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Day 26 – Whole30

Yes, I am doing it. Actually, Husband and I together are doing it and we are now four days away from the finish line. I am talking about the Whole30 eating plan. I won’t call it a “diet”, mainly because I have a huge personal issue with that word when it comes to weight loss.

I have struggled with weight all of my adult life. I was a skinny kid that could eat anything and not gain weight. That all changed when I was 14 and my body started doing that changing thing. By the time of my 15th birthday, I had gained weight, not really knowing how much, just knowing that my clothes didn’t fit anymore. For the next 45 years or so, I went up and down, up and down. I started continuously exercising in 1988 and by 1997 I was down to a weight that seemed okay for my body type. But when I returned from Scotland in 1998 (I used to walk at least 4 miles a day when I lived there) I went through a huge life-change and gained 40 pounds. I lost 25 of those when I started to exercise again, but then gained it back in the last 5 years or so.

My relationship with food has always been fraught. When I am going to be staying in a private home, I am asked “Do you have any food issues?” and my response is “Yes, I don’t know when to stop” which is true. I love food, but I also realise that it is a way to cope with some of my emotional needs. I also recognise the triggers that get me craving foods. The Whole30 eating plan has really required some willpower and discipline, two things that I am horrible with but I have stuck with it. No alcohol, no grains of any kind, no sugar AT ALL, no diary, no legumes.

This is the reason why we embarked on this; mainly to address our eating habits and what we were putting into our bodies. It’s definitely a whole new way of eating, even though we long ago decided to eliminate most processed food from our diet and only eat the tortilla chips, baked goods, cheese and alcohol rarely. Unfortunately, we love those things and rarely was not in our vocabulary.

I have not stepped on a scale so I don’t know if I have lost any weight. I am also not noticing huge changes to my body but I never do notice things like that until the process has gone on for a while.

Wish me luck and we’ll see how it goes.



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