I have been planning a second Whole30 for quite some time now. We head to America to visit my family, watch my best friend get married, and stuff our faces full of Chick Fil-A, Chipotle, In-and-Out, and Huey Magoos in just 39 days, so right now seems like the perfect time to get our eating habits back on track, lose some weight, and feel fantastic…. before we destroy our work by eating at the above locations (multiple times).
This morning I read this article on why the second Whole30 is harder than the first, and some tips that can help to make this go-around a little bit easier. Then I recalled these articles from Maedae. I read her first, second, and third Whole30 recaps before starting my first in September of last year and although she didn’t struggle with this one as much, she also didn’t see the weight drop off like it had on her first time around.
With both of those articles in mind I sat down with Ben and discussed what options we might have to make this Whole30 just as successful and came up with a list of ten non-scale goals to accomplish this time around.
Non-Scale Goals for our Second Whole30
1. Team up with another couple.
I met Jess from Peachy Keen Mumma at a blogging meet up in Newcastle in December. She read this post about our first Whole30 and started asking questions. She and her hubby are joining Ben and I for this month of healthy eating. We’ll eat the same meals each week, shop the same grocery lists and stores, and be a support system through all the sugar cravings. This is probably going to be one of the biggest ways we will be held accountable and keep on track during the next month.
2. Make two new recipes a week.
This was a suggestion from Whole30, and I thought it was fantastic. We recently bought Pete Evans new paleo cookbook Family Meals and tagged every Whole30 meal in the book. We have more than enough meal ideas to get us through the next month… and some really amazing photos to look at.
3. Prepare breakfast in advance.
I can’t tell you the number of eggs we ate during the first whole30 for breakfast but it was a
lot sh*t ton! This time around I’m making it a point to make breakfasts in advance, so we aren’t looking around last minute for an apple and nuts every morning.
4. Photograph one new recipe for the website each week.
This doesn’t sound like too hard of a goal, especially since I’m getting back into food photography and recipe development. I’ve created a few super yummy Whole30 recipes from the first time around, now I’ll be sharing those and creating a few more!
5. Cook one meal together each week.
When we finished the first Whole30 we became more loving people, or as I put it in my lessons learned from the Whole30 post, “Ben’s always been loving, I became less of a jerk.” Cooking was one of the ways we expressed that love, and by cooking a meal together once a week we’ll be able to enhance our culinary passion and passion for each other. We’ve planned on making a more in depth meal together for those nights, more ingredients, more time consuming, and more time in the kitchen together.
6. Yoga or Physical Activity 5 days a week.
We dropped a ton of weight and inches during the first Whole30 and I had several people ask me how often I worked out to get those results. Um,…. Never? Well I went to yoga 4 times over that month and Ben came with me twice. That’s it. But imagine what would have happened had we been eating that well and working out! Since we know this time around is harder than the first for cravings and it’s harder to lose weight/inches we’re making it a point to workout or go to yoga five days a week at least. We want to have fit little bodies before we hit the Florida beaches!
7. Go on at least one bike ride together a week.
Now that we’ve got fancy bikes and have found the bike paths that will get us around the city it won’t be that hard to hop on our bikes and pedal down to yoga or the beach for an afternoon.
8. No cell phones or iPads in the bedroom past 10pm.
This sounds crazy, but when we take the phones out of our room we get a better nights sleep. No middle of the night texts from America, no bright lights in our face as we are trying to wind down, no iPads ending up on top of our faces while we sleep (true story, I’ve woken up with an ipad on my face more than once), and more time to be together, talk, and not mentally be someplace else.
9. No nail biting or knuckle cracking.
I’ve got a bad habit of biting my nails and cracking my knuckles. I got better at not biting when I got manicures every month, but now that money is tight and I haven’t gotten one in 7 months it’s time to buckle down and get these nails looking pretty again without someone doing it for me.
The knuckle cracking is just annoying to Ben, and I need to stop.
10. Make the bed every day.
A habit we need to get into, no better time than when changing everything else up.
We’ve weighed ourselves, done our measurements, and have hit the ground running on this second Whole30. So far we have really enjoyed having another couple
suffering cooking right along with us and helping them with all of their newbie questions… but on the flipside, I have been craving cake like you wouldn’t believe. This is going to be a long month.
Do you set personal/non-scale goals when you go on a diet?