Whole30 (day 19 & 20)

 Scenes from our Saturday hike. 

Scenes from our Saturday hike. 

Weekends are tough (Whole30 wise) and I'm not really sure why. It wasn't because I was around a lot of food I had to resist, and it wasn't because I was hungry or even craving a treat. I think it just boils down to habits, you know? On Fridays I like to make some kind of treat (generally Paleo cookies or cake) and then on Friday night, it's time to completely unwind, relax or do something fun with the family, and these rituals include food and quite often we go out to eat. I prepared plenty of good food. I ate until I was satisfied and I didn't need anything else, but there is just a nagging sensation that something is missing. On Saturday, I drove about 90 minutes away (to Sandpoint) to present at a family history seminar. I was prepared. I ate a big breakfast and I had a snack for the way home. No biggie. Wasn't hungry at all. But when I got home, I felt (again) like I needed something. It was a beautiful day, so I grabbed Geoff and Addie and we hiked up and around the hill we live on, down along the trail and then back UP (and I do mean up) the hill, on the other side -- almost 5 miles. I think this is what saved me. I needed the fresh air and the movement and something to do, that felt "weekendish" you know? I was able to see the boys' musical three nights in a row and that was totally awesome, so, all is well, but I am looking forward to not doing Whole30, especially on the weekends. I wish I could remember if weekends were hard the fist time, but I can't. Anyway, I would rate both days a solid 8. We had a BYD (Bishop + Youth Discussion) at our home last night. I made a tray of brownies and put out a big bowl of popcorn (this is what I always make and serve) and didn't even once reach for a kernel of popcorn, or feel bad about missing out on brownies—of course I've been skipping out on the non-gluten-free version for years now. We cleaned up the kitchen and then while we talked to Clark, I had some fresh strawberries and blueberries with whipped coconut cream. Perfectly satisfying. I slept great and woke up feeling great—so I am benefiting in tangible ways. I have only 9 days left, before I begin the reintroduction phase. This is good. 
And, now, I'm off to finish up my BPC class for March.