I am officially half way through the Whole 30. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Compared to week one, week two was a breeze. The sugar cravings I had in week one were deafened down to a faint whisper. I even did some baking this weekend and didn’t lick a bowl, spoon, or my cookie-dough covered fingers.
So this is what will-power feels like….
But really, I actually felt really good during week two. The most noticeable difference was in my energy levels. Instead of fluctuating between exhausted and some-what energized multiple times per day, I was pretty stable throughout the day during week 2. I wake up feeling pretty refreshed. I don’t need a morning cup of coffee (which I can’t really have anyways since I require sugar in my coffee) and don’t have any mid-day slumps.
The other big difference is in my…how should I say it?…digestion. Previously, I always thought that I had a sensitive stomach. Eating certain things or even flying would give me a stomach ache, but I thought that was just normal for me so I dealt with it. For the past two weeks, I’ve haven’t had any stomach aches, I’ve been a lot less bloated, less gassy, and generally less hungry. It’s been amazing!
Now the big question is “have I lost any weight?” Honestly, I don’t know. I didn’t weigh myself before this started and I don’t plan on weighing myself after. I am almost positive that I haven’t gained any weight. After the holidays, my clothes didn’t have a whole lot of room left for me to expand and they all still fit me. At the very least, I think I have lost some of the holiday weight, if not more.
And now that I am half way through, I finally feel like I know what I am doing. Cooking, snacking, and eating out have all become second nature. It’s still a bit cumbersome to eat out, but it’s doable.
Here’s what I ate this week:
As usual, for breakfasts I had egg muffins with prosciutto and broccoli, except for Friday, when I just couldn’t do eggs any more. I had a Lara bar instead.
And like last week, lunches were just leftover from dinner the previous day, which were:
Tuesday: Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers
Wednesday: Bagged Asian chopped salad with chicken
Thursday: Slow Cooker Hawiian Pork with Collard Greens (recipe to come)
Friday: Ate out – I had a steak with asparagus and baked potatoes.
Saturday: Ate out – I had a salad topped with lots of chicken and homemade salad dressing
Sunday: Steak and Butternut Squash Soup (this recipe, but subbed Greek Yogurt with pureed cauliflower)
Now on to week three! I feel pretty confident about this week. I am finally getting the hang of it, plus I have some fun new snacks I am working into the rotation including homemade Lara bars and chia seed pudding. Sometimes I feel like I could keep this going for another 30 days….
…then I go out to eat and am reminded how much of a pain in the butt this is.
Read about Week 1 here.