So, on Day 22, I had a problem.
My son turned 15 years old and requested birthday cake (duh!). I am a good baker and so I whipped up my usual chocolate cake, using the recipe I've had since I was about 14 years old. And something went awry.
The cake batter didn't even look chocolate. When I added the melted unsweetened chocolate to the batter, it turned into specks of chocolate and didn't mix in right.
So after the weird-looking batter baked, I used a fork to cut out a small corner so I could taste it and make sure it was edible. (It was, though it was kind of strange.)
That one little bite, though, turned out to be a bigger problem because it led to another bite, this time with frosting.
The next morning, I was 100% back on program. I had no more issues until Day 28, when late at night I ate something I shouldn't have eaten. I think my barrier had been broken by that dumb cake six days earlier.
And that's how I sort of limped to the finish line of the Whole 30.
But, I lost ten pounds.
(My friend who did it with me, only perfectly, lost 13 pounds!)
I am going to continue to basically eat "clean", adding a touch of dairy and maybe whole grains, though I found I didn't really miss grains much. (I do plan to start eating oatmeal every morning, I think.)
Anyway, it was a challenge to do the Whole 30 but I'm glad I did it. I wish I had been perfect because everyone knows being perfect is better than being imperfect. :)