Slip-ups. They aren’t fun, but hopefully they teach you something. When I started the Whole30 I underestimated the amount of hardcore time I would need to plan and prep everything. So, for those of you getting ready to start, make sure you allow time to plan out meals and to prep for the weeks ahead. You’ll thank me later.
It’s true though. A slip-up isn’t fun to go through or even admit that it happened. It is so important though that when you do slip-up that you get back on the horse and keep going. Don’t let something ruin your entire progress. Stand back up and wipe off the dirt and KEEP GOING.
This was a lesson that I learned the hard way this weekend. Ryan and I had been doing so good throughout the week. We were handling the detox headaches and cravings with confidence. And then Friday came. Day 5. When I was looking at a what to expect timeline of the Whole30 I knew that around day 5-day 6 I would want to KILL. ALL. THE. THINGS. This happened and then some. I was angry. I was mad. I was jealous of everyone else getting to eat whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. They weren’t limited by what they could eat. It was an awful feeling. It was hard for me to realize then that even though they could eat whatever they wanted, they also wouldn’t be feeling they way I would in 30 or so days.
So, in my moments of anger and frustration (that my pork-chops weren’t thawing quickly enough), we had a slip-up. I was so frustrated with myself that I just gave up. I didn’t dust myself off and get back on the horse. I just threw in the towel. I came up with the same excuses I have for years about why I couldn’t do this and tried to make myself feel like I wasn’t making a horrible mistake by giving up. Saying things like, “At least I made it 5 days.”
The truth is though that I was making an awful mistake. Not only did I go back to eating that chocolate candy bar or having the coffee sweetened with cream and sugar, but I am now required to start over. Day 1 all over again.
I learned a lot about this slip-up though. I learned to ask for help. ALWAYS ask for help. Don’t just give up. You owe it to yourself to keep going. A slip-up doesn’t have to be the end. It’s just a bump in the road to overall wellness and health. Keep going. I promise that it will be worth it.