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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
 

9 comments:

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

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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

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

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  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!

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

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  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!

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

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  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!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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

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