Yesterday was the two-week mark of my 2nd Whole 30. The second week was more challenging than the first! I ate out a lot more than I planned to, but we had friends in town, I had a pre-planned dinner with Jennifer, and one day I forgot my lunch…which meant I had to eat out. I made it all work, but the temptation was the hard part.
Mentally this week was more challenging, because I had to be very specific with my servers, and felt like that asshole. But that’s a test in and of itself, isn’t it? Learning that it is okay to ask for what you need and/or want…without being said asshole. I was always very nice about it, but felt self-conscious and silly. It was a good lesson.
Dining out I thought, “well I assume this is cooked in (insert whatever here), but I knew that was self sabotage, because really what happens when you assume?
I’m still feeling good! I weighed myself on Friday (which p.s. you’re not supposed to do), and the scale told me I had lost 4lbs; not as much as I had hoped. But I had to remind myself that I didn’t just start a new Whole 30 to see the scale move (I would be lying if I said that wasn’t a motivator, however). So I focused on the positive:
+ I am sleeping better – I feel rested, and rarely wake up at night.
+ I can deal with hunger and not want to murder
my husband anyone – Mondays are very busy for me, and I rarely, if ever have time for a legit lunch. I generally pack a few hard-boiled eggs and raw nuts (sounds so sad, doesn’t it? This was my Monday lunch before W30 too), and pray for the best. Most of the time, by 4:30, I want to kill someone for a meal, and I have a headache and feel exhausted. These last two Mondays, the hangry stayed away. So whatever causes HANGRY (I assume blood sugars? I don’t know…) now seems controlled.
+ My clothes fit better – we went shopping this weekend and I didn’t feel as stuffed into my clothes as usual. Holla!
Over the weekend, Jason and I joined some friends for a bar crawl in St. Petersburg. We went to several breweries and even though I couldn’t have a beer, I had fun. The weather was nice, and we were able to sit in some comfy Adirondack chairs at St. Pete Brewing Company, and then play games at 3 Daughters. It turned out to be nice, and I didn’t have to deal with the regrets of, “How much did I drink?”, or “I shouldn’t have had that pizza after drinking all day.” and THAT was a good feeling! Plus, I still got to hang with friends. #holla
Whole 30 meals eaten during Round 2, Week 2:
I met Jennifer at Cask Social Kitchen last week for dinner and a little blog talk. We had both been wanting to try Cask, and when I saw ahead of time there was a steak salad I could order, I knew I could have dinner there! I ordered the STEAK ‘N EGG: sirloin, arugula, roasted garlic, cured tomatoes, gorgonzola, over easy egg, bacon dressing, but obviously asked for no cheese, and the dressing on the side (which I did not eat). I had to opt for water, but can’t wait to go back for a tasty cocktail! This salad was so good. I am usually disappointed by steak salads, to be honest. But this was a generous piece of meat, and was seasoned very well. My only gripe was there was way too much arugula – then again if I was able to use the dressing, maybe it would have helped with the spicy arugula.
Jason and I met friends at Cigar City Brewpub. I knew I could get a burger and add an egg. Cigar City Brewpub automatically serves malanga chips with their burgers, or you can upgrade to yuca fries – technically you can have malanga or yuca on the Whole 30, though it is suggested to eat sparingly. Since I’m not making either at home, I figured it would be okay to have once…until I asked what kind of oil either were cooked in. Our server initially assumed (like me) canola oil, which again, is allowed on the W30 but should be limited. Then another server overheard and double checked in the kitchen and they were using soybean oil that night…so sadly I had to pay $1.50 to add a side salad, which for just romaine and tomatoes, I wasn’t impressed with. The burger was good though. CCB is hit or miss for me, most of the time.
I am more than eating well these days. I do find myself a tad bored, and boredom for me leads to overeating. I think that’s true for a lot of us.
See Week 1 here.