Here we are, the day before Thanksgiving – and instead of planning out every calorie or point or how fat I feel or what pants to wear tomorrow, all I can think about is how excited I am that I’ve successfully completed my first Whole30. And seriously…is it just me or does it seem like Halloween was just yesterday and November is speeding by like a freight train?!
Without further delay, here is my weigh-in result!
Weight Before Whole30:
Weight After Whole30:
Starting Weight: 251
Previous Weight: 224
Current Weight: 211.4
Whole30 Loss: -12.6
Total Lost: 39.6
I’m so happy with my results – not just the weight loss (though that’s freaking awesome!) but my energy levels, how my clothes fit, and most importantly, how I feel like I have regained control over what I eat and why. Not to mention this is the lowest weight that I can remember for at least 10 years…and I’m less than 12 pounds away from being under 200 lbs! WHAT!
Despite all the awesome things about Whole30, I won’t lie and say it was easy all of the time. There were plenty of times when I cursed the salad in front of me and just wanted an ooey gooey melty hot piece of pizza. I went up against a co-worker’s homemade carrot cake, Halloween candy, the candy bowls at work, and lots of other treats that I normally would have just eaten without much thought - but I stayed strong. I can’t even explain how great that feels!
I still haven’t finished the 30 Day Shred due to being sick for over a week now, but I promise I will finish it! I finally got antibiotics last night and could tell a huge difference in how I felt this morning…thank you Zpack!
Here are some before/after Whole30 pics:
What you can’t really tell in the picture is that the tank top has more room in the upper stomach and bust area and that my shoulders are starting to shape and tone. I still have to take my measurements (I didn’t have time this morning) and will post those results early next week.
So…what’s next? Honestly, I’m not planning on changing much now other than adding in some limited dairy. I really enjoy good cheese so I’ll add a little to my salads or lettuce wraps, will use organic half and half in my coffee (though not as much as before), and that’s about it. I don’t plan on adding back sugar, grains, or legumes because I honestly didn’t miss any of them very much. Don’t get me wrong – I will happily enjoy some Thanksgiving treats tomorrow – but I will only eat what I absolutely love and keep portions very small. I don’t want to undo the work I’ve just done, I don’t want to lose control because of a holiday, and I definitely do not want to have to deal with the carb flu again!
I also had to get a new ID card today at work and had to resist hugging the lady when she told me that I needed to have a new picture taken! (Edited to add: the first photo was taken in December 2011, the second today.)
On a different note: I’m ready for the long weekend and I’m so excited to spend time with my family, watch my daughter play with her cousins, shop and talk and laugh with my sister and sister-in-law, and just hang out with everyone. I love the holiday season and have more thanks in my heart than I can ever remember so I think this Thanksgiving will be the best yet. I’m disappointed that I can’t run the 4.5 mile turkey trot (my lungs are still full of goo) but plan to take lots of walks with the kids and the dogs!
For my American friends – how are you celebrating Thanksgiving? I hope you have a wonderful holiday!