reintroduction day 4: legumes

Last day of reintroduction.  And I almost didn’t do it.  We don’t eat a ton of beans and Hubs has really enjoyed the almond butter.  On my way to work this morning I stopped by the store and got organic apples and peanut butter.  Unfortunately the apples were pretty mealy so I didn’t eat very much.  When I got home I cut up a Red Delicious, which was marginally better.  Hubs hadn’t had any legumes for the day so I gave him the rest of the apple and peanut butter.  I’m planning on making one of my favorite dishes for dinner on Monday night: black bean and quinoa enchilada bake (which has dairy, gf grains, and legumes, triple whammy) so I do need to reintroduce legumes to be fair to this system Whole30 has in place.

Last night my friends and I had our weekly get together and everyone thought I was off the Whole30.  One of them brought homemade oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies, which everyone said were really good.  And then this morning my supervisor (who is one of the best bakers I know), brought shortbread and also chocolate chip cookies, which are my favorite.  It was sad to decline, but I’m happy to see that I have the self control.  My supervisor was asking me if I’m happy I did the Whole30 and I told her I absolutely am.  Just knowing that I can have the self control to say no is really empowering.  Not to mention all the health benefits I’ve reaped from doing this.  I have not eaten added sugar since May (though I have had a lot of sugar in the form of fruit).  I have watched other people eat food that I would have really liked to consume, but I have resisted and stuck it out.  I’ve always been a very stubborn person, so it’s nice to put that to positive use.

As I’ve said before, I want to try and maintain this lifestyle, albeit less rigorously.  I started doing the Catching Fire 30-day workout again now that I have a rice bag.  We have a big vacation coming up in August and I would like to get into even better shape by that time.  Just keeping the mental picture of how much weight I lost and how different the before and after pictures looked has helped me to get excited about this new change and the possibilities for my life.  I would also like to reward us for getting through it but I don’t want it to be a food reward.  I’ve wanted to get a Vitamix for a long time and I recently got rid of our blender to make room.  We will need to save up since they are quite expensive, but everyone I’ve talked to who has one has confirmed that it’s worth the money.  In fact, most of them have gotten them as hand-me-downs and they are still going strong years later.  It seems that the adage “you get what you pay for” is accurate in this case.

Time for me to hit the sack. ❤

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