I’m more than halfway through my first Whole30! At this point, it’s a downhill slope, right? We’ve climbed the mountain that was weeks one and two. Now, we’re coasting down the hill, perhaps questioning whether or not the brakes will work at the bottom.
Let’s recap week two of Whole30.
How I Felt
The stomach issues mentioned in my week one recap largely resolved as week two started. I’ve definitely had more energy, and that’s been showing in my work at the gym. I’ll share more about that in next week’s recap as so far, week three is where it’s at. I did have some trouble with a bloated, gassy stomach (TMI?), but I think that was a combination of too many brussel sprouts and every woman’s favorite time of the month.
Changes I’ve Seen
As I mentioned, I had a lot more energy in week two. My sleep was also better, even if I don’t go to bed as early as I intend to most nights. I’ve been bouncing out of bed and usually arriving at the gym 10-15 minutes before our training session which has been great – I have time to loosen up a bit and roll out with the foam rollers and lacrosse balls. That’s especially helpful for me on lower body day – hello, tight hip flexors and calfs.
My clothes are definitely fitting better, despite the obnoxious stomach bloat. I’ve also developed not only a tolerance but dare I say a like of black coffee. It totally depends on how it’s brewed, however. If I make it, there’s a 50/50 chance it’s decent. I always at Nutpod creamer to coffee I brew at home. But if I get it from Grit or Paradox Pastry? It’s delicious black. Especially at Paradox Pastry. MudHouse’s iced coffee is also coming in clutch.
What I Ate
I’m a creature of habit when it comes to food. It’s easy for me to make a bunch of stuff on Sunday night, then just eat it all week. I made the same breakfast this week – Sweet Potato, Chicken, Apple, and Cinnamon Hash – and Monkey Salad continues to be my go-to post-workout meal.
For lunch, I made a fajita salad. I make this all the time, usually with chicken. Because I was having chicken for dinner, I decided to vary it and use grass fed ground beef. I ate it, four out of five work days, but it was not my favorite. I don’t know why, but it just didn’t taste as good. I brought plantain nachos for lunch on Friday – that was a much better choice.
As for dinner, I can’t say enough good things about the fajita soup (maybe the week had a theme?) recipe my friend Margaret sent me. It was so easy and so very good. I added sweet potatoes and it was the perfect touch. I’m a big fan of sweet potatoes.
I’m learning that Whole30 really does help shape your relationship with food. Thursday night, I had a board meeting where dinner was served. This month’s dinner? Pizza. Pizza that smelled SO GOOD. And the dessert? Cinnamon poppers. Which smelled even better. Yet, as good as it smelled, I was totally okay with snacking on my RX Bar and orange.
Also a challenge? I was at my Grandma’s house on Sunday and she had oyster stew AND fried chicken, two of my favorite foods on the planet. I was absolutely starving. I missed lunch and my post-workout meal and was being sustained by a Larabar I had in my bag and an orange I snagged while at my mom’s. Despite how hungry I was, I managed to stick to Whole30 and wait until I was home for dinner. It wasn’t easy – and Grandma wasn’t a fan – but I managed. Thanksfully, she did have some cashews I could snack on!
This week, Thursday and Friday are going to be a real struggle. Work is sending me to the Inauguration. I’ll spend Thursday with our university groups and Friday with our K-12 groups. Both mornings are going to start around 4AM. Thursday’s lunch plans include “food trucks” and Friday’s is more or less every man for himself. I’m planning to pack a LOT of snacks. RX Bars, Larabars, fruit, and nuts in particular. I’m free to leave D.C. after the Inaugural Parade, so depending on how long it takes me to get out of D.C., I plan to eat dinner either at the first Sweet Greens or Whole Foods I find, or power home.
I’m more than halfway through. I (we) can do this!