We’re throwing up a special post right before the Memorial Day weekend because it sounds like some of you are feeling the pressures right about now. The excitement of your shiny new Whole30 toy may be wearing off. You feel like you’ve been “good” and deserve a “reward”. (You’ve earned it, haven’t you?) You’re getting a little cranky these days, too. You’re just far enough into this experiment to be feeling like you should be feeling great, but you’re still having some unpleasant side effects (headaches, cravings, perceived hunger) and haven’t completely stepped into the full glory of how good you WILL be looking, feeling and performing. (Which, we assure you, is totally normal at this stage in the game, but still… Grrrr.) And we all but guarantee that you’re feeling a little bit angry (maybe even at us) about how you “can’t” eat some of the foods you used to enjoy during this special occasion weekend.
We also suspect that holiday-inspired events (parties, cookouts, dinners out) may be tempting you to take just the tiniest little break from your initiative.
You listen to us right now – all of you. You are NOT going out like that. You will NOT cave to buffalo wings so processed, they’re not even chicken. The lure of a sugar-bomb pancake or dessert concoction has nothing on your rockin’ energy level and clear-headedness. And an Adult Beverage at this stage of the game will both make you feel like super-extra crap in the morning, and make you mad at yourself for giving in to something so cheap and dirty.
So rally, people. You’ve got this. WE’VE got this, because we’re right there with you. Need a little extra motivation? Take a minute today and list one thing in comments that is significantly better NOW than it was two weeks ago, thanks to your Whole30 efforts. Maybe it’s your energy, maybe it’s a flatter stomach, maybe you’ve PR’d on a workout or maybe you’re happy coming here and seeing 100 comments from people who actually understand what it is you are trying to do. Share something, and remind yourself why you are doing this, and how important it is to push through these difficult times. Because, trust me… once you get over that hill and things start clicking (and THEY WILL, we promise), you’ll be so, so glad you stuck with it.
Motivate, re-dedicate, and then get out there and enjoy your holiday weekend.