I began my Whole30 as a birthday gift to myself. I decided in July that I wanted to feel especially healthy and energetic when I turn 38 next week. But this is the awkward post that Dana of the past didn’t consider Dana of the future would have to write when she began sharing she was going to embark on another Whole30. I have wonderful Whole30 results to share, thank goodness, but I don’t love the before/after photo you’re about to see.
When I feel anxious about anything, including sharing a before/after photo of myself online, I like to ask myself what’s good about the situation. Let’s do that now, shall we? Ha ha!
- The GOOD news? Sharing a photo of myself several pounds ago doesn’t cause stress that makes me want to eat tortilla chips.
- The BETTER news? Some of you will be inspired to take your own Whole30 journey!
- The BEST news? I’m done and I feel great!
There is a helpful 13th discovery I could to add to my 12 Tips for a Successful Whole30 post. A big conclusion I arrived at halfway through my Whole30 experience is that no two Whole30’s are the same. Even if the same person is enduring it. My first Whole30 brought about different symptoms than this one did. It’s probably not the world’s best analogy, but I’d say doing a Whole30 is a little like being pregnant – you never know what results to expect, the symptoms and experience can vary each time, and it ends in something wonderful.
The best improvement I’ve personally seen this time around with my Whole30 results is the lifting of a mental fog. Before I began the Whole30 in July, I grew emotionally and cognitively tired much more quickly than I do today. I can think clearly for long periods of time. Heck, during this Whole30 I went on a blog post writing binge that turned into an Amazon Kindle book I’m launching next week. Now that’s Tiger Blood!
Last week we discovered Chomps! (affiliate link) They are Whole30 approved and available on Amazon or at Trader Joe’s. Chomps are absolutely worth the price given they are quite filling and prevent being stuck in a situation where you have to break the Whole30 process and go back to Day 1 of the whole detox. (Yikes.) I like to keep a Chomps in my purse so I have a great option to eat if I’m out and become hungry. I didn’t want to compromise my Whole30 results, and having good food options available on hand really helped that work out well.
I’m experiencing the mild anxiety that accompanies wrapping up a Whole30 with incredible results. I don’t want to slide back into poor eating but don’t intend to live out a Whole365, either. I am grateful to have a few easy meals down pat to prepare when company comes over without feeling we have to eat poorly and suffer for it later. I have food sensitivities to gluten, corn, dairy, and soy, so moving forward I need to be intentional about reintroducing foods carefully to avoid becoming ill. For the time being, I plan to continue using my Whole30 Capsule Kitchen List as a guide but will not pass up the opportunity to celebrate my birthday with a lovely gluten free/dairy free cupcake!
The NSV’s (non-scale victories) I mentioned in my Whole30 Day 15 update continue. I did have a pretty strong bout of heartburn a few days ago but think it was due to having too little water and eating more meat, onions, and peppers at a meal than my body could comfortably digest. Mmmmm…flat iron steak…
Ok, I’ll get to the point. I’ve read a lot of Whole30 results blog posts. I truly appreciate all of those wonderful people who have bravely shared their before and after photos in blog posts I’ve read, so I knew it was only fair to follow their example.
While the Whole30 results focus is always on #NSV’s, you probably want to know what my scale said the results are: I’ve lost 14 pounds. These before and after photos were taken just 6 weeks apart. My face, arms, and legs have all slimmed down. All of my clothes are much looser and more comfortable to wear. While my food cravings are gone, I have a very strong urge to burn the blue pants in the before photo on the left but will probably settle for donating them. (Full disclosure: The after photo on the right was taken a few days before we completed the Whole30.)
What Whole30 results have you experienced? Wishing you a successful Whole30!