back on frittatas

After almost two weeks of breaking down my body with carbs, sugars, and many things I won’t mention, I started my third Whole30 yesterday.

I know that must sound very diet-righteous, and you already know I’m sick of the the diet police. Here’s why I refer to eating less healthy foods as breaking down my body:

In the last 2 weeks, I’ve felt my body deteriorate. Even though I’ve only gained about 2 pounds, there’s no more clear/glowing skin, I look and feel more bulky, I’m constipated and gassy (I’ve had a lot of dairy), I’m pretty much constantly bloated, I’m tired all the time – I wake up tired and I find it more difficult to fall asleep, I’m waking up much later, sugar cravings, mid-afternoon snack cravings, need caffeine for energy.

The good news is all is not lost. My knowledge on food, etc isn’t gone and I’m back on the struggle/journey. I’m trying to listen to my body again, and to eat just enough to get to the next meal. Sometimes this whole thing is so draining, honestly.

Still on the good news, today’s frittata was so delicious (beef, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, curry, thyme). I also worked out today and sorted out the drama with the trainer. I may not have written about that. Well it’s done anyway. AND I signed up at the gym at work. Eek!

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reintroduction 1: dairy

Breakfast: 1 banana, 8 strawberries, 1 delicious yoghurt.

Snack: 1 banana

Lunch: Large cafeteria salad with a little cheese (maybe 1 tablespoon) sprinkled over it.

Dinner: Same as last night, still delicious.

Dessert: Haagen-Dazs small strawberry cup, whipped cream, 6 Lindt chocolate truffles.

The Experience: It seems I didn’t miss yoghurt that much. When I started eating it, I didn’t feel that omg I want this so much feeling. I could easily do without it going forward. To think this was something I thought was fairly difficult to give up. I also didn’t miss cheese on salad. I don’t think that’s something I would have done before anyway, but I didn’t think I’d mind it. It just tasted wrong. Maybe if it weren’t shredded it would have seemed better. Certainly not doing that anymore.

We had a little office breakfast today. Prior to the start, I had decided that the only things that would be worth it were either a croissant or an apple danish. Neither of those things was available. The fresh bagels looked good, and the cream cheese flavors looked delicious, but all in all I kept thinking about the treats I had waiting at home and the 10 pounds I lost over the past month. That’s right. 10 pounds! I weighed in at 199.8 this morning, and I’ve lost 1.25 – 1.5 inches in each place I measured (bust, waist, hips). Today I measured a few extra places so I can compare for next time. Last night, I decided that I’d be happy if I had lost 5 pounds, 6 was the most I thought I could actually lose on this plan, as I haven’t exercised all that much. This really makes me happy.

Since I lost more weight than I imagined, I have to revise my previous weight loss goal. Essentially, between now and the end of my next Whole30 (August 5), I want to a) lose 10 more pounds; and b) exercise 4 times a week, including 1 day of laps in the pool. I bought this groupon for a gym with a pool ages ago, specifically for the summer, and it’s almost expired so I need to go sign up! I know it’s going to be harder since I’m starting from a different place than where I was a month ago, but now I know it’s achievable if I put in the work. This will mean that I’ve reached my first goal in 2 months. In my head, that’s still impossible.

Especially as I apparently am no good with days off. I went a little overboard with my dairy reintroduction at dinnertime lol. But whatever. Almost totally guilt free, only because I knew I didn’t want the ice cream as soon as I started eating it. It tasted much sweeter than I remember, and I would have preferred a more wholesome flavor, like coffee. And I only meant to eat 3 truffles, but they were so delicious. I ate the first three quite hurriedly then spent a lot of time savoring the rest. I’ve looked forward to today for a while.

I finally bought my full length mirror, so I’ll have some before-ish and after pics. Not up here, of course. Well maybe one day, when there’s a real “after” to show. Do I have to buy a bikini like one of those TV commercials? Lol. Might not be fun but it will be funny!