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