see her!
Fridays seem to be the new Mondays at work and it was busy, busy. I had an 8.30 meeting so needed to get in in good time, but realised about five minutes after we left the house that I forgot to get the chicken out to defrost for dinner. I did what any self-respecting professional would do... 'Turn back now!'. Chicken snug on a plate, me smugly contemplating chicken dinner. Oh, and I made the meeting! For some reason they couldn't see the urgency of the chicken matter, though. Meh.
Lunch was curried haddock with Luann's kale salad, including red onion. Sweet and crunchy and juicy.
I went for a walk with my beau and the day continued to rush by, but we got out of there on time and went for another nice walk to check out a new supermarket nearby (yep, our Friday night treat!) where we bumped in to a friend, which was lovely.
Back at the ranch I put that chicken to good use and made a roast dinner. What a treat for a Friday. There were roast sweet potatoes and parsnip and steamed broccoli, cabbage and carrots. Goooooood.
'Twas early to bed early to rise in my household, and I got up at 6.30, weighed myself for the first time in a month, and then celebrated my loss with two fried eggs, roasted veg and extra sweet potato as a treat!
The sun had his hat on, so I went out to play early and spent an hour walking along the beach, looking at the sea, listening to Frank Ocean and thinking about what a lucky girl I am.
The lovely Rebecca at Blueberry Smiles is keeping a gratitude log this month. What are you grateful for?
I truly thank my lucky stars every day to live where I do, have the amazing family and friends I have and be free to do what I choose. None of these things should ever be taken for granted, and I never intend to do that.