Today is my Day 7 on the Whole30. So far I have been feeling pretty good. The first few days weren’t so bad. The first day, of course was easy. All that motivation makes the first day pretty simple. Things got tough for me because I didn’t have some of the essentials on hand that provide the biggest calorie punch. I discovered very quickly the importance of good fats in my meals. I have been tracking calories to make sure I eat enough, and the first 5 days it was a struggle to reach 1200 calories. Funny how when you eat a serving of protein and fill the rest of your plate with veggies it’s pretty low calorie. So on Tuesday night I went grocery shopping. I stopped at my local health food store and picked up some coconut oil (which by the way, I love cooking with since my whole house smells of coconut!), almond butter, dry roasted cashews, and some coconut butter. I tried the coconut butter and at first couldn’t decide what I thought, but I have decided that is amazing. I wasn’t sure what to eat it with. So last night I sliced a banana and had coconut butter on top of the slices. It was sooo good! I made my husband try it…his response was so funny to me. He says, it would go really great as an ice cream topping. Um, yeah. I bet it would. But since I’m not eating ice cream right now….It just cracked me up. I thought the sweetness of the banana was a perfect offset to the butter. But I haven’t had sugar in 6 days, so maybe that’s why it tasted better to me. So yesterday I made sure I had a serving of good fats with each meal and I am feeling stronger today. Having so few calories was leaving me feel weak and fatigued. I am enjoying eating y food these days. It’s amazing how much more pride you take in your food when you have to put more than 30 seconds into making it.
Yesterday was the first day I felt any ill side effects of the program. I woke up with a massive headache and it was a kill ALL the things day. And I was exhausted. I took the kids to school, made an AMAZING breakfast, and then slept for 3 more hours. I was still feeling off even after a nap. My ears hurt, my body was tired, and my head hurt like nobody’s business. Pretty sure it’s possible I was coming down with something. Today, my head is better, but it still hurts. My throat is a bit sore, so I may be right about coming down with something. My body does not feel as fatigued, but I am still going to take it easy again today. I think that making sure I get enough to eat at each of my meals will make a huge difference. I told my husband what I had for breakfast yesterday, and he was incredibly jealous. I told him I would make it for him over the weekend.
So I am still weighing in, even though that is one of the rules for the Whole30 is to not weigh yourself. After the Dietbet, I may hold off on weighing myself until I am done with the Whole30, but I doubt it. Yesterday was my official weigh in day and I was down 2.8 pounds this past week! I will take it! I am feeling amazing. Even though my body feels fatigued, it feels good. I am not sure that really makes sense, but I don’t know how else to explain it! My pants are getting loser, my shirts are fitting better. My stomach hasn’t been bothering me at all. It’s just kind of nice. I look forward to my body learning to burn it’s own resources instead of relying on sugar. At that point my energy should return. After today I am planning on getting back into exercise. I did some on Days 2 and 3, I just am so exhausted and fatigued and possibly sick, so I took some days off.
Now I should really focus on getting my homework finished, since I slept most of yesterday and didn’t get it done…I’m such a procrastinator!