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(Day 20) Whole 30 [Day 14]

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Dear SP,

I am almost halfway there!

In the photo, the left is me from early July. The right is from last night. My son said my chin got longer LOL!

The first week took a lot adjustments. Planning, prepping, cooking (then cleaning!) took so much time.

In terms of food, I felt satisfied. It felt good to eat food, rather than processed ingredients.

As I finish up week 2, I'm still trying to adjust. I realized if I cook when o have down time, I'll have more options when nights are busy.

I haven't weighed myself in a week. The program says not to jump on the scale at all, but I weighed myself the first week. Then I realized that it was a distraction from the true goal I had with Whole 30, breaking emotional ties to food and my weight. So I stopped weighing myself for the past week.

Even though I'm not on the scale, I've had a few non-scale victories:

Face is clearer
Stable energy during the day
Better quality sleep
More patience
More confidence

I noticed that I'm more patient with my son. I think it's the mental exercise of saying no to food temptations that has helped me build gain more control over my reactions.

The other night, at the PTO movie event, my "hangry"ness wasn't due to just me being hungry: I had snacks in my bag and ate well for breakfast and lunch. It was emotional and leveraged by stress.

I'm a comfort eater. So dealing with the unplanned event and my son's earlier disappointment, I was super irritable. To have the scent of salty, buttery, popcorn wafting in the air felt like a taunt.

But I overcame it! If it was truly about hunger, I would have ate the snack in my bag. But it wasn't. It was about working through emotions in a healthier way.

I'm not completely there yet, but I'm on my way!

Love Always,
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    You're out the other side by this time. Hope reintroduction has been going well!
    753 days ago
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  • EISSA7
    You are doing an awesome job of sticking with your plan! I love that you are seeking healthier ways to deal with negative emotions...that is a skill many of us need....comfort food is the great sabotagor...looking forward to your next report!
    769 days ago
    Great job.😊 You look healthy and happy.
    769 days ago
    Awesome job on overcoming temptations! I've done whole 30 a couple times when I need that extra boost. Great job on sticking with it because it can be so hard sometimes.
    769 days ago
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