Whole30, Day 19--Changes I'm Noticing
This morning when I woke up, I had to count the days to remember what day I'm on in the Whole30. I think that's a good thing, because it means I'm not agonizingly waiting for it to end. And for me, it's going by more quickly than I anticipated. Here's a calendar that Whole30 designed that covers a lot of the experiences you have on this journey:
The hardest day for me, by far, was day 14. According to the calendar, that's a hard time on any Whole30 journey. We upped the ante by having a birthday party for my son and the table was covered in chips, cookies and candy corn. It was so hard not to absent mindedly grab a chip as I walked by or to enjoy some candy corn--the most controversial of all Halloween candy (I'm a fan!!!). Not to mention that there were TEN 12-13 year old boys in my house, and my nerves were screaming for tequila. But I did it! I ate hamburgers and grapes and drank water and lived through it.
I'm happy to say that I am noticing positive improvements in the way I feel, which makes it easier to keep coasting through this round of Whole30. I started because I was having terrible inflammation and waking up with just about every part of my body hurting. That has drastically improved. I also think that my stomach is flatter and my face looks less puffy. I don't own a scale, but I did go to a doctor's appointment on Day 2, and have a follow up near the end of this Whole30, so that's the only way I'll know if my weight has changed. My jeans definitely fit better. I can clearly see that my husband has lost weight, which isn't surprising because men lose weight so easily (annoying!!).
According to the calendar, I should now be floating through the Tiger blood phase, and I have to be honest and say I don't think I've ever had that tiger blood energy in my life. The only time I've ever bolted out of bed wide awake and ready to go is if I hear a child or pet puking somewhere. I mean, I obviously get out of bed every morning, but I'm never happy about it. However, I have been waking up right before my 5:20 alarm every day and I feel like it's time to get up, so that's definitely something.
The only thing I'm kind of struggling with is nighttime eating. When my kids go to bed, I almost always grab a bag of chips or some chocolate and watch TV with my husband. Even after 19 days, my body wants to do that. When I make the grocery list now and don't include chips and snacks, it is really a lot smaller (not to mention cheaper!), and I think how unnecessary all of that is, and how much healthier I am without it. I hope my will power will extend past 30 days when it comes to this nighttime eating.
So am I the only one who isn't experiencing full on Tiger Blood during Whole30? I think my DNA is set up for lazy housecat blood. What are your experiences with energy levels during your Whole30?