I know what you might be thinking. “What happened???” Why is she giving up?” Stay with me, reader, and I will tell you my story of life change. When I started this journey, I did so with fear and trepidation. I had a very fixed mindset and thought that something as crazy as Whole30 was “too hard” for me. In fact, when I told my momma that I was doing a Whole30, I said to her, and I quote, “I’m really scared to say this out loud because I’m so afraid I’m going to fail!” (Remember, I was originally thinking that I’d just “try this out” for a week. Now I know that that was my way of giving myself an out in case I felt like falling off the wagon.) She was very encouraging, as was Mr. Bean, … but I still wasn’t convinced that I’d be able to follow through.
Well, I’m happy to report that today, on day 20, I have NO INTENTION of giving this up before the 30 days are over! In fact, I don’t know if I really ever want to quit (hence the title of my post)! In the last 19 days, I have faced cupcakes, Doritos, wine, FREE Chik-fil-A sandwiches and parties with steely resolve because my commitment to getting myself well is important to me. So now, I am left with the question: how long I will continue this, after my 30 days are up?!
Once I complete my 30 days, I will move on to the Whole30 “reintroduction” plan. Reintroduction involves gradually adding back in some of the eliminated foods, one at a time. This is done on a schedule, with several days in between to see how the body responds. In order to get the most out of my last 30 days, I need to keep the majority of my diet Whole30 compliant in between those introductions. This will help me to objectively evaluate how I am able to tolerate foods. And since I’m not convinced that I don’t have some food intolerances, this is key for me.
So, … when will I quit Whole30? I’m really not sure! To be honest, I didn’t realize how bad I was feeling, until I started feeling this good! I have a few more pounds I’d like to offload before I’m done. (Although I’m not supposed to weigh or measure myself during the 30 days, I know that I’ve lost weight because of how my clothes fit.) Also, I want to continue to sleep as well as I have in the past three weeks! That has given me SO much energy for every area of my life! And I’m ready to move on from the days of my body having to do battle against some of the things I was fueling it with.
In summary, I’m not sure where this journey will end, and I’m content and loving it!