"I've been eating perfectly for three and a half days already - why am I not skinny yet?!"
Ever had an irrational thought like that? Like, as long as you're putting in good effort, the results should be visible instantly? I saw a discussion much like this the other day on Facebook; some women were saying that after a great work-out they run to the mirror to check out their new muscles - which aren't there yet.
Even though I know (firsthand) that what I'm currently doing works for me, it's still easy to get weighed down by the frustration of not seeing quick changes. Why do I get like this? A lifetime of wanting the quick-fix, the easy way out. Yo-yo dieting, fad diets which often promise over-night results*, and a dieting culture which generally sets us up for disappointment.
I'm not going to give in to these irrational frustrations, though. Like I said, I have seen this work in my own body. Last time I did a Whole30, I lost just over seven and a half pounds in 30 days. I didn't count calories, weigh, measure or track points. There were no gimmicks, no packages, powders or pills. It was unlike any "diet" I've done. I ate food that nourished me, and my weight responded favourably. But even more than that, my energy, my complexion, and my view of food changed favourably as well. I'm trusting this process. And I'm enjoying the food while I do.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and kale, coffee with coconut milk. (I put some regular in with my decaf today. Simply because Baby Belle was up before 5am, and I knew I wouldn't make it through Princess' soccer "tournament" day without some help.)
Lunch: Frittata with leftover grilled veggies from last night and three slices of bacon.
Supper: Shredded pork in the crock pot** with sliced avocado and banana peppers. A side of roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and purple cauliflower (Princess' pick from the farmer's market).
*I once did a two-day juice fast with an old roommate which promised we would lose up to 10lbs in two days. Yup, I spent about $25 on that juice. Talk about falling for a gimmick!
**Want a quick dinner idea? Toss a pork shoulder (or other roast) in a crock pot with 1/2 cup chicken stock, two thinly sliced onions, and 3-4 Tbsp of the spice mixture from this recipe. Let your crock pot run for 6-8 hours on low then shred the meat with two forks. YUM!