Woohoo! So last week I was thinking, “I can’t wait for this challenge to end!” And this morning I said, “maybe I won’t have honey in my tea like I normally would pre-whole30.” Who am I?
There’s been a major difference this fourth round (I’ve done it the past three years towards the beginning of the year) and I believe I know why. Instead of following a Paleo diet the majority of the time, I switched to high-carb this past year due to my racing competitions. The more I read, the more I included breads and pastas in my diet in order to sustain me for a 26-mile run. Although the breads helped me on my way to the finish line, these same breads unfortunately had caused another effect: a craving monster was born and it was out-of-control. My body could tell, of course, that what I was consuming was part-sugar, so everything I saw I began cheating on. The donut in the office lounge. The cookies a co-worker brought from home she had made. The entirety of my mom’s menu this past Christmas: tamales, biscochos, and sugar cookies. I ate it all.
When I decided I was going to do the Whole 30 come the first week of January, I told everyone, including social media, I possibly could. This time around, I felt that I would cheat or quit because of the accessibility of treats I see throughout work. I don’t just sit at an office; I travel all day to perform speech-therapy to children, and many grateful parents don’t offer me food, they just have a plate wrapped-up and ready-to-go. Nothing I’ve ever received is Whole-30-approved, and I didn’t want to reject families and their efforts or blessing to give. I continued to tell my husband.
“Hey, I’m gonna do it.”
“Hey, we’re starting Monday!”
“We are doing the Whole 30.”
“You started saying ‘we’ and I know what you did there, but I’ll do it with you because I want to.”
“Mission accomplished. I mean, yay!”
Being both familiar with this challenge, we pretty much knew what our grocery list would look like, but I highly recommend purchasing the book if you are new. I only say this because some of the ideas on Pinterest can get repetitive and also some of them aren’t approved in the challenge. Dan dan daaaaan. Yup, you heard me. Sometimes the internet lies. Boom.
Here are some of my non-scale victories to note:
- glowing skin
- fresher breath
- flatter stomach
- less bloating
- wedding ring is loose
- leaner appearance
- more defined muscle tone
- feel more confident in my appearance
- less stiff joints
- less stomach pain
- less gas
- improved “regularity”
- fewer episodes of illness
- fewer migraines
- less acid reflux
- happier patient
- less stressed (yes!)
- feel in control of my food
- improved performance at my job
- clearer thinking
- higher productivity
- sleeping more
- fall asleep more easily
- sleep more soundly
- no longer need a sleep aid
- less snoring
- no sleep apnea
- energy levels are off-the-chart
- more energy in the morning
- no more mid-day energy slump
- I need less sugar or caffeine to prop up energy levels
- became more consistent with exercise
- feel more athletic
- have the confidence to try a new sport/activity
- healthier relationship with food
- practicing more mindful eating
- listening more to my body
- cooked more
- no more food guilt or shame
- no more bingeing
- when I do indulge, I will savor it
- know the difference between hunger and cravings, this was major for me
- meal prep has become more efficient and scheduled
- maximized our food budget
- people have come to me for health, food, or lifestyle advice
The last one is very true. There have been so many people approaching me asking me what I’m doing, and one of the gifts God has given me has been to help others in any way I feel experienced in, and I’ve been able to lead others to the Whole 30; I can’t say enough what a blessing this is, it’s what I’m put on this earth to do. No, not to eat amazing, but to help others get rid of any negativities in their lives. One of them could be food. I am not a food expert, but I’ve breathed in this lifestyle for a while, so reading labels comes natural to my husband and I.
Here is a before, in between, and after photo of me.
I still have not weighed myself, but I’ll post an update later this week about it.
I’m excited to have seen so many changes internally, the exterior changes are an added bonus.
I want to know YOUR changes!!
Talk to me!