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.

Thanks for reading

Day 8 of the WHOLE 30 Challenge

 

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So if you were like me, you spent the summer enjoying whatever foods you wanted, especially poolside treats like ice cream, popsicles, hamburgers, etc. Really, I wasn’t that bad of an eater, but still, I didn’t refrain from much. For our “lazy summer” fix, our gym has chosen to challenge one another by completing the Whole30 Program. This has been a really great way to remove certain foods from our diet and cravings that are not necessary for proper body function and health. The slogan “you can do anything for 30 days” is my daily motto. My arch-nemesis’ “Diet Coke”, Starbucks Hazelnut Frapp’s, ice cream, candy, and dessert (yes–not even able to have Splenda) have been the biggest challenges for me so far! On top of it all, we teachers were expected to begin the challenge on the first full week of school! Terrible timing, however no better time to get your life back together.

I along with my Crossfit family are part an amazing Facebook support group and have spent the last 8 days sharing our meal ideas, victories and triumphs, “confessions” , and encouraging words. No one is perfect in this but we are all getting stronger and more in control of the foods we eat. I for one have been able to say no to diet coke and have only drank black coffee and water for the last 7 days. That’s right, I caved..I got a “small” diet coke at the gas station after work today, it was a LONGGG day.. I deserve a good drink, right? To my surprise, I did not enjoy the taste and I felt pretty guilty after. According to the true WHOLE30 guidelines I would have to start over back to day 1 of the program. Bummer….

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However, we have set this plan up for 30 days with a small forgiveness margin and I can’t wait to continue this journey, 22 days to go. Hopefully, I will lose some inches, lose some cravings for junk food, and feel the difference in my performance in the box. Give it a try, check out the above website, it is loaded with information and recipes. Have a great afternoon! Stay healthy!