2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whole 30 Challenge - Recap

When I started the Whole 30 Challenge I was skeptical.  I didn't think I'd feel any different.  I didn't think I could make it 30 days without giving in to temptation or cravings.  Still, I had to try something new because nothing has been working for me and I just haven't felt good about me.

So, I bought "It Starts with Food" and read it cover to cover over a few days time.  I also watched some videos on Netflix about juicing, vegans, and paleo type diets.  During all of this the theories and thoughts around all of this started to make some sense and it kind of clicked that maybe I should do this and maybe it would work.

If you know me, you know I've always been a pasta junkie, a potato fanatic and basically all the things I wouldn't be eating during the Whole 30 Challenge.  I really thought this would be so difficult for me that I'd end up giving up quite quickly.

I worked on cleaning out the freezer, the pantry and the refrigerator of all things that wouldn't be consumed during the 30 days.  I also started planning for the first week of food.  Then I went grocery shopping.

This was my first shock.  I really wanted to follow the program as mush as I could.  So, I was looking to do organic fruits and vegetables, grass fed beef and lean high quality proteins.  I knew it was going to cost me more than I was eating - it's true, eating junk costs less than eating healthy.  Huge problem in America and we wonder why obesity is so rampant and starting younger and younger.  Still, I bucked down and bought the recommended foods.

The day had come, I was starting this journey.  I was going to be cooking fresh veggies and proteins.  It was going to be a challenge as I've never enjoyed cooking - I can cook, I just don't usually like too.  Don't even get me started about doing dishes!

The first few days went really well.  I was feeling full and satisfied.  It was different and I was having to learn what foods I like and what I would be avoiding.  Then day four arrived and it was a rough day.  I was grumpy, super intolerant of noise, a bad headache - you name a bad feeling and I had it.  The "carb flu" I'd read about and thought sure, that'll happen - well, it happened and it was not fun.  I was lucky that this feeling only lasted about a day so it could have been worse.

Weeks one and two passed pretty quickly and I was getting adjusted to the cooking and the food.  I was learning portions and what worked and didn't work for me.  Then all the good veggies started to play games with my stomach and I had a couple of uncomfortable days, but thankfully that didn't last long either.  During this time I noticed that I wasn't as bloated and my leg swelling was getting better.

Week three presented a new challenge for me.  I was traveling to Walt Disney World for a 5K and 10 Miler.  I wasn't yet comfortable ordering food from restaurants so I did the next best thing for me.  I ordered groceries to be delivered to my resort.  This was the best thing I could have ever done.  It was fantastic to arrive, go to bell services and get fresh groceries.  So I ended up cooking all my meals in the room and this worked really well for me.  I did find that I snacked a little more than at home, but at least it was on apples and raw almonds.  

The race presented a whole new set of challenges in terms of fueling (yes, I will post about the race soon) and it was probably the roughest race I have ever done.  There were more factors than just a change in food, but I certainly wasn't fueling the way I am used to.

I got home and continued right on my merry Whole 30 way.  I thought around week four that I was starting to notice differences in my clothes, but it was hard for me to tell for sure.  Remember, I couldn't quantify my progress by using a scale and I see myself every day so it can be tricky noticing differences.

Finally, I made it to the last week and I was feeling pretty good.  I was super excited to see if there were any noticeable results that I could quantify.  Well - guess what?  There are...

Yes, I stepped on the scale this morning.  Let's be honest, I really didn't do this strictly to lose weight.  I really wanted to start feeling better first and foremost, but I was hoping there might be some weight benefits too.  Truly, I was thinking maybe I'll have lost 5 pounds that would be awesome.  Imagine my delight and surprise when I found out that I have lost 12 pounds.

I am thrilled to have lost weight.  It is pretty amazing to have lost weight while never being hungry and eating fabulous food without counting calories.  Don't get me wrong there is still a lot of planning involved, but it is becoming second nature and a little planning to feel good is acceptable to me.

In addition to the weight loss I have also noticed that my resting heart rate has gone down quite a bit as well.  In the mornings I am down about 10 - 15 bpm.  I am happy with this as it shows more progress.

That's it, I didn't do any other measurements or monitoring.  As soon as I was done with the scale it got put away again and I will attempt to not weigh again for another 30 days.

That's right - today I started my second Whole 30.  I'm not stopping now.

I will make a couple of modifications this time around.  I will be using my Lifesavers for fuel for long runs as needed.  I will also make sure I eat at least one fruit a day and I will likely add in Yonanas again.  The Whole 30 authors don't allow Yonanas because they are concerned about add ins, but when I use it I use a banana and fruit and that's it.  I don't add in sugar, peanut butter, jams, chocolate or anything else.  That's why I am okay adding it back in.  I have two more traveling races coming up during this month and I will have to brave restaurants during those trips and a meal out with my bosses soon.  

So, I still have such a long way to go, but I feel like I'm on the right track.  I feel better (aside from my knees) and I don't want to give that up.

I promise that I will stop doing daily recaps now since it will be more of the same.  I am trying really hard to workout every day and maybe I will go back to my weekly updates instead.  There are also some race recaps that I will be putting together in the next couple of weeks too.


raeplace said...

Nice Job!!!! I am sooooooo Proud of you!! I didn't loose weight, but my body was feeling better. I have treid adding things back in and finding out its a big no no. My body really didn't like it.
I am glad you enjoyed doing this and it feels natural to you. :) I have also back to using the lifesavers. I have not found stuff that is working for me. If I find something I will send it your way.

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