Yes, you read that right, I am doing the Whole30 for 100 days. I finished my first Whole100 in October of last year and I loved every minute of it. I lost 16 pounds by just changing up my diet a little bit. I was not exercising during that time because I wanted to see how my body would react to just cutting a few extra things from my life. Stay tuned for a future post sharing more details about my experience.
I am not doing this to lose weight, even though shedding a few pounds wouldn’t hurt. I am doing this to reset my body and to prepare myself mentally for a few months of travel abroad in a couple of months. I eat a Paleo diet avoiding gluten, diary and legumes; I occasionally eat white rice. Doing a Whole100 is not as difficult for me because of my healthy lifestyle but that doesn’t mean that I won’t have my struggles. I am working out at home 5-6 days a week and I like to up my workout regiment every few weeks because I like to challenge myself and keep myself motivated.
Because I am doing this for 100 days, I can’t allow myself to become controlling over what I can and cannot eat. If I ask for no butter or added salt on my steak at a restaurant, I’m going to trust that they did just that and not overthink it. This will be a long journey, there will be many invitations to dinners with friends and summer barbecues. I will have to turn down that piece of pie and the delicious nectar that is Southern sweet tea. It will be hard, but I know that I can do it! I have done it before and I know that my willpower is capable of it. My husband is always supportive of my healthy lifestyle and I know that he will help me through this.
I enjoy a smoothie with my daughter a few times a week and chia pudding for a quick breakfast some mornings. Both of those things are “okay” during the Whole30 but I will not have either one of those until after day 31. I like to know that I have completed a full Whole30 properly by not having SWYPO. Also, I will not be consuming any caffeine during the duration of my Whole100 due to a medication that my doctor just prescribed me.
To make it easier for me and my readers, I have decided to write a recap every 20 days during my Whole100 to update you on how I’m doing and some of the dinners that I made. I think it will be fun to look back on those posts when I’m done and I’m sure it will help someone considering trying it themselves.
Have you done the Whole30? If so, did you like it and how did you feel? Would love to hear your stories as I share mine.