since passing the 30 day mark back in february, i’ve had some missteps. i work well with constraints and guidelines. so when i didn’t have them anymore, i made some mistakes. it happened slowly, so slowly that i didn’t realize that it was really affecting me until about may. it wasn’t that bad but i really did see what different food groups did to my body. wasn’t pretty.
here’s what i learned the first go around:
- variety is fun until it’s not
- be weary of dairy
- limit the legumes
- life is better sans starches
- sugar is not so sweet
- i don’t deserve preservatives
- my stomach and head like the foods on the whole 30 list
- the slippery slope is greased up with food from taco villa, sonic, and pizza so avoid it all together if needed
i also realized the importance of exercise. i’m an active person…okay, semi-active. i workout four to five times a week, but not like i used to. i used to workout hard and really push myself. but now, even though i do workout, i haven’t been challenging myself. so just this past week, i decided to make an effort to choose workouts that will kick my ass in gear.
so i’ve been doing whole 30 again for three weeks now. it’s not a complete redo. it’s more like a reset. that’s what i’m calling it anyway. for the first two weeks, i was strict on what i was eating but cheated a couple times. so this week, i’m adding in what those things that i know that work well for me. this includes yogurt, some small amounts of cheese, a little peanut butter, and chocolate.
it all comes down to balance for me. i know what my body wants and needs. when i veer off on my own, my body lets me know. i just have to listen to it.
so the action plan is as follows:
– workout HARD four to five times a week
– stick to the foods that my stomach and head can handle
– focus on strength and how i’m feeling over weight-loss
– indulge with caution and awareness
– plan tasty meals to avoid cheating