What Whole30 Means To This Mama
It is time for me to snap out of my cupcake eating fog. It is so past time for me to snap out of my cupcake eating fog. I am beyond tired of being exhausted, never finding anything to wear in my closet, and hiking up my maternity jeans a hundred and five times a day. I am so over it. I’ve had my cupcake(s), and now it is time to put my big girl panties on and get my health back like a boss. It would be nice if I could get my pre-baby body back, too. Who am I kidding. It would be nice if I could get my high school body back but I highly doubt that is ever going to happen. After having two babies my hips are never going to be that small again. After texting my best friend this week saying, “I’m sitting in my car, in the Target parking lot, eating peanut butter m&ms…” I realized I needed to give myself an intervention.
It is time for another Whole30.
Tomorrow I will be starting another Whole30. Why Whole30? Can’t I just start eating better and exercising more? Yes, I certainly could. But Whole30 is the kick in the ass that I so desperately need to get myself back together. Whole30 is what kicked off what my best friend and I like to call, “Operation Hot High School Body” two years ago & what gave me the motivation and push that I needed to keep going. Two years ago I had enough. In July 2015 I did my first ever Whole30 and lost 17 lbs during those life-changing 30 days. It was incredible and I felt absolutely a-freaking-mazing. My energy was through the roof. My mind was clear and I wasn’t as forgetful. My skin was clear. I was sleeping better. I was a million times more confident. Clothes that I haven’t been able to wear in years were finally fitting again. It was the best thing – ever. It made me realize that I could feel and look better. It was the first time I actually accomplished a “health goal” because I went the entire 30 days without “cheating” (I hate that word) once. I did it. And my body felt it in more ways than one. After that, I started to incorporate dairy back in. Heavy cream in my coffee, greek yogurt, cheese. Then I added real maple syrup, honey, and agave instead of white sugar. I started exercise by doing the Beachbody workout videos at home while my baby napped. I was feeling on top of the world and I was continuing to lose weight. I had lost around 40 lbs total in no time simply by eating real foods + exercising.
Whole30 showed me that I could actually do this thing. I didn’t have to stay stuck in my bad habits and terrible mood. I didn’t have to be unhappy with how I looked or feel exhausted every day. I could actually do something about it and change it. Whole30 was by far one of the best things that I have ever done & was completely life-changing for me. It made me realize how much better I feel when I am feeding my body real food & how simple it really can be. Do I think that Whole30 is sustainable for me long term? Nope, I like dairy too much. I don’t plan on eating strictly Whole30 approved foods for the rest of my life. But what Whole30 does for me is help me to overcome my sugar addiction [because let’s call it what it is] and give me the reset that I desperately need. It gives me the motivation and push that I need to continue making healthier choices and working towards all of my goals. Over the course of those 30 days it slowly begins to give me back a little of myself one day at a time. By the time my Whole30 is over I have so many non-scale and scale victories that it gives me the momentum to keep going. After having my second baby I definitely gained every single one of those 40 lbs back & it is time for them to go.
Day 1. Day 31.
Have you done a Whole30 before? What does Whole30 mean to you?