I made it! I made it! I made it through the Whole30. Honestly, I feel like I have so much more information about myself as a result of doing this little experiment. Here are some of my takeaways:
Let’s be honest here. One of the biggest motivators for doing the Whole30 is weight loss. The number on the scale means something- at least according to all of the social media out there that’s ingrained a number in my head. With this experiment, I’ve lost 4 pounds….which when I saw the final number on the scale was a little disappointing. All that mindfulness and all I got was a 4 pound drop in numbers. I was hoping for a more dramatic weight loss.
BUT…and this right here is really important…I was blown away when I took my waist and hip measurements. I lost 4 inches off my waist and almost 3 inches off my hips. That’s amazing!!
So what happened? In addition to my change in diet, I’ve continued exercising. The Whole30 allowed my body to build muscle and lose some of the visceral fat in my waist. It allowed my clothes to fit better and for me to feel strong. My takeaway is this: I want to be strong. I want to look strong. It doesn’t matter what the number on the scale is. The number I need to focus on is inches lost, not pounds lost.
Now that the Whole30 is over, what do I do? I definitely plan on using the food reintroduction schedule recommended by the program. Now it’s time to see exactly what I was eating before that was limiting my ability to lose the inches. I don’t see sugar coming back into my diet anytime soon. Carbs like bread, rice and pasta are also not likely to make an appearance any time soon. I am curious as to how dairy (in the form of yogurt) will do. Legumes will be among the first foods to come back.
Did you make it through the Whole30? How did it go?