Whole 30 – Day 33
Day 33? I thought 30 days was the end?
Technically it is. The Whole 30 Challenge is just that, a 30 day reset to your system.
This post was originally supposed to be about how the Whole 30 challenge was awesome something like ‘it changed the way I think about food and made me better for it.’ Yeah well, things change.
After the challenge was over, I couldn’t decide on how I was going to celebrate. I knew it would be with something that I was craving over the past 30 days, and not a ‘binge’. It actually took me 3 days to decide because I was scared that I would undo my progress. Goofy thoughts I know. More on that in a bit.
I settled on a chocolate chunk cookie, it was awesome.
Then on the way home from work, I decided to grab some ice cream as my throat was killing me, and ice cream make everything better. Three bowls later I am huddled in the fetal position on the couch shivering uncontrollably. I don’t know if it was the ice cream or just the next stage of my flu, but let me tell you, if it was the ice cream, I am never eating that stuff again.
So I am officially finished the challenge. To recap, here are the positives and negatives (yes there are negatives) from my challenge.
Workout food – I discovered that energy on the go doesn’t have to come in gel or chew-able form. A banana tucked into my bike jersey works great for anything over 1:30. Inside that, I go with just water.
Steady energy – I don’t find myself crashing at 1500 in my office anymore. I am pretty even after working out at lunch, or on a rest day. Of course, I consume less on a rest day (sometimes) but nonetheless, my energy stays consistent.
No more ‘snot rockets’ – Roadies, you know what I mean. This issue had plagued me for a while, I couldn’t climb without having to clear at least twice. My long ride on Day 3, no more. Awesome.
Weight – I didn’t weigh myself before or after, but I can see I have leaned out more than usual. I don’t feel much lighter, but I do feel stronger.
Workout energy – I did find a couple of times that I didn’t have the same get up and go as I would normally have. This was especially true during my long bike rides. A couple rides took me over 2:00 and a single banana was not enough to keep me going strong all the way home.
Mindset – True, this could be a positive as well, but I found that the Whole 30 challenge and it’s online participants make it sound like anything other than 3 meals a day is wrong. “Well just eat more” they say. Yeah, well what if you can physically eat more and you are still hungry a couple of hours later? Shout out to all you swimmers out there. There seems to be an ‘elitist’ view out there surrounding the Whole 30. I don’t think that was the intention, but it sure has evolved like that.
The biggest thing for me is my mind set; the Whole 30 challenge didn’t really change the way I look at food. I still crave everything that I eliminated, and I binged on the 3rd day after I was finished. If anything, the last 30 days have given me an excuse to obsess over food without appearing insane. Now that the challenge is over, what is my excuse?
To be fair, I can’t fault the challenge, I think that my mind set in more ingrained. I just don’t think that a Whole 45 or 60 is really feasible.
So there you have it. I guess the only question to ask is “where do I go from here?” Should I keep with the focus or relax a tad when company is coming over?
Question: Have you completed a Whole 30 Challenge? What are you thoughts about the whole thing?