Wednesday, September 4, 2013
My Whole30 Confession
Confession time: I didn't complete Whole30. Not even close. For all of my "I know what I'm doing!" posts & past success stories, this time it just didn't happen. But I'm not ashamed of this fact.
I didn't slip up. I didn't brush it off. I didn't make excuses... I didn't half-ass quitting early. I actually made very sane, reasonable & purposeful choices for why Whole30 wasn't a possibility for me right now. I think knowing when to quit is just as important as know when to start.
So what did I do instead?
Well, I actually made it to day 12 of Whole30 without a hitch. I was loving it. I was in a groove. I basically followed my menu from last time... and I lost 7 pounds, which brought me back to my pre-summer-binge weight. Mission accomplished.
Then life caught up with me. Death, sickness, fights, issues at work, anxiety, depression. You name it. It showed its face. So I had a choice: make my load less, or try to continue to push through.
I choose the "less" route. I prioritized my marriage and my emotional well being over my goals. So I quit Whole30. I took a few days off from the gym. I stayed off social media and my blog. I gave up coffee. I stepped away from it all, and focused on the basics: wake up, eat food, work, sleep.
It was a reset week.
The following week - during my latest blog sabbatical - I started back to the gym. I kept my food healthy. I drank a ton of water. I stayed off coffee. I bounced back strong, excited about life, and refreshed.
Would my "weight loss success story" been better overall had I stayed on Whole30? Absolutely. But pursuing a healthy life isn't just about the food you put in your body. I made a decision that was the healthiest for me overall, and my life benefited way more from that than losing an extra 5 pounds.
I won't do another Whole30 in 2013. (That's what January 2014 is for!) But going forward my plan is to balance whole eating with celebrating life, and keeping a ton of exercise in there for good measure. I'm currently at the lowest weight & the healthiest place I've been this whole year. I'm so proud of that fact & I'll continue to fight to make each day better than the last.
Thank you following on this journey with me. ♥