I DID IT.
I finished the Whole30. I set my mind to it, and actually completed it. I am absolutely elated. It’s always been hard for me to do things like this, but I just proved to myself that if I want it bad enough, I CAN DO IT.
I sit here, on day 30, having lost 11.8 lbs and 17 inches total over the past 30 days. Yeah, the beginning was brutal, but I’m so, so glad I did this. Most of the weight has come off my mid-section, and people are noticing. My clothes fit better, I FEEL better… No regrets for going on this journey.
As far as mental and emotional changes, there have been several. I’ve noticed that I’ve been more energized, more clear-headed, and experiencing less negative thinking the last 2 1/2 weeks especially. I find that I want to get out and do things with my kids, and I feel like my patience has improved (is that a thing that happens? I don’t know. Let’s pretend it is).
I’m experiencing some acne breakouts but I think that has more to do with where I am in my cycle than with this lifestyle change- overall, my skin has improved drastically lately.
But almost 12 lbs down, and 17 inches gone!? That speaks for itself. I realize that some of my weight won’t come off without medical assistance. That’s the nature of my diagnoses (yes, plural). But if I can cut down on some of it through super clean eating and exercise, then I’ll do it!
So, where do I go from here? Logically, the next step is to learn to re-introduce things like breads, beans, pastas, and dairy into my diet in healthy, moderate ways. So this next month will be focused on re-introduction and increasing my exercise to offset the slight diet shift. I hope to drop another 10 lbs in the month of May, and then we will see what June has to offer! I’m so excited though. It may seem trivial, but for me, it’s a HUGE deal.
I feel like I’m on top of the world.