The Mental & the Physical
Days 24-27: Tiger Blood!
Day 28: 28 is as good as 30…right?
I may possibly be a bad girl. Might even be considered naughty. Disobedient and wicked if you really want to get technical about it. Before you break out the torches and pitchforks, I have an extremely flimsy excuse to relay.
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My favoritest band ever Linkin Park was playing this week. AND the last two Whole30 Challenges have been during the Washington, DC Restaurant Week. AND AND AND damnit, I’m adult and I’ve already done 6 of these challenges and for me Paleo is a lifestyle choice, not a 30 day hit and run.
See I told you it was flimsy. *sigh*
For the typical person, around Day 28 you start getting the itch that you’ve fulfilled your responsibility to the program and what does an extra two (2!) days really matter? Since I’m an overachiever, I felt this way on Day 24. It started out harmless enough. I went out to dinner with a group that were going to see the LP concert together. I ate compliantly at dinner… burger, no bun, extra lettuce/tomato with chili and potatoes. And then everyone started drinking around me. Which normally doesn’t bother me but it set the stage for what happened later at the concert.
I’m pretty sure EVERYONE was drinking at the concert. They all looked like they were having so much fun and I wanted to have fun too. So between that and my reasoning that LP only comes to my area once a year, I justified this:
I am NOT proud.
Since we’re being completely honest here, I will admit that I was hung-over all day on Thursday. This coming from a girl who can normally put away a bottle of wine and still wonder where the party’s at and wake up fine the next day. Yes folks, this innocent can of Twisted Tea landed me on my ass. It wasn’t even that good and certainly not worth the next 18 hours of misery.
I might have also indulged twice in our area’s Restaurant Week with a friend whose name rhymes with “Torothy” and our boyfriends. I know she’s already planning on spilling the beans about that so I’ll save you double reading. The overwhelming desire to go to sleep and never wake up after eating, the horrible sleeping patterns, and all around sickening physical feelings prompted John and I to visit the Farmer’s Market on Sunday morning and stock up on delicious fruits, vegetables, and meats. I was so mission focused that I totally blanked on taking pictures. Ooops.
So am I starting over at Day 1 like the first 24 never happened because I messed up? Heck no. I’m going to finish out the last few days of the Whole30 in utter compliance, but I am going to use this experience as a learning experience. I’ve realized this during this challenge more than the others that Paleo/Whole30 is a permanent lifestyle choice for me. Rather than only being compliant when it’s convenient or during an actual challenge shouldn’t be the norm. I FEEL better and sleep better when I eat Paleo/Whole30. I want to perform better in the gym and build muscle and endurance. That will never happen eating the Standard American Diet. You can’t out exercise bad nutrition.
So yes… I suck but I’m a good learner.
I only managed to break my camera out twice during this phase.
Day 25 Dinner – I decided to experiment with making Chicken and Dumplings. I tried using a mixture of tapioca and coconut flour. It was about 60% successful. I think I’m on the right track but I need to tweak it a little so it’s really good. Once I do, you’ll get the recipe! In the meantime here’s my experiment:
Day 28 Dinner – As part of our re-upping on the Whole30, we made a totally compliant and delicious dinner to try to negate some of the badness from the weekend. Zucchini noodles and Bolognese sauce.
I also discovered a new trick. Hate the watery sauce in the bottom of your bowl of zucchini noodles because they don’t absorb sauce like traditional noodles? It seriously drives me nuts. So this time I mixed in a tablespoon of arrowroot starch in with 1/4 cup cold water and then mixed that into the sauce and let it come to a boil. Boom! Perfect spaghetti sauce consistency! John even complimented me on how pretty the plate was. Bonus!
I lost my fitbit there for a second which is really annoying because I did some spectacular work on those days. I can’t pass on exact counts on steps but I do know that I went to the gym and lifted weights with John and ran on most of the days since I couldn’t make it to Zumba. I think it’s paying off because the lovely ladies I go to Body Pump with commented yesterday on the fact that I was starting to look svelt. Weee! I have a feeling the scale might not move a whole lot this time but I’ve definitely built muscle and tightened up. If it means fitting into a smaller size, then I’m good with it.
Day 29 and 30… Almost there.