Alternatively, this post could have been titled “Of All the Decisions I’ve Ever Made in My Life More Than Once, I Question This the Most” or “Why I Clearly Still Hate Myself and Everything I Stand For.”
Some of you may remember that, two years ago, I decided to join in with some friends who were trying out the Whole30 for the month of February. Plus the first two days of March. I still maintain that I was convinced to do it through some kind of hypnotic suggestion.
I think part of the reason I went along with it was because of the challenge. I wanted to see if I could do it. It was touch and go a week in (in fact, I was one emotional outburst from calling it quits), but I got through the entire 30 days. I didn’t cheat. And I survived.
When I got to the end of that 30 days, I’d noticed that I was more energetic, I was sleeping better at night, and I’d lost 15 pounds. But when it was over, I just moved right back into the same dietary habits I had before getting roped into that little adventure.
And I swore I’d never do it again. Well, I never swore I wouldn’t do it again… but I said it was extremely unlikely.
Now here we are. I’ve decided to put myself through the Whole30 all over again. But this time, it’s not about the challenge. It’s not about finding out if I have what it takes to get through it. I’m not doing this because a group of people I know are doing it to. I’m doing it on my own because I need to change something.
Like I said, I easily fell back into my usual eating habits. I stayed off sodas for another month after Whole30, but now I’m just as addicted to Mountain Dew as ever. Now, I’m a week and a half away from turning 39. I weigh more than I ever have. And all the exercise in the world isn’t going to make a difference if my diet doesn’t change.
So this time, I want to come away from Whole30 with a different mindset. This time, since it’s not just about proving I can do it, I plan to make more serious, more permanent changes. Look, I won’t say that I’ll never eat processed foods again. I’m certainly not going to stretch Whole30 into WholeForever… Nor am I planning to transition from Whole30 into something like Keto, which I’m not sure I get anyway.
Wish me luck. I’ll be kicking it off this Friday once I’m sure I’ve eaten all the food incompatible with Whole30 that I still have in the kitchen. Starting on March 1 will make it easy to count. This means I’ll be on Whole30 for my birthday. I guess that’s okay, though. I’m not the biggest fan of birthday cake, anyway.