You guys, we did it. We successfully completed Whole 30 and I have to say, I’m really proud of us. I’m a little behind in posting about this actually, Day 30 was on Saturday so we were officially completed on Sunday. Want to know the results? Okay, its really hard for me to post these photos because the “before” pictures of my tummy make me cringe but I’ve decided to swallow my pride and post them because they show how much of a change I have experienced in just 30 days of clean eating and discipline. I lost 15 lbs and 13.5” in 30 days and James lost 9.5 lbs (we didn’t do his measurements). Check it.
If you look very closely in the first “after” picture (front view), and I mean very closely, you can see the tiniest hint of definition in my stomach. I’m really proud of myself for sticking with something and having such positive results but I’m not done, these “after” pictures are not my “final” pictures.
Since we cut sugar, dairy, grains, alcohol, and legumes completely we noticed some side effects aside from weight loss. We’ve both noticed that we sweat less, sleep more deeply, and feel more mentally clear. James commented that he doesn’t hit the afternoon wall of fatigue that he usually feels at the office between lunch and 5pm. We can’t tell exactly what contributed to those side effects but I’m certain that its the absence of sugar in our diets.
Leading up to being finished, we big plans for our first day of “freedom”. We missed bread. My aunt has a bread maker and made us a loaf of fresh bread on Saturday night for our first breakfast after the cleanse as a treat. It was really thoughtful and we were excited about it. We each had a half of one slice of bread, toasted, with butter, and even “cheers-ed” our bread (my idea, obviously). You know what? I only ate half of my piece (so a 1/4 slice of bread) and I was like, “I don’t really want this.” Bread and I used to be BFFs and all of a sudden I felt like it was a stranger to me. Who am I?
Fast forward to our first dinner of freedom that night, James was feeling strongly about getting a fried panzerotti from Valentino’s and I didn’t have any specific cravings so I was on board because I’m a supportive wife, he’s very lucky. How was it? To be honest, I only ate half and then felt gross and heavy so I ordered a garden salad with oil and vinegar dressing from our server and filled myself up on that instead.
Then on Monday it was back to my new “comfort food”. My definition of comfort food has changed to be food that I’m comfortable eating because it makes me feel good. Spaghetti squash with homemade meatballs made with coconut flour instead of breadcrumbs for dinner and a snack plate for lunch.
So, we completed Whole 30 and lived to tell the tale. My pants that were all tight a month ago are now very loose which is such a good feeling and gives me an excuse to go shopping. So what’s next for me now? I am not going to be strictly Whole 30 again anytime soon because its extremely restrictive and socially awkward. Thirty days is a long time to stay in for every meal and to decline dinner invitations with family and friends because we can’t eat what they’re cooking. Overall James and I have decided that we’re going to eat a mainly Whole 30 diet when we’re cooking at home but when we go out we are going to enjoy ourselves if we want to splurge. I like how I feel and I like how my clothes are fitting and I’ve gotten used to the Whole 30 lifestyle so I’m going to keep it up for the most part to continue the transformation. Let’s face it, this baby weight isn’t going to lose itself.
I’m so glad I committed to doing this for 30 days not just for weight loss although that was a factor, but also to reprogram my thinking and to break some bad habits that I had developed around eating. I religiously read ingredient listings on food I buy now, I avoid sugar for the most part, and I contemplate if I really am hungry or if I’m just bored, sad, etc. and want to eat for comfort/convenience. I’m also learned that I’m stronger than I think and actually do possess some willpower. Now the struggle is to get back to a balanced life without falling off the wagon completely.
Have you ever done Whole 30? What were your results?
What is your favourite cheat meal?