Whole30: Week 4

Day 22

Best Thing I Ate: Pork roast seasoned with compliant BBQ dry rub and Tessemae’s ketchup.

Thoughts: It’s party day, and I know we’ll be facing lots of temptations. Kinda worried about staying strong.

Emotionally: Happy. Very happy.

Physically: Energetic and good. No back pain or diarrhea. Still having some tww symptoms like sore boobs, tired, and noticed more frequent urination.

Notable: Hosted a party with a mix of compliant and non-compliant foods and survived! So tempted by chocolate, cheese and crackers, and a cinnamon pecan pound cake…but didn’t give in! Plus our friends enjoyed the compliant eats.

Worst Part of the Day: My hair didn’t cooperate, but what else is new?

Favorite Part of the Day: Breaking a rule. Kinda. I know with Whole30, you aren’t supposed to weigh yourself. But I had a doctor apointment and they weighed me there. I was absolutely shocked by the results. I’ve lost 8 pounds in three weeks. 8! I know it might not sound like a lot, but it’s such a big deal for me. A couple years ago, my husband and I were working out a lot and trying to eat right…over nine months I only lost about 15 pounds. So to lose 8 in such a short amount of time, just by eating Whole30 (not even exercising), is amazing! I may have cried right there in the doctor’s office.

Day 23

Best Thing I Ate: STEAK.

Thoughts: Can’t believe I survived all the temptation yesterday. On a mission to get all the non-compliant foods out of the house.

Emotionally: Very emotional today…I cried watching Mulan, cried watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians, cried at dinner over a random story my sister-in-law told.

Physically: Nothing notable, just still obsessing over tww symptoms.

Notable: Noticed that my skin is starting to clear up again. Let’s see how long this lasts.

Worst Part of the Day: Nothing.

Favorite Part of the Day: Celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday.

Day 24

Best Thing I Ate: Garden salad with Primal Kitchen Ranch. I’ve never loved salad more in my life.

Thoughts: Kind of obsessed with the tww and waiting for the results of my doctor appointment. Also thinking a lot about what to do once Whole30 is over. I know I plan on continuing, but I’m nervous about it since my husband is not.

Emotionally: Kinda blah. Still slightly emotional.

Physically: Still noticing tww symptoms. Feeling more tired.

Notable: Negative hpt at 12DPO, so basically giving up hope that I’m pregnant this cycle.

Worst Part of the Day: Realizing that tomorrow is Monday.

Favorite Part of the Day: Feeling at peace with this cycle and moving onto the next.

Day 25

Best Thing I Ate: Leftover pork roast.

Thoughts: Mostly just over everything. Sick of long classes, sick of waiting for bloodwork results. Not really looking forward to the end of Whole30, but not really looking forward to continuing either.

Emotionally: Not very motivated. Grouchy.

Physically: TIRED. Pretty sure I’m experiencing PMS for the first time in years.

Notable: Nothing.

Worst Part of the Day: The fact that it’s Monday.

Favorite Part of the Day: Going to bed.

Day 26

Best Thing I Ate: Cracklin chicken!

Thoughts: Mostly focused on school.

Emotionally: Mostly calm, slightly stressed about getting assignments done on time.

Physically: Still more PMS. Sciatic pain is starting again.

Notable: Went on Pottermore and found out that my house is officially Hufflepuff. Not sure how to feel about that LOL.

Worst Part of the Day: English homework.

Favorite Part of the Day: Looking forward to a relaxing day tomorrow.

Day 27

Best Thing I Ate: Chicken livers.

Thoughts: On an absolute high over more good results from Whole30. I just want to tell the world that they should be doing Whole30! Starting to wonder if I’ve joined a cult…

Emotionally: Happy and relaxed.

Physically: Woke up not feeling tired at all (maybe new cycle will start soon?). HORRIBLE sciatic pain again. My left foot is completely numb.

Notable: 15DPO and a blazing negative. Just waiting for CD1.

Worst Part of the Day: Sciatic pain/numbness.

Favorite Part of the Day: Getting the bloodwork results from my doctor, CONFIRMING THAT I OVULATED!!!!!! This is amazing, because it makes me feel more confident listening to my body, and it assures me that I’m on the right track with Whole30. This is probably my favorite part of all of the Whole30. I am thanking God every day that we started this.

Day 28

Best Thing I Ate: Eggs with hot sauce.

Thoughts: Consumed with why I haven’t started my period yet.

Emotionally: Frustrated, short on patience.

Physically: The worst sciatic pain to date. Hardly slept last night, and went to the doctor today. Also made an appointment with chiropractor in a couple weeks. Still some signs of progesterone, but not as pronounced today.

Notable: Not feeling tired at all, considering the limited amount of sleep I got last night.

Worst Part of the Day: A tie between sciatica and no af/no bfp.

Favorite Part of the Day: Coffee.

So there’s our final full week of Whole30. I feel like this week was full of a lot of highs and blahs. If we weren’t planning on continuing this meal plan, I’d probably be really excited to have a donut in a couple days. But now is not the time to quit! We are so thrilled with the changes we’re seeing so far, and can’t wait to see what the next 30 days holds.

In a couple days I’ll write a post about how Whole30 has *changed our lives*, and I’ll include the last two days of the experience. Moving forward, I probably won’t continue to document every week like have have this month. However, I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on our progress!

If you are also finishing up the September Whole30, CONGRATS!!!! Seriously, this is no small accomplishment. I am so proud of myself and my husband–you should be proud of yourself, too!

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