If you’re looking for fashion-y stuff, well, here: I’m currently obsessed with the Stella McCartney Three Chain Falabella Faux Nappa Bag. Say that three times fast!
Such a beauty. Might even make me consider spending more than a grand on fake leather. Nah. But it is so luxe.
Now on to the (un)pleasantries…
Whole30. Three days in.
I know it’s early, but I want to give you updates while they are fresh. Plus, since Erika and I decided to do this, some other ladies have joined in: Christina of Love Brown Sugar (the same sassy lady whose post inspired me to write my most popular post ever), and these ladies on Twitter: @josalingoboom, @cjane87, @shreyakhanna. We’ve formed our own little support group! So putting this out there might help them connect and share.
Has it been easy? No. Has it been outrageously difficult? No. It’s been just enough of a change to wake me up. And make me think.
I technically started after my last delicious cup of coffee with Splenda and sugar-free vanilla creamer, because I didn’t see Erika’s mention of the program until after. The rest of the day was fine. I normally eat very little in the way of grains, and had already cut way back on dairy at the insistence of my trainer.
Breakfast was my usual egg white and veggie omelette; lunch was a salad with crab and veggies, dressed in oil and vinegar. Dinner, baked chicken with another salad. Easy peasy. That’s kind of how I usually eat. But remember, I had already had my coffee for the day.
I also subscribed to The Whole30 Daily email series, which, so far, is awesome…more about that in a future post.
What I learned: The first day is probably the easiest. And it feels good to commit to something you know is good for you, even if it scares you.
Considering I had lame-o green ginger herbal tea plain, I was surprised that I felt quite sharp on my drive into work, but I did. Breakfast was not that much of a challenge. As noted above, it’s totally paleo food. Lunch was a salad again, and though I stared longingly at the ranch dressing, I opted for oil and vin.
I was ravenous between work and hitting the gym, so I had a slice of freshly boiled ham. I walked to the gym with Hubby, and between the heat and lack of coffee, I felt pretty sluggish. I forced myself to eek out a 45-minute circuit. The worst part was leaving the gym and bypassing Smoothie King in the lobby without ordering my favorite: the chocolate Lean-1, which I have at least three times a week. Boo. Suddenly the “no dairy, no sugar” is very REAL.
I had a bit of a craving for sweets after dinner, but nothing crazy. At the end of the day, I had some herbal tea and downloaded It Starts with Food, by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, the creators of Whole30. This excerpt resonated greatly with me:
“The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy.
Those are your options.”
What I learned: Food cravings go hand-in-hand with habits/schedules. I’m so used to getting a smoothie post-workout that now I have to re-program myself to not look forward to that as a reward for hitting it hard in the gym.
I’m still on the end of day three as I write this. Today SUCKED, for the record. It started OK. I woke up feeling leaner than I have lately.
But by mid-morning, I had sweet cravings, I was hungry, and by the afternoon, I had a splitting headache. After sharing this photo, I learned that Erika was suffering from a headache too, and she surmised that it was sugar withdrawals. I drank a liter of seltzer with lime to cope. Kind of worked!
It just so happened that I had a tremendously stressful day at work, perhaps my most stressful ever, so all I could think about was a coffee to get me through or a martini as soon as I finished. I find it quite interesting that life threw me that little curveball today. Extra stressful to really test my commitment. As I told my husband, I might have a headache and I might pass out, but dang it, I am NOT going to crack!
After work, I did not imbibe. Normally, I would have been breaking into the cocktails at 5:05pm. Instead, I took myself to the organic grocery store and bought a probiotic, and some coconut milk for my coffee (the latter on the advice of my fellow #Whole30 crew). Tomorrow: coffee! Unsweetened, but with some kind of milk-like addition, perhaps tolerable.
I also bought GT’s Raw Kombucha for cocktail hour at home. As I type, Hubby is on his second glass of white wine. I’m about to get crazy on fermented tea! Don’t kid yourself. You get a little tingle.
What I learned: Many of us, me included, console ourselves with beverages. The wine, beer, or cocktail—pretty obvious. But it’s kind of amazing to me how much I wanted a sugary, milky coffee to get through the day. And how uninspiring my day felt starting with the news and…green ginger herbal tea.