Looking Back: Week 4

If this is Wednesday, and it is, then this must be the start of week 5.  Seriously?  It doesn’t seem like it’s possible that we’ve been on Whole30 for an entire month.  But we have.  I checked the calendar.  Twice.

Week 4 has been ‘interesting’ to say the least.  It was in week 4 that I felt like my wheels were spinning.  I wasn’t feeling as upbeat about . . . well, anything.  Sister has complained about feeling tired all the time.  Is it her fibromyalgia or is her reset kicking in?

While there may or may not be change in the mirror, and I don’t worry about it either way, just between you and me, I think I may have seen cheekbones.  The scale is no longer calling my name.  Or, if it is, it’s being drowned out by the tape measure.  Oh, my goodness, how hard it is not to whip it out from it’s hiding place.  That blue shirt fits differently than it did a week ago.  There’s progress afoot here. 

Looking back on week 4 it’s hard to pinpoint any one notable event.  It’s all been slow but steady moving forward.  We’re more adventuresome and more experimental in the kitchen.  Our episode with the spaghetti squash could have been entitled ‘When Your Food Fights Back.’  It would have won if it weren’t for some stubborn determination and 4 different knives.  Sister said I should have taken pictures of trying to cut it in half.  I responded why?  They would have all been the same:  a knife stuck in a squash.

I had a consult with Cuz about peeling plantains.  Plantains also belong to the fighting back food group.  She lives in south Florida where the food choices are more diverse.  She told me how her mother-in-law used to do it.  It worked like a charm.  Oh.  My.  Word.  SO much easier and no wrestling involved.

We’ve learned how to assess whether we’re hungry or just craving.  One of the examples in the Whole30 book is that if steamed fish and broccoli sound good you’re hungry.  Otherwise, it’s just a craving.  And craving, we’ve not done much of.  Sister says she misses things like crunchy, salty chips. (We make the fried plantains chippy.)  I don’t really miss anything but if I could have any one item it would be fordhook lima beans cooked in butter.

I have been noshier during week 4.  I got some roasted in the shell sunflower seeds.  It satisfies my ‘need’ to snack and just a little bit goes a long way.

Week 5 has not started with the aches, pains and stiffness that week 4 did.  I think that, for now anyway, I’ve settled into a new normal.  No, I don’t feel any different today than I did yesterday.  But I remember the sudden onset of everything that ails me a week ago and know with certainty that this new normal is a few levels above the old one.

So, here’s to week 5, whatever it may bring.  We’ll meet the 30 days that the plan is based on during this week.  Only 10 more days until the end of Lent after that.  What a journey this has been so far.  We’re thankful for the blessing it continues to be.

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