I awake naturally and refreshed and the first thought that came to mind is that my stomach felt flatter. I put my hand on it to verify and it really seemed flatter. Wow! This is exciting and exactly what I was hoping for. I already shared a bit about my disdain for my stomach in The Pursuit of Ketosis – Day 4 . I have been plagued with a big stomach for so long I have to really work to imagine being without it. The second thought that comes to mind is, Shit. I knew I should have done the before measurements The Whole30 Guide to TOTAL HEALTH and FOOD FREEDOM suggested. I don’t know why I didn’t. Oh, yes I do. It’s because I didn’t want to write those numbers down anywhere. I just wanted them to change. Have you ever felt like this?
While I’m still in bed, I remember that today is day 10. I read on the calendar this is one of the hardest days of the Whole30 and people are most likely to quit on day 10 or 11. I say a little prayer for myself and all of the awesome ladies in my Facebook group. We have all come too far to turn back now!
I sat down and opened the Whole30 Day By Day The first words I read were:
Fact: You are most likely to quit your Whole30 on Days 10 or 11. The Newness of the program has worn off. You’ve experienced lots of the negatives but have yet to see the “magic”. You’ve let your guard down a bit , so thoughts of “just a taste” come creeping in. And while you’re trying to have a good attitude, you are hyper aware of all the foods you’re choosing not to eat right now. This is hard! Will the results really be as good as “they” say? You are cranky. You are impatient. And the Whole30 is just some stupid challenge anyway. – Melissa Hartwig, Whole30 Day By Day
The inner Sales Coach in me surfaces. What can I do to keep myself from quitting?
I decided to revisit my Why. Remembering why I started and allowing myself to revisit the emotions attached to the reasons is very powerful.
I also spent about twenty minutes googling Whole30 success stories and reading them – inspiring! Then, I decided to google around and see if there were any great tips on the internet and found a good blog.
I finally tackled a topic I haven’t thought about much and decided to write a list of my Non-Scale Victories:
I have lost all food cravings and am less swollen. My abdomen is deflated and I haven’t had a single acid reflux issue or a headache. My sports bra is almost too big and my yoga practice has improved in strength, flexibility, and recovery. And, my entire family is eating healthier and enjoying new recipes. Not bad for ten days work.
And, what can I suggest the awesome ladies in my Facebook group or any other person on a healthy diet do? The exact same thing! Remind yourself why you started, track and celebrate your Non- Scale Victories, and surround yourself with information and people that motivate you.
Melissa leaves us with a great tip when she suggests we lean on our support community over the next few days when needed. For many of us, this is our online community and that is great!
She also suggests we treat ourselves today – even if today isn’t the perfect day we deserve to treat ourselves for making it this far. What type of self-care would you like to practice today to treat yourself?
What will you do to treat yourself today?