Why my experience with the Whole 30 has been less than awesome

This has been my first attempt at doing a Whole 30, and while I believe that I have lived up to the guidelines I don’t know that I’m in the spirit of the experiment.  You see just before starting this I came down with something.  I didn’t know what it was but I didn’t feel the greatest.  Going into the 30 days I hoped that my 30 days would see my food intake helping me to conquer the feelings that I was having.  That has not been the case.  So while others have talked about sleeping better, and having more energy, I’ve struggled with feeling like crap and tossing and turning all night.  While others have discussed feeling full more and looking forward to meals I have struggled to eat sometimes and really just wished that there was some comfort foods that I could have.  Doing a Whole 30 while sick has been no fun but I know that I’ve learned some things.   First off I’ve learned that I’m not indestructable, I have limits that will show themselves often and that while the way I eat helps me to stay healthy, it is not impossible for me to get sick.  I’m also learning that I’m an old man and that I don’t bounce back as quick as I used to.  This flu that I’ve had is pretty nasty this year, and I’m still pushing on, but everyday I can tell that I’m not where I should be.  I have also learned that there’s a lot more mental toughness to this game than I gave myself credit for.  Even sick this month I have not been taking extra days off, I’m still walking into CrossFit DNA everyday and doing my best to take on the WODs.  They have been rough, and my body does not respond the way that it did when I was healthy but I’ve been scaling more and just pushing myself to do the best that I can.  I feel like I’ve been learning a lot about myself this month, that I’m learning about my limits and learning how my body works better.  I have also had to depend on the mental side of the game more and more because I don’t have the physical power that I used to.  I’m also learning more about delaying my gratification in some areas.  I have wanted certain foods this month like crazy, but I’ have held strong and at the end of the challenge I can’t wait to dive into some foods.  It’s been a rough month, but overall I have pushed through and that’s really what it’s about.  Being sick this month has changed the way that I would have felt during the challenge emotionally.  I think that had I been healthy this might have been a pretty easy month, but then again it’s not about being easy is it?  When you take on these kind of challenges you have to take whatever comes you way, sometimes you get lucky and it’s pretty easy.   Other times you get the flu and feel like death for a month.  Guess that I will just hope for the next time I do a Whole 30 I don’t get sick right before I start.