Saturday was a happy Halloween for me, for sure. I got some yard work done, I got some sewing done, and I got my croqui done! I love them and already have sketches on several of them. I left blank space on each page so I could write notes or attach swatches, and included a front, 3/4, and back view. Yay! I’m also really excited because, looking at them, I feel like I have a nice figure. For years I have felt like I look better naked than clothed, but after having a baby I had my doubts. I’m getting a little body confidence back and these figure drawings certainly aren’t hurting.
Also, Saturday was the first day after completing my whole30. Last month, after hearing great things about it from Olivia at Mid-Century Modern(ization)
I decided to do a whole30 month with my husband. In addition to the 30 or so (40? Who’s to say?) pounds I wanted to lose, I also suffer from Hashimoto’s hypothyroiditis (a common autoimmune disorder in which my body attacks and damages my thyroid, leaving it underactive) and PCOS (which affected me so great in the past, my toddler was a miracle to have conceived) and was hoping for a little hormone regularity. Parentheses aside, we took the plunge.
It was a good month. It started hard, I got into the swing of things and adjusted. I think the hardest part for me (aside from my husband never really being on board with the whole thing and making daily comments about all his cravings and how hungry he was because he kept skipping lunch, against the rules) was the balance of it all. Trying to eat this way isn’t convenient. You can’t just make a quick sandwich or bowl of pasta. You can’t just go out to eat if you are feeling lazy. Trying to adjust to that and also make time for exercise and anything at all you enjoy is hard. There’s enough time, it is just mentally and emotionally draining. If I was working now, I’d probably be pretty depressed with the perceived lack of balance, but I imagine it isn’t such a big deal if you are used to it.
The cooking, though! I vowed at the beginning to use my crock pot finally, but I never did. My husband, it turns out, it’s a much pickier eater than I, and all meals, even simple egg and veggie scrambles, took a lot of prep and a lot of dishes. I found it was much easier to not stick to a meal plan at all but just make sure that we always had ingredients on hand and try to mix up the variety regularly so things could be somewhat simple without being too boring. I definitely feel like I live in the kitchen these days, and I enjoy food less because of it. I like how much more flavor depth you experience when you strip everything down, but I no longer actually enjoyed sitting down and eating, which was pretty depressing. And, I still hate black coffee, but am glad because I drink a lot less coffee overall now (even though I do like coconut milk in it).
That said, it was a great experience, and the best way for me to transition to a paleo – type, whole food, grain – free diet. My hormones have been all over the place, so I’m interested to see how things are at my next endocrinologist visit. I didn’t experience the same physical or emotional reaction that is typical of people on the whole30, probably because we already ate pretty darn clean, but I think my cycle is already more stable.
I plan on continuing to eat very close to the whole30 plan even now that I’m done, and I think I’ll get better art the balance of kitchen time with the rest of life, eventually. And I’ll start running again, and yoga practice again, and all that. I definitely feel healthier than I have in a long time, even without much exercise. And, I lost 8.5 pounds. So there’s always that. 🙂
And I was totally the mom who tried giving out non-candy Halloween treats. I found these awesome spooky temporary tattoos at target, and apparently no one liked them as much add the candy my husband decided to supplement my treats with. Oh well.