Here we are – the last full week of Whole30. I’m kind of sad it’s almost over. I said kind of. I want peanut butter, dammit.
You know what I really miss though? Protein shakes. I can’t wait to have my favorite chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, honey, and almond milk concoction again.
Let’s jump into the Week three Whole30 recap.
How I Felt
According to the Whole30 Timeline, this is “Tiger Blood” week. I think I agree. Last week marked two weeks in a row of personal records on rack pulls. I jumped a total of 20lbs in two weeks over my last PR. Pulling 275 off the rack two times over? I felt like a badass. All that extra energy was desperately needed at the end of the week while I braved Washington, D.C., with 6,000 students for the Inauguration.
Changes I’ve Seen
All of my clothes are too big. Like, all of them. I’ve realized that this spring will require a massive shopping trip. My warmer weather clothing was already going to be loose, but between the work I’ve put in at the studio, the gym, and Whole30, I’ll be doing quite a bit of shopping when the weather turns warm. That’s not a bad problem to have.
My stomach issues have also cleared up for the first time in months and months, if not years. I have a long history of having an upset stomach at inopportune times and I’ve struggled with bloating and stomach pain for ages. I know it’s diet-related. Every time I’ve cut gluten out of my diet, I’ve seen a turnaround. I’m eager to do re-introduction soon – I’m pretty sure this will be the time I actually cut the gluten for good.
My skin has also been much clearer. I’ve been fortunate to have pretty good skin, save for the occasional blemish, but I’ve had a downright glow for the last week or so. I’m not hating it.
What I Ate
Don’t judge me, but I made the sweet potato, apple, and chicken hash AGAIN last week. It’s just so good. Don’t worry though – I changed things up this week! Lunches were a simple salad and dinner was a spaghetti squash, chicken, and tomato dish.
Things got challenging on Thursday and Friday. As I mentioned, I had to go to D.C. for Inauguration. I prepared ahead of time by stocking up on lots of snacks – Larabars, apples, bananas, and almonds – and making sure to take them with me while I was out around D.C.
Pro tip: they won’t let you take fruit through security and onto the National Mall on Inauguration Day. I lost a perfectly good apple, but after all the walking and waiting in lines, I didn’t even care. More on Inauguration next week.
I also researched meal options ahead of time. I was ecstatic to find a Sweetgreen mere minutes from my hotel. I love Sweetgreen like I love Peanut Butter. I had a completely compliant – and entirely delicious – salad for dinner before crashing – leaving at 5AM to make the 2.5 hour to D.C. took its toll. I also stayed strong when a few of us went for drinks after wrapping up with our college students for the day. They had wine, I had club soda and lime.
But you know what? I didn’t even want the wine.
I was back home and able to cook for myself by Friday evening. I was proud of myself for staying compliant when it would have been so easy to veer off course. But just like the wine, I wasn’t interested in the food trucks or the hotel lobby pastries. Whole30 is genuinely changing my perception of food.
I really liked week three of Whole30. I’m feeling great, and I can’t wait to see what the results are at the end of thirty days. I’ve got a few challenges this week in the form of a Gatsby-themed soiree and a baby shower, but I’m feeling pretty positive. This is it. It’s the home stretch!
And then I can have peanut butter!