I DID IT!
I can’t believe I actually finished Whole30! I can’t tell you guys how amazing of an experience this was. To anyone who is curious about it or on the fence, do it, you won’t regret it. I was the last person I ever expected to do something like this, and although I’m no quitter, I am surprised I finished.
Just as a little refresh as to why I did Whole30, I really just wanted to feel better about myself and thought that maybe getting in control of my diet would give me the self-esteem i’ve been lacking for a while now. People don’t realize that food can really take over your life to the point where you aren’t in control anymore. I literally ate whatever I wanted, when I wasn’t hungry, and I just never cared about what I was putting into my body. I didn’t know the effects it was having on me.
Everyones Whole30 experience is different. For me, mine has been an amazing transformation. I look at food completely different now. I don’t eat just because its there and I don’t eat whatever I want. Throughout this journey I have noticed so many positive changes in my body. My skin and dark circles have cleared up significantly, my period is much lighter and less painful, I sleep better at night and wake up more energized in the morning, I’m more motivated than ever, I’m generally in a better mood, I lost some weight, and I feel so so good about myself. “So so good” doesn’t really do it justice, I FEEL AMAZING. Giving up the pop-tarts for 30 days was deffff worth it. 🙂
Now that I am done I am not planning on going crazy and going back to my old diet, that would defeat the purpose and to be honest, I have no desire to go back! I have come to far to lose all of my results. I will begin by reintroducing certain foods back into my diet (dairy, legumes, grains, sugars) to see how my body reacts. I worry that I will become lactose intolerant or something, which would be awful because I love cheese so much! Stay tuned for a post on how my body is reacting to having the foods again that I cut out for 30 days!
There are some suggestions I have for those of you who are thinking about beginning your journey.
First, do it with a friend! Doing it alone is really hard. Having a friend helps you stay accountable and you have someone to complain to when you’re having a bad day and you want to come home and pop the wine bottle and get out the ice-cream tub. I swear I’m not an alcoholic! We’ve all been there, don’t lie.
Second, meal prep meal prep meal prep. Some weeks I was really good about planning my meals, some not. I’m kind of that way with blogging, too. Hey, it’s hard to stay on top of everything sometimes! Halfway through the week I would leave for school and realize I ran out of meals. This caused a lot of impromptu trips to the grocery store in the middle of the school day. Not like I can just go through the drive-thru and pick something up! #dedicationP.S. Chik-Fil-A is en route to my grocery store, so yeah, that’s true dedication!
Third, experiment with cooking! On the weekends I would make fun recipes I found on Pinterest or on the Whole30 Instagram page. They can literally make a Whole30 recipe out of anything that I ate before that was bad for me. I think my favorite recipe was Whole30 pot roast. It tasted even better than the way I ate it before! Oven baked chicken fajitas were a close second (mexican food is my weakness).
Fourth, don’t feel sorry for yourself. I found myself in so many situations being around friends and family who weren’t doing Whole30. Going over to your family’s house for dinner when they are ordering pizza sucks when you are sitting there with leftovers and a bowl of fruit. However, don’t throw a pity party and talk about how you “wish” you could have that. I did this a couple of times and it really discouraged me and it makes others feel uncomfortable, too. Be happy and proud that you can say no to the most tempting foods! It’s all about self-control.
Fifth, find your “why” and stick to it. Why do you want to do Whole30? I think a lot of people get it confused, and there’s so many different reasons as to why you might want to, but here’s what it’s not. The goal of Whole30 is not a get skinny quick scheme. It’s about being wholesome and making healthier choices. Basically a lifestyle change. During Whole30 you will probably lose weight and it’s great, but don’t let that be the driving force behind your “why”. Most likely, you will get frustrated because you won’t see results right away, and even if you do finish, you might fall back into your old habits.
Sixth, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about doing Whole30. I constantly had people give me a hard time because I chose to go through with this. Everyone literally thinks it’s just a “get skinny thing”. Then I found myself explaining my reasons to every single person, and seriously, you don’t need to explain yourself to anyone! They probably won’t believe you anyways. Don’t put up with the negativity, and know that your “why” is good enough and all that matters. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.
Whole30 has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I feel so good, in control, and I can’t wait to continue my journey to living a healthier life!
Thank you to everyone who supported not only me, but anyone who makes hard decisions in order to better themselves.
P.S. If you need me, I’ll be in the corner of the nearest Mexican restaurant eating all the chips and queso + margaritas.