Thursday, December 02, 2010

Excuses, Excuses!

Today is Day 3 of my Whole30 and I've got to say that the first three days has NOT been easy. My brain has come up with all kinds of crazy excuses to eat "just one bite of this or that". I feel like I've been one huge craving monster for 3 days straight. . .I know it gets better, and this knowledge will help pull me through to the "smooth sailing" part. . . but I have to say this is BRUTAL!

For the record - I'm still sick as a dog. I've got the flu that just will NOT GO AWAY! I have never been this sick for this long before in my entire life (well, other than when I had mono in high school . . .). The tricky thing about this particular strain of the flu is that I'll start feeling better and see a light at the end of the tunnel. . . then I'll get up and start becoming a bit more active and BOOM it comes back with a vengance.

Anyway - yesterday I woke up with horrible, horrible nausea. I couldn't even fathom eating anything. I think that it was probably my body's reaction to the Tussionex that the Dr. prescribed to help w/ my cough/chest congestion. It has some Codein in it, and since I usually won't even take IbuProfin my body tends to react a little more strongly than typical to any kind of medication. . .

After I visited the porcelain god a few times all I wanted to do was eat a nice warm bowl of Cambell's chicken noodle soup and some saltine crackers. The thought of anything else sent me running for the bathroom again, but for some reason saltine crackers just sounded sooo good to me. I started rationalizing again and saying to myself "You're sick - you have to eat something and if saltine crackers are all you can keep down, then you should eat saltine crackers". . . but I managed to talk myself down from the ledge with some frozen grapes. Frozen grapes actually worked out really well b/c I could suck on them a little bit and then they were very soothing to my sore throat :)

I love my hubby, and he's only looking out for my best interest of course, but he has said several times "You should really wait until your not sick to go back on that diet". My reply every time has been "Honey - I'm not going back on any diet. I'm just choosing to only feed my body the whole, nutritious foods that it needs to heal itself. Saltine Crackers have absolutely no nutritious value and will not do anything to help me heal any faster." And of course he supports my decision, but I still see him shaking his head every now and then as I go on another coughing jag!

I think the fact that I haven't been able to work out in nearly 2 weeks is just compounding things - you know how when you work out, it kindof makes you WANT to eat healthy because you don't want to undo all of the hard work in the gym with a Snickers Bar? Well, absent that post-workout healthy eating urge, my cravings seem to be a bit worse.

Okay, I'm done throwing my little pity party now! The good news is that I am on Day 3 and going strong. I have made up my mind that nothing is going to "throw me off the wagon", and hey, I can't stay sick forever right?!?!? The end to this funk is just around the corner, and I can only imagine how good feeling "healthy" will feel after having been in the sicko trenches for 2 weeks :)

I'll leave you with this little cartoon, which I found particularly funny given the time of year, and my current health


Jul said...

You are a rock star. I'm going to start Whole30, too. Can we start a support group?

Hang in there.

Christie said...

Hey Jul - Thanks - although I don't feel much like a rock star right now! haha.

I think the idea of a support group is great, but I think that is the reason that the Whole 30 V3 comment section remains open to new comments ( I've been using the W30 comment thread as a bit of a support group, and the whole community is great :) Everyone is at a different stage of their Whole30 but each has different advice to offer from their own personal experience. It's a very supportive community!

When are you planning to start your W30? I say start it tomorrow if you can - no use putting it off :) Posting in a public place (like the comment section of the W30 thread) your official start date and action plan may help with accountability too - I know it helped me during my last W30!