My Whole 30 Experience and What Went Wrong

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

In my last post, day 8, I was so excited and motivated to complete the full 30 days. This plan sounded like the fix to my problem and something I was going to enjoy doing. I definitely think the plan has its benefits and works but there were some lessons to be learned on my part. There were quite a few people who really stuck to it  and shed some serious inches/pounds and they are looking great and also had shown some serious improvements on the number of repetitions completed in a half-Cindy workout (CrossFit lingo). I am writing this post to follow up and let you guys know the mistakes I made and how you can avoid them, especially if you are interested in trying the program.

How I Crashed and Burned

So on day 9 …….I had one pretty stressful day at the school and on my commute from the school to the gym, I passed the gym right up and ventured to Sonic. I pretty much threw in the towel and had an ice cream cone and a diet coke. I’m not going to lie, the ice cream was phenomenal…the diet coke not-so-much but I gulped it down anyway. After falling off the wagon, I just couldn’t seem to get back on. I went back to eating whatever I wanted and having my deserts without a second thought, which resulted in me feeling sluggish and too tired to exercise. As I watched my fellow Crossfit members post on social media about their successes I began to wonder exactly where did I go wrong.

First of all, I should’ve purchased the actual book “The Whole30: 30-Day Guide To Total Health and Food Freedom”. I think having that tangible source to read, highlight key features, and look through it for recipes and other diet specific questions would have been my saving grace. Although we had a very substantial amount of information available on the internet and through our Facebook group, I am the type who needs it on paper….I know! I know! Get with the times :)

Second mistake– I am not the best cook and honestly all my “healthy” meals tasted like cardboard, most of which required a lot of strange ingredients and ultimately was a waste of money. I know my husband was not going to eat those concoctions I tried to make.

Third mistake– I was so over cooking and making an acceptable meal for the next day. I was spending hours in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up after the mess I made. Meal prepping on a Sunday afternoon is a must. In a few of my previous blogs I mention this strategy multiple times. It is the only way, I find, to not get completely overwhelmed at first, unless you just have your stuff together when it comes to the kitchen and that is a talent!

My suggestions would be to make sure you are well-educated about, well-prepared for, and have a very clear goal laid ahead of you before embarking on any new dietary programs. I am usually a little OCD when it comes to planning and I know that part of the reason I failed to complete the 30 days was because I didn’t have a good plan for meals that were compliant with the program and also tasted decent. If I try it again, I will be sure to keep my recipes simple and clean, less strange ingredients that I have no idea what to do with, and slowly add some creativity in each week.

I hope this blog was helpful for anyone interested in trying a new plan and I wish you luck in your healthy journey. Any new ideas please comment below.

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