Monday, 16 September 2013
Why I Quit My Whole90 at Day 40
On Day 40 of what was supposed to be a Whole90 I quit. The reason was tri-fold:
1) I did not see the benefits even at Day 40 that I saw at the end of my first Whole30. Looking back, I think I felt my absolute best the two weeks after the first W30 - not sure why that was, but maybe being a bit more lax will help bring about a positive change. I'm going to be seeing a new specialist on 4 Oct (private pay - boo!) so hopefully he'll be able to shed some more light. At that time I'll work on following his treatment plan, which would curtail my W90 at somewhere around 65 days anyway.
2) I was getting discouraged and depressed because I was not seeing the results I want - weight loss and body comp results have been great, it's the exhaustion that I really care about and that is still killing me on a daily basis. As such, I know my head wasn't in the right place to be doing a W90. If you want to succeed on the W30 you need to have your head in the right spot.
3) I need to focus on The Monkey House Project: Go Primal right now. It takes a lot of my precious energy to do all the meal planning, shopping, prepping and cooking for the kids. As such, I need to be eating what they're eating instead of trying to be separate. Also, cooking Paleo-ized food for them, such as breads, waffles and treats, are too much for my weak will-power. On a slightly different note, but still in regards to family, I've missed being able to have a drink once in awhile with my hubby and/or friends. I need to be able to socialize regularly again. (This is not to say you can't socialize without alcohol - not at all!! We just like to have one sometimes and it's been difficult with me always saying no.)
So, look for more posts regarding my health updates and The Monkey House Project: Go Primal!! And, just so you know, the only non-Paleo thing I'll be adding back in is a bit of alcohol. I'm not adding any dairy and becoming Primal for the time being (except for grass-fed butter and maybe a Bailey's!!). :0)
"Go outside. Hug your family. Laugh with your friends. Work hard and play hard. Get enough sleep. Read. Experience. Keep life in perspective. Avoid negativity and unnecessary stress. Eat yummy food. Don’t define your self-worth by the number on the scale or the supposed “purity” of your diet. Keep your health in mind, but don’t let it become an obsession that rules you. At the end of your life, you won’t look back and dwell on the foods you did or didn’t eat, so don’t dwell on it now. Stop worrying about other people and what they do or say or think or feel or eat. Don’t be afraid to learn, change, grow, evolve. Find your joy, and live it." -- Chef Amber Shea