Finished Whole30

We are now in uncharted territory.   As someone who likes to follow rules, I was a little nervous about the end of my Whole30 because I thought to myself, “What will I do without the safety net of the rules? What if I go off plan?”  I could see myself  beating myself up about eating off-plan foods, now that I know what I know about what certain foods do to your body when you eat them. But that’s no way to live.  I did this so that I could become healthier, so my body would run more efficiently, so that I would thrive instead of just survive. The perfectionist side of me wants to eat perfectly all the time – that’s no fun.  I’m not going to do that.   I got a recipe for flourless chocolate chip cookies .  I’m going to make them. And I’m going to eat them.

I’ve been thinking back on my Whole30 and doing some assessing.  There was definitely a hump I got over about 1/2 way through.  Up until that point there was frustration building about what I could/couldn’t eat, the stress of all the food shopping, having to cook every night, and the endless search for recipes.  I posted on the Whole30 forum about my frustration and got some good feedback.   It’s like I just needed to get those frustrations out because since then I’ve been fine.  I almost see that as a turning point in how I view this entire process.  It was a moment of acceptance.  Looking back, I almost question why I was so frustrated; it seems so silly.

So, the results.  You are out of your mind if you think I’m posting before and after pictures.   I weighed myself this morning and the scale said I gained 2.4 pounds.  However, I’m chalking up those pounds to the Big P that showed up today.  When I did this for a week or so back in September I dropped 5-7 pounds and got to basically where I am right now.  I hadn’t been feeling like I lost any weight during this so I’m not really surprised that the scale confirmed it.

The point of the Whole30 is not to lose weight.  The POINT is to get healthy, which I’ve done, so I can say that I was successful.  It can never hurt to cut added sugar and processed foods out of your diet.

I reintroduced dairy today by adding a little skim milk to my coffee.  I was thinking about adding back in added sugar but we want to isolate the reintroduced item so I’ll add sugar later.  About 5 minutes after I started drinking the coffee I got a headache.  Not a pounding-turn-out-the-lights headache, but a dull kind of droning headache.  Does that make sense?  On a scale from 1 to 10 it was probably a 2.  I kept drinking the coffee until about 8:15 and still had some slight head pain around 10:30, though it went down to a 1 or .5 on my pain scale.  I need to have something else with dairy in it; maybe I’ll have a piece of cheese after class tonight.  My Dad was lactose intolerant so I won’t be surprised if I have to limit how much I eat.  I really hope I don’t have to give it up completely because milk does such a better job than coconut milk of taking the bitter edge off coffee.   If headaches are the only reaction I have, depending on the severity of them, it might be something I can live with for the few instances I actually have dairy.   Coffee won’t be a problem because I don’t drink it every day.   Cheese occasionally would be nice. We’ll see.


Happy New Year! and Whole30 Day 1

This day has been a long time coming.  I pseudo-started Whole30 back in September but then Hurricane Sandy hit and since Whole30 is not quite possible if you don’t have power (or aren’t in your own house), due to all the cooking and prep work involved so my lovely hubs agreed to do with with me in January if I postponed it until then.

Leading up to today, if I wanted something sweet, I let myself have it, knowing that there would be a day that I wouldn’t be able to do so. Today is that day.  I’ve read that the things you go through during the first two weeks of your Whole30 is directly related to the things you ate leading up to it.  That is what I’m  nervous about.  The first day of something new is always exciting and interesting, you’re all into it.  Then the newness wears off and you’re in the day-to-day of it. That’s what I’m nervous about.

We took down the Christmas tree/decorations yesterday. Usually we keep the tree up until at least mid-January but for some reason I couldn’t get the tree out of the house fast enough. Our house is really small so bringing in a tree from outside makes the house seem even smaller. I think I’m just ready for things to get back to normal.

Hubs has bronchitis so I flew solo at the New Years Eve party last night! Some friends had people over. It was fun! We played Pictionary Down The Lane. If you’ve never played, you’re missing out! It’s a lot of fun! Each person in the game has enough small sheets of paper for each person in the group (10 people = 10 sheets of paper per person). The first person writes down a phrase and passes it to the next person. They then draw the phrase on the next page. They pass it and the third person has to write a phrase based solely on the picture, they can’t look back at the original phrase. Get it? Some of the way the things get twisted. Sometimes I would add a detail to a drawing or a word to the phrase just to make things interesting! 🙂

Hubs and I have just been hanging out today. We watched some Sherlock – the BBC version. Really good show!

We took our before photos and took our starting weights and measurements! Can’t wait to see what the ending results are!!

Bring on 2013!

It’s been almost a year since I started this blog and I haven’t done a single thing with it since then.  Nothing like a new year to help you get back into those things you started and never finished.

2013 is going to be a good year! I can just tell. Lots of stuff going on at the Harding Homestead:

1. Whole30 – Hubs and I are starting our first Whole30 on January 1. If you have never heard of Whole30, then head on over to or pick up the book It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Subsequent posts will be all about our progress so stay tuned.

2. Spending fast – This is something Hubs and I typically do in January.

3. New budgeting focus – While Hubs and I have been on a budget since we got married a little over 2 years ago, I have a renewed intensity to make it even more awesome and get us out of some of our debt.  I’ve been looking up different options for the past couple days but haven’t found anything that I think will fit our needs. We had been using since we got married but that has become too frustrating so we are going to try something different.  I think I might do something with a binder/tabs and envelopes. It’s a work in progress.

4. Reading fast – This is something I should have done probably a year ago.  Starting January 1 I will only be reading the Bible. When I want to read, that’s what I’ll pick up. Free time? Bible it is! I’ve felt God tapping me on the shoulder about this but have ignored Him because I absolutely love reading.  Then our pastor gave a sermon asking the congregation, “What do you love more than Jesus?”  Tap. Tap. Tap.  Alright Alright. I get the hint!  I’ve already caught myself trying to make excuses and find loopholes in the plan.  I don’t know how long it’s going to be for, I’ll keep you posted.