Whole30 week two, reading The Spark and a size 16 dress!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

So its day 17..
And I was able to order out at work again today like we typically do every Friday.
When I decided to make this commitment to follow whole30 I thought Friday lunches were going to be my biggest obstacle.. not at all. I love the fact that I'm eating steak and salad while my colleagues eat chicken tenders and fries and then complain that their stomachs hurt and then start talking about ice cream.

I am the biggest girl at work, but at least 70lbs.
I am the only one with a cracked plastic mat beneath my chair and it really messes with my head, but I feel so good right now.

This whole experience has been amazing. I have never felt more proud or determined.
It is very hard and mentally exhausting being "compliant", but its also a major accomplishment.

Last Friday we were by our best friends' house for a fire.. which usually means s'mores and being drunk.. we had tea.. my amazing bff made us tea. She didn't drink her husband didn't drink (so my husband didn't drink). I never thought I'd be sitting by the fire at their place drinking tea.

Then Saturday morning we made it to the farmer's market which is basically an excuse to get egg rolls at 8 am since there are far more food trucks than farmer stands. I had black coffee. Then we headed to the library and my good friend Kelly (from SP!!) reminded me that people actually check books out from the Library. I'm such a dunce. Its been years since I've checked out a book. So I found The Spark!! I haven't gotten too far into it as I don't read often (its a hobby I'm trying to acquire..), but I'm really looking forward to checking it off of my list to read!

Also, I finally made a good batch of compliant mayo!! Beat it by hand.. and I'm pretty sure I didn't use it in time so it's probably headed for the garbage.

Sunday was a huge test. I was headed to Chicago for my brother's and his fiance's shower. It was at an Italian restaurant and there were family style apps, pasta and dessert platters.. which means I had to hold the serving dishes to pass to others at the table while my plate was filled with almonds, grapes and figs. I brought contingency food because I new this would happen. The good news is I was able to enjoy black coffee and lemon water compliments of the restaurant. I came home to a huge New York Strip and the Walking Dead premiere.
It was amazing and very well deserved.

The rest of the week was trying to get through a crazy work schedule with school. My husband has been making some really amazing dinners (Almond crusted chicken breast, coconut shrimp.. we eat good). Oh and I went to a 31 Party on Tuesday too and we played a game where we had to grab skittles and the colors dictated the types of "getting to know you" questions you had to answer.. So hard not to eat them after I was done. I love to drink with that group of girls too so it was really hard for me to turn the wine down and drink water instead. And yes, I am still telling myself that I'm sure the chili cheese dip tasted rank..
doubt it.

The one thing that I've noticed the most about this way of eating is that my midsection has never felt smaller and I am actually satisfied with regular people sized meals. Its basically like I had weight loss surgery without the surgery. My whole insides shrank I'm sure of it. I used to eat until I could explode. I would be in pain. I did not succeed in eating until I felt this way. More often than not I seem to be giving my husband some of this and some of that from my plate now which is so funny because I used to feel possessive over my food like, no its mine, don't touch. I'm like 15lbs away from being smaller than him too.
Never ever ever thought I'd weigh less than him.

Now for the best piece of news!! I ordered a dress earlier this month for my brother's wedding. I'm currently feeling most comfortable in 18's, but am also actively losing weight so I chanced it an bought a 16..


Looking forward to this weekend!! We have my niece's first birthday party on Sunday and I'm hoping to finally get those dang dressers painted that I garbaged picked in June!
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    Wow! You've got great friends & husband to be so supportive of you. Congratulations on completing your W30! You look amazing in that dress!
    2425 days ago
    You seem awesome, I love your blog style, and I'd love to root each other on! Friended ya! :) I'd love to see pictures of the food strategies you are incorporating. Also, FANTASTIC DRESS! I think it was made for you.
    2435 days ago
    Dude- you look inSANE good! That dress is perfect for your body- and you wear it well! It sounds like the whole30 has been tough, but worth it. AND your willpower is like, CRAZY high. Awesome job at the restaurant- that had to be brutal. BUT only if you made it that way. It sounds like you didnt even consider eating the food there, so no biggie if you dont. Thats the perfect mindset. Being emotionally detached from food. So proud of you, great job!

    MMMM steak....
    2435 days ago
    WOW!! You look great! After a week of being very disciplined, you deserve how good you look in that dress! All those social activities, all the upcoming events, all the temptations surrounding you--you did amazing this past week! You're doing great! Good luck from here on out, too!
    2437 days ago
    emoticon to your success!
    The Spark is a wonderful book, I hope you will enjoy and find it helpful
    It changed my life 3 years ago.

    2437 days ago
    Hey that's me you were talking about! emoticon I love the library. I like to read (though lately I've been in a slump) and I never buy books. I'm still on the waitlist for the Whole30 book.

    You have so much resolve, Julie! Skittles, a shower, parties... and staying compliant?? That's amazing. emoticon I was traveling for work this week and I was at the Atlanta airport thinking what I would do if I was on the Whole30 diet...

    You ROCK, chica!
    2437 days ago
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