Whole30 Days 10-11: ‘The Hardest Days’

Weight Loss, Whole30 / Sunday, March 23rd, 2014


No sugars or grains. No dairy or legumes. Yep, I’m doing the Whole30 for the next 30 days. Here’s how it’s going: 

According to The Whole30 Timeline, Days 10 and 11 are the hardest, because you’ve gotten past the headaches and tiredness, but you haven’t started seeing the big benefits. And you’re really, really aware of the things you can’t have.

My Days 10 and 11 fell on Friday and Saturday, and I was very aware of All The Things I Couldn’t Eat. Like the orgy of garlic knots happening all around me at Five Points Pizza. The fresh basket of warm tortilla chips at Chuy’s. And the variety box of cupcakes from The Sweet Stash at my mother-in-law’s birthday dinner. Jeff brought his home, so every time I opened the fridge, there was a perfect red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting staring right at me.

As Shakespeare would say, it sucked. Like a terlit on a cruise ship.

The good thing is that, with every no-cupcake victory, I’m more in control of my eating. I can slow down and sauté a pan of vegetables for breakfast instead of needing to eat a banana before I even pour my cereal. Instead of getting hungry at 10:30 a.m. and making myself wait until 11:30 for lunch, I’m usually satisfied until at least 1 p.m. Every once in a while, I get busy and don’t think about lunch until 3 p.m. or so, which is INSANE. 

I like it.

What I Ate:

Day 10

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with bell peppers, onion and mushroom; strawberries
  • Lunch: Spinach salad with prosciutto, raw walnuts, red onion and dried cranberries
  • Dinner: Roast chicken, baked sweet potato, and steamed green beans

Day 11

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with bell peppers, onion and mushroom; strawberries
  • Lunch: Grilled chicken fajita salad with cilantro-lime vinaigrette and a banana
  • Dinner: Grilled pork chop, baked sweet potato, and steamed snap peas with chopped bell pepper and onion