Before we decided to change our eating habits, I read about all the people who lost major pound-age doing the Whole30 and I wanted to be one of those people. When I stepped on the scale in September I was the heaviest I had been in two years (I had lost 27lbs in 2 years from exercise – and gained back 8lbs when I moved in with Ben – we ate very well!) I wanted to get those pounds off. I saw other people lose oodles of weight I wanted to be that person.
How much weight did I lose? Check out my Whole30 Recap and Results from the first 30 and 60 days in this post.
I wasn’t that person. I lost 4lbs in 30 days. I also lost 15 inches off my body, and while that is impressive, it’s what I gained in knowledge, confidence, and in my relationship that means so much more than any number on a scale or tape measure.
1. Have you ever read the small about me up at the top corner of this blog? If you have you would know I said, “no day is complete without dessert.” I’m thinking I need to change that, because after completing this challenge I have change my mindset. There are now many days that are just as complete and wonderful without dessert – it’s all about what you make it.
2. Doing the Whole30 with a partner was the best decision I could have made, I had someone
suffering keeping me motivated, not allowing me to slip up, and who was just as serious about making this change as I was. Having a partner who ate the same way as I did also helped to show me that no one’s results are going to be the same.
3. My relationship improved significantly. It may be because we were taking on an incredible challenge together, or because I wasn’t eating junk, and I wasn’t feeling like junk. Whatever the reason, Ben and I grew closer together from doing this challenge. We didn’t argue as much, and we became more loving people. Ok, scratch that. He’s always loving, I became less of a jerk.
4. Along with relationships improving, know what else improved? Visits to the bathroom. Yep, another completely honest moment here. When you gotta go you gotta go, and when you go, it usually doesn’t take long at all. This was a topic of conversation that brought Ben and I closer together. We would share stories of how our movements went that day and contemplate what we ate through texts filled with a certain brown emoji.. you know which one I’m talking about.
5. Meal planning and prepping are everything. The days that we didn’t plan for a meal we struggled. When we planned ahead we always had a good meal to eat; and when we prepped our veggies and fruits after we bought them they lasted longer. We also brought our own snacks to parties and packed bags of Whole30 compliant foods for long car trips.
6. There is sugar in everything. You know those “healthy” snacks? Low calorie drinks? Or how about your generic pasta sauce? Canned fruit? All of those things have added sugar. I did say all, but you can buy organic and no sugar added items, and that’s exactly what we did when we realized that 80% of the foods in the grocery store contain sugar! The majority of our shopping is now done in the produce section of the store – and we usually go to a few local stores or markets for the best deals on produce since we eat it so often.
7. When we ate our first meal out on The Whole30 we did it where we felt the safest, The Paleo Café. Although everything on their menu is paleo, it’s not Whole30 compliant. When Ben went up to the counter to place our order he didn’t tell them to keep the paleo toast off our plate. We were served our eggs with toast that taunted us the whole time! After that bread incident, we no longer felt the pressures of being “that person” and now I order burgers without buns, ask about ingredients, and ask for substitutions no matter what type of restaurant we are at!
8. As you may know since moving to Australia in March I have made my blog my full time job. Every day around 3pm I would crash. I don’t know why, but my bed always looked like the best place to be at 3 and I would remain there until 5 when Ben got home. It seemed to lazy of me, it was lazy, but I couldn’t help myself. After eliminating the junk (I think this was mostly sugar and gluten) I powered through 3pm, and sometimes (much to Ben’s dismay) work well into the night.
starting this diet changing the way I eat food I didn’t think I would make it through 30 days, let alone determine that I didn’t need to eat cake before bed, drink a glass of wine with dinner, or have my bowl of cereal in the mornings. How was I ever going to drink tea without sugar and milk, an Australian tradition I have grown so accustomed to since moving here… but I learned that willpower is a strong thing I carry inside of me and no food or craving can break that.
10. With that willpower comes confidence. I was confident that what I was doing was the right thing for me, I was confident when I turned down cake, wine, and tea multiple times, and I gained even more confidence in how I looked and carried myself as my clothes started to hang off of me. Changing my life on the Whole30 diet gave me the confidence to take on more challenges, branch out, and get up off my behind to get things done!
What questions do you have about our results, what we ate, or The Whole30? I’m working on my next Whole30 post answering a few questions I have received and would love to hear yours!