Well, I did it!! This is the first time I have ever completed a diet and actually stuck to the plan and didn’t cheat! Well, there was one time I cheated, but I told you all why in Week 3. But, other than that, I stuck to it and completed 30 days of eating clean and sticking to the Whole30 plans!
I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, and especially my coworker and friend, Hannah! Hannah and I stuck it out together, and it definitely helped us get through the 30 days by having someone to talk to about it who is also experiencing it. We were able to swap recipes, talk about our meals and how we were feeling throughout the month!
If you missed the week by week food diary with recipes, see them here:
As for my progress, see below:
How am I feeling??
I feel better than ever! I have more energy overall, feel less bloated, my pants are big on me, and I am not always thinking that I need food. 😉
What did I like about Whole30?
-I loved trying new things, new food combinations, and new drink options. Surprisingly, I loved meal prepping. It took me a little bit to get in the groove of prepping when it came to whole30 compliant meals, but there’s just something so satisfying about cooking all of your meals for the week at once and not having to worry about it later.
-I can only think of one time during whole30 that I felt bloated. I was always satisfied and was never “stuffed” to the point where I felt terrible about what I ate.
What didn’t I like about Whole30?
-I can say, one thing I missed during the whole month of Whole30 was my coffee creamer!! I rarely drink black coffee and can only stand the taste of certain black coffees. I do, however like cold brew coffee black. I was able to put together a type of creamer concoction that made coffee bearable for me to drink – almond milk (unsweetened, no sugar or additives) and cinnamon. I heat up the almond milk, add the cinnamon, and then use a milk frother to give it a nice foamy texture. I then pour it on top of the coffee and enjoy!
-I was cooking sooo much in the beginning, since I was trying out new recipes. I would cook late every weeknight and I felt like I had no time for anything else.
-Going out to eat was also very difficult at first. It’s hard to find something whole30 compliant at a restaurant, and most of the time if you do find something, it’s something that is so plain, yet you are still paying so much for it!
I measured and weighed myself before and after Whole 30 and am surprised and satisfied with my results. I can only imagine what the outcome would’ve been if I worked out more.
Thighs: Lost 3/4 of an inch
Hips: Lost 1.25 inches
Stomach at belly button: Lost 3.5 inches
Smallest part of waist: Lost 3.25 inches
Left upper arm: Lost 1/4 of an inch
Right upper arm: Lost 1/4 of an inch
Neck: Lost half of an inch
Scale: Loss of 9.5 lbs
What’s next? Am I going to continue?
Now that Whole30 is over, I plan to stick to mainly Whole30 during the week, but I might have a little bit of real sugar and legumes. The weekends I still plan to eat healthy, but occasionally have a cheat meal or two.
Would I do it again?
100 times yes! I will definitely do this again! As I said, I would still like to stick to Whole30 as much as possible. I’m thinking maybe 2-3 times a year where I do a FULL Whole30 would be best! I definitely recommend trying it if you haven’t already!
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