Day 18 whole 30
Thursday, August 11, 2016
12 more days to go. I found some organic almond butter that I have been putting on my apples, which is pretty yummy. But the big score was happening across some sugar-free low sodium bacon. I'm going to spend some time this morning re-reading the book. I am getting tired of eggs, tired of almonds and pistachios. I miss being able to whip up a quick lunch; there's a lot of prep involved with each meal. I'm really worried about how to get enough food ready for work lunches. I will be back at work for a week and a half before the end of the Whole 30. The beginning of the school year worries me.
For those of you not in the world of education, the beginning of the school year starts with a couple of institute days. To most of the world, "institute day" means a day off for the kids, and outside of educators, nobody really knows what goes on during those days. Typically, the entire staff will meet in a gym (not necessarily even your own home school in a district). You sign in, grab a folder, and move past a gauntlet of "welcome back" treats: sometimes it's a whole breakfast, sometimes it's just muffins and fruit. Lunch is sometimes provided, in the form of sandwiches, pasta salad, chips and cookies. There will be grains and dairy and sugar for sure. I will be attending the institute days at the main building, which is about a mile from where I work. I won't have access to a fridge. I will have to move from meeting to meeting (usually it's a big whole-staff thing for about an hour, then we get broken off into smaller groups...one or two sessions before and after lunch) lugging a lunch bag in addition to all my teacher stuff. I will be munching on carrots and apple slices while people eat muffins and danishes and cookies and cheese cubes.
Once the school year gets underway for real, I will be back at my location, with the fridge in the staff lounge. That works, except that lunch at work isn't really 30 minutes. That's just in theory. After getting the kids off to lunch, hitting the bathroom, and encountering 12 different student issues on the way to the lounge, there are typically about 10 minutes to wolf down food before leaving lunch early to set up for the next class, contact parents, etc. That doesn't leave much time to cook anything or assemble any complicated components. There will be a lot of night-before prepping.
12 more days. I don't feel like I'm losing any weight. My clothes aren't fitting any better. I guess I should stop trying to see this in terms of weight loss, and look at it as more of a jump-start to health. Maybe my cholesterol is lowering; maybe my digestion is improving. But right now I'm having a heard time not being discouraged.