It was the worst of times. Yes, these past 8 weeks of indulgence have been lovely, but also gross. So I ended my last Whole 30 on September 14th and really kept things on the rails until November keeping off all 12 pounds. At first it was just a bite of the kids pizza here and there and one vodka soda and then by Christmas Day we were day drinking Chardonnay and mowing half a pan of Sister Schubert rolls with wild abandon. So here is the thing, it takes a while to catch up so every day when you scrape that Olive Oil and Pepper Triscuit into that Palmetto Cheese (two brands that make a very successful couple) you think, “take that you size 28!” and just mosey on down the buffet line. But all of sudden those pants are tight, you have zits and your roots are gray (now root thing is just because I am old and missed my last hair appointment due to important Netflix binge watching). Oh and speaking of binge watching, I have reached gold medallion level over break, which could also have contributed to gaining back 5 pounds. I watched The Crown, Hinterland and The O A. I have also likely watched every other show on Netflix if you would like a recommendation- I like to call them “Shows for Slothdom”.
So for the month of January we are committed to taking off those 5 pounds and going back to the Whole 30 way of eating….without the NUTS! Yes, you heard correctly, I will venture forth with no grains, no alcohol, no diary, no sugar, no legumes and NO NUTS. I think nut eating has contributed much of my weight gain- as the roasted/buttered/salted pecan is a nice side dish to Netflix. I still have not had a Diet Coke or Half n Half since August 14th.I will make the exception for recipes that call for nuts, just no zoo level nut consumption in afternoon.
It is a lot easier to go into this a second time, as you know what is coming- but then that is also the bad part is you know what’s coming: No wheat thins, no cheese, no wine.
Things I am not looking forward to this month:
- No new shows on Netflix
- Going to the Dentist
- Mincing various items
- Chopping various items
To start the new year off right, I made sure both my children had a healthy breakfast of fruit and eggs before going to school. After dropping them off at the bus, I started clearing off the counter and realized neither of them had used their forks or their napkins. Classy.
Overall, things are going well so far today. Skype has worked for 2 meetings in a row (Microsofties know what a win it is when you can say that!), My Mom has not called/texted/emailed or facetimed regarding her computer or what you can/can’t eat on the Whole 30 and no new underground zits have been appeared.
I leave you with an oldie but a goodie to inspire you in your New Year fitness regimen.. You are welcome. Happy New Year!