I Am Whole30!

I am whole 30

I’ve noticed in recent weeks that there has been a drastic increase in the amount of chatter and hype about the Whole30 diet. I have friends that have started it and finished it in the past, but when I read it I didn’t feel like it was for me. Since then, I’ve been lured in!  I sat down again and reread what it entailed, and made the decision to try it. However, in fear I’d fail, I didn’t advertise it or even mention it. But now that I’m a week in, I feel confident enough to tell y’all that I am Whole30! Let me tell you why I decided to start a new lifestyle and join the #Whole30 revolution!

It Starts With Food

A little over 2 weeks ago my best friend started it. And all she did – literally ALL she did – was rave about how amazing she felt, and how much weight she had lost in just the first week. I must admit, I was quite envious. And proud. Okay and skeptical. I was like equal parts proud and envious and skeptical. Yep.

Envious + Proud + Skeptical = Me

I was envious that she was seeing the kind of exciting results she was. I was SO proud of her commitment to change. But I was skeptical that I could make that commitment, and I was also skeptical that it would actually make me feel as good as it did her. The truth though was I was done. Like literally done. I sat down one afternoon and took inventory of how I felt. Bloated. Listless. Lifeless. No energy. No motivation. Sluggish. Constipated. Zitty. Tired. You get the point. I was not vibrant or perky. I wasn’t “fat” – I don’t condone that kind of self-deprecation, and won’t let you say it about you either. But I WILL say that I was chubbier than what was healthy for me. And that’s when I realized it: I was done. I didn’t want to be the sluggish and tired person I was. I had justified it and said “Well, I don’t really drink soda. And I don’t eat much fried food. And I Zumba twice a week. And….and…”, but the fact was I was gaining weight by about a pound a week, and needed a change. So I texted my bestie and said I was in.

I realized I had to be truly DONE – done with diets, done with pills, done with shakes – in order to want this enough to keep it going. I had to be sick and tired of being sick and tired before I had the commitment to make this work. But I am doing it! I’m Whole30 y’all!!! And I must say, I LOVE IT!

Keep Calm and Whole30 On

Comments

  1. This sounds like something my mom would be interested in. She’s been talking about making a change for a long time. Glad it’s making a difference for you!

    • Mimi it’s been honestly shocking how much better I feel. I was worried it would be hard, but it really hasn’t been as bad as I expected. Though I do miss a periodic caramel macchiato… Haha

  2. I have heard about this but have looked into it. It looks like a great approach!

  3. I am going to look into this, I need a change too!! Would love updates and your favorite recipes!! No more biscuits? 🙁

    • Amy I’m happy to keep you posted, and share recipes! It’s honestly simple once you figure out a new way to “view” your food. And no….no more biscuits. Definitely not for the Whole30! Though after that, if you want to add them in on RARE occasions, I will never say don’t! 🙂

  4. Way to go! I think this challenge is definitely not for the weak. I did the 21 day sugar detox back in January and I felt so much better but I got back into old habits which I am not proud of. Rooting you on!

  5. I’ve heard such good thing about this! I would love to her more about it from you!

  6. I’m so glad you have made this commitment to yourself. 30 days is a great way to make new habits & totally transform your thoughts about food. Good luck!

  7. Angela S says:

    I just started hearing about this and am so tempted to pick up a copy of this book to learn more.

  8. I haven’t heard of this one before. best of luck to you!

  9. I’ve not heard of this before. I’m going to check it out now!

  10. angela H. says:

    I’m seriously thinking about starting the Whole30. My only fear is that I will need to think about food way too much…When, where and how will I make sure that I won’t fall into temptation. Best wishes for your success!

    • Angela I thought about food a LOT during my first week. Making sure I was eating enough, and making sure I was avoiding the right things. But after my 8th day, it kind of became normal. I really don’t even think about it now. It’s just how I eat! But it has helped me SOOO much that I definitely believe it is worth it!!!

  11. Thanks for the info! I’ve been curious on reading more on it! I never realized there was a site devoted to it!

  12. I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I’m in the middle of a diet makeover myself. I have been meaning to look into the Whole 30, do you know if it’s breastfeeding-friendly?

    • Shell, one of the articles I read when I was researching it was actually a military wife whose husband was deployed, and she was home with a baby (still breastfeeding) and a toddler. She said it was very difficult doing it all by herself, but she did it. She had quite a few extra snacks during the day to keep her calories up enough, but she was successful. And I figured if *she* could do it, anyone could!! Right??? 🙂 So, yes, you can do it breastfeeding. And it would probably be the easiest way to drop any extra baby weight too! Good luck in whatever you decide to do!!!

  13. Thank you! I’ve been wondering exactly what whole30 is!

  14. That’s awesome! I need to look into doing something like this myself.

  15. Let us know your results! I’ve considered doing a Whole 30 but I’m allergic to eggs so that is going to make navigating breakfasts difficult!

    • It absolutely will take some finesse to navigate, but it isn’t impossible. I’ve got less than two weeks, but the results I’m seeing are already amazing! I can’t wait to weigh and measure, though those results will just be a small indicator of what this Whole30 has done for me! 🙂

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