I wanted to update you guys on what's been going on since ending my Whole 30 challenge in February. Food and dieting isn't usually a topic here, but I know this is something that is a real struggle for a lot of us. So, in being open and honest about this, I'm hoping to help myself stay the course and maybe let you know that you aren't alone too.
I didn't do a pure Whole 60 like I thought I was going to. I cheated a little with weighing myself, banana pancakes, and a couple of soy chai lattes. All three are strictly prohibited on Whole 30. It's okay because at the end of the additional 30 days, I felt really good. I have a handle on cravings and am feeling really good about what I'm putting into my body. I'm at a much better place mentally than I was 30 days ago. I still haven't lost a ton of weight, but I'm getting better about not focusing on the number. Instead, I've been trying really hard to switch up and add to my workouts. I've been trying new recipes and watching my portions. This is a process and journey that will take longer than 60 or even 90 days to finish. In truth, I don't see an end date in sight yet. I told Mark earlier this week that I'm fighting demons that have been there for as long as I can remember. You don't kick those habits, voices, and emotions to the curb overnight.
I have to admit that this week has been a little challenging as I tried to add back in a few things and my stomach went haywire. I can't pinpoint exactly what is causing it. I had a couple of off days where I made healthy choices, but let in a few things I haven't had in months like lentils, bread, and yogurt. Note to self: go slow when reintroducing food. I'm working to get my stomach back to a happy place and being really careful about what I eat.
So where do I go from here? I've decided to go forward with a paleo diet most of the time. There is no reason to change what seems to be working for me. This is a very livable way to eat and I feel my best when I treat my body to fresh veggies and protein. I'll reevaluate at the end of the summer. I'll share again soon how everything is going.