Day 1 Day 30
I cannot believe it, but here I am at day 30 of my first Whole 30! I just had to show you (and myself!) a before and after shot. Now I am kind of wishing I had chosen a different look on my first day entering this personal challenge, but at the time I had no idea I would be posting a second, exact look! I still love the look, just wishing I had chosen something more basic. Also, for some reason, I feel I must explain the first photo was taken on a horrendously rainy morning, and the second was on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Otherwise, I tried to recreate it exactly.
When I entered this Whole 30, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, other than headaches, missing my cheese and sweet tea, and the necessity of planning ahead. Now, the only thing I am really excited about is still the thought of having a sprinkle of cheese, and I am praying I don’t learn I am lactose intolerant as I try to re-introduce it to my body!
During this 30 days I have lost almost 20 pounds, which is staggering to me. When I decided to go the Paleo route, I chose to begin with a complete Whole 30 detox. This meant no grains, no dairy, no beans, no sugar, no alcohol, no processed foods of any kind. I have to say I now realize how wonderful vegetables of all kinds taste and am not feeling anxious to forget it! I am now ready to transition into a Paleo diet and am excited to try some delicious recipes I have pinned. I will still be eating no grains, no sugars (except honey, now), no alcohol (of my own choice), no beans, and no processed foods. I have to admit I like cooking for myself to maintain my health and I know it is worth the extra work and planning. When I began this whole challenge I thought I already had a good start, as I cook from scratch regularly. Then I learned I needed to rethink my thoughts on everything I cooked and ate. Now making my own mayo, dressing, ketchup, and sauces have become second nature.
Wow, y’all – I made it! And I am thrilled to say it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I realize I still have a way to go to reach my goals, however, I am happy to be moving ahead. I forgot to mention I did also begin wearing my fitbit again and trying to get in my 10,000 steps every day. I wish I could also say I was in the gym constantly, but that was not the case. However, I am gearing up to start kettlebell workouts again this week. Forty whatever can be the new twenty something, right?!