Whole30 Review - It's A Game Changer

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

So... I am not one to believe in the hype of anything being "life changing" except maybe child birth because... I created human beings and they came out of my ... yeah that. Enter Whole30...

As most of you know my life is a bit upside down right now which I am not a big fan of. I like order, consistency and knowing what to expect every day. Since I don't seem to have much of that in my life these last five years days I started thinking about the upcoming year last December. How could I start 2015 off on my terms? At least a piece of the 2015 pie served up exactly the way I like it, dripping with order and smothered with a giant plan? Career? Well umm no, gonna have to keep working on that. Finances? Nope... tough to do without a steady paycheck. Health? I think we have a winner. This I can sink my teeth into and control the shit out of. Sometimes when you feel like nothing else is going right just doing one thing consistently right and as well as you possibly can makes all of the difference. So that is what led me to decide, almost on a whim in about 2 minutes, that I was going to do the Whole30.

Wow... I am so glad that I did. I could write paragraphs on what got me to this point, the point where I had become a person who was only really healthy about 50% of the time but it's not really important... the how I got there. What really matters is the where I am today, right now. And of course where I am going. And I have big plans for that part too.

Getting back to now, the complete review of the Whole 30. Thirty days of:

AND NO GETTING ON THE SCALE!!!!! This is really important. Just focus on food alone. Not numbers. Don't cheat, trust the process.

Food - You must eat real food only!!! What I ate: You can pretty much go to my Instagram and see what I was eating daily. I tried to document it as much as possible. The meals I didn't post were usually just leftovers or too ugly for pictures. The highlights were eggs, spinach,turkey bacon, grapefruit, berries, almond butter, chicken sausage, chicken breast, canned chicken, turkey burgers, hamburgers, roast beef, tilapia, zoodles, spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, coconut, coconut milk, almond milk, bananas, almonds, walnuts, Franks Red Hot, Sriracha and Whole30 Mayo.  I would say that about sums up one month of Whole30 for me.

Energy - It really just steadily increased throughout the month. I slept great and even on the nights when I woke in the middle of the night (thats just a stress thing for me) I was still able to fall back to sleep easily and wake up feeling well rested. Not tired, draggy or hungover and dehydrated.

Skin - My skin looks brighter and has been pretty clear. I did have some break outs here and there but I am trying new beauty products all the time so not really sure if I can say why. My puffy under eye bags drastically decreased. Thank God because they are not a good look for me.

Alcohol - I really missed my wine at first. Admittedly I was really over indulging thru the holidays and since I lost my job. Drowning my sorrows literally in a functioning sort of way but still. After about 10 days I wasn't thinking about it as much with 2 weekends under my belt. Mornings were so much more enjoyable.

Sugar - I wanted sweets almost every day for the first 2 weeks and then it got better. Fruit and almond butter with coconut, cinnamon, cocoa powder has become my dessert and enough to totally satisfy me for the most part.

Clothes - Well... by Day 30 this was how much room I had in my jeans. My clothes just kept feeling better and better. I lost 2.5 inches from my waist and 4 inches off my hips. Those are my big weight holding areas. I do tend to gain weight all over (like a snow suit... so attractive) but tummy is always a train wreck especially if I am drinking a lot. I had to wear a belt last Saturday to keep me from looking like a thug with muh drawers on display.  I hate belts because I always have the dun lap... when your belly dun laps over your belt. It's disappearing! Insert happy dance gif here.

Cravings - My cravings were not bad at all. I was doing the 30 Day Detox too and I think the teas really helped with that and just over all appetite suppression. More on that soon! Like I said with the wine, the first 10 days were hard. I wanted wine and cheese really bad but I feel like it was just as much a habit as a craving. Jeez... you don't realize how much you snack until you litterally can't even snack at all on your go to snack foods.

Anger - Yes. There were moments that I wanted to kill all of the things and people in my life for one cheezit cracker or some nasty ass boxed wine. Not gonna lie. I took baths until the urge to kill was no longer rising. I basically hid so I would not go to jail.

Tiger Blood - I definitely felt this too more towards the end and on the days when something I put on suddenly fit better. You feel like you are Charlie Sheen and you can rule the world with hookers and blow.

There is so much more I could say and maybe I will at some point but for now here's the facts;

Total Pounds Lost: -20.... like zomg can you even believe it??? I shit you not, it happened.

Total Inches Lost: -11 Can I get a Hell to the Mother Effing Yeah on that one???

Inches Breakdown:

Calf: -.5
Thigh: -.5
Hips: -4
Waist: -2.5
Under Bust: -1
Bust: -1.5 womp womp... I have enough to part with though
Upper Arm: -.5
Neck: -.5

And now I move on. I am going to start adding a little back in here and there but really my goal is to do this for the most part for 120 days. That's four months... Mother's Day is always a good goal day for me because I think of things like this in terms of my kids. it's as much for them as it is for me. I don't plan on going back to grains, sugar, dairy or alcohol as a daily part of my diet any time soon if at all. I can live without it and occasionally if I want it I will have it. This taught me so many things but a big one was just how out of control I have been and for a multitude of personal reasons. I love a good pity party!

Focusing on fixing just one thing, the food, has been a really amazing experience for me. Now I know I can master it, control it instead of it controlling me. Since I had my kids I never really got back to a good healthy weight. It's been too long and I am excited to have found something that makes me feel so good and I really, really like. It's not hard. It's just a choice like every other choice we make. Simple as that.

Did I leave anything out? Any questions?


  1. Congrats on the weight loss and even bigger congrats on the resolve to eat better from now on :) Lots of inches gone girl. Kudos!

  2. Your results are amazing!
    I am such a gym fanatic so obviously I'm super impressed, well done!!! Keep up the good work and you're so right. It's not numbers that count. I weighed myself yesterday for the first time in MONTHS because I had to go to the doctor but I don't focus on KG's at all. I just eat healthily and live a good lifestyle!!

    Congrats again!! You're an inspiration!

    I am your 200th GFC follower :-)
    Hope to keep in touch!!

    1. Thank you so much!!! You are a no-reply blogger so I couldn't respond directly but thank you so much for your words. I am really enjoying this journey!! I do hope you stick around and follow along!

  3. Oh my god!! 20 lbs and 11" that is incredible!! I mean 2.5 off the stomach is friggen amazing!! Congratulations I bet it felt amazing to hop on that scale and see that number. I'm in total awe. You are the poster woman for this challenge! Great job!!!

  4. This is so awesome!! Way to go!

  5. What an accomplishment!! All the food you ate/posted looked delicious so I can honestly say it didn't look like you were missing out on anything!!! Congrats girl! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  6. Great work with great results. I'm so happy for you!

    It's so important to have a handle on our relationship with food. I had PMS yesterday and cookies ran my life. Today is a new day. I'm in control again.

  7. Woah! 20lbs?! But more importantly is how you are feeling, the attitude, the encouragement to not revert to old routines!!
    I am on day2 of my sugar detox, so yeah...I'm entering my detox-headache and angry stage. I think your chart is spot on for anybody detoxing from anything, whether it is grains/gluten, sugar, or all of it! Way to go!!

  8. Congrats......your results are amazing!

  9. Wahooooo!!! So awesome to see such outstanding results! And what's even more great is you planning to stick with it! So happy for you and your success. Keep it going lady!

  10. Holy SHIT 4 inches????? 20 lbs!! That is freaking awesome!!! Look at you girl!

  11. Congrats on your awesome results!!! Keep rocking it!