Today is day 101, which means I have finished the Whole100! I’ve spent my entire summer eating a very limited diet; surviving parties, potlucks, picnics, holidays, special events, and many gatherings with family and friends. If you’ve read my first post, you know that I was doing this to reset my body and to prepare mentally for a long trip home to see my family. We leave soon to meet four beautiful newborn babies, all born in less than two weeks; my first nephew and the children of my very dear cousins who are like sisters to me.
Eating a Whole9 diet has become a part of my life as I have finished two rounds of Whole100 since July of last year. Going forward, I plan on continuing to eat my Paleo diet avoiding dairy, gluten, legumes and processed food and sugar. I will be in the Middle East for the next few months, where my family will have a plethora of delicious food, warm pita bread and many rice dishes. While I don’t mind eating bread and rice, on occasion, I plan on eating everything in moderation. I will be continuing to exercise while trying to maintain my healthy lifestyle- I know it is doable as I have done it before. I am looking forward to introducing my family to Middle Eastern Paleo food and making them my special Paleo tabbouleh!
This Whole100 has been quite the journey. I wasn’t feeling the best most days and I later realized that it was a side effect from the medication I was taking. Thankfully, I finished it a few weeks ago and I’ve been feeling great ever since. One of the things the medicine restricted me from was caffeine, so the only drinks I had were water and La Croix and I honestly have no desire to reintroduce caffeine back into my diet.
I mentioned in one of my first Whole100 posts that I was planning on having smoothies and chia puddings after day 31 but I didn’t end up doing that. I had chia pudding twice and zero smoothies. For breakfast most days, I had eggs and fruit or salads for a late breakfast/early lunch.
If you’ve been keeping up since the beginning, you know that I didn’t weigh myself on day 0. I had weighed myself some time before, so I was going by the number that was on the scale then. I weighed myself this morning and I have lost about 4 pounds. The number on the scale doesn’t matter much but to be quite honest, I expected to lose more than 4 pounds since I lost 16 pounds during my last Whole100 with no exercise. I know I lost some inches and I kind of regret not measuring myself or taking before pictures.
My body and brain are ready for this long trip, which is exactly what I wanted to accomplish going into this. This round has taught me patience, perseverance and self-control. It helped boost my confidence when making special requests dining out with family and friends. I gained energy, strength and muscles. I learned that I can run without passing out- which is huge for this non-runner. Overall, I feel great and would totally do this again someday.
Thank you for following along in my journey. Good luck to anyone thinking about doing a Whole30 anytime soon. If you would like to read my previous Whole100 posts, they are listed below.