It's day 30 of My Whole 30 "adventure." I made it to the finish line! Think of the tortoise in "The Tortoise and the Hare" story. Some moments were REALLY hard and I wanted to quit. It got easier. I learned to survive without dairy, legumes, grains, sugar, soy and alcohol. I learned to order "compliant" food off restaurant menus. I am really conscious of reading labels now, and wanting to eat food in it's "clean" and natural state.
I wasn't perfect, but pretty darn close. There might have been a tiny bit of sugar in a restaurant's Balsamic salad dressing, I realized I had bread and juice during Communion (I just feel confident that God understands) and I did cheat once and have half a glass of red wine with my son who was home visiting. Not only did I feel guilty, but it was underwhelming.
If you read any of my posts over the last month, (I'll link them below) then you'll remember I wasn't super committed at the starting line. I found myself participating before I had prepared myself mentally, or my kitchen physically. But...I did it. I read lots of articles, watched some You Tube videos, tried LOTS of recipes (mostly found on Pinterest) and just kept going.
I will do my best to slowly reintroduce the foods I've abstained from, but it could be a little tricky following the suggested plan while in Napa! I head to the airport soon for my rendezvous and weekend getaway with my husband. I'll hopefully take some wonderful pictures and will share some of our favorite spots in a future post.
I finally stepped on the scale this morning and it says I lost 12 pounds. Yay! My clothes are fitting better and I'm sure I lost some inches, but I never measured...
Will I ever do this program again? Maybe...but probably not. I will be adopting lots of the healthy habits I learned. Do I recommend others try it? YES! If you have bad habits that you'd like to break, and want to get serious about losing weight and getting healthy. I think having to give up SO many foods helps you stay focused and committed. I learned to say no and use willpower.
I nibbled on nuts while my bible study friends enjoyed a delicious quiche... I even sat across from my husband (who started the plan five days before me) while he had a glass of wine and chocolate mousse for dessert and I didn't cry or whine... Congrats to him!
So enough about that... Here's a recap on what's been going on in my little corner of the world:
- My ugly, bloody eye isn't completely healed, but it's much better.
- The air quality here in Washington State is horrible-so smokey from the fires up in Canada. The sun appears orange and it's uncomfortable to be outside for long.
- Our dry-spell has reached about 54 days without rain.
- I'm thrilled to discover that both our daughters will be given there own classrooms to teach in, rather than having to fit into a corner of another teacher's room, or wheel around a cart.
- It's MUCH more fun to watch "Chesapeake Shores" on the Hallmark channel, then the depressing, scary news on "NBC." Season two started Sunday night. Make sure you watch season one first.
- I need to purchase the "Nasa-approved" protective glasses to be ready for the Solar Eclipse on the 21st!
With the unsettling news about North Korea and possible missiles, I choose to focus on my family, health, friends, choosing joy, and remaining confident that the one who created this Earth and ALL the people, is still in control!
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend! I'll be in the Vineyards... Cheers!
In His Grip,
If you missed my 30 day journey: