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!