R3D30: Last Supper.

It’s day 30, light the fireworks!

We made it, kids! This round FLEW by. Now that I’m on the last day, I want to say that it has been a much easier round for me than previous rounds. Maybe it’s because I went a full 90 days last time? My cravings are non-existent. I have no desire to eat off-plan.

Though, I’m pretty freakin’ terrified to step on the scale tomorrow.

Breakfast

Today is BLT breakfast bowls. There was no mayo.

Have you tried making mayo before? It’s not hard, but it’s also easy to make incorrectly. And, if you make it wrong, you cannot eat it.

Well, its 5 AM and I’m trying to open my eyes enough to make mayo. My neighbors must hate me. HATE ME. I don’t blame them, it’s ok though because when we moved in they never brought us any “welcome to the neighborhood baked goods,” so screw them.

I got lazy and put a dollop of mayo in each bowl and told Brad to mix it himself.

We have no coffee. How in the world and I supposed to function without coffee?

Well, I bought the Trader Joe’s cold brew coffee concentrate to try on a hot day when I have time to get fancy and blend it up with a little coconut cream. It looks like I’ll just be adding some to water this morning for an iced coffee.

The coffee was surprisingly good and did the trick on my way into work.

I was pretty excited when I was getting ready today because my new dress from Gwynnie Bee came in. It’s an EXTRA SMALL. Now, I know it’s only because the brand runs big, but none-the-less, I’m wearing an XS. That’s pretty crazy, I never thought I’d see that on a tag ever again.

I’m also nicer when my size goes down, I fit into things, and I feel good.

People keep asking me about the Whole30, how it works, what they should do to start. It feels good when someone prompts you to talk about it because they so clearly see results that they want to do the same thing. I just keep suggesting the same thing – read the It Starts With Food Book.

When I started Whole30 learning the science behind why this lifestyle works made all the difference in why I stuck to the plan and followed the rules the duration of the 30 days. Normally, I would have said, “that’s stupid why can’t I weigh myself for 30 days.” But, after reading the Hartwig’s explanation as to why made complete sense.

I was always a slave to the scale. Something that may seem so innocent is really just a sure-fire way to make sure you fail. Weight fluctuates, it’s a natural part of living. It fluctuates from day to day, hour to hour, and by regularly weighing yourself you aren’t doing yourself any favors.

I used to be one of those people that jumped on the scale daily, and it wasn’t healthy. Why should it matter what that number on the scale says if you feel better, look better, your clothes are fitting looser? It doesn’t.

If you’re going to give the Whole30 a try – truly give it the shot it deserves and stay off the scale. You’ll thank yourself on day 31.

Lunch

I got all the leftover sweet potato chorizo hash since Brad thought it was reminiscent of a “fiery snot ball.” I’m ok with that.

I added spinach and avocado to my plate today to make sure I am satisfied until dinner. I’m also working out tonight, so I want to make sure I am at my peak.

I posted a before and after picture on a Whole30 Facebook support group.

Holy moly, I got a pretty good response.

{insert monkey covering eyes}

270 likes and growing

I’ve been replying to all of the super sweet comments. Though, at the same time, it kind of makes me want to hide under my desk.

When I got home from work, I worked out.

Brad was complaining that it took longer than usual. Tonight’s workout was a 30-min strength training endurance exercise with Nike Training Club and a 25-minute interval cardio session on the elliptical. If I’m weighing in tomorrow, I need to get it all done today!

The Last Supper

Brad had dinner waiting when I finally got downstairs. I am in love with taco salad. It’s just ground beef, iceberg, tomatoes, avocado, and a drizzle of the Whole30 ranch.

Everyone obsesses over the “dump ranch” taking the internet by storm. But, I’m a tried and true believer in the Whole 30’s recipe. I haven’t tried any other kind because I love this ranch THAT much. In fact, Brad hates how much I love it, because he feels like all he ever does is make ranch dressing. (It’s pretty accurate).

Tomorrow is Ashley’s birthday and as an office, we always order in on the company’s dollar for lunch. I asked her where she was planning on ordering from and she said she wants my taco salad for her birthday lunch!

What now?

I haven’t really decided what I’m going to do from here. I think I’ll continue to plan Whole30 style, but allow myself to “indulge” on special occasions. For instance, we’re going on a mini-vaca for Memorial Day weekend. I plan to still eat good while away, but I’m not going to be a robot when we stop somewhere for a meal. When we return home – it’s right back to Whole30 daily living.

I think this is the best option for me because it’s black and white. My trouble comes when there are too many gray areas. I’m not at the point in my life where I feel like I can successful live a balanced life day to day. I need rules, strict rules. I’ve never had a problem sticking to rules or having the willpower to follow a plan to the T. It’s when there is leeway that my success is challenged.

I’m also planning on continuing to workout. I actually enjoy working out, I feel great once I’m done. The Nike Training Club provides realistic, short workouts that are completely doable 5-6 times a week. I’ll throw in a little extra cardio on the nights I have time. I’m going to take one day at a time, making good choices, and constantly trying to improve myself.

It is sure to be an uphill battle, but I’m ready for the challenge.

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