I can’t believe that yesterday was my last day of the Whole30.
Thirty days has gone by a lot more quickly (and a lot more slowly) than I would have imagined possible.
How do I feel like my Whole30 went?
Well, to be honest, I’m really proud of myself for doing it. I feel good. I feel like I’ve been eating very healthfully. I feel like it did give me a deeper understanding of my relationship with food and a better handle on why I’m eating certain things (because I’ll tell you this – it ain’t always ‘cuz I’m hungry!). I know I’ve lost weight (pics and stats at the end of the post) and that my clothes fit better. I’ve gotten to be a pro at reading labels and am definitely a lot pickier about what foods and chemicals I am willing to put in my body.
All of which is awesome.
But part of me feels like I was gypped. I got this stupid cold/bronchitis/sinus thing from the Littlest Brewster almost 3 weeks ago and I’ve been dealing with it nonstop ever since. And I feel like I did NOT get the full benefits of the Whole30 because of it.
Get 8 -9 hours of sleep a night? Well, no because I have coughing fits that last an hour every night and make it impossible to be well rested.
Exercise 5 days a week? (One of my goals) Well, no because my sinus headache was so bad I wanted to die and couldn’t fathom moving at a pace faster than 1.3 mph.
Boundless energy? Well, no. Reference the first point above, where I explain that I have slept for crap recently.
Also, I know that my Whole30 was not as squeaky clean as I wanted it to be. Those nuts that I thought were Whole30 approved and had been snacking on for weeks – roasted in canola oil. That delicious steak my brother made me – seared in butter. That super healthy grilled chicken and fruit salad – thanks a lot, Chick-fil-a, for putting over 20 crap ingredients in what should be a simple and healthy chicken breast. ((Don’t believe me? Here is the list of ingredients in their chicken: Chargrilled chicken (100% natural whole breast filet, water, contains less than 2% of sugar, butter flavored vegetable oil [soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, natural & artificial butter flavor, TBHQ, beta carotene], yeast extract, seasoning [sugar, spice, paprika, soybean oil], modified food starch, salt, sea salt, natural flavors, dextrose, potassium phosphate, maltodextrin, autolyzed yeast extract, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, paprika) – from http://www.chick-fil-a.com))
That being said, would I recommend that you do your own Whole30? Totally. I think it is an awesome way to reset your way of eating, your relationship with food, your entire digestive system. I’m actually toying with the idea of doing another Whole30 in a few months (when I’m not trying to cough up a lung all the time) and being very very strict, to see if I have a different experience. (Not necessarily better – just different.)
My plan for today, and I guess the rest of my life or at least the foreseeable future, is to continue this way of eating the vast majority of the time. Whole9 has a flow sheet to help you determine if a food is truly worth going off plan that is awesome and I’m planning on trying to use it to guide my decisions. I like feeling healthy and knowing that I’ve fueled myself with good, high quality foods.
I don’t have (or don’t believe I have) a problem with certain foods – like dairy – and plan on reintroducing them into my diet slowly. If I suddenly find that I’m all bloated and stomach achy and miserable, then I’ll have to reevaluate. But God I hope that doesn’t happen with cheese! Or beer! 🙂
Anyway – here’s the real reason any of you are checking in today. The weight loss stats and the before and after photos. ((I will also remind you that my results would have been even more dramatic if I hadn’t been incapable of exercising due to my horrific cough/sinus thing.))
Starting Weight (10/17/12): 168.5
Whole30 Day #1 – Front View
Whole30 Day #1 – Side View
Ending Weight (11/16/12): 160.0
Whole30 Day #30 – Front View
Whole30 Day #30 – Side View
I think I look pretty damn good, if I do say so myself. And if I look a little tired in the day 30 photos, I blame the twins for keeping me awake for news of their births. 😉
Once I can actually exercise without coughing myself to death while still following a Paleo diet, I’m pretty sure I’ll tone up and lose a bit more weight. If and when that happens, I’ll be sure to update you! (‘Cuz I know you’re all dying for more pics of me in workout gear…)