Last November, I decided I was tired of weighing what I did. I decided to “eat better” around the holiday season, but didn’t set up a concrete plan. I just told myself, I wouldn’t eat as much bad stuff over the holidays; and for the most part, I did pretty decent. I still had my sweets and didn’t really cut out anything, but I watched in moderation what I was eating.
Mid-December, I weighed myself on a “doctor’s scale” at a gym to get an accurate portrayal of how much I weighed: 177 lb. Most people didn’t/don’t believe me when I say I was that much. Being 5’9″, I will be slightly heavier, but even at that height, I shouldn’t be that much. Ideally, with my body type and bone structure, I should be around 157-162.
I’ve never been one to be tall and thin. I’ve never been a size 2 or even a size 6, even as a kid. I went from kids size 14-16 to juniors size 9’s like overnight. I never grew up in sizes, and that never bothered me that I was always a size 9-11 in juniors clothes growing up. As an adult, I have fluctuated back and forth from size 8-12, mostly resting at size 10; but sometimes, those 10’s have gotten a little snug when I have gained my weight. That’s where I was in December, weighing 177, with tight size 10’s, and a stomach that made me look 12-15 weeks pregnant.
I have always carried my extra weight in my tummy. Never in my butt or thighs or anywhere else; just my stomach, so because of that, I often have a stomach that looks like I might possibly be early pregnant. A lot of my friends would disagree that I looked early pregnant, but I cover it well with the type of clothes I wear. 🙂
All of that to be said, I decided that I needed to really do something about it and not just “eat somewhat better”. I knew that if that was my gameplan, I wouldn’t succeed in losing any weight (or very little) and would still be where I was a month later. So I decided to try out Whole 30. I attempted it last summer, but only lasted less than a week before I gave it up. This time, I was serious about losing the weight and sticking to it. Rather than try and explain it all on the blog, I linked the website that explains it all; but basically, I cut out carbs, sugars, dairy, and breads from my diet.
I’ll say that I wasn’t 100% in sticking to Whole 30, so I’m sure I could have lost more weight, but I was very happy with the outcome. Along with the healthy diet, I started running and adding more miles in my running as well as doing other workout routines. Here are some of the results I noticed after doing Whole 30 and working out more.
- less stomach problems: I have been diagnosed with some stomach issues and I truly think cutting out the gluten and/or dairy in my diet really made a difference in how I felt last month. This was the biggest thing for me!
- slept better: I am one that wakes up constantly in the middle of the night- at least 3-4 times a night on average. I slept better last month for sure.
- clean face: As an adult, I still have acne and hate it! Last month when eating better, I noticed a big difference in my face. That was awesome!
- eating less throughout the day and at meals: I have started to eat less and get full faster. So much healthier than eating until I was so full I would pop!
- my face is visibly thinner
- my clothes fit better: My belt I wear with my jeans had to be brought in a notch!
- new meals that I would never have made before Whole 30
- don’t crave sweets as much: I used to always want/need something sweet each day. Not so much anymore! I can go days without a bite of anything sweet.
- desire to workout more and run more: With eating better, I feel less sluggish and want to actually workout more.
- weight loss: 12 lb! I’m down to 165 lb right now! I still have about 5-7 more pounds I would like to lose in the next month or two.
If you’re not quite where you want to be with your fitness and health, what’s stopping you from making a change? I encourage you to evaluate where you are and what’s stopping you from making lifestyle changes that can really impact your health and happiness.