I finished up round 1 of the Whole 30 on May 8th. I did great. I lost 6 pounds and 5 inches, became leaner, stronger and faster.
During the past few weeks I have started to let some foods slip back in to my diet. Which foods you might be wondering? Well, beans for one. And beer for two. And some natural sugars for 3 (honey, stevia and monk fruit) and some oats and flax (though that was only Friday and Saturday of this past week.)
I'm feeling bloated, and poochy in my stomach, so it's time to tighten up the food choices because I don't like how I am currently feeling.
I'm going to try to be even more strict on this go around. During my first Whole30 I did allow myself snacks. This time, I'm going to try to eat more at my meals and curtail the snacking. The kids are going to be out of school, so this may or may not work against me. I'll be working so hard to keep them busy that I might not have time to think about snacking. Or...I'll be so stressed out that I'll be reaching for a snack out of stress. And that's when I'll have to remember H.A.L.T.
The hardest one for me was H. Am I truly hungry?? I need to listen more to my body. Am I hungry enough to eat a full meal? If the answer is NO, then I need to put the food down, drink a glass of water and find something else to do.
The average craving lasts for only 3-5 minutes, so when cravings come up, I need to take a lesson from successful 4-year-olds, and I must learn to distract myself until the craving passes.
I am quite proud of myself for not having ANY ketchup since April 7th. And I haven't had a diet soda, coffee creamer, etc...since February, so I did make some serious progress in certain areas.
I started Round 2 today, and I know that I'm going to stick with my staples for pre-workout snack: hard boiled egg. My post-workout snack will also be a hard boiled egg. Lunch will likely be sweet potato hash with avocado and a grilled chicken breast. We did a bunch of cooking today including grilling talapia and chicken breast and I have a bunch of shrimp so that will be on the menu as well!
and I'm planning on these meals for dinner this week:
Sunday- Talapia with roasted vegetables
Monday- Grilled Chicken with roasted vegetables
Tuesday- Tilapia Lettuce Wraps
Wednesday- Roasted tomatoes with shrimp and feta (no feta for me, but the kids and James will like it.)
Thursday- Smoked Salmon Quiche
Friday- Chicken Tacos for the kids and James, chicken on salad for me
Saturday- A hodgepodge of whatever we have left around the house!
I'm pumped for this round of the Whole30. I know how good I feel when I'm on it, so I just need to stay on it!!
Have you done the Whole30? Have you done it more than once? If so, did you notice any differences between the first time and subsequent attempts?