Whole30 was all sunshine, rainbows, and unicorn kisses until the weekend came and i had to face feelings, cravings, old habits, and a party with the most gorgeous pile of sugar, fat, and regret that i had ever laid eyes on… in the form of gourmet birthday cake. i have done this before, i am a personal trainer for many years, and i still got surprised by some of the challenges because i forgot. you might be unprepared for some of the challenges too, so this is for you.
Yesterday a very unusual day in Los Angeles, for July. It was raining, thunder and lightning, very humid, and dark. I enjoy the whole thing, I like a little change in there. I had a party to go to last night, but the and impromptu darkness and rain just made me want to lay on the couch and watch movies. When I looked at the couch I saw myself sitting there eating popcorn, candy, cookies… all that stuff. Because I didn't expect the weather, this all came as a surprise and it felt challenging.
I decided to keep my commitment and go to the party, I figured maybe I just go for a little while and then come back to the couch. I ended up having fun and wanted to hang out. In preparation, I ate right before I went to the party. Since I'm not drinking, I had sparkling water at the party. First challenge: When I walked into the party i had zoomed rate past that chips and dip, cupcakes, everything else that looked amazing but I knew would do nothing for my goals. Second Challenge: they have somebody coming in and making fresh tacos… seems healthy enough right? I was thinking about eating just some of the meat, but I can’t be sure it’s organic (or close), possibly low grade? but more than that, i’m absolutely sure it's packed with salt and I'm not interested in being bloated. So I was okay with that, it smells good, it looked good but not too much trouble. And then the cake came out… third, fourth, fifth, etc. challenge to infinity!!! Oh sweet sunshine did I want to eat that thing. Not just a slice, the whole thing. So what did I do? I made it through the singing, watched everybody start to get their slices and then took myself into the house searching for a substitute. I found a tray of vegetables, and a tray of fruit. I grab some mango, some mini sweet cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and some carrots and started feasting on that. It did not taste like delicious cake! But I did make it through, It was challenging, but I have committed to three days and I'm going all in. today i woke up a little leaner and i am ready for the movies tonight. i have to forego my love for sweet sweet delicious Coke Zero; the smell of delicious buttery popcorn will be more relentless than usual. but i am resolute in the knowledge that this will get easier. the whole point of committing for 30 days is to break bad habits. if it was easy, everyone would do it.
Photo is art by James Ostrer