Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Whole30 Day 1 - Introduction

Whole30 Day 1...

I'm starting this out exhausted, run down, breaking out with acne like a teenage girl, sore & achy, a little bit "soft & fluffy", sugar addicted, basically just a hot mess in general...

I've had enough with sore, achy joints, zits, feeling rundown, puffy bags under my eyes, and random inflammation.

 Even more than that though, I'm sick and tired of madly craving sugar around the clock. The first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning is sugar, and I find myself fighting with the craving non-stop all day long. It's mentally exhausting, and I have a lot of other things that I'd prefer to be spending my mental energy on!

A quick background - I've followed a Paleo-ish "diet" (I hate that word) for probably about 5 or 6 years, but over the last year, have re-introduced diary, and some gluten free grains like white rice, GF Oatmeal/Muesli (in order to supply additional fuel for my endurance training). Over the last 6 months, I've found myself eating more and more sugar, until, as of today, I pretty much follow every single lunch and dinner with dessert - usually in the form of frozen yogurt or ice cream, and usually incorporate some form of processed sugar into my breakfast (like chocolate chips in my oatmeal). . .it's a slippery slope, y'all!

Day 1 Thoughts: I am missing the stevia in my coffee, but looking forward to breaking up with the Sugar Monster that's been stalking me mercilessly for months! I saw my reflection in the mirror, and realize that I've aged quite a bit in the last 6 months - I look tired - I have dark circles and bags under my eyes. . . . and to add insult to injury, I have zits galore!

Over the course of the next 30 days, I'll be trying to post brief video updates a few times a week, as well as some recipes, and tips and tricks for fueling endurance training while following an elimination diet, such as the Whole30.

Feel free to leave me words of encouragement, tips and tricks that you may have, or questions that I may be able to help answer in the comments section :-)

For those unfamiliar with the Whole30, here's a link to the website - there is lots of valuable info and a great support community there!

And here's my first attempt at a video log!
 
The video quality isn't so great, so I've inserted a "before" pic below as well. I'm not so much worried about tracking my body composition changes - it is a given that this will improve as my training load increases over the next several weeks anyway. . .I'm more interested to see the changes in my skin, complexion, and general appearance of being fatigued/run down.
 
No Filter, No Makeup, No Nuttin - just me - pizza face, fatigue, and all!


No Filter, No Makeup. .just me! Pizza Face, Fatigue, and all!

#Iwokeuplikethis. . .ugh. . .first cup of morning coffee w/ no sweeteners. . just black w/ some Collagen Peptides. . .
 Missing my Stevia!


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