Almost a month ago (has it been that long since I last posted?!) I decided I’d try the Whole30 challenge and commit myself to eating clean and healthy. It was a noble plan with good intentions.
But, I gotta admit I failed. We’re talking epic fail here, folks. I caved after a whopping few days. Not a week, not even two weeks. No. At most, maybe three days.
I managed to steer clear of breads, pastas, chocolate and even potatoes but those pesky black beans and some rice found their way back in. They tempted me and like a dumbass I caved.
I don’t feel guilty for caving. Given that I believe in eating in moderation and enjoying a treat once in awhile I justified every bite of not so healthy food I ate.
Despite that lack of guilt I cannot and will not say I am happy about the choices I made either.
Where did I go wrong?
- A failure to plan
- A failure to research
- A craptastic budget that didn’t make it easy to keep my refrigerator properly stocked
I can fix the first two, I can’t quite fix the last one.
Another problem I faced is the fact I am a picky eater. I do not like vegetables such as cabbage, asparagus, onions, brussell sprouts, squash, beets and much more. Fruits I will eat just about anything. With meats I prefer chicken but I can handle some beef and pork on occasion. Seafood I cannot eat. It makes me queasy just thinking about it.
One of my weaknesses is dairy. Hand me the cheese and Greek yogurt and no one gets hurt.
My picky palate plus my love affair with dairy made it more of a challenge than I could handle.
But could it be that I’m just making excuses? Umm, yea.
For starters, with good research it is entirely possible to find and create meals suitable to my picky tastes. Secondly, my laziness is no excuse for not getting my ass into that kitchen and working on learning how to create better meals.
Interestingly, despite my constant slip-ups and lack of adequate exercise my scale continued to drop. As of this post I am hovering between 220 and 221.1. I can deal with that.
But, I have a goal. I would like to reach the 199 mark by the time we go on vacation in early August. It’s doable but that means I have to up my game and take myself more seriously.
So what’s my next move? Three more things:
- Research, research, research
- Develop a doable, workable plan
- Stop with the effing excuses!
And to my awesome, adorable and oh so supportive hubby: You’re joining me. Don’t argue with me. If I’m going to do this we’re going to do it together, damn it.
My first attempt at Whole30 may have been an epic fail but it doesn’t mean I can’t try again. Time to dust myself off and try again. I can do this. I just need a little help.
If you have some great sites for recipes and tips, I’m all ears. If you yourself have some great tips, share! Help a girl out. Here’s to Round 2 of Whole30!