The day has come: Whole 30, day 1.
This actually turned out to be as great a day to start as I had hoped. I selected and committed to this start date a little over a week ago, allowing for a cheese-centric weekend with friends and a catered all-day meeting yesterday to pass. My area ended up with winter weather on Tuesday, so I opted to telework that day, and it allowed me to prepare one of my favorite meals while I was at home, which magically happens to be Whole30 compliant (although my eyes did spring open wildly as I was drifting off last night in sudden fear that the tomato paste I’d use contained added sugar [I confirmed this morning that it does not]). I’ll have to cook dinner when I get home from work tonight, which will be a semi-random concoction of things I don’t mind eating, all together in one dish. *shrugs* Weekday meal planning ain’t my thing. I’m looking forward to having this weekend to map out the rest of the 30 days in one fell swoop.
Yesterday’s meeting concluded with a happy hour, so I made the rare exception and had a cocktail and tasted small bites of two sinful apps before heading home and realizing I had no dinner there! So, it being my last day before Whole30, I grabbed some Mrs. T’s pierogies and some ice cream from the store on my way home. Right there in the middle of the frozen foods aisle, I was very politely chatted up and asked out. Seriously. With no make-up on, face generally looking like trash, and arms full of an ill-advised pre-Whole30 mini binge that was composed of trash. I did him a favor and declined, as he only would have become a Whole30-compliant meal… but it was very flattering. And only mildly embarrassing.
Anyway, day 1 is now halfway over! I’m about to dig in to my lunch, and later, one of the two co-workers who joined in on Whole30 with me asked if we could get together and have a welfare check-in for day 1 support. I did Weight Watchers in my mid-20s and the thing I liked the most was the meetings; I’ve been so insular with my weight loss this time around that I’ve limited my support system to basically only strangers on the Internet. Don’t get me wrong, that’s VERY valuable and helpful, but sharing Whole30 — even to the extent that I’ve freely discussed my choice to do it with people I know and see every day — has been great. I think it’s because it’s not necessarily about weight loss; it’s just about health. I have explicitly framed it that way, even though I’m sure most people can infer that it’s linked to my overall efforts. I’m still skittish and uncomfortable talking about losing weight with anyone other than fellow fatties, but this is hopefully a sign that I can come around on that.
In addition to abstaining from added sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, and chemicals like MSG, I’ve added coffee to the list. I already take it black, so it would have been a cinch to continue drinking coffee on Whole30 without feeling deprived of the cream and sugar, but I think it’s in my interest to give it up, given my recent challenges with sleep. I am not a caffeine addict by any stretch; I rarely make it at home even though I enjoy the taste because it’s more about the social ritual of grabbing a morning coffee with my colleagues. I could do decaf, but I’m not going to go out of my way to consume it when I could just as easily cut it out entirely for 30 days (and enjoy the saved cash while I’m at it). So, that’s my little extra twist on the challenge.
For full accountability, I will share that I have one planned cheat — but it’s not food. It’s the scale. Technically, on Whole30, you’re not supposed to get hung up on weight because you should be focusing on your body as a system and see the nutritional changes as a holistic benefit to your overall health. I think it would be beneficial to me, actually, to completely ignore the scale for a month, and I was kind of looking forward to having a set of rules in place that would make me do so. However, I’m going to do it exactly once over the course of the 30 days. You could argue that I don’t have to, and I suppose that’s true and I am making a choice, but I’m currently in a Transformer DietBet, and the weigh-in for round 2 will pop up smack in the middle of my Whole30 experiment. Yes, I could choose to forego it and still technically be in the bet and eligible to win the whole pot, but why short myself the round’s victory (I was already at my goal weight for round 2 when I weighed out of 2 Kickstarters earlier this week) and the prize moolah for it? Sorry, Whole30. I gave you my cheese. I’m keeping one illicit rendez-vous with the scale.
Anyway, so far so good here on Whole1! Fingers crossed all over that it stays as much that way as possible on Whole2 and beyond.