I have been waiting to post this all day. Instead, I have posted various things on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram, because those are all quick little things, but i FINALLY am able to sit down & blog about it!
In case you don't follow me on any other social site, you do not know my exciting news.
Just to remind you, you aren't supposed to weigh during whole30. So i didn't. I am typically an everyday weigher, i just am. Or at least weekly. But i wanted to follow their protocol 100%, just for the 30 days.
I have to tell you... I didn't expect a TON of weightloss from Whole30. In the beginning I hoped I would lose 8 or 10 pounds, which isn't unreasonable, but for me it seemed like a lot. 5 or 6 in a month is the most I have EVER lost on ANY program (even Ideal Protein, where so many drop tons of weight). And even 5 or 6 in a month has been rare. I began the program, and my clothes started feeling loose during Week 2. I was pretty excited about that.
During the third & fourth weeks, though, I really didn't feel like I had lost that much. My pants were bigger, but not enough to drop down a size (this might be because of my wide hips...haha...but really). Also, there are SO MANY testimonials of people who have gotten rid of their allergies or skin problems or diabetes or high blood pressure doing Whole30... but my allergies & skin issues show NO signs of going away, and that was a little disappointing to me. I have to be honest & say that I started to hear the lie in my head, "Nothing works for you. You might as well realize right now that even with THIS program, you are ALWAYS going to struggle with your weight." I never for one second considered quitting, but I did come to the conclusion that the weightloss may still be slow for me, and that the other issues would EVENTUALLY go away... even if not in the initial 30 days. And I was okay with that.
All of that to say... my expectations were EXCEEDED. Ha!
When i stepped on the scale at the end of this program, I COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES!
If you read my weightloss blog, you KNOW that i have tried for YEARS just to get under 250! My weight has gone up & down & up & down & up & down for MONTHS (years, really).
Well, I'm there. In one month.
I never thought I would actually post my weight here, but i mean. You know I'm fat. Come on. If i posted it on my weightloss blog, which was also a public blog, why not this one? Right? Let me just quit going on & on, and get to the point.
16 pounds. SIXTEEN POUNDS, people.
SIXTEEN POUNDS IN ONE MONTH!
Holy crap! (And by the way, my friend Ashley who joined me in this lost 13 pounds, and Brad lost 10!)
Was this month of no dairy, no sugar, no grains worth it? A resounding ABSOLUTELY!
I was 259.8 when i started this on October 14th.
Today I am 243.8 - AMAZING!
A lot of people who do whole30 & post their results, talk about how funny it is that weightloss is not the first thing they mention. It's always, they sleep better, they have more energy, their blood pressure is normal again (all of these true for me, by the way). But i DO want to talk about my weightloss first, because it is my biggest issue. It has ALWAYS been my struggle, my problem. It's always been that THING that i can't seem to beat. EVER. So, yes, the weightloss is the biggest thing for me. It is the biggest miracle. Not just the loss. But that i actually stuck to this 100% the entire time (minus that one protein drink on day 28!).
I am ECSTATIC.
It's funny. I led praise & worship at my church last weekend because our worship leader was on vacation. I led the congregation in "Healer" by Kari Jobe, which has a bridge that just says, "Nothing is impossible for You, nothing is impossible. Nothing is impossible for you, You hold the world in your hands!" & is repeated. Ever since i led that song, that bridge is on repeat in my head ALL THE TIME. In the morning when i wake up, it is in my head. In the bathtub. As i get ready for work. ALL THE TIME. "Nothing is impossible for you, nothing is impossible!" About whole30. About weightloss. About infertility. It just stays on repeat & doesn't leave my brain. Nothing is impossible for You, God. NOTHING! So thankful to Him who helped me finish this whole30 thing, who is helping me to stick to it! He is faithful!
How has Day 31 been? Well, I've had coffee with a little cream & a little sugar. Brad makes it for me, and he said he cut it by more than half of what i used to put in it. And honestly, I don't want that in it, but it's all we have, and i really didn't want it black today. As soon as i can, i'm going to get some more coconut milk & have that in it again. :)
Other than that? I have stayed on the Whole30 plan! Is that bizarre or what? I mean, i TOTALLY planned on stopping at the cafe at my work to get a Pumpkin Spice Latte. That was the #1 thing on my list to do after this challenge ended! But i didn't do it. I just didn't really want one. At lunch, i went to "chef's table" where they always serve healthier foods. They had these GIANT delicious looking meatballs with marinara & pasta & a salad. She kept putting that pasta on my plate until i finally said, "That's really enough pasta!" LOL! It smelled DIVINE! But guess what? I ate the salad & meatball & one bite of the pasta. But that was it. I didn't want it anymore.
And the real kicker????? Around 3 in the afternoon, when i used to have the WORST sweet cravings (& would often head to the cafe at work for a cookie or the gift shop for some M&M's), a coworker said, "There's some cake back there if you want some!" And i just... didn't. At all. She brought a piece out later for my coworker & i said, "Let me see it?!" & it was CHOCOLATE CAKE, y'all. CHOCOLATE! I still didn't want it. I mean... what is wrong with me?!?! HAHA!
I came home & fixed us one of our go-to whole30 meals. Fajitas (minus the sour cream & tortillas)!
This isn't a diet. It's a lifestyle change. I know I've said that about all of them. But i really CAN stick to this one for life! Some splurges here & there, for sure. I still plan to splurge this weekend a little for our anniversary. But who knows if i will actually splurge that much. Maybe I will or maybe i won't? I do know that I am not just DYING to have some fast food or ice cream. Or anything.
I have so much more to say, but this is really long already. Before & After pics coming soon! Also, a Q&A post, because I have had so many people ask me the same questions just today alone (after all my posts on FB!). So if you have any questions about it, ask me in the comments.
16 pounds. WOAH.