So, today was a day of being ravenously hungry from the moment I woke up. So much for not eating enough calories. When I'm ready to eat my lunch at 9:30am, I know there's something a little off of the norm going on.
This is the first time I've stuck with an eating plan and kept in 100% clean for more than a week in quite some time. Prior to the Whole 30, I was a classic case of someone who could keep to a plan Monday through Thursday without question. Friday would roll around and I'd get a bit more lax with my choices and by the time the weekend hit, eating clean was out the door. I know I'm only 1/3 of the way through the program at this point, but I'm still feeling a certain level of accomplishment for sticking with it. However the fact still remains, I want to eat everything in sight.
On the upside, I'm craving foods that I should be eating. For example, right now, I really want a bit bowl of spinach and a ribeye smothered in mushrooms and onions. I suppose I'll take that over wanting a Snickers bar.
It's definitely strange having to adjust to challenges later in the program than I had initially anticipated. I went into this expecting the first week to feel like complete hell and quite frankly, I felt like a million bucks. I think I started to shift my expectations at that point and just began to subconsciously assume this whole 30 day ride would be a piece of cake. I'm certainly experiencing my own hurdles and I think it's completely normal for everyone to feel different when making substantial changes to their intake. I went in expecting a "textbook" experience and I'm really starting to realize that my body is very much an individual and this journey is going to be unique. The way I'm looking at it, I'll continue to face obstacles as they're presented and keep moving forward - 20 days to go.
And for the record, I made it until 11am before devouring my lunch.