July is a fantastic month for me!
It is the peak of the dive season, the pinnacle of Midwest Diving and some of the most amazing trips for getting to know people and seeing the best that Michigan has to offer. The month starts with the holiday, every weekend there is something diving related and ends with an epic fundraiser at White Star Quarry.
July is also a month for eating what other people are making... i.e. a bad month for a fad diet. So I took the month off from eating "right" and put the whole 30 aside. I had hit a plateau anyway so why not take a break for the month.
The result? I feel like total crap.
Over the course of (moderately) sticking to the diet I realized that there were certain things that did not do well with my body and certain things that didn't seem to matter. The occasional desert? No worse than a headache the next day. Adult beverages? No drawbacks except that they just made me sleepy. Processed foods seemed to be the real killer. Over a month though it added up. A month of keeping sort of with the portions but not with the reading of labels really took its toll.
To be fair I did spend the month diving more than usual but towards the past week or so the aches and pains came back. The stress built up in my shoulders and my mood darkened. It seems that we really are slowing digging our graves with our teeth. The only good thing about this "experiment" was that there were no violent reactions towards anything I ate. I was worried that once I cut it out of my diet it would be difficult to process some foods. Back to the beginning and the whole 30.
It is harder it seems to really be a strict disciplinarian about my diet now that I have adjusted but along with everything else I gained some weight back. I don't want to be "that guy..." ever... so I am back to a strict regimen. Back to the diet that I know works for me.
So yesterday was day one. I fell off the wagon a little at dinner when my salad came with cheese and some crispy things that were probably poison. It is going to be tougher than last time to stick with it because fast food is way more convenient and reading labels on everything just plain sucks. And I will miss Beer and ice cream. But, as I have been preaching to everyone who wishes to know and everyone who reads this blog (all five of you,) Anyone can do anything for just 30 days. So time to get back on track.