Almost Half Way Thru

I’ve successfully completed 12 days of NO DAIRY, SUGAR, GRAINS, LEGUMES, and nasty additives.

To be honest with you, I really thought it was going to be much harder and I would be miserable and craving and physically defeated. But I haven’t been. I’ve only had a couple moments of “Man, I wish I could have that” and it’s really nothing I pined over. Just a fleeting thought.

Tonight I survived eating out for the first time. We went to a steakhouse. I asked the waiter to make sure they don’t cook the steak in butter…he went and talked to cook, they were cooked on a grill/open flame and I reiterated no butter or oils. I got steamed broccoli and a baked potato without butter or anything. Husband ate the rolls …I didn’t feel inclined to eat them. It was nice. Sure they would’ve been good but I really didn’t feel a longing for them. Oh and I got unsweet tea expecting it to be gross and bitter but it wasn’t. It obviously wasn’t sweet..but I have learned that when you cut out sugar ….you don’t really think things are as bitter as you used to think. You notice more natural flavors when you remove the overwhelming sugar and additives. All in all I’m extremely proud of how I did eating out the first time. I will tell you that my first real craving/longing for something did happen tonight. I really wanted to order my buffalo chicken salad and ranch dressing! But I survived and left feeling satisfied and fulfilled.

I picked up some new food items at Whole Foods tonight that will allow me to have some things I’ve missed but still remain compliant. You can’t find compliant bacon or sausage at Kroger or normal groceries but I grabbed some at Whole Foods so that will help with mixing up the breakfasts and dishes. I also got a couple new things… one is a gazpacho soup… it’s green…but ingredients look yummy.

So I don’t know yet if this is a coincidence or a result of my diet the past 12 days, but I was having bad foot pain again a couple weeks ago. My plantar fasciitis was aggravated by me walking in a cast and having to adjust how my feet land…and the fact that I’ve had to rely on the left foot to be most of my support and it’s the one the fasciitis is the worst in. Well, I can say for the last week I haven’t had any foot pain. I’ve also been sleeping better. Not necessarily long enough because I haven’t been going to bed early enough but I am sleeping more soundly. Not waking up as often…I am super excited about that for sure! Now if I could just get to bed earlier I might actually get enough sleep. I still average around 7 hours, which isn’t too bad.

For the most part, these 12 days, I have felt in control. I’ve had to stay on top of having food ready and planning ahead. Oh! I almost forgot! Last weekend I survived a graduation party and a company picnic with free buffet at a ballpark! And actually, I had a good time ..saying I survived sounds like I was miserable. I really thrived… I had fun and didn’t feel left out. Graduation party served pizza, salad and cake. I had salad (no dressing) and water. And didn’t feel bad…at all. The ball park.. I took left overs from home and at them on the way to the stadium. Then I just drank water while others ate and chit chatted with coworkers. I again, having just ate I was satisfied and didn’t feel left out at all. When we went to watch the game, it was super hot and we were in direct sun… Vendors were walking around selling different stadium staples. I got a giant snow cone…but with no flavorings. So yes, I paid $3.50 for the ice. but as hot as it was, it was actually fun and refreshing. I ate shaved ice with a spoon. Again, not feeling like I was missing anything. I was pretty excited.

So far I am having a pretty successful Whole 30. I’m excited. I haven’t missed dairy nearly as much as I thought I would. I really think I am going to keep several of these habits and practices..with the occasional treat. The key really has been planning and thinking ahead for every meal. I always have several things cooked and ready to go in the fridge/freezer. It’s the only way I’ve been able to be successful. It’s worth it and I plan to keep on. If I can make this my forever habit then I will have no problems losing weight, especially when I can start really exercising again.

Cast comes off the foot on Weds. It can’t happen soon enough. It’s entirely too hot to be in a cast from toes to knee. I’m hoping he’s going to tell me I can start exercising again. Fingers crossed friends!

Alright, I’m off to sleep. I have to be awake around 5:30. Tomorrow is the Color Run. I registered back earlier this year way before this ankle business. I won’t be able to run it tomorrow but my best friends are and I’m going down to support and cheer. It’ll be a fun time. 🙂