Whole30- Halfway Point

On January 2nd I decided to try out this ‘Whole30’ deal. I’ll be honest, I was a bit of a skeptic.

I had always been a firm believer and supporter that you should be able to eat whatever you want as long as you were working out, exercising. 

I used that attitude to justify my addiction to gummy bears and doughnuts. 

Because I was working out. I was working out 6 days a week for at least 2+ hours a day. 

And while, I had noticed a huge difference in my body, I was still kind of stuck where I was. 

I was desperate for more muscles. A more toned look. And I wanted to feel better. 

So, I thought, what did I have to lose? 

Turns out. A lot.

I truly believe that anyone can do this for 3o days. I know it may seem intimidating. I know that when you check out the rules and guidelines, you’re probably going to think ‘well, what am I supposed to eat?’ 

I know that because I thought the same thing.

Sugar was what consumed me the most. I loved sweets. I loved snacks. I loved picking off the kids’ plates. 

But as I committed to 30 days, I decided to take it just one day at a time. 

And so I did. 

I’m not going to lie. That first week was hard. I was lethargic. I was grumpy. I had cravings like you wouldn’t believe. My body wanted sugar. Desperately. It would try to convince me that I needed it. 

I missed my doughnuts and my gummy bears. I missed the convenience of what it meant to eat those foods. I missed the immediate satisfaction. 

I was restless. I had hot flashes. Headaches had become a normal daily routine. 

My workouts suffered too. Suddenly things that I had been doing for months were hard. I couldn’t workout as long. And I couldn’t lift as heavy.

But, I really started paying attention to my body.

And then, it passed. 

Well, most of it. 

I stopped craving sugar. I suddenly didn’t miss the doughnuts and the gummy bears. 

I enjoyed being in the kitchen and really making a connection with the food I was about to eat, instead of just grabbing something and putting it in my mouth. 

It was almost as if I was tasting food for the first time. 

I stopped needing coffee. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still drink it because I’m obsessed, but I didn’t need it anymore. 

I’m still working on the gym part. Without that boost of energy from sugar, I still struggle with my workouts, but I’m learning to listen and address what my body needs. Instead of just ignoring it.

And then there’s the physical changes. Clothes are looser. I had to tighten the strap on my watch. Those medium pants I bought in November, you know the size I hadn’t worn since middle school, well, now they’re getting loose too!

I can see more definition in my body. 

I’m not bloaty anymore.

But most important, well, in my opinion, I kinda dig what I see when I look in the mirror. 

So we’re halfway through. I’ve made it further than I thought I would. But the thing is, I don’t think I’m gonna go back to my old habits. Even though it’s only been 2 weeks, it’s been amazing. I kind of want to see what 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 12+ weeks might look like. 

And if you’re interested in taking the Whole30 challenge, I’d love to help you if I can. I’ve learned that doing this with someone, is way easier than tackling it alone. So, we should talk! 

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