I failed my Whole30. On day 18. I considered jumping straight back into it. But with Whole30 I know you have to do the full 30 days in a row with zero cheating. I was absolutely gutted and annoyed at myself too. I was feeling fantastic in the first 10 days, but day 18 involved a lunch with my brand new team in my job. Also, starting mid-month was tough. I know, I’m making excuses. But it’s hard to sound like a bell-end requesting my meal be picked apart and ingredients omitted with people who barely know me and have to work with me daily. From there it snowballed…
I know the benefits of Whole30, I’ve done it before. So March 1st, it’s on. Now my team know me, and they will not be afraid of my JLaw attitude.
In the Big Brother house. It feels like things have slowed down on my Whole30 progress. Perhaps this is the day ten slump I’m heading to when many people give up? I don’t remember how I felt back in January 2013 when I did it first time around. I just know that I’ve had a dull headache the last two days, but in reality that could be due to being at work (computer screens and air-con) after six weeks off or the fact it’s turned freezing here in London in recent days.
I don’t have the dramatic “light” feeling I did in the first few days, nor does my tummy feel like it’s flattened, or my body feel like it’s shrinking. I know, shit doesn’t happen overnight. But I’m forgoing wine here, body, at least do your part and make us look good!
Feeling: headachy, but content.
Craving: garlic bread.
Looking forward to: my sizzling bacon & roasted brussel sprouts for dinner.
Back in December I declared to myself that 2015 was going to be the year of change and I was going to get this flabby body to be a hell of a lot less flabby. This has happened. I haven’t quit – but I have changed direction. I was doing the Dukan diet but as of five days ago, I am always one to chop (meat pun intended!) and change, I switched to doing the Whole30. Why the change? I was finding the heavy meat, light dairy and lack of vegetables was making me feel stodgy, and ultimately quite unhealthy. I know Dukan works long term – I’ve had success in the past – but I knew it was something I was not going to be able to sustain for the next 189 days (my suggested plan), so I had to make a slight change.
I did my first Whole30 back in January 2013 and felt fantastic afterwards, the protein and vegetable combo with the odd bit of fruit and nuts worked for me. It’s now day five and I feel amazing. I feel lighter, more energetic and generally just feel happier. You’re not allowed to weigh yourself on this program, but I know I have lost weight. My tummy is definitely flatter, which could be due to no bloating from carbs/sugar, or the fact I am drinking 1.5-2L of water a day.
After eight days on Dukan I’m enjoying food a hell of a lot more on Whole30, as it’s not as strict. I tried kale for the first time ever – a new favourite is a snack of kale chips thanks to my twitter followers. I know kale was the food craze of 2014 – but last year I was up to my eyeballs in wine, takeaways and hangover fry ups after long days and nights with my recruitment buddies. It was not a good place.
I know it’s early days and they say day 10 is the turning point, and often the hardest when people give up. I fully intend to stick this out for 25 more days. I figure if I feel fab right now, how much better will I feel and look by the end? Friends (Leah, Tara and Dayna) of mine are on the journey too, reading their blogs, looking at their Instagram photos and recipes are helpful when you feel like an extra pop of inspiration. This afternoon is going to be spent prepping my breakfasts and lunches for the week ahead. My biggest challenge is going to be starting my new job – I’ll be entering financial services which, like recruitment, is known for the social drinking aspect. I will be sticking to the sodas with fresh lime for the next few weeks, hopefully they don’t think I’m a square.