On Tuesday I hit the halfway mark! I’m also off the meds. No more antibiotics for this girl! Days 7-17 went by pretty smoothly. I’m finally getting back to the gym which hurts so good. I’ve also realized that I need more starchy veggies than I had previously been eating which means I now feel fuller longer. YES.
This routine is starting to feel normal-ish. By far the hardest challenges have been social events.
We went snowboarding last weekend and after coming off the mountain, it was so damn hard to NOT wash down something greasy and incredibly non-paleo with a beer. Instead, I had my packed snacks (lunch meat, veggies, cashews) and ended the day with a hot cup of peppermint tea. This is one instance where I would normally just go off plan – and I probably still will in the future. To me, it’s part of the experience and completely worth it.
I’m really struggling with the social aspect of this challenge. I find myself wanting to avoid gatherings all together which really makes me sad and frustrated. I’m learning that in social settings I tend to use food and drink as my crutch.
Nothing to talk about? Dig into your food.
Feeling shy or awkward? Order a beverage.
With a bunch of social events lined up for this weekend I’m trying to plan ahead so I can still enjoy the company AND keep myself on track.
Here’s my plan.
Tonight: Trivia night at an Irish bar.
Plan: Eat something quick before getting to the bar so that I’m not hungry. Check the menu ahead of time and if possible, pick something that I can order. Drink a club soda with lime. Act cool. Ace the trivia.
Friday Night: Host friends for a party.
Plan: Eat something substantial before guests arrive. Make some snacks that can be paleo-ized for guests. Buffalo chicken bites, guacamole + salsa + chopped veggies (+chips for the non-paleos). Invite Whole30 partner in crime so as not to be the only sober one at the party. Drink some sort of mocktail creation. Wake up Saturday morning feeling like a champ!
Next Week: Another snowboarding trip.
Plan: Similar to my plan above but with a couple tweaks. Eat a ginormous breakfast. Bring lunch but pack something more substantial this time. Maybe even something hot that will warm me up at lunchtime. I was SO cold last trip. Shred the gnar bro.