Whole30: A Daily Journey (Day 23-24)

Just joining me? Welcome! Check out what’s happened before, here: Whole30: The Beginning,     Day 1-3,     Day 4-7,     Day 8-10,     Day 11-12,   Day 13-16,   Day 17-18,  Day 19,   Day 20-21, Day 22

Day Twenty-three: Thursday, March 30, 2017

So, there is definitely a correlation between lack of activity and my back and hip being in pain all night. Again yesterday, I sat around doing classwork and then watching TV all day. By 3:30 this morning I was reaching for the heating pad. This is a problem I don’t see going away just because I lose the weight, and it’s not any better at all from eating Whole30. This, I believe, is something that is only going to be under control by me exercising regularly, and maybe even doing a decent stretch routine right before bed. Looks like my body is going to be my accountability partner in a lot of things. (To clarify the back issues –  it’s generally thought that I have a slipped disc in my back but I didn’t do the MRI to confirm it because physical therapy and continued maintenance allows me to live with only a few issues  – and MRI’s are crazy expensive and not always conclusive.)

As for today, even with my back still aching and not sleeping well (this is the worst it’s been in quite some time), I still feel better today than I ever did pre-Whole30. I’m not even really that tired. That’s even more amazing when you consider that I’ve also been on my menstrual cycle the last few days with zero side effects and zero PMS.  I still feel really, really, good. Lighter. Healthy. More energetic. And having less chronic joint and gut pain tends to make me not feel old all the time. 🙂

Today is another stay-home day for kiddo and I. I do have more classwork to do but I told kiddo if the weather was nice and he was still feeling better we’d go out for a walk this afternoon. It’ll be good for both of us to get out in the sunshine. (:/ It ended up storming all day.)

Tonight I am making a bacon-wrapped salmon recipe. I actually found a bunch of salmon recipes that looked good but I think Hubs will like this best. Bacon makes everything better, although that’s not necessarily the case with this no-sugar bacon I’ve been using.  I bought it at Whole Foods and basically, it has little flavor. I did find that baking it is much, much better than frying it. It has a smoky flavor -probably due to the fact that my oven smokes like crazy and I have to wave a broom under the smoke alarm while it’s cooking to keep it from going off. Needless to say, I don’t make a lot of bacon.

On an introspective thought, I’m ready for the 30 days to be over. It feels like whatever was going to happen, has happened already and now I just have to wait until I can move on to the next part. It’s totally mental because honestly, not much will change. Although, if I’m honest with myself, I will eventually start experimenting with creating foods that my family eats, like pancakes and pizza, out of healthy (paleo/whole30) ingredients. But I’m not wanting to try those things right now, so I’m not really sure why I’m ready for this to end. Maybe I’m just impatient. Maybe I’m more ready to document my progress than I thought. Maybe I’m tired of guessing how much weight I’ve lost.

Or maybe I’m just bored because I’ve now been home for two weeks straight with little mental stimulation.

Only 7 more days to go.

On a side note, I never realized how delicious and sweet an apple was. It’s amazing how different everything tastes now. Also never realized how sweet raw green beans were. I’ve always liked raw veggies better than cooked ones. I wish my stomach could handle raw veggies more but too many of them still give me issues.

The fish wasn’t bad but for some reason I’m not that hungry today. Even at lunch I only ate about half of what I had on my plate. Same with dinner.

Day Twenty-four: Friday, March 31, 2017

I slept terrible last night. Tossed and turned, back hurt, hip cramped. It was miserable. I must do something physical today. I cannot deal with another night like that.

I’m also showing signs of getting sick. Please, please do not let me be getting the Flu. I cannot afford to miss any more class. It’s hard to tell how sick I feel, though because I’m so tired from not sleeping.

Throat is in the pre-raw stage where it just feels a little dry and ‘cold’. Sinus are draining. Please, please, don’t let this be the flu. I’m desperate.

I wasn’t very hungry yesterday.  I ate at my normal times, but didn’t eat a lot. I drank an extra kombucha throughout the day because it just really sounded good. Can’t say I’m hungry this morning, but I rarely am in the morning. Shane and I are supposed to have date night tonight. Going to try and take a nap today. This whole week of not sleeping well on top of sleeping miserably last night is catching up. I have to get back to being active. This sitting around is taking its toll on me.

Definitely eating breakfast on time today.  I need to make sure my body is able to fight off whatever this is that’s making me feel lousy. (not the flu, not the flu, not the flu).

this omelette here

So, I’ve been up for a few hours and I don’t feel any worse. I added some cayenne and ginger to my scrambled eggs this morning. Both are good for the immune system and especially for opening up the lungs and airways. I refuse to go willingly into illness.

I’m not feeling any worse than I did this morning which is awesome and I no longer feel the need to take a nap. But I’m no hungrier than I was yesterday. It’s hard to eat right when you’re not hungry. It’s hard to eat enough when you’re basically forcing yourself to eat. (Which I’m doing because even though I’m not hungry, my stomach hurts like I need to eat.) Wish I knew what was up.

Day 25-26

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