On Friday, May 25th, it will have been thirty days since I began my two-month variation on the Whole30, the Whole60. It’s hard to believe I could do it again after years of telling myself I couldn’t cut sugar out of my life for thirty days, yet here I am, in my second month of doing just that, and I don’t want to go back. Ever.
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Sure, an occasional sweet or a beer would be nice, but I’m afraid of returning to my old habits of eating. I don’t want to feel lethargic or inflamed anymore. I like feeling healthy and energized to get through my long 14+ hour days.
If you would try #Whole30, then you’d see how I felt too. Even if you were to complete the entire month, you would still go back to your old bastions of food consumption– In fact, that’s what the Whole30 is all about. You are supposed to revisit dairy and alcohol, and the rest of the “banned foods” one at a time to see how each variable affects your personal health. Yet, by completing the Whole30, you’re beginning to rewire how your brain perceives food, and because your brain will always side with feeling healthy, it will reject the junkie-like effects of sugar on the body.
You shouldn’t be afraid of eating less sugar. A lot of people say, “I’d rather eat how I want and enjoy life rather than live a long boring life. But to that, I say, how about you actually make a choice, and stop letting sugar dictate how you eat? You would be in the best place to control your eating habits if you cut out these known inflammatory foods for a measly month. Are you telling me you DON’T have control of your own body?
You can do this. I’ll repeat the opening of the Whole30 book:
“It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.”
-April 25th — 209.2 lbs.
-May 2nd — 206.4 lbs.
-Tuesday, May 8th: 202.6 lbs.
-Wednesday, May 16th: 199.2
-And drum roll, please! Wednesday, May 23rd: 199.6.
Yup, I have maintained, and I’m not worried. See THIS is why they DON’T want you to weigh yourself during your first take of the #Whole30, as it could be discouraging to some. But, I have an idea why this happened. First, you lose water weight in the first two weeks of the program, and secondly, for me, I’ve begun to rebuild muscle. So, I’m bound to GAIN weight, if anything in the next week.
Will I gain pounds next week? Find out here, next Wednesday!
My First Whole30 below: