It’s day 9 of my Whole30, and according to the timeline and my newsletters, this is about the time where I should start to feel the “magic”—more energy, stable energy, and an overall “I feel amazing” feeling. And, guess what? I have all of that! But more specifically, here are some tangible ways to tell that the Whole30 is really working:
- 6.45 am: I have no problem getting out of bed after a nice little stretch. Sure, I was a little sleepy and groggy and warm and comfortable in my bed, but once I actually got up I was wide awake and felt energetic. And I was hungry, which means my hormones are doing what they should be doing. Awesome.
- Overall energy level: Stable and higher than I remember them being over the last few weeks. I feel pretty on top of things at work and it’s helping me stay productive instead of wasting time on the Internet or on my phone. I like that. It makes my day go by quicker and I feel more accomplished. And my thumbs hurt less from scrolling through my newsfeeds…
- Coffee. Okay, this is one I wasn’t really expecting and I’m not sure if other people have this reaction, but I had gotten in the habit of putting a tablespoon or two of half and half or cream in my coffee. Before Whole30, I could consume probably 3-4 cups of the stuff, easily, and probably have more but I would usually cut myself off by 1 because of the caffeine. Since Whole30 cuts out dairy, I’ve been having my coffee black. I realized today that for the last few days I’ve only been able to have a cup or two; not because I don’t like it, but the straight black coffee is bold and strong on its own, and I find myself enjoying it and savoring it, and then, after only one or two cups, I’m satisfied in the coffee department. It’s delicious, I enjoyed it (instead of mindlessly gulping it down), and then I switch to water. I don’t need the caffeine because my energy levels are great, so really I’m enjoying coffee for the sake of coffee, and that only requires a cup or two. (I’m currently on cup 2, and I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it.) This is welcome side effect that I wasn’t really expecting. Cool.
I also accomplished my goal last week of packing my lunch every day and staying compliant. Whoop! I plan to do the same this week, and my additional goal for the week is to work out at least 3 times this week (run, bike, or swim, and lift heavy). I’m anxious to see how my body reacts during and after some moderately intense workouts. I felt pretty drained toward the end of our tournament on Saturday and am hoping I’m fat adapted enough to really tap into my stored (fat) energy reserves for some solid workouts. I’ll keep ya’ll posted.