My Whole30 Transformation ~ Jan 1 - 31, 2013
1st Whole30: My Transformation
Almost every day of my life, for 33 years, revolved around food & how I was going to pursue my weight loss journey. Since I was 8 years old, I have been trying to lose weight and feel accepted by others as well as myself. This was my day:
· How much do I weigh today: this determined if I was going to have a good day or bad day
· What clothes will fit me today? Depressing when my pants continue to get tighter
· What diet plan shall I follow this week?
· When is my next meal? What will it be?
· Just 1 cookie: reality 5 – 10 cookies plus milk
· It must be my Rx, I’m big boned, hypothyroid, OVER 40 years old· What do I want to do with my life? I really love Photography, but what if no one likes my photos? NO Self-Condidence
If there is a diet plan out there, I have tried it (except Nutri-System). This list is just too long, so Rewind to 2007.
· September 2007 weight 222 lbs. Got pregnant & delivered July 2008 weighing 217 lbs.
· September 2007 weighed 190 lbs.
· Weight fluctuated between 190 – 199 until January 2010. Got down to 172 lbs by October. But the thought of food was still on my brain. I cheated all the time and worked out extra to compensate. I was almost 40 years old and still did not have control over food. I went back up to 196 lbs.
· December 26, 2011 - I joined MFP. Began to see a slow loss utilizing the Clean Eating Plan. But of course, same story as always.
· My co-worker was doing a Gluten Free Diet. Took me 6 months to give it a try. I had to try it out 3 times, before I realized Gluten was not my friend! I have been Gluten Free since December 12, 2012. Never to be had again.· October 2012, a friend on MFP (Lindsey) did the program Whole30. What was this Whole30 program all about? I did lots of research and thought, “there is NO Way in Heck” I can or want to give up all that stuff. But, I did follow Lindsey that month very carefully. Watching what she was eating and still thinking, NO WAY. Giving up gluten still wasn’t a for-sure thing yet.
November & December, I gave in to all the holiday eats and treats and as much chocolate and Coke as I wanted. I felt like crap, like always. Nothing had changed. But as I was approaching 41, with still No Control over food, I was quite depressed. My migraines were crazy out of control.
Then around December 26, Lindsey asked who wanted to join her in doing the Whole30 starting January 1st. I hesitated, but thought what the heck. I agreed to be part of her group. I jumped in with both feet and have not looked back – except to remember how awful I once felt!
JANUARY 1, 2013 – My new birthday.
I did not own the book, It Begins With Food (IBWF) so I really had no idea what to expect. I printed the online guides, went shopping for necessities, read the Whole9life website as often as I could to get prepared for Jan 1st. I finally purchase the IBWF, but did I read it? NO.
What went really well:
· Lost 11 lbs & 12.5 inches.
· I now have Control over Food, for the first time in 33 years, Food DOES NOT control me anymore!
· The constant thought about Food, is gone!
· My ferocious appetite disappeared. Some days I would forget to eat lunch, simply because I was Not Hungry & was NOT obsessively thinking about food! This is FREEDOM to me.
· Hubby hid my scale, not to be seen until Jan 31. This was the Best and most Liberating decision ever! I had to be on my “A” game now. I enlisted him to help me and that he did.
· I love to cook now & use spices other than salt & pepper. My favorite cookbook is Well Fed. Meals are No Longer boring. YAY!
· I get up easily in the morning and look forward to working out. I actually have the energy to do this ~ FINALLY!
· My skin has never looked more clear. Only 1 blemish, NOT 10 cystic ones that would leave scars. I even received a compliment on how clear my skin looked from a complete stranger at the store.
· My super tight clothes are NOT super tight. They simply fit well.
· I have energy like crazy most days, unless I don’t get enough sleep.
· I followed the eating guidelines each and every day. Not difficult with a little preparation.
· 7 – 8 hours of sleep is So Very Important to me now.
· I rarely get any cravings. If I did get a sugar craving, I literally had to stop and ask myself, WHY? My reasons for these cravings ranged from: disappointment, boredom to anger. When this happens now, I am able to “work through” it and not satisfy my “sugar demon”
What I could have done better:
· I should have dedicated time to Read IBWF at the beginning of my journey
· Buying bacon, sausage & jerky that is 100% Whole30 compliant.
· Getting more sleep from the beginning. I did not realize how important sleep really is.
What I will do to improve:
· Read the book IBWF. I want to know why and how this program worked so well for me.
· When my “sugar demon” soars, I will continue to evaluate the situation at hand and try to find a solution. Eating Sweets is NOT an option to make me feel better. · Always Remember ~ Chocolate AND Coca-Cola NEVER MADE ME FEEL AS GOOD AS I FEEL TODAY. This is my Mantra.
· Continue to educate myself with this form of nutrition, so I can help others
I plan to keep on going. I am not ready to give this up just yet. So, now I am on a Whole60. I also have a few medical conditions that I am curious if my new plan, will help fix. #1 Migraines. If they go away, it will be a miracle.
I still can hardly believe how AMAZING I feel now, compared to how crappy I felt just 36 days ago. Every chance I get, I tell others my story. My mission is to help others get "out of the dumps" and feel as great as I do. I know first-hand what it is like to live a life trapped in my body, held prisoner by my own person.
I AM FREE NOW and it feels FABULOUS.