Well - I'm back. . again. . . at least for 30 days!
You see, I've decided to do another Whole30, and I realized looking back that I've never really chronicled any of the Whole30s that I've done in the past, so after a while my memory gets a little foggy, and I forget about all of the little milestones and feelings of accomplishment that are experienced along the way - and that's really the best part of a Whole30 - at least for me! So I decided that this time around, I'm going to do 1 blog entry every day. Most will just be very short and will simply summarize my feelings, cravings, thoughts, and experiences as I move through my Whole30 Journey.
For my Day 0 Entry, I thought I'd lay out why I'm doing another Whole30, what my goals are for the next 30 days, and what benefits I hope to see by the end of it.
Why am I doing the Whole30?
- I'd rather ride my bike pain free than eat cookies and cakes
- I'm hoping that my knee pain will go away after I cut out all of the gluten & processed foods again
- I went a little "off the rails" during the holidays, and I feel SO much better in general when eating "Paleo", so I'm pressing the reset button
- I'd like to become fat-adapted again before the start of the race season, so now is the time to make it happen
- I've had great success with the Whole30 Program multiple times in the past - I KNOW it works :)
- Log every bite that I eat in my pictoral food log
- Will help with accountability and
- Will make me think twice about whether I'm satisfying a craving or eating b/c I'm actually hungry
- May help others see that this is really very doable and/or provide meal ideas for other
- Comply 100% with the Whole30 guidelines (Including staying off the scale!!)
- No SWYPO Snacks. For me, this means not even the 100% Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Squares
- Help provide support for my group of friends who are also doing a January Whole30
- Completely Lay off any exercises that could aggravate my knee for at least the next two weeks
- Giving my body time to heal/recover is just as important as putting it through rigorous training, and I have to remind myself of this (regularly!)
Benefits that I hope to see at the end:
- Knee Pain Gone or significantly diminished
- More consistent energy levels (no afternoon crashes)
- Reduced or Eliminated Sugar Cravings
- Fully Fat Adapted (hopefully eliminating the need to "carbo-load")
- Clearer Skin
- Get back to my "fighting weight" - just lean out a bit to improve my performance on the bike