Since my early teens I have been yo-yo dieting. I’d diet (aka: starve myself) and then I would fall off the wagon and binge, gaining back every pound and more. My life is a revolving diet. I have done the starvation diet as aforementioned and Weight Watchers. And even though I was highly successful at both, I never felt healthy. I would finagle my Weight Watchers points so that I could eat my unhealthy snacks and still have a good day. I would starve myself all day so that I could go out to dinner.
After I had my daughter in February of 2011, my body was just never the same. She wrecked me. I initially lost a little bit of weight from my 60+ weight gain (on top of the +/- 20 pounds I had leftover from my son), but then I just kept gaining and gaining. I felt horrible. Depressed wouldn’t even describe how I felt. I was in despair. I literally felt like I had nothing to live for. I brainwashed myself to believe my husband was disgusted with me and that no one wanted to be around me and be my friend. I was tired ALL THE TIME. I could sleep all day if I could. My body ached. I felt beat up all the time.
In August 2011, I went to the Dr. and I was quickly diagnosed with Postpartum Depression and walked out with a script for Prozac. A year later, I finally spoke up to another Dr. and he sent me for a panel of blood work, which led me to an Endocrinologist. The diagnosis? High blood sugar, high cholesterol and most likely Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. And while now I was even more depressed because I let my weight get so out of control to do this to myself, the Dr just wrote me a script for a high dose of Metformin.
I HAD to do something with myself. I HAD to make a change. Because I was in a sorry state of affairs and I was going down hill FAST. About a year or so ago, a friend mentioned a Paleo Challenge called the Whole30. I am really happy to say that those 30 days changed my life. This is no longer a Whole30 challenge for me, it’s a WholeLife challenge.
My whole30 results:
|Christmas 2012 vs. March 2013|
- Weight: I went from 227lbs to 208lbs in 30 days. I only wish I had started measuring myself because I also went from a size 19 to a size 14 and I even fit into a 12 the other day.
- Cholesterol: Total went from 250 to 194. Triglycerides went from 162 to 94. And this was only in a 3 week period of my Whole30.
- My hair stopped falling out in chunks and in fact feels fuller and shinier. My nails are long for the first time ever in my life and are strong. My skin is no longer as dry as the Sahara. The wrinkles around my eyes went away. My skin looks bright & clear. I no longer have 2 black eyes.
- I go to bed tired and wake up rested and I stay rested throughout the day. This is without the help of any sugar & caffeine and I no longer feel like I am going to fall flat on my face by 3 pm. When I wake up in the morning, I am no longer in pain. Nothing aches and feels like it is going to fall off.
- I CAN BREATHE! I haven’t been able to breathe in oh I don’t know? Years! I would wake up several times a night because I was unable to breathe out of my nose. My husband would often wake me up because it sounded like I was struggling for air. I was in fact making plans to see an ENT to fix this problem. Well problem solved!!!
- Along with breathing, I no longer suffer from the year long seasonal allergies that plagued me.
- I haven’t cried in about 37 days now. I feel calm & steady. I don’t feel like I am going to self combust at any given second. I am not an emotional mess & no longer have unexplained anxiety.
- I am much more aware of what I am putting in my mouth & the mouths of my family members. Things have a taste again. Things taste good!
Like I said this is now a WholeLife thing for me. For the first time in my life, I feel healthy and alive. I don’t feel like I am a walking zombie in pain and it feels good!!!!
|Me – Christmas 2013|
It’s been a little over 9 months since I began my Whole30 journey. I have been maintaining a weight loss of 50lbs since some time in the mid-summer. I have stopped being obsessed with the number on the scale, which is huge for me. Since I did my Whole30, I found out that I had a gluten intolerance. For the first time in my entire life, I am not swollen & bloated, in constant pain, with sores in my mouth, walking around smiling through my stomach feeling like it was being ripped out. Although I am tired (come on, what mom isn’t!?), I am not just randomly falling alseep or unable to strangely keep my eyes open. I don’t spend my days totally confused or with brain fog.
My advice to you? When you do your Whole30, do NOT focus on the things you CAN’T eat. There are so many wonderful things you can taste and smell and enjoy! I hear so often, oh I can’t do this because I could NEVER give up my coffee creamer or my wine or some other crutch. Do you realize when you say that what you are admitting to is that food is completely and utterly CONTROLLING you and your life.
When I did my Whole30, it allowed me to realize that I needed to eat to LIVE and to SURVIVE. Not because I was bored, mad, sad, happy, celebrating, PMSing, or whatever emotion I was feeling at any given moment. I highly suggest reading the book “It Starts With Food” by Whole30 creator Melissa Hartwig. It gives a great insight on why we eat like we do and we do not need to eat like we do. You will find yourself being legitimately hungry. You won’t need to overeat, your body will finally know when to stop eating because it is full. You will be putting in food to fuel yourself and keep your mind and body going.
Is the Whole30 a diet? NO. It is a lifestyle change. It is not a detox either. Do I eat Whole30 everyday? NO. It is not meant to be a Whole365. It is just too rigorous. Life does need to be enjoyed every now and then! And if you follow the Whole30 creators on Facebook or Instagram, you will see many times they do post pictures of themselves indulging.
I hope you will try. If you do and have questions, please ask. I have had MANY friends do Whole30’s now and NO one has been disappointed in anyway.
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