Whole 30 Day 30

Good morning! It’s over, it’s over, it’s over! My 30 day experiment is done.

On my last day…

Breakfast: Bulletproof coffee and a banana

Lunch: 1/2 apple with almond butter, salad of romaine lettuce, carrots and tuna mixed with avocado

Dinner: salad with salsa, peppers, tomatoes, guacamole, and shrimp

Snack: bananas, blueberries, almond butter and coconut cream

I was 100% successful in the Whole 30. To my knowledge I didn’t have a single slip-up or cheat. Maybe there was hidden sugar in one or two items throughout the last month, but I avoided all grains, gluten, dairy, sugar and alcohol for 30 days. And the results…

I love eating this way! I really think it has helped to balance out a bit of emotional eating and the feeling of “hangry” as we joke around here. Before, if I got hungry I couldn’t focus at all until I had food. I was emotional, mad, sad, angry even. I really think that this type of eating helps to sustain energy longer. Now, I may feel hungry, but there is no emotion involved. Just hunger. I have the ability to wait it out until I am home or meal time. This is all new for me and a really cool side effect to the Whole 30 challenge.

Also in 30 days I have lost a total of four pounds. Initially typing out that number seemed sort of lame. I really wanted to lose more. I really wanted double digit numbers. Committing to the Whole 30 is hard work and I wanted to see BIG results. However, I am realistic. I understand that losing on average a pound a week is a very healthy goal. Especially because I am breastfeeding and do not want to lose my milk supply. I am comfortably under my pre-pregnancy weight. At my usual Monday morning weigh-in yesterday I read the numbers 139 on the scale. While I’d still prefer to be on the lower end of the 130s, I am still excited and proud that I made it under 140.  I still have work to do, but it feels good to kick those four pounds to the curb. Before I began the Whole 30 I was really struggling to get those last few pregnancy pounds off and now they are gone. And hopefully gone for good.

Speaking of…what’s the plan now? I certainly want to continue losing. And we all know how easy it is to slip and plow the weight right back on. I don’t want to start in the opposite direction. I also don’t want to continue on the Whole 30 100%, truth be told. I want to enjoy a little dark chocolate today. And when I’m home in Missouri next week I’d like to have a glass of wine with my dad. So where does that leave me?

I mentioned yesterday that I like boundaries. I am a terrible decision maker as it is, making food choices is really the hardest. I enjoy eating Whole 30, and I enjoy the limitations it sets and the freedom I have within those limits. And I also like seeing results. But I enjoy wine and dark chocolate…and occasionally sinking my teeth into a rich, fudgy brownie.

Anybody else feel lost after completing a challenge similar to the Whole 30? Any suggestions?

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