I'm a quitter.
The thought of giving up began to percolate up in my mind about Day 14 when I had to skip my long run. My formerly content and very regular digestive system which wasn't pleased with this Whole 30 thing had edged into a full-on revolt. I was peeved. I haven't skipped or missed a run since last July. I love to run and Whole 30 was screwing that up. That combined with the fact that I was cooking (and cleaning up the dishes from cooking) from the time that I got up until about an hour before I went to bed on top of all my other mom and house manager duties on my non-work days? Whole 30 was rapidly eroding my will to complete the full duration.
On the way home from Zumba the following Thursday night, I completely talked myself into giving up. In my life so far, I've lost large chunks of weight twice and been successful in maintaining those losses. I know how to eat for my body and my health. I mean, hell, I even quoted the post when I posted about Whole 30 originally, calling myself hypocritical for doing the program. Even knowing and saying that, it's easy to get caught up in the hype sometimes.
My personal takeaways from my measly 18 days of Whole 30 are as follows:
- I learned that I need to quit my snack habit and start eating bigger meals. I found that I thought about food less during the day and wasn't as focused on the next time I could eat.
- Spaghetti squash is actually pretty tasty.
- Homemade mayonnaise is easy to make and I'm happy to add another recipe to my repertoire of weird things I can make from scratch.
- I didn't miss peanut butter and much as I thought I would, which was pretty surprising to me.
Lest you think that I'm against Whole 30, I'm not. I actually think highly of the program and would recommend it to someone who is looking to improve their relationship with food. It can help you understand some of the detrimental effects certain food groups can have on your body. It also forces you to learn how to cook for yourself (and possibly others), which is a skill that I think has immense importance in your overall health and is vastly undervalued due to the amount of convenience food available to us.
But would I do it again? No, definitely not.