@TravelingPaleo

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So, as promised, (and better late than never) here are my thoughts on my Whole 30 experience. This was my second time doing it, and I stuck with it a lot more. I was still not, how would you say– perfect– by any stretch of the imagination, but it really worked for me. And check mark for the 30 in 330 goal!

I felt great. Eating good foods really does mean you feel good. Take a look at some of these beauties. I invested in a spiralizer and I satisfy all my pasta cravings with zoodles and suffer zero guilt. I actually meal planned while on the Whole 30, and that was both a lesson in itself and really helpful for not just eating crap.

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But the biggest help was starting an Instagram account to document my progress. Originally it had a whole 30 title but I’ve since changed it to @TravelingPaleo to continue to motivate me in my fitness and health goals.

I lost 5-7 lbs during the month, and so far I’ve mostly maintained that. On the left is the After photo and on the right is the Before photo. It’s amazing how much of a difference even 5 pounds can make in how you feel, how your clothes fit, and your overall motivation to keep working out and staying the course.

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I’m trying to adopt more of a paleo lifestyle and eat less carbs and try to fill up on veggies, but it’s harder without the full all-or-nothing mentality. It was very difficult when I visited my mom over the weekend (I did not come from a veggie friendly family).  But I’ve stuck with it.

Have you ever tried a diet fad? Tried to figure out what makes you feel like you’ve got ‘tiger’s blood’? What’s your best health tip?

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#9 – Whole 30

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Wowsa, so I’m on day 10 of my Whole 30 and so far things are going well! This is my second round of Whole 30, and while I was pretty lax the first time around, this time I’m actually doing it; not adding soy sauce or half ass-ing it.

This makes for #9 on my 30 in 330 list previous post and I’m feeling really good. It’s taking care of #16 as well, with the no drinking bit. I’m reading a great book on habits that has me thinking about what I do and how to sustain the weight loss and great feelings I’ve got going on this month.

Reasons I decided to Whole 30:

~to lose weight (who doesn’t have this goal though?)

~to beat my carb cravings (no gluten, no dairy, no sugar, no processed foods)

~to get better at meal prep (currently I walk in my kitchen and have zero plan)

~to help Ryan make more meals (…which means my husband does most of the cooking)

~to experiment with more foods (…which makes me sad because I love to cook)

~as support for my friend (she’s embarking on this journey as well!)

~to challenge myself (that which does not grow withers and dies)

~to prove I can (I love a good challenge, and giving up carbs is just that for me!)

~to help with not drinking (I failed last time I tried to cold turkey, but this is great)

~to change my habits (our diet doesn’t keep me at the weight I want)

~to pay more attention to what my body actually needs (#learning)

~to take better care of myself (I feel better when I’m on less carbs)

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One of the biggest things that has kept me on track is the the Instagram account I started specifically for my Whole 30. Follow along at Whole30MG (see how I played with OMG there?) to get some recipe ideas, what a normal human eats on a regular basis, and how much I’m really working on working out.

The working out is a big to me as I’m trying to meet my 1000 mile challenge I started in January. Currently I’ve run/hiked 125.23 miles this year. While I would normally rejoice, I’m behind the mileage count I should be at to meet my goal. I need to be running 23.02 miles per week to catch up and make my 1000 miles. To that end, I’ve signed up for a half marathon in June to help motivate, and so far it’s working.

Coming up with the Whole 30: a post on habits (once I finish the book), a post with my before and after photos, and a post with some of the meal highlights I’ve made.

#16 – Update

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Well, that was basically a bust. I made it two days before I cut my foot, thought I was going to die, and decided to numb my pain with some whiskey. And then I had a dinner engagement, and a party, and I almost sliced my finger off (thank you #24) and blah blah…  I may have to re-think this particular goal. I don’t have any stretches of 7 days where I’m not going to some networking event or another and my industry isn’t really conducive to going dry.

Whining over, now on to deeper analysis:

I will say, myself the absolute drop off come day 3, that I did well during the two days I was on a fast. I had an event where there was a free bar (free, by the way, with top shelf liquor) and I opted for coke with lime. It wasn’t weird to not order a drink, that part was fine. I didn’t miss the alcohol or drinking as much as I thought I would, probably because the free tacos were delicious and I wasn’t expected to network and make nice with people. The other day I was at home, and you know, easy until I injured myself.

As a recovering shy person, sometimes I still need that liquid courage when out at a party or at a networking event where I don’t know that many people, or the people I know are not my bff’s. As I type this, it makes me feel like crap that it sounds like I need the alcohol to “loosen up” or “take the edge off” but that’s legitimately what it does, and part of its appeal. I don’t need it, but it helps. And it tastes good. The two days where my options were water, tea, or more water, I got pretty bored with drinking beverages. I love the way different beers and wine tastes, how a well-mixed cocktail delights the tongue, and how with a few ingredients you can make such a wide variety of things.

I think I’ll keep the resolution for now, but I’m going to combine it with the Whole 30 challenge– if I’m overhauling my entire diet I feel like it will be easier to overhaul everything together. Maybe.

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30 in 330 challenge post: https://wordpress.com/post/amandakgriswold.wordpress.com/399