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31 Jan 2016

It’s a wrap

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31 days done: Whole28 + 3 day juice cleanse.

Whole30 is a misnomer. It’s really a deep psychological test of sanity and a mental discipline marathon.

Whole30 published a timeline of how most people feel during the program. Around day 28 they say people give up — or at least want to. And I quote: “What benefit could two more days possibly bring you? Isn’t 28 days just as good as 30? The answer is a loud and resounding NO.”

When I read this, I was like, “who would give in at day 28?” That’s so lame! But guess what. At day 27 I was like enough is enough already. I want pizza. I want wine! I actually called the juice cleanse company and asked about their ingredients. They were in fact, Whole30 approved. And you know how good at math I am: 27 + 3 = 30. Done.

But the next day I woke up feeling fine and determined to make it through Sunday as planned. And then I went to the movies…and let’s just say the popcorn was calling my name.

While highly restrictive, it was a great program. There were SO many benefits, including:

  • No aches, mucus, acid reflux or bloating
  • Virtually no gas
  • Steady energy — no highs and lows

I cooked a lot (sometimes the food even tasted good) and ate out a lot less: good for health, bad for social life.

The best part was that my clothes fit looser and I went down a size. When I stepped on the scale yesterday, I thought I lost 3 lbs…but then did a double take, it was 13! I was completely surprised. I knew I’d lost some weight, but didn’t expect double digits! Now I have 7 lbs to go to the weight I was when I started my weight loss journey in March 2012 (le divorce).

Even though I’ll introduce all foods back into my diet, I’ll be more mindful of how they affect my body. My biggest goal is to keep as much sugar as out of my diet as possible. The new challenge is moderate portions and more exercise.

Phase 2 here I come!

Julie in Seattle

 

24 Jan 2016

My favorite things

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The things I’m craving the most start with “ch” — cheese, chocolate and champagne (in that order). Is it because my last name starts with “ch?” I’m pretty sure there’s a correlation.

I’m excited to report I have 7 1/2 more days of Whole30. The countdown is on! I have a girls weekend planned with Jean and Jessica in Seabrook the first weekend in February — where I get to eat like…everything! Dreaming of Mexican, Italian, basically anything that involves cheese.

I’m adhering to the no weigh-in rule of the program, but I now fit into jeans that I haven’t been able to wear since last spring. It’s the small things — yay! I’ve already decided I’m not going to do this again this year. I’m going to try moderation and more exercise. Deprivation is dead to me (rather will be soon).

Thanks for your continuous support!

Julie in Seattle

PS: Sending good thoughts to my dear friend Scott. 

10 Jan 2016

What’s cooking

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I’m on day 9 of Whole30, but day 12 of clean living. I almost ordered a pizza yesterday. It was going to be awesome…like pepperoni and pineapple. However, if you cheat, you have to start the 30 days over—and after some thought, I was like uh uh—not going to happen.

Other than that, the program is going well. It involves a LOT of cooking because almost everything in a box has sugar, wheat, oil or weird chemicals in it. True story. It also requires a lot of planning and prepping. As long as I have a few options ready to go, I’m good each day.

I’m an average cook at best. I’ve been trying new recipes, zoodling and building some skills. There’s so much cleaning—pots and pans, mixing bowls, ugh. I wish there was a kitchen fairy who would visit after every meal.

The good news is that I feel good. I have lost most of my sugar cravings, but greatly miss cheese and wheat (strangely craving a sandwich). My pants are a bit looser. During Whole30, you’re not supposed to weigh yourself since weight flucuates, which can adversely affect your psyche. So I’m waiting to the end of the month.

I’m excited to go to San Francisco this weekend—it’ll be a big test. If I come back unscathed, then I know I’ll make it to the end.

This program is exactly what I needed to kickoff a more mindful year! I’m thinking of doing this again in May when I get back from Italy—after I’ve had time to acclimate and prepare.

I know many of you are also starting a new health regimen. Stay true to your commitments and know that I support you 110%!

Julie in Seattle

03 Jan 2016

New year’s theme

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Drum roll please…I completed the cleanse! I drank 99% of all of the juices (couldn’t get through all of the beet-based one). Honestly, I probably won’t do it again. It did a great job with nutrients — I rarely felt hungry. However, they did not taste great and some were acidity, burned when going down . The worst part was missing the act of eating!

I finished the cleanse on January 1 and rolled right into Whole30. I read the book about the program and flagged all the recipes I want to make. Basically, you eliminate alcohol, sugar, gluten, dairy and legumes — yes, there were some tears. But it’s only 30 days…and I’ve got a couple of friends doing it this month too!

My friend Amy and I cooked up a tomato, ground pork sauce served over zucchini noodles — which was super yummy and filling. I bought a veggie spiralizer, found bacon (at Whole Foods), that doesn’t have any sugar, and stocked my fridge with good foods.

While I’ve committed to Whole30, it’s not a resolution. Instead of a laundry list of things I “must” do, I’m going to have a theme for the year: mindfulness. I’m going to strive to be more mindful of:

  • what I put in my body
  • what I do to my body
  • how I interact with others (being more focused)

…whatever I do in my life.

I’m thrilled to start a new year!

I believe this is going to be an amazing year for all of us! Happy 2016!!

Julie in Seattle