It's day 6 of my Whole30 Program, and it's going so great. I'm not feeling any differently yet, but it's going great because I'm actually sticking with it. I made it through 4th of July weekend pretty easily- there were 2 cookouts and even a night of sober karaoke, and I didn't really feel tempted at all, which was pretty cool.
Yesterday, however, that was kinda tough! It was my sister's birthday and the family got together for some Thai carryout. I called the restaurant to make sure their curries were coconut-based as opposed to dairy (they were) and suggested some "meat-on-a-stick appetizers" to my dad, who was doing the ordering. Despite all my planning ahead, I was severely wanting the spring rolls, the little wonton things, and the ice cream cake (it was Turkey Hill- I didn't know they even made ice cream cake!) A couple times I almost made a grab for the naughty appetizers, but I resisted. I knew it wasn't worth it to risk undoing all the progress I've made, and if the damn wontons are that great, there will be more of them next month. I just kept telling myself that, and made it through the evening!
A lot of drama and self-congratulating over a little food, I know. We get so used to treating ourselves and giving in to our desires all the time, and, well, we get spoiled. I think of challenges like this as not only healing to the body, but a great exercise in restraint. It's nice being a grownup and getting to do whatever you want, but eventually you've gotta learn to tell yourself "no." And when you do, give yourself a little pat on the back! :)