I've made it a third of the way! Woot woot!
Day 10 - Update
I woke up yesterday feeling energized. Not sluggish at all. I thought it might be a fluke, so I wanted to see how I feel today, and sure enough...Cheerfully bounced out of bed, ready to face the day!
That hasn't happened to me in years! What in the heck is going on here?!?! My mind is clear, and my sleep is deeply, profoundly restful.
Want to know something else that's strange? Used to, I couldn't eat breakfast. I simply wasn't hungry when I woke up. I'd wait until around noon to eat, which might just be a piece of fruit, then I'd eat a regular meal at dinner time. Now, however, I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Not only that, but I'm ACTUALLY hungry when I wake up in the morning! I've been so disconnected and dysfunctional in my relationship with food that I haven't felt that in years!
Anybody feel me on that?
My relationship with food is changing. It's difficult to articulate. I am eating so well, and I feel so clean, so healthy, so nourished! Something is definitely different, and that is a good thing!
Detoxing is not easy! Think of it this way: you've got decades worth of toxic sludge trapped in your cells, there is only one way to get rid of it. As it leaves your cells, it is swimming in your blood waiting for your immune and elimination systems to clean it up, and get rid of it. They do a beautiful job of it, but that takes time.
While that process is taking place, you feel like HELL! Energetically, it kind of feels like surfing. One moment you feel fine, the next you're lethargic, and the minute after that you feel like you want to throw-up, then you're crying for no apparent reason.
Honestly, I never realized how closely your emotions are tied to your biochemistry!
Yesterday I had a mini-craving for something sweet, but I easily, immediately dismissed it with a, 'And go back to feeling like my soul is being sucked away? Pfffttt, sooo not worth it!'
When your body is detoxing, energetically and emotionally, it's kind of like ridding a roller coaster. The Whole30 book says that days 10 & 11 are the hardest. The point where most people quit.
"By this point, the newness of the program has word off. You've already experienced most of the unpleasant physical milestone, but have yet to see any of the "magic" the program promises..."
No me! I've gotten glimpses...I'm gonna keep going. I want to discover the magic.
What is Tiger Blood? The Whole30 book calls days 16 - 27 Tiger Blood! Tiger blood means fat adaption - burning fat for energy rather than sugar - has taken place, so your energy and emotions run smoothly and efficiently, and one morning you wake up "feeling like someone flipped a switch and turned on the awesome...and you feel unstoppable."
I am tired of feel wore-out and tired all the freaking time, so I've decided I am not even remotely interested in slipping quietly into middle age. I want my spark back. I want my vitality and vibrancy back. I wan to to feel wholly and completely ALIVE again. I want to experience "Tiger Blood!"
I weighed 301 lbs when I started this, but I'm not getting on the scale until it's over. Here are some lovely non-scale victories I've experienced since I began my Whole30 on January 31, 2017...
- The whites of my eyes used to have a slightly yellow cast, but now they are very white.
- The waistband of my underwear used to dig into my stomach and leave an angry red mark across my belly, but not anymore. No angry red line.
- My hair is growing fast.
- My nails used to be thin and tear easily, but now they are stronger, not so prone to tearing.
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