It’s day 48 of my 100 day journey. But am I still “Whole 30”?
One of the rules of Whole 30 is to not track your food. No weighing or measuring. Welp… I have been breaking that rule since January 1st and I will tell you why.
I signed up for a 10 week body transformation challenge with Ashley Horner. I am going to be using 2 of her training programs, Becoming Extraordinary and Sweet Cakes. They are rigorous programs that have me training about 1 ½ to 2 hours 5 days a week. Because my body goal is to shed body fat, I need to make sure I’m hitting my macro targets. I can’t know that unless I track what I eat.
So, I’ve broken a Whole 30 rule.
Another rule in Whole 30 is no chewing gum. Well, since January 1st, I’ve chewed a couple pieces of gum.
So, I’ve chewed a non-Whole 30 thing. (Is gum a food? LOL)
And then there’s this…
Because of the calories I burn completing the workouts in my training program, I’ve been having a very difficult time hitting my protein target. I eat meat at every single meal. I am not skimping on the serving sizes either. But some days I’m falling short of my protein target. And I literally don’t feel like I can eat any more meat each day.
Here’s the thing about protein… it helps with weight loss and it works to prevent loss of muscle mass.
For about a week I struggled with whether to add in protein shakes only on those days where I was falling short of my protein target. I really over thought it. I asked Whole 30 groups on Facebook. Of course, at the end of the day, I was the one who needed to be comfortable with my decision.
I went back to my WHY. Why I was on this 100 day journey in the first place. It was to finally break free from the sugar dragon. So I went and looked at the ingredients of the protein powder I had in my pantry. It has 2.7g of sugar per scoop. I bought unsweetened Almond Milk. I felt pretty good about my decision. (And yes, I’m aware I could have made my own almond milk… I have no desire to do that. I am also aware that there may or may not be a Whole 30 compliant brand of almond milk at Whole Foods. I guess I just wasn’t that worried about it. It’s unsweetened almond milk. And it’s not like I’m guzzling it down by the half gallon.)
And then… I drank a protein shake…
And nothing bad happened!
I ate all Whole 30 food the next day. And the next day. And then tonight I was about 60g short on my protein goal (my goal is 35% of my calorie intake – which goes up on days I workout) and so I had a protein shake.
So while “officially” I guess I’m no longer Whole 30, but I’m really okay with that. All my meals are still Whole 30 compliant and I have no plans on changing that.
For me, being really clear on my why, and making choices that are in line with my goals has been instrumental in my getting as far as I have. I have my sights set on my goal and will not be distracted, dissuaded or demotivated. I won’t be stopped. Not even by myself. J