When I finished week 3, that was the end of the 21 Day Sugar Detox – I still had 8 more days of the Whole30. You’d think, no problem, the worst is over, right?
The final 8 days were actually the hardest for a few reasons.
First – I was tired of not being able to make the recipes I wanted to. I had ordered five new cookbooks in January (yes, I’m aware I have a problem with compulsive cookbook purchasing) and not being able to make some of the recipes I wanted to try was making me super grumpy. I don’t like being constrained and I really hate being told I can’t do what I want to do. Even if I’m the one who is doing it. I decided to not cook this week and just “eat the freezer.” I typically freeze one to three servings of each dish and build up my freezer stash for weeks I don’t feel like cooking much.
Second – I really was starting to miss adult beverages. Like A LOT.
Third – I had family coming into town, which meant a lot of eating out over the last weekend, which is very difficult.
Fourth – do I need a fourth reason? I was just getting grumpy and irritable. I don’t think eating this restrictive is sustainable (it’s not intended to be) and I was just ready to be done with it. I think I would have been fine just giving up sugar…or just giving up wine. But giving it all up at once is really hard.
On the positive note, I was also seeing some benefits by Week 4. I definitely had shed the holiday pudge and was back in my size 27 skinnies. Now that I was over the cold, I was also seeing the benefits on my training. My runs were solid and paces were improving.
The first Monday on just Whole30, I ate dried mango and that lemon R bar I’d pocketed last week. That’s probably in the gray area of what is “recommended” but I was seriously jonesing for something besides green apples, bananas or grapefruit. I definitely think the Sugar Detox is the harder of the two eating programs. I had stocked up on snacks from Thrive Market – being done with the 21DSD gave me a little more leeway.
My family got in over the weekend and we literally were out to dinner every night they were here. Eating out is really a challenge – and I hadn’t been out to a restaurant for the entire month. Keeping it paleo when I eat out is difficult enough – but when I have to also nix dairy and sugar basically means that I’m eating meat and vegetables with no sauces of any kind. If you go that route, you don’t need to ask the server 20 questions and make them crazy – I just told them I couldn’t have gluten, added sweeteners or dairy. I
Friday night I had charcuterie and then plain lamb shank and steamed vegetables. It was pretty good. When the waiter brought out the dessert menus, he looked at me and said, “I’m not even going to give you this.” But he did bring me a few plain strawberries, which was pretty awesome.
Saturday I had steak tartare and then plain roasted chicken breast with grilled vegetables.
Sunday for lunch I had sushi (sans rice), although I couldn’t have any tamari.
For dinner, I had steak tartare and then steak with grilled vegetables. The server again informed me that I had no business looking at the dessert menu but procured some berries for me.
I normally don’t eat that much red meat – but since I wasn’t having wine or dessert, I cut myself a little slack. My Dad was pretty funny, I’m talking to him and he comments how hard it would be to give up wine for a whole month. I was “REALLY, Dad? You don’t say!”
I got through the weekend and the last two days were brutal…kind of like the last 2 miles of a marathon. You’re tired, you’re still not close and people telling you that you’re “almost there” are friggin’ annoying.
I warned the people I manage that I was probably going to be a little sassy…and then I promptly bit one of their heads off and informed him I wasn’t a mind reader. I clearly won’t be getting a “Best Manager Ever” coffee mug from that consultant.
I celebrated Day 30 with a fairly epic breakfast of leftover steak. And no, I didn’t share any with the dog.
Finishing the 21DSD and Whole30 felt a lot better than I thought it would. I didn’t think it would be as difficult as it was since I’ve followed a paleo diet for several years now, but it definitely had it’s pain points. I didn’t purposely or knowingly cheat and the discipline did me some good. I wanted to lose the holiday pudge and get my eating back in line. Mission accomplished.
Of course, I definitely enjoyed me some wine and chocolate over the last week, but I think I’m going to give up the booze for the remainder of my training. After not having any wine for a month and then going back to having it, I can totally tell a difference. I just feel better when I don’t drink. It’s unfortunate, because I do so enjoy the intake process.
Well, maybe I’ll start that on Monday.