Friday, December 27, 2013

Whole30 Results, The Day After, and Two Months Later

I'm finally getting around to posting my Whole30 Results. Yes, it was two months ago, but I figure better late than never. I may eventually post our Halloween costumes from this year too, who knows. :)

So, Whole30 results. The last day was a little rough. I didn't have much food in the house, nothing prepared. I could taste victory and it was really hard not to run out and get a pizza. I ended up just not eating much that day. 

I was extremely happy with my weigh in that morning, however. Overall, from start to finish I lost a grand total of.... 15 lbs! I was so excited and I felt amazing.

Now, the Whole30 program has a 4 day plan to reintroduce foods slowly into your diet, mostly so you can see how these foods affect you. I definitely did not do this. I probably should have, but I didn't. 

The first day after I completed Whole30 was Halloween. I did a lot of last minute sewing all day, we had Costco pizza for lunch, and Halloween candy for dinner. I drank soda, ate tons of sugar, and a huge amount of carbs. None of it tasted that great, not even the Costco pizza which is my favorite, but I ate it anyway. 

That was Day 1 off Whole30. Day 2 was what I can only describe as a FOOD HANGOVER. It was terrible. And horrible. It was horrible and terrible. I felt disgusting, sluggish, bloated, and achy. I had a headache the likes of which I'd never had. My whole body rebelled. 

If you're planning on doing a Whole30, or are currently doing one, my advice to you is: Be smart, continue to eat well and follow the reintroduction plan after the 30 days are up, or you'll regret it!

Am I glad I did Whole30?

Yes! I learned so much about food and how it affects me everyday. I know what it feels like to be satiated and full. When I start to feel crappy or have a headache, my immediate thought is "What did I eat today or yesterday? How much water have I had in the last 24 hours?" and then begin to counteract with healthier foods and water. 

Follow Up Two Months Later

It's been almost a full two months since I finished my first Whole30. I've gained back about half of what I lost. Am I disappointed with that? Nope! If I'm going to gain weight over the holidays then I'd rather have lost weight first to begin with. Imagine if I hadn't done Whole30 in October, then instead of being 7 and a half pounds below what I was October 1st, I could be 7 and a half pounds heavier! Yikes! I'm thinking October is a fantastic time to do a Whole30 and I'll do it again next year too. 

Speaking of which, I think it's time to do it again! What better way to bring in the New Year? I want to set the tone for the rest of the year. 2014 is going to be busy and stressful for my family and I, so I'd like to get a head start on creating healthy habits, so when the hard days hit later in the year, I'll be ready.

I'd love if some of my readers would join me in doing Whole30 in January. I'll have a post up soon inviting everyone to participate! 

If you have any questions please leave them below! You can find the rest of my Whole30 experience here, or by clicking the tab at the top of the page labeled Whole30. 

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