What I've Noticed
Officially a week into my first round of Whole30!!! It feels so good to stick to a plan and to have given up my excuses of being too busy to do this. I realized that with a little planning and preparation a few hours a week that I CAN do this. I CAN do hard things!!! YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!
Although, it isn't that hard really at all I've noticed. I've been able to eat like a QUEEN and I"m losing inches, bloat and bad habits!
Week #1 threw me some good curveballs off the get go. We've have had a few things come up that weren't expected and because my friend who is doing this with me prepared quick and easy meals on Sunday last weekend I've been able to stay on track. We had an unexpected funeral for 2 very close friends, sick kids, quick day trips away from home and I haven't felt stressed at all because I'm prepared. Funny how that works huh? Literally all of my life I have been the person that would just go from the seat of her pants and it worked out for the most part but I'd also make some very bad nutritional choices and then I'd feel "guilt" for doing so. Not this time and it feels so good not to mention empowering giving me motivation to keep going!
I did not realize just how much I picked food off my kids plates as I was making them lunch. I've caught myself doing this so many times it isn't even funny. I'd lick the extra peanut butter off the spoon while making him his daily Shakeology, I'd eat the crust from the kids grilled cheese, munch on various things while making dinner. I can see now why I wasn't seeing that great of gains from my workouts cause those little bites, licks and tastes really do add up throughout the day!
My workouts the first of the week were OK but I can tell that I am in that stage of detox because I just didn't have that much energy even in my short 25 minute workouts with T25! I'm hoping those get a little easier as the days go but it sounds like not maybe until Day 16 when your body finally figures out what you are doing! Ha!
I've also noticed that on Day 5 & 6 that I started to feel bloated but the book indicates that this is a normal part of the process and that in a few short days this will subside and you'll feel much better. This is one of the reasons that they do not want you to weigh yourself at all during the 30 days because it can really screw with your mind and cause you to want to quit or not see the effectiveness of the program. SO don't weigh or take measurements of yourself at all! This is much more of a mental game too I've noticed. All of the traditional things that I have been learning and teaching my customers to do are off limits. 🙂 All very interesting to say the least!
I do not usually have hunger pains like I did when I was eating every couple hours. I do not eat anything between breakfast which is generally large and then my next meal which is lunch around 12-12:30pm. I do like having my Shakeology about 3 or 4 o'clock cause I do get hungry in that time frame. Seems to work the best for me. I have had a few temptations for sweets and honestly, they don't even sound good! WAHOO!!!
The final thing that I have noticed this week about Whole30 Week #1 is that my knee pain is almost nonexistent. Our workout space is either downstairs or upstairs depending on where I decide to workout each day and usually the knee would kill me! AS I've mentioned before, arthritis runs in my family so this was something I was very curious about whether or not eating this way would help my situation - so far this is very promising!
All in all - I feel good - I'm a little on the tired and "hangover" stage but this too shall pass! I've just have to stay focused and on track! Bring on week #2~
What Will I Change This Week?
Honestly, I don't think that I will change much up this week because I'm feeling like I've got this YO! Ha! I am changing up my meal plan a little bit to try new things and keep me excited about my meals! Variety is key - so don't think you have to make this BORING! That will be the quickest way to failure.
What I am most excited about this week is trying some new recipes and continuing to see improvement every single day!
THESE CONTAINERS BELOW ARE THE BOMB.com and total must to prepare and plan meals!
Week 2 Meal Plan for Whole30
Below you will find Week #2's Meal Plan with clickable links included. Click on the image below and you will be taken to the exact recipes that I'm using!
While Shakeology isn't Whole30 compliant -you may notice that I AM continuing to use it. I wasn't willing to take this out of my diet because it's important to me. I won't ever stop taking it so why do it for 30 days? It will always be part of my lifestyle as it has been for over 7 years. I currently am using it as a snack in the afternoon because I tend to get hungry and start craving bad things at this time.
Snacks are limited as Whole30 recommends that you do not snack unless you need to or you get stuck somewhere and you can't eat for awhile. I purchased the RX bars that are whole30 compliant to use when on the road or away from the house. I have not been snacking in between breakfast and lunch as my breakfast choices are large and keep me more than full during that time.
Some Images of My Whole30 Food This Week!
Food is fuel guys! If you need more help, please reach out to me at www.facebook.com/reneeschnuerle or send me a message here! I can't wait to share the rest of my 30 days with you and show you progress and results at the end!
Thank you for following me on this incredible journey!