Making healthy changes seems simple on the outset. Certain facts are undeniable. Water is good. Greens are good. Too much sugar ain’t too good. Balance is good. Moving your body is good. But then it gets pretty grey. Don’t eat too much food, but definitely eat enough, but not this, unless you have it then, oh wait that’s bad now, jk it was fine, op no still bad, ok a little is cool. Dairy sucks, no wait it’s good – just eat tofu – wait stop it’s gonna kill you now. Stop you’re eating too much, oops I was kidding you’re actually not eating enough and you’re not resting enough. Do some cardio, not THAT much cardio, ok I didn’t say stop doing cardio.
Ok, that’s a little dramatic, but even still nutrition and diet advice gets so complicated so fast. When you’re not seeing big changes you might expect it’s so hard to pinpoint why with about a million different variables to chose from. Except I think there is one that we forget most of the time, or at least I know I do. It’s time.
Maybe in some cases people will see dramatic night and day changes if they cut out certain things or add in certain things, but I have a suspicion that for most of us these things just take time and patience and persistence. I think we can all accept that on a logical level but isn’t there that tiny part of everyone who does a killer workout and is slightly bummed when they don’t see abs in the mirror the next morning? (but, c’mon, you gotta check just in case)
So it’s been three weeks of the Whole 30 and the sugar cravings are virtually gone, my late night snacking is reserved only for times when I’m hungry and my meals leave me much more satisfied. For those reasons alone I FEEL a lot better, mentally and physically. Food feels more like fuel, delicious satisfying fuel versus a crutch for my anxiety or boredom or straight up habits. Oh and I’m a lot less bloated too!
But, because there’s always a “but” a small part of me was hoping to see some bigger changes ie in the pants fitting better department. I want to say that out loud because I’m a human, too. My self esteem and body image wouldn’t be recognizable to the girl I was five years ago, but who doesn’t want to feel better in their favorite jeans? I’m human. But because I’m only human I still need to remind myself to logical and patient. I do believe that the habits I’ve made and broken have set me up for long term success.
Wake up Georgie! Your blog is freaking called “IN IT 4 THE LONG RUN” miracles don’t happen overnight. Embrace the progress. Celebrate the victories and keep doing yo thang. Next week I’ll be talking about my plan for post-Whole 30, but for now….
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