Whole 30 FINISHED!

I conquered my Everest. No sugar, grains, dairy, or legumes for a month was HARD.  But I will say it was worth it. I can’t complain about the results.

I can’t say that I loved it, but I also didn’t hate it. I will never look back and think, “Dang, I really wish I hadn’t eaten so healthy…” I mean, look at my Mother’s Day dinner. Steak with a balsamic glaze and a balsamic matchstick salad. Can’t feel bad about that!

Balsamic Steak and Salad
There are a few common improvements people usually see from finishing the Whole 30 so I will give my take on a few.

Energy levels: My energy levels are incredible. I am keeping my house cleaner, I am WAY more productive, I have the energy to get down on the floor and goof off with my kids, and I need less sleep than I used to. I can’t sleep past 7:00 anymore and before the Whole 30, I could not force myself to get up before 7:00. (I usually go to bed around 11:30 or midnight.) Eating healthy food feels good. It’s hard to describe, but in general, I just feel better. I no longer feel the need for an afternoon Diet Coke, but I still do get a hankering for chocolate.

Digestion: Ehhh, no huge improvements here.

Skin: Again, no huge improvements. My skin isn’t perfect, but it’s not that bad either.

Aches and Pains: I have had really bad knee pain for a while now. I was hoping the Whole 30 would help this because people swear Whole 30 has helped any odd pains they are having. No. Still hurts.

Weight Loss: Although the Whole 30 makes no weight loss promises, people usually lose an average of 10 pounds. I lost 7 pounds. I am back to my pre-baby weight, at least with my second child. I’d have to do this all over again to get back to my first pre-pregnancy weight. Because of the knee pain I mentioned before I can’t run as much as I used to, and unless I am doing a group class like Zumba (which I do once a week), no other form of exercise motivates me like running does. I don’t work out or sweat as hard and I am just bored. So my boredom may have had something to do with it too.

What Now? This was not a lifestyle change for me. I believe in moderation in all things. I don’t feel the need to cut out dairy, or grains, or anything altogether, but I do feel that I need to control a little more of what I eat. My family didn’t always eat what I ate, and making two meals was hard work. But on the other hand, I rediscovered my love of fruit, especially strawberries. I discovered recipes that I LOVED.  I don’t want to go back to how I was eating before. I am going to feel a little lost for a few days, until I figure out a good balance.

Would I do it again: YES! Especially for weight loss purposes. I am already thinking about doing it again in a couple of months.

My Tips for Doing the Whole 30:

  • Get rid of ALL the junk food! Having kids in the house made this a little hard, with all the little snacks we had around, so get rid of as much as you can. I replaced their snacks with apple slices and bananas, which require a little more work than opening a package, but if I wanted a snitch of their snack, then I wasn’t cheating, and they were eating healthier too.trash-the-junk-food
  • Make a plan. You HAVE to have a meal plan. If I didn’t know what I was eating, I moped around and got mad at the diet. These meals usually take a lot of preparation and time, or special ingredients that aren’t your everyday pantry items, so you have to know what you’re eating, or have something easy to make on hand.

    Weekly Meal Plan

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  • Forgive yourself. If you cave and eat some candy or bread, that’s okay! Tomorrow is a new day. Whole 30 rules say you have to start over, I say forget that. Your Whole 30 is not going to be ruined by a little bump in the road. Pick yourself up and move forward with a resolve to do better.

And now for the embarrassing before and after pictures.

Before and After Front
Before and After Side

Before and After ButtI saw the most improvement in my stomach and love handles. And the least improvement in my butt and saddle bags. I am starting to think getting older and bearing children has forever ruined my behind.

Here’s how my weeks went
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

Until next time, Whole 30. It’s been real… It’s been fun…


  1. Sarah Hartland says:

    WOW! I love this sort of challenge (30 day challenges is the whole theme of my blog), and your results are really inspirational. I’m looking forward to clicking through some more posts here.

  2. Shann says:

    I’m on Day 23 of the Whole30 right now, so it’s great to hear your results. I’m pretty sure I have not lost any weight so far, but it has really helped me in other ways. Your pictures are fantastic. Congratulations and I hope to be there soon! 🙂

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