October 14, 2012 by Darlene McC
Looking back at the posts from previous weeks I want to laugh at myself for all the fuss. Week 4 was easy! Sure, I want peanut butter, or chocolate, or a glass of wine when my friend came over Friday; but I also want a convertible and an apartment in the village.
Reflecting on the last 30 days of food I’m struck: this is how I should be eating. This is how I’ve wanted to eat for years and never held myself to this standard. It feels good to see that. That this is what I should have been doing all along; and part of being an adult is committing to the things you should do. That I am worth the time, effort, and money to eat really, really well and my body is important enough for the investment of those things. That there is never a situation that is so bad that I need to eat something unhealthy to make myself feel better, and that those things don’t even really taste that great to begin with.
I’m inspired. To investigate what other areas of my life have been left un-examined in a similar way and what else I can tweak, test, and try. Last night I made a roast beef and it was delicious. I never thought I’d be so proud of something that to me seems so 50s house wife. Thank god I had on a stained t-shirt and not a dress and heels, or I’d be a feminist nightmare.
The Good Stuff
I. feel. amazing. No lie, I had THREE workouts on Tuesday. I lifted in the morning and afternoon and rode for 30 minutes. I had some of the hardest workouts of recent memory this week and I recovered from them easier. I’m sleeping like a champ, waking up easier, and have energy all day. Every claim they made in the book seems 100% true if you commit to it.
I also really like what I’m eating. It tastes good, keeps me full, and I have very few cravings. I didn’t feel guilty when I got seconds and I tried new things (I cooked bok choy for the first time! I didn’t even know what bok choy looked like a week ago.)
The Mildly Crummy Stuff
My shoulder still hurts. Some days my knees were sore. I’ll be having both looked at. I have a few theories; but this process has clarified for me that it’s not residual inflammation causing those pains, but actual dysfunction. Whole30 isn’t going to cure cancer or take away the damage that 20 years on weak ligaments has done; but it’s helping the things that can be helped. It’s not a miracle, it’s a method to common sense.