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Round 2 Day 21

After my hangover day this last week, I did a bunch of searching to figure out why. There were lots of helpful thoughts and suggestions on the Whole30 forum. I think for me, I probably wasn't eating enough - especially for breakfast. The meal template (which I never even heard of the first round) suggests that your protein at each meal should be the size of the palm of your hand, or fit in the palm of your hand. For me, this means 3 eggs rather than 1 or 2. I also started to add more fat to my meals because I'm supposed to be using a thumb sized amount in each meal. That's really a lot when you think about it. Making some small adjustments to my meals has helped.

I read through some of my blog posts about going through this the first time around this same time. It's interesting because it wasn't better. For some reason my memory has me believing that 20 days in, I was cruising. I'm so glad I had this record to look back on. It reminds me that it's not as much how I felt while doing the whole30 as much as it is how I felt after. This is an encouraging thought going into the home stretch.

Even though I'm frustrated, the actual "doing it" - cooking, planning, shopping - is a lot easier and I really haven't craved much. I need to keep this in mind when I get stressed out about the leg work that this takes. Friday night, I tried to get some grocery shopping done when I knew that I would be working all day Saturday. The store I needed to go to was closing and the other store I went to was out of stock on ingredients I needed. Archer was attempting to break the eardrums of every shopper with his whining and screaming. I did myself a favor and went home and ordered groceries online.

There were some blogs and posts specifically about doing a second Whole30 that I found helpful. They made the point that when you do your first Whole30, it's probably a far more drastic change from how you were previously eating and thus the results are more drastic. I have to admit, I've been pretty annoyed that I'm not noticing the same degree of change as I did last time. My clothes aren't fitting any better than before (given I didn't gain much weight after the last round) and I don't see my body changing the same way. I think somewhere deep down I was hoping to lose another 10 pounds. Rather than seeing this as a change, I think I need to look at it as routine maintenance. I also need to put into perspective, I lost almost 25 pounds the last round. That's still a lot of weight to have lost and to have KEPT OFF. Even with a stressful job. Even with two kids. I shouldn't let the 10 more pounds I'm not losing to rob me of the victory of the 25 I lost before.

My next steps are to figure out my insurance so I can go to the chiropractor. I think getting an adjustment would really help improve my mood and energy. I'm also going to take some supplements that I had stopped taking - mainly Vitamin D and magnesium. Fingers crossed that the next 9 days go better!


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