Week 2 Check-in!
Well, you made it through the first 7 days! I have to say that I did feel rather tired this week. How did you do this week? For me, I did really well with my meal planning and prepping. My goal was to be laser-focused about staying on track. Surprisingly, I didn’t have many cravings which was great! My first time completing the Whole30, I had a similar experience. I was so laser-focused on staying compliant and doing this for myself and was so mentally strong that I didn’t miss the food I couldn’t have. Did anyone else have this same experience? I did have a two-hour delay and two days off due to a power outage and inclement weather at work so I did get some extra rest and alone time which made a big difference. Oh, the perks of being a teacher haha.
How did you feel this week?
Even though I had some much needed time to myself, I did get some feelings of irritation haha. So, I had an odd couple of days off. The first day, I went to the store to do some grocery shopping. I walk in and half the lights are off and the meat and other refrigerated items are all covered with plastic. I assumed that some of the power must still be out. This didn’t end up sending me into a rage believe it or not. So, I found out the power had just gone out so the meat was still safe to buy. Hallelujah! I did not want to have to come back!
“Hi! How are you today?”
About 10 different people greeted me as I’m walking around the store. Mind you, I didn’t even make an effort to get ready or put makeup on. Another man came up to me and asked where the roast beef was. I could have flipped a lid on him but I didn’t. I’m thinking I may get through the day without wanting to punch someone. So I get to the checkout and the belt is not working ( duh power is out). Minor inconvenience. Once I leave the store I have a pleasant drive home in the ice and snow lol. I’m in good spirits for the rest of the day. I forgot to get rosemary for the yummy dinner I’m making tonight so I text my boyfriend Brett to pick it up on his way home from work. All is right in the world.
Then, my boyfriend, Brett gets home. Here we go…the inner killer is coming out lol.
He decides to take a nap on the couch and this irritates the crap out of me! I don’t even care about the fact that he stopped at the store to get the rosemary that I forgot earlier. In my mind the mere audacity that he has for taking a nap makes my blood boil. Forget the fact that he had a long day at work and a 45 min drive home and just might be a little tired. In my mind, he should be up giving me attention and helping me with dinner. Soooo I purposefully bang around in the kitchen getting dinner together. It’s a new recipe that I found which is a chuck roast that you score and stuff with lots of garlic and top with salt, pepper, and rosemary! It was absolutely delicious and Whole30 compliant! As I’m making my presence known, Brett asks me how long I’m cooking the roast for. In my head I’m like, “What the hell do you care you’re supposed to be napping!” haha what is wrong with me!? I answer him in a sassy tone of course and he thinks that 45 minutes at 400 degrees won’t be long enough. I’m like, “I’m sorry, I am the one making dinner and I’m following the recipe! Aren’t you supposed to be napping! Just butt out.” haha.
So, I finish prepping dinner.
The roast is in the oven, the potatoes are boiling. I go to our room and watch TV and keep checking on dinner. I’m still grumpy as ever. Dinner is finally done and Brett wakes up. I ask if he wants to cut the roast and in my mind, he takes too long to get to the kitchen, so I just cut it myself out of irritation. We sit down and I ask him how it is and he doesn’t say anything! I’m like “no comment!?” I just spent an hour making this delicious meal that I think is the best thing I have ever made and you have nothing to say! Needless to say, the talking has seised on my end. Our night did get a little better once I was asleep HAHA! This morning I woke up and he kissed me goodbye and said I love you and It was like nothing ever happened. It’s funny how the people we feel the safest with and love the most are the ones that get the brunt of our frustrations and irritations. Brett is so patient with me and he is so supportive of this process that he let me have my moment last night and that makes me love him even more.
Some things you may experience during the second week are bloating, constipation and some weird food dreams.
Days 8 to 9:
These days may be your most uncomfortable days. You may wake up and find that your jeans are tighter than they were last week. Not everyone goes through this stage but it’s just a part of the process. The bacteria and enzymes that digest your food are still adjusting to the new way you are eating. These adjustments will help your long-term gut health. So this is actually a good thing! The feeling of bloating, constipation and possibly diarrhea will pass in a couple of days and your jeans will fit and all will be right in the world once again.
Days 10 to 11
These two days are known as the hardest days in the Whole30 program. The newness has worn off and you are realizing all of the yummy food that you can’t eat or drink. This is when you are most likely to give up and quit the program. DON’T DO IT! You made a commitment to your health and you need to stick to it! These two days will be over in no time and you will be so proud that you stuck it out even though it was tough. If you know these days are coming, they won’t seem so hard. So now that you are aware, stick to it. Seek out support, reward yourself for getting this far. Don’t think you need to go back into old habits and reward yourself with food. Think of other things you could reward yourself with like a new workout outfit, a new kitchen tool..oOoOo an immersion blender or julienne cutter! These are things that will help you on your journey not set you back. I mean, when has a piece of chocolate cake really helped anyone feel better about themselves in the long run? I don’t think so. STAY IN THIS!
Days 12 to 15
This is where you may find yourself having really weird food dreams. Haha. Not scary dreams, but very odd dreams about food. For example, I didn’t have too many dreams about food but I do remember one that I had. I was walking downtown Grand Rapids and suddenly it started to rain. It didn’t just rain…it rained french fries and ketchup! Now, people that know me, know that I love french fries. One of my all-time favorite foods to indulge in. So, I’m walking down the street and it starts raining french fries! In the dream, I get out an umbrella and start running down the street saying, “I can’t eat you! I can’t eat you!” Haha. Needless to say, it was a very weird dream to have about food. If you find yourself having these dreams just know that it is normal and it will pass.
What are some struggles you had during the first week? What worked well for you? How is your body feeling at this point?
If you have any questions or thoughts I would love to hear from you in the comments section! This is a great space to share tips for motivation and provide advice for one another 🙂
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