Ba-ba-da-ba-ba-ba-ba-baaaaaa! It’s finished!
For 30+ days I’ve stuck to this dang diet. No simple carbs, no grains, no starches, no alcohol, no cheating, no nothin’! And what do I have to show for it?
For one, I lost about 10 pounds. I went from 154 to 144 over the course of one month. My hair looks soft and full all the way to the ends (which usually are tattered and gnarly - for a straight-haired person this is the worst). It is the longest and healthiest my hair has ever been. I comfortably fit into clothes I haven’t been able to wear in a very long time. My energy levels are very balanced, and most importantly I don’t feel any need to go to Sucre and stuff my face with chocolate. (I’m saving that for next week)
One of the greatest realizations for me going through Whole30 was being able to say no to things I usually get guilt-tripped into and having a sense of control over my well-being. I definitely will stay paleo, so the Dynamite Kitchen has that to look forward to. But I don’t see myself having crazy drunk weekends or reverting to poor eating/drinking/sleeping/exercising habits. I love sleeping through the night and waking up before my alarm goes off, eating breakfast and staying focused through lunch. My work days seems shorter, and that’s because, overall, I am happier.
My favorite experience of being on the diet was arriving in Miami to see my guy and seeing his reaction to my weight loss at that point. I was about the weight I am now, and he was simply floored. He didn’t think I needed to lose weight in the first place, but when he saw how healthy and trimmed and confident I looked, it was so gratifying. It’s that look right there, the one where he’s looking at his girlfriend and feeling like he’s on top of the world for being lucky enough to be with someone so beautiful… That look made me feel invincible.
It’s not his or anyone else’s approval that I needed though. I chose to go on Whole30, because I wanted to prove to myself that I could keep promises to myself and make sacrifices to improve my well-being. I never expected the diet to change my perspective on how I live my life, but it’s empowering. I’m not a victim of allergies and auto-immune disorders. I’m not a lost, distracted post-grad with inconsistent values.
I’m intensely excited about the future, and the opportunities for new and exciting adventures. The horizon is alight with impending potential, and I feel ready to explore it.
Don’t get me wrong. Celebration is in order! My girlfriends are coming over tonight to play dress-up (don’t give me that look – you’re never too old to try on all your clothes), drink wine, and eat coconut mint-chocolate chip ice cream. A much deserved respite from our intense commitment to physical health these past few weeks. Here’s to our spiritual well-being… pun intended.
So… What’s next? Dynamite Kitchen is Paleo again! And what a better way to challenge that than to fly to Berlin for a week and explore the chocolaty wonderworld that exists over there. Sorry I’m not sorry. But aside from the chocolate on chocolate on chocolate, I am looking forward to exploring the paleo offerings of this blustery German city.
In fact, I already have reservations for Sauvage, Berlin’s premier paleo restaurant.
Stay tuned, ladies and gents. It’s far from over.