My Whole30 Journey: Week 2

Hi there! If you haven't been here before, welcome to my personal reflections of my very first Whole30! You can read my initial feelings about Whole30 here, and then follow up with my recap of week 1. If you have been here before, thanks for returning! 


Let me tell you friends - it's been a long week 2! 

As evidenced by the end of my week 1 journey, I was going strong [well, minus that whole coffee creamer thing I'm refusing to believe exists] and feeling confident, more healthy, and beginning to realize I CAN DO THIS. Much was the same on days 8 & 9.

Day 10 was the Super Bowl. And while we aren't particularly big fans of following sports on the regular around this house [there's no time], Travis enjoys a good game of football, and I enjoy a good dose of Justin Timberlake. In normal ritual, I wanted to cook "finger foods", which seems like it could have been a challenge. But I realized there were TONS of great recipes on the internet for Whole30 compliant appetizer recipes! I created myself a nice list of buffalo wings, bacon wrapped dates and sweet potato fries with egg and pulled pork. 

And then my festive spirit was thwarted by sickness. Oh yes, I was hit HARD with some kind of bug that onset pretty fast on Day 9, and was nice and rooted by Super Bowl time. I manged somehow to make plain pulled pork in the crockpot and tried out an easy Whole30 BBQ sauce recipe I found off Pinterest. I'm not going to name it or where it came from, because it honestly ended up being more gross than I could have imagined! Maybe it's because I'm a BBQ lover and condiment queen, but it tried hard to be a replacement but wasn't even comparable. Thank the Lord I didn't dump it on the pork before I tasted it. 

 From my Insta stories.

From my Insta stories.

Dry pork alone for the Super Bowl. Isn't that what celebrations are made of? [ugh!] I think I was in bed by like 8 pm anyway, and stayed that way for day 11 & 12. I slept incessantly, and I tried to eat healthy while awake, but didn't end up eating much of anything. Travis did pick me up grilled chicken salads [no cheese, bread, fried onions] from Zaxbys at night and I used my Tessemae ranch dressing - I do remember that.

Day 13, I had to go to work for a while, and even though I was still pretty miserable, I mustered up the gumption to do what I had to do. Then I climbed back in bed.

I barely remember what I ate days 9-13, but I do know that I was very conscious to keep on the straight and narrow. While I'm not thankful for the sickness itself, I'm thankful for what it did for me - according to Whole30 official, those days are coined the "hardest" to get through. And it wasn't very difficult for me at all, because it wasn't my main focus. 

 Though snacking and prepackaged are not encouraged, these are great for a quick snack! 

Though snacking and prepackaged are not encouraged, these are great for a quick snack! 

By day 14, I was on the mend, and food once again came to the forefront of my mind. This time, I was faced with free, delicious, locally made yeast donuts at a morning work meeting. I wouldn't say the donuts tempted me to quit, but I couldn't help but think of how it would make me feel to eat one. The sweet taste, the satisfying texture. I knew I would feel elated in the moment, but it would last for just that - a moment. The feeling would be gone, and I would not only chase it once again with more food of the same measure later on, but would also face the negative consequences of chasing that feeling.

I was reminded once again, how my relationship with food is just not good. Not because I can't ever enjoy a donut, but because I want to use a donut to give me the feels. Feelings that I might need [comfort, reliability, happiness], but I'm going about achieving those feelings in a very unhealthy way. Sugar truly, truly is an addiction.

Besides that moment, or maybe watching other people around me in my life eat cheese, I have to admit .... I'm still not hating this. As I said in my last post, my energy levels are up significantly, my body feels lighter, I'm sure I've lost a few pounds, and a lot of frequent joint and muscle pain has diminished. I was able to squat down today at the grocery store and get something on the bottom shelf and did not creak, pop, hurt or [the worst] fall over while standing back up. That small thing is a big improvement for someone who is as overweight as I am. 

 haha, Stepbrothers. 

haha, Stepbrothers. 

I love the way I feel. And that is worth so much to me! Worth more than the temporary taste of a passing donut that has no value in that moment, if I really stop and think about it. I guess that's probably part of the problem - I don't usually take the time to stop and think. I just put it in my mouth, because I want it, and I want that temporary happy feeling. [Yes, the Whole30 process makes you think deep about food, even if you don't want to!]

One new thing I did this week was connect more with Whole30 social media. I followed the official accounts Instagram [my favorite app], Whole30 Official and Whole30 Recipes. This past week, Alex from The Defined Dish blog has been doing cooking demos of great meals on the Whole30 Recipes account. Dishes such as chicken stir fry, beef bulgogi lettuce wraps [I had beef bulgogi in Asheville!] and Italian wedding soup. I plan on trying some out soon, as they are all on her blog, which I will now follow! 

 The Defined Dish Blog - full of paleo and Whole30 recipes! 

The Defined Dish Blog - full of paleo and Whole30 recipes! 

It's nice to connect with what is obviously taking up a significant part of my life. Making such drastic life changes is no easy feat, ya'll. It needs and deserves support! 

I'm going into week 3 feeling confident that I can finish this - my self efficacy is high. [learned that word this week from The Defined Dish!]

It's a good feeling, and I'm just feeling good! [minus the lingering stuffy nose and occasional cough]  

Check back next week for a Week 3 update - I plan on sharing some of the great recipes and products I have found so far on this journey!