I finished the Whole30

Results of the First Whole30

I finished the Whole30

 

I officially finished my first Whole30 on March 22nd, so I weighed myself that night. Since I historically weigh myself in the morning, I stepped on the scale the following morning, too.

As far as I can tell, I have lost about 4 or 5 pounds in my first month, but there is so much more to the list of benefits I chalk up to my nutritional reset:

  • I no longer feel like a stuffed sausage in my clothes. I had been bursting out of all of my underwear and jeans, but no more! It feels so great!
  • I feel good. All the time. Except when I go too long without protein.
  • I have lots of energy. I no longer “flag” in the evening.
  • I don’t have that afternoon “slump” I used to have. Some days I still feel a bit of a psychological need to drink some (black decaf) coffee in the afternoons, but I don’t lose energy midday, which means that I don’t have the need to binge on sweets or caffeine!
  • I took up running. I started the Couch to 5K program a few weeks ago, and I really enjoy it! I’ll be blogging more about that experience in the future.
  • I have the motivation to do regular ab workouts. The battle against belly flab is ON!
  • I have learned so much about food. I have realized that poor nutrition is the culprit for so many of life’s difficulties (poor energy, disease, obesity, high blood pressure, inflammation, etc.), and combating it is easy! It seems tough at the beginning, but, once you get the hang of it, it’s easy. Anyone could do it.
  • I have (almost) eradicated cravings for refined carbs, aka poison. The Hartwigs (the creators of Whole30) say that the only way to slay the sugar dragon is to starve it. My dragon isn’t dead yet, and unfortunately this past weekend breathed some life back into him, but he won’t survive much longer. If he knows what’s good for him, that is.
  • My would-be chronic tailbone pain bothers me much less. I didn’t notice this one until last week. 12 years ago, I fell and injured my tailbone. About 5 or 6 years ago, I started experiencing what became a constant irritation or inflammation in my tailbone that has made long trips and long days of class very uncomfortable, and in some cases unbearable without Advil. Over the last couple of weeks, I stopped taking Advil, and noticed that I wasn’t nearly as bothered about sitting as I used to be. Hmm.
  • Potential for reduced PMS symptoms…? I have a slight suspicious hope that my sometimes mama-bear-like PMS symptoms have been reduced with the addition of awesome nutrition. I don’t know if it’s true – only time will tell, but I will continue to hope.

There you have it – my results! I unfortunately didn’t take a first-day picture, so I didn’t bother taking a Day 30 picture. Perhaps I’ll remedy that for my second Whole30, which starts today.

Speaking of which, if you’re interested in what I eat on the Whole30, check out my Whole30 Eats section in the menu bar.

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4 thoughts on “Results of the First Whole30

  1. Awesome results! Congratulations on everything you have accomplished over the last month. Just about everything you wrote is the same as what I’ve been noticing -even taking up running! As for the PMS thing, during my Whole30 was the first time I’ve ever (EVER) had a period with NO cramps! Best of luck with the next chapter of your Whole30 journey!

    • Jacklyn,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m so glad to know that there are others like me! And I’m especially excited to think that I wasn’t making things up with the PMS thing. My boyfriend will be extremely relieved. 😉

      Thanks again!

  2. This post was written a while ago, but I would love to hear a “Where you are now” post. Did the Whole30 spark you to completely change your lifestyle? I started the Whole30 back in 2012 myself and have been living a Paleo/Whole30 lifestyle ever since. I have completely changed my health from being on the kidney transplant list and on dialysis to living a normal life again.

    • Thanks, Tanya, and great idea! Congratulations on your health transformation – that’s incredible. I definitely should do a post about this, but since then, my husband and I have done a couple of Whole30s together, and we are always happy with the results. We have not stuck strictly to a Paleo diet, but during the week, we usually avoid grains and sugars. We have decided that it is easiest for us to eat socially. We try to make healthy decisions, but we do not insist upon eating Paleo at every meal. When we do, we feel better, but we also find it more impractical time- and budget-wise. It’s really all about balance for us!

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