If you’ve been reading the blog for long you know that my sister and I are doing Whole30 and I’m hung up on physical signs of progress. If not, let me explain: my sister and I are doing Whole30 and I’m hung up on physical signs of progress. Now that you’re all caught up here’s where we are now: today is our 30th day of the Whole30 eating plan.
Since we’re doing this for Lent we’ve got 10 days to go. Am I where I want to be? No. Will I be there in 10 more days? No. Am I where I used to be? No. Am I where I’m going to be? No. I am 30 days closer to being where I want to be. In 10 days I’ll be 40 days closer and that’s called progress. As for physical evidence of change, the mirror cannot reflect who you are becoming on the inside. Neither can the scale.
And speaking of the ‘inside’ change, we have doctor appointments coming up in a couple of weeks. The kind that involve bloodwork. We’ll find out then if our numbers have improved. Hopefully they have and hopefully I can have some meds tweaked.
One thing I have liked about Whole30 is that it does not focus on what you CAN’T have; its focus is on what you CAN have. And what you can have is real, fresh, wholesome food. I came across this quote from Jamie Oliver, British chef, that sums it up: “Real food doesn’t have ingredients. Real food is ingredients.” It is as simple as that. And simply that good.
I’ve come to appreciate the NSVs – Non-Scale Victories. I appreciate that, despite my hang-up over proof, the emphasis isn’t on your outward appearance but your internal health. Even though this area was a struggle I have learned to appreciate that Whole30 discourages the use of scales, tape measures and mirrors.
Lately I’ve been swimming in a motivational pool. To be inspired, to be encouraged, to be motivated by both affirmation and a good kick in the seat of the pants. Mental health needs nourishment, too. So much of being successful on Whole30 is mental. And a whole lot of mental is attitude. There’s a saying that states attitude is the difference in an ordeal and an adventure. Being on Whole30 has been quite the adventure from the home kitchen to eating out, from local grocery shopping to food markets. We’ve been stretched and we’ve been challenged and we have grown.
Nothing about being on Whole30 has been hard. I haven’t wanted anything that wasn’t Whole30 appropriate. I don’t miss anything that isn’t Whole30 appropriate. It hasn’t gotten old. It hasn’t become boring. In actual fact, 30 days is not a very long time at all. Could I stay on this plan beyond 40 days? Most definitely. Will I? Most likely. No firm decisions about what comes next until the end of Lent. But. I accept the reality that 40 years of bad habits can’t be repaired in 40 days.
There’s a quote by C. S. Lewis that I love. “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” It applies to spiritual health and it applies to physical health. We’ve learned a lot on this journey. There’s so much more to discover.