Whole30, Day 4

January 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

I had the worst headache when I woke up this morning. Also, I woke up starving.

One of the recommendations (not RULES) for doing a Whole30 is that you should eat within one hour of waking up. I generally have a hard time doing this during the week because I take thyroid medication as soon as I wake up and am not supposed to eat anything for at least 45 minutes. I get up at 5:30 and then Mack and I leave to walk to school at 6:30, which doesn’t leave much of a window for me to eat something. I usually get home around 7:30 and then have breakfast. But this morning I felt famished so I decided to eat half of my breakfast around 6 a.m. I’m hoping thirty minutes is enough time for my medicine to be absorbed.

First breakfast:

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(that’s a tiny paper plate and about a tablespoon of almond butter)

That definitely put a dent in my hunger, then Chewie and I walked Mack to school.

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One I got back home I had second breakfast.

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(another tiny plate, actually a saucer, and the last of the Brussels sprouts slaw)

It may seem strange to have Brussels sprouts for breakfast, but another thing that is highly encouraged on the Whole30 is to stop thinking of certain foods as “breakfast foods” or “lunch foods”. In fact, they don’t use those terms at all. You are supposed to have three meals a day which they refer to as “meal #1”, “meal #2”, and “meal #3”. Maybe I’ll start using those terms as well. You’re also not supposed to have snacks. These are all just more of the “recommendations”.

It is very hard to think of a conventional breakfast that does not include dairy or grains, and I still tend to think of eggs as breakfast food. Many of the veteran Whole30’rs say that your tastes really change once you are no longer fighting the Sugar Demon (say in week three or four of the Whole30), and they claim to crave chicken and vegetables for breakfast. We’ll see. I may get there.

I was definitely feeling a little better after my walk and two breakfasts so I headed to the gym for Bodypump.

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I am getting strange looks regarding my photography from the people at the gym who didn’t know me at LA Fitness, but they’ll get used to it (or I’ll be asked to leave).

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Bodypump two days in a row! Booyah! I was sore today, but it felt good to work out the soreness.

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Gold’s has two group fitness rooms but they are both smaller than the one big group fitness room at LA Fitness. The instructor (who used to be at LA Fitness) asked the class if there were any members left there since she knew half of us from the old days. The fact is that for Les Mills in northeast St. Pete, Gold’s is the only option. And people love their Les Mills, right Jenny?

One of my friends asked if I was going to stay for the next class, which was Bodystep. I declined because I am super sore and still getting my groove back. She said the instructor is great, though, so I’m sure I’ll be excessercising with back to back classes soon. I’m happy to say that after eating breakfast and working out, my headache was completely gone and I felt really good!.

Once home from the gym I did stuff around the house (NOT including taking down the Christmas decorations dangit) until lunchtime.

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(Romaine and spinach with mushrooms, 1/4 avocado, roasted sweet potatoes (slightly burnt but still edible), and leftover crockpot Carnitas…no salad dressing needed with the delicious soupy Carnitas in there)

What did I do this afternoon? I have slacked on taking pictures except for food and exercise, so it’s hard to remember. I’m kind of focused on this Whole30 thing in case you hadn’t noticed.

I know I picked Mack up from school and made him a snack, because I have a photo of that.

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Then we picked up Cal and I dropped the boys off at karate. Chad was picking them up afterwards and I had to go to a PTSA meeting (like PTA, with an “S”) at Cal’s school. I was really happy to learn that Florida is joining 45 other states in adopting the Common Core State Standards. Hallelujah! No more FCAT! It’s about time this country had some nationwide educational standards and that the standards were higher in general.

When I got home this was on the stove:

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Thursday night is pizza night, but not for me. I was kind of ticked at Chad for not putting it away so I didn’t have to look at it, but then he told me that he thought I’d want to take a picture of it. Good blogger husband. Bad Whole30 husband. Oh well. I just put it away quickly and made my dinner.

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(that’s a dinner plate…leftover Carnitas, Brussels sprouts and eggplant. I’m kind of obsessed with Brussels sprouts right now.)

There is one more serving of Carnitas left for me to dump on my lunch salad tomorrow. I’m going to miss it, but I need to eat something other than pork! I need some fish. Next week, more fish.

I didn’t get to have dinner until around 7:30 which is over an hour later than the past few days. I’m happy to say that despite the slightly late dinner I wasn’t starving!

So now the boys are in bed and Chad’s at pool league. I can feel a headache creeping back in. I can’t wait to be past this stage! It hasn’t been that bad. I know it might get worse. Some of the symptoms reported on the website forums by others doing the Whole30 challenge are alarming.

On the Whole 9 Blog they have an articled called The Timeline: A Day-by-Day Guide to Your Whole30. Here’s an excerpt:

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I think I’m still in the hangover stage, but I did want to kill Chad (for like a split second) when I saw that pizza sitting there.

I signed up to get daily motivational and support e-mails from Whole9Life for my Whole30. They contain lots of great info, insider tips, and gems like this:

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So it has to get worse before it gets better. I guess I’m lucky I’ve only had a slight headache and some hunger so far.

I really like the daily e-mails. Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (authors of It Starts With Food, and the people behind the Whole9 website and creators of the Whole30) are funny and relatable. If you decide to try the Whole30, I would recommend signing up for the e-mails. At the end of each day you get to click on whether you succeeded or slipped up and need to start over. I haven’t clicked on an “uh-oh” link yet, but tonight I was rewarded with this:

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Cya.