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This photo was taken two weeks into my Whole30.

What I learned while doing the Whole30

I have completed my Whole30 and I am down nine pounds, I feel amazing, and my energy levels are through the roof!

At the beginning of this journey, I didn't think the end would ever come. I was counting down the days and obsessing over meals, now I naturally grab the healthy snack out of my fridge and have all my meals prepared.

One thing I don't want to happen is for me to resort back to my old sugary, donut eating ways. My lifestyle has completely changed since starting the Whole30 and I hope to keep it that way with the occasional treat for myself. I think I can allow myself that slice of pizza every so often as long as I'm not eating it twice a week for dinner. I've learned that I have way more self-control than I ever thought possible and this diet has made me feel confident in myself again.

When I started the Whole30 I was at the heaviest weight I had ever been. I have always been pretty slim, and I know I was never close to being overweight but I didn't feel good about myself. I was working out three to five days a week but eating whatever I wanted. I wasn't happy with what I saw in the mirror or how I felt in my clothes. Getting dressed seemed like a torturous task because I felt fat in everything I owned. I knew I had to do something about it and that is when I decided to jump on Whole30 bandwagon.

The first week was tough, I was craving things I wouldn't normally crave and the headaches were bad, but it got easier. By the time the end of week two rolled around I was feeling great! I could see and feel the difference in my body and if that is not motivating enough to keep going, I don't know what is. Week four was the best week for me, not only because I knew the end was near, but a friend who had no idea about my diet commented on how much weight I had lost. (I felt like a million bucks!)

Week four was also when I started to realize that I didn't want to stop my new healthy habits on day 30, I wanted to keep going. A lot of people have told me that diets never work because you eventually stop and voila that muffin top you just worked so hard to lose is now back and maybe even a few extra pounds to go with it. I am determined to not let that happen to me! I am only one day out of my Whole30, but that is one-day closer to a healthier and happier me.

The Whole30 was a starting point to a healthier me and something that I desperately needed, now continuing the healthy habits is something that I want to do.

What I've learned:

  • Read your labels!
  • It is not about the number on the scale, but about how you feel.
  • Sugar is in all processed foods... basically just avoid processed foods.
  • It is possible to eat out and eat healthy.
  • Healthy foods can be delicious.
  • Trying new recipes is fun!
  • Don't be so hard on yourself.
  • Always have healthy snacks available.
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