I did it! Here's the recap of my last week (plus):
Sunday, Day 14 - We ate dinner at my parents' house and spiedies were on the menu. Spiedies are a dish from Binghamton, NY where we used to live and I knew the marinade wasn't compliant but didn't want to not eat the meal my mom prepared, which was compliant otherwise. I'm not sure if the barleygrass & wheatgrass in the Green Machine juice I drank are Paleo or not, the internet seems undecided, but standing in Wawa looking at the all treats that I really wanted and controlling myself was a win. The juice was a delicious treat on our way home from the mountains, with a green kick to boot. I need to focus on NO cheats this week!
Monday, Day 15 - Went to two different grocery stores to stock up for the week. I was supposed to cook a new recipe tonight, but by the time I got home I didn't feel like. I found some Whole30 compliant chicken sausage at Trader Joe's, so that made for a quick dinner. I never liked sauerkraut in the first 25 years of my life, but apparently I like it now!
Tuesday, Day 16 - I was very tired after lunch, but not sure why! And then my head started to hurt. I started to go downhill throughout the afternoon and by the time I got home I felt terrible. I laid on the couch and took a short nap while Dave made dinner. He even made the recipe that I was planning to make that night! What a guy! After I ate dinner, I took a two hour nap on the couch. Then I woke up and went to bed.
Wednesday, Day 17 - No headache today, thank goodness!
Thursday, Day 18 - Very tired around 2:30 pm. I'm not sure why I've been feeling like this :( Arrived at my parents' house to a fresh baked cake on the counter, a bowl of mixed cookie dough in the fridge, and candy everywhere. I was seriously dying over the temptation.
Friday, Day 19 - I think I got more pork at DiNic's by ordering a bowl instead of a sandwich! Wishing I could've hit up the Amish desserts at the Reading Terminal Market, but I survived!
Saturday, Day 20 - More of the same, I had to practice some serious self control when everyone was eating nachos and boneless wings at Applebee's. However, my sister left the restaurant feeling "SO FULL" and I felt just right.
Sunday, Day 21 - I survived 21 days of clean eating! I took my "after pictures" and then ate a brownie at 10 pm! It was so delicious but it definitely threw my stomach for a loop. I didn't really have stomach pain, I just felt kind of bloated and I was very aware of my stomach experiencing the brownie. The brownie didn't taste "too sweet" as I thought it might, it tasted exactly how I remembered brownies tasting aka oh.so.amazing! I'm not sure why I thought eating a sugar bomb at 10 pm was a good idea, because I could NOT fall asleep.
I still can't believe I did it! Overall, my Whole21 was a great experience, I learned a lot, lost some weight, and tried a bunch of new recipes. Stay tuned for a summary of my results and some before and after pictures!
Have you ever given up some of your favorite foods?