30 days ago, I set out to successfully complete a Whole30. The first week I did it exactly by the book, and as per usual, I was “hangry,” grumpy and had constant headaches. I didn’t realize how bad it was until Stuart said, “if you’re going to be this grouchy, maybe we shouldn’t do this anymore.” Ehhh sorry husband.
That mixed with a few other “reality collides with the best intentions,” and I decided maybe I needed to tweak my Whole30 a little bit. [If you’re a Whole30 purist, now would probably be the time to stop reading so you don’t start judging me.]
I knew I needed coffee, [yes I guess that means I’m addicted, but I’m a mom so there’s that…] so I tried almond milk creamer…it has a little sugar, but it’s gluten, dairy and soy free, and I figured 3/4 isn’t a bad deal. [It’s bliss, if you haven’t tried it, you should!]
I made a few other changes too…like, who has time to make ghee?? Yes, I know you can buy it some places, but I really don’t have the time to search for it and grass-fed butter works for me. Stuart and I also gave ourselves one “cheat night” a week, usually Friday night when we were so exhausted from the week, we couldn’t imagine having to cook. And through giving myself these few unWhole30 treats, I didn’t feel as much like I was depriving myself, and I realized that I wasn’t thinking about food all day long and craving every bad thing on the grocery store shelves.
And even more awesome, I’ve lost 10lbs!
And now that it’s over, I’ve created a healthy diet I can maintain as a lifestyle, while allowing myself the occasional indulgence.
To be honest, at first when I thought about ending my “pure” Whole30, I really struggled. I have a tendency to be all or nothing with fitness and diets. If I set out to do something, and then don’t do it fully, I get super discouraged and feel like a failure.
So when I started considering the possibility of not completing a perfect Whole30, I began to feel like I would be failing. But you know what? God used it. [I mean really, God can use ANYTHING!]
I went through all the usual mind games:
“Am I just making excuses?”
“I just need to do it!”
“I’ll get over my coffee addiction headaches eventually.”
“Other moms have completed a Whole30 while not ruining their husband’s life.” [Or have they? ha]
“I’m just a big fat failure.”
[Oh wait, I lost 10lbs!] :)
And I realized that sometimes as much as you want to do something perfectly, your reality doesn’t always allow for it. Yes, I’m sure there are moms out there who have survived a Whole30. Yes, if I was willing to push past the headaches and just suck it up, I could probably have completed it to the T. And yes, according to some purists out there, I failed at my Whole30.
But to me, it became so much more. It became a lifestyle not a 30 day challenge that ended with me binging on everything I deprived myself of and gaining back all the weight I lost. Realistically, in my current stage of life as a mom to a little, completing a perfect Whole30 was biting off more than I could chew. But by being honest with myself, and continuing on with a “Whole-ish 30,” I created a healthy hybrid that worked incredibly for me! And now I plan to continue the healthy habits I’ve implemented and hopefully reach my goal to lose 30lbs before I turn 30 in June! 10 down, 20 to go!
Come back tomorrow to find out some tips I’ve learned on creating a realistic lifestyle of health + fitness habits and how to stick with them…including how to successfully go from being a night owl to an early bird!