Week 3 was the hardest week of the Whole30 for me. Makes the first few days look like a breeze. haha. It’s common to struggle this far through, because the newness of the challenge has worn off and you tend to get bored. I read that lots of people end up quitting this far through, which makes me sad for those people because at one time they were so excited about doing Whole30 and motivated to do well. I’m happy to say that I’ve made it through the week and lived to tell about it. I’m thankful for friends who literally talked me off the ledge when I wanted to quit. I’m SO incredibly thankful for them now, because I made it through without cheating. Intentionally, anyways. (I accidentally ate some non-compliant almond butter … that resulted in lots of tears over a jar of almond butter..always read your labels! Don’t assume it’s OK!)
The last week was so hard, but this weekend I’ve felt AMAZING. I felt like I wasn’t seeing the results I was getting the previous 2 weeks, so I tried to cut out some of the extra carbs I was eating. Too many white potatoes and fruit. (which are OK to eat, but definitely eat the white potatoes in moderation) Friday I decided I was going to take it a little basic, and eat more protein and veggies.. since I’ve done that I’ve felt so much better. Less sluggish and less hungry! I’m seeing some more results, too … yay! This weekend my mood has been brighter, I’ve had so much energy that I don’t know what to do with it (seriously, I was awake at past 4 AM last night!), and I have ZERO cravings. I’ve been able to walk into a Starbucks to grab a bottle of water and not have a mental breakdown. That’s progress! ha!
I won a giveaway this past week! Whole30 and a company called Choffy (brewed chocolate!!) were hosting a giveaway and I won! Whaaaaaat?! I’m so excited to try this stuff! You can read all about what it is HERE!
I know this isn’t HUGE visible results, but I can tell a difference.. and some friends can, too! My SKIN feels and looks so much better, too! I’m so happy I decided to do this! (NO MAKEUP in both pictures!)
Now, on to my favorite meals this week!
Like I mentioned above, this past week was SO hard. My heart wasn’t in it. I’m thankful I found some things to eat to get me through!
Breakfast : breakfast consisted of fruit and a Larabar every.single.day!
Lunch : lunch consisted of turkey meatballs every.single.day! (see, boring)
Dinner : dinner is where I mixed it up a little bit, whew!
I took a trip to Whole Foods and picked up some Whole30 compliant hotdogs and bacon (woohoo!) These are SO good and they really hit this spot this past week. I ate them 3 days in a row. I’m sure the people following me in Instagram were tired of seeing them!
I received the rest of my Whole30 Pack from Tessemae’s and that’s was so exciting this week! My absolute FAVORITE flavor so far is the Lemon Chesapeake… I cook my chicken in it and it has so much flavor.. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything! This meal is simply the best … any meat with eggs is proving to be great. Keeps me full, like crazy full .. I’m not even hungry for dinner! This Whole30 compliant bacon is a lifesaver!
Another find on my Whole Foods trip was this La Croix sparkling water.. or “Whole30 soda” as I call it..haha. I’m not sure how I like this stuff yet. It’s kind of good and kind of not. It’s weird to me. It’s not sweet at all, but has flavor.. and it’s super fizzy.
I’m really excited for this upcoming week. It’s my last week on the Whole30, and I feel so good right now that I’m excited to see how I feel as the days go by. I’ve decided that I’m not just doing this for 30 days, but for as long as I can. I know I’ve mentioned before that I wanted to eat this way 85% / 15% from now on (after the initial Whole30). I just feel so good eating this way and I know it’s going to get me where I want to go. To be honest, the only thing I want to add in is my Splenda and my Spark. Other than that, I don’t want it right now. But, knowing that I CAN go out to eat and eat some grilled chicken and not worry about what’s in the marinade is what I’m meaning when I say 85% / 15%.. or occasionally having a coffee with creamer (dairy).. or something like that. I’m going to try and stick to paleo / Whole30 as much as I can. I know people do more than 1 Whole30, so I will do some more of the “strict” Whole30’s throughout the rest of the year, too.
I hope I have some good weight loss to report next week! If it’s not a lot of weight, knowing that I feel amazing and I’m NO LONGER ON ANTI DEPRESSANTS is such a wonderful accomplishment that I should be PROUD of! I know I tend to focus on weight too much, so I need to do better about that!
Have a great WEEK, friends!