Oh, dear friends. Boy did I struggle with the Whole30 late last week. Somewhere around Days 8-10, things got really, really hard---to the point where on Friday afternoon I consciously chose to fall off the Whole30 wagon and then "start over" the next day, with a few tweaks in place.
The authors and hardcore followers of the Whole30 say a slip-up is gasp-worthy and means you're done; you have to start over with Day 1 again, but whatever. I'm not concerned. Maybe I'll keep doing this until my birthday (early February) rather than ending on Jan. 31, but either way, I know I've made huge nutritional and health progress despite my trials and trip-ups, and I'm not done yet.
On Saturday I got right back on the wagon, but I changed something up a bit. I just can't do that three giant meals but no snacks thing. No matter how much I try to stuff myself with protein and veggies and fruit at lunch, I'm starving long before dinner. What I was doing was NOT working for me; I'd eat those three large meals but then end up snacking anyway (never feeling satisfied by the food, either)--thus eating more than I'd been eating before I even embarked on this nutrition challenge! (And while I am not doing the Whole30 to lose weight, I did put on ten pounds last fall/during the holidays and I am certainly not in this game to GAIN, people!)
So anyway I decided to move some of my lunch food to an afternoon snack every day from now on. So far it's working much better for me.
OK, enough Whole30 talk. I'm sure I'm boring most of you to tears. Sorry about that! But some people have asked me to keep them updated as I go, so....the rest of you can just skip over these parts.
Onward! Since life is about much more than how many vegetable servings you're eating each day, I did manage to squeeze a lot of family fun into the weekend. Saturday was particularly nice; it warmed up (never has 30 degrees felt more tropical), and I was able to get a good run in during the morning while the children were out sledding. Then the girls and I filled the afternoon with reading and naps on my bed, making cornstarch-clay sculptures, and ice skating on the corner pond.
We topped it off with a viewing of the newly remastered "Mary Poppins" for family movie night. So awesome!
Yesterday swimming lessons started up again, and it was 40 degrees, and much playing in the snow and slush and getting soaking wet took place. So, you know--another good day.
Life is a lot better when it's not below zero outside.
Have a great week, friends! Wish me luck with this Whole30 business. Think I can make it slip-free through the week?? Gah.