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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Whole 30: Week 4 Recap

I've done it!  I've completed the challenge!  I am so glad I set out to do this and although I may not have followed it exactly the way it was intended (who can afford grass-fed, organic meat on a teacher's budget?), I learned SO much from this experience!  

Best Part of the Week: Hitting up the 50% off JCrew factory sale and going down a whole size!  I am not back to the size I was when I got married and I'm so excited for it.  This is my "happy" state.

Hardest Part of the Week: There weren't any.  This is the first time I can say this. 

Loving: Being able to distinguish between good and bad foods for my body.

Missing:  Confession: I started incorporating some things back into my diet this week so I guess technically I "cheated," but I made sure to make healthy choices and only allowed myself what I needed.  Remember last week when I said my workouts were becoming more and more difficult?  Well, I quickly realized that I needed to have carbs in my system in order to perform and train for my upcoming races.  So, I started allowing myself some whole grains throughout the week - NOT daily.  I also used some Greek yogurt in my smoothies for the challenge.

I've Noticed: I'm not having cravings, sugar lows, caffeine headaches, or eating out of boredom.

Looking Forward: I'm going to continue following many of the guidelines for Whole 30, but continue to allow grains and dairy into my diet.  I don't want to deny my body the positives that come from those foods if I don't have to.  Since I don't have an allergy to either one, I'm going to limit my portions, but still enjoy the occasional slice of bread and glass of milk.

Eating: Still eating lots of fresh veggies and grilled meats.

The Best Things I Learned from All This:
  • Sugar cravings had taken control of me.  I was eating Nutella daily.  Daily!  I successfully detoxed this from my body and I no longer have cravings.  In fact, I pulled some Easter candy down from the top shelf (where I had hidden it from myself so not to sabotage Whole 30) and thought, "I'll eat one piece. No biggee."  Guys, I spit it out!  It was so nasty - so sugary - and immediately made my tummy hurt.
  • I don't rely on caffeine to keep me going through the day. Sure, there are days when its nice to have a cup of coffee, but I just went approximately 30 days without caffeine.  Therefore, I don't need it.
  • Only eat when hungry.  Just because it's 6:00 doesn't mean I have to eat.
  • Bread is just a filler.  Since my husband wasn't doing Whole 30, I still prepared his meals as I normally would.  Meaning, when we had tacos, he had the shell.  I didn't miss my taco shell at all.  In the future, I will consider whether or not I need that piece of bread.
  • The importance of a breakfast smoothie.  Berries, spinach, fruits all in a blender and taken to go?  Best breakfast ever, low in calories, and exceptionally satisfying.
  • Carbs are necessary when working out consistently.  I work out on average 4-5 days a week.  Cutting out carbs caused my mile run to be 1 minute slower than my normal time.  By only allowing in healthy carbs this week, I cut my mile time down to an average of 9:20 per mile.  Prior to this, it was typically 10:00 per mile.  So not only did I need carbs to get a good time, but by only allowing myself healthy ones, I cut my time back even more!
  • It's true.  Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.  We went to a baseball game this week and there was fried bread dough, kettle corn, dippin dots, everywhere.  My nose wanted me to get all of it, but I knew it wouldn't taste nearly as good as it smelled and I would pay for it later.  I'm so glad I didn't indulge because it wouldn't have been worth it.
Linking up with The Chicken Chick


  1. Loved reading this...and kind of makes me want to give the Whole 30 a try! Congrats on going down a size :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  2. this is awesome, such an inspiration! I soooooo need to do something like this!

  3. Great job, Lins! Congrats on completing the challenge!!

  4. This is awesome! You definitely inspired me to eat better this past month, although I'm not sure I could cut out all carbs, like we talked about. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

  5. Way to go!!!!! So proud of you that you stuck it out and finished and yay for dropping a whole size!!!

  6. I really, really, really want to try this. I know my husband won't do it with me. How did this work out for you!?! Just today I've tried to see how "whole" I can go... Had a pre-made smoothie for breakfast, apple chips (homemade) and a real smoothie for lunch.... but I'm still starving! I may try it a few days to see if I can do it or not!

  7. So proud of you for finishing whole 30!!!

  8. Good for you for completing your goal....Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


  9. I agree. Carbs are super important for energy, you just have to choose healthy ones!


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