Tuesday, August 27

Featured Whole30'er: Annie

This is your first Whole30, why did you decide to do one?

I honestly needed a "reset button" and as I read more and more about the Whole30, I decided it was the closest thing to what I needed. After going on multiple vacations over the summer with too much food and zero time for exercise, I was completely out of sync with just about everything. I was so upset with myself that I was counting down the days to start and actually looking forward to it. 

Did it seem daunting?

This is an obvious question. The Whole30 terrified me and I truly didn't think I'd have enough will power to complete it. I am a sweet food junky and my boyfriend loves fatty foods, so convenience ended up winning most of the time instead of putting in the effort to make two separate meals or compromising on something healthy as opposed to something easy. However, just by educating myself on the program, I knew it was going to change my outlook on food and health significantly, so I decided it was worth a try. Luckily, I've had a pretty secure support system throughout so I've managed to be successful. 

What's been the hardest part?

There have been a lot of ups and downs, but I think the hardest part has been doing this on my own. As I mentioned above, I've had a great outer support system that I could reach out to any time I needed, but I didn't have someone I lived with helping with the planning, cooking and cleaning. It got incredibly stressful at times, but once I figured out my routine and learned more recipes, it became easier to seamlessly fall into healthy habits. 

What's been the best part?

The best part, by far, is how I feel. I can tell my face and waist are leaner and my overall mental health has strengthened and cleared. I can tell I'm in a happier mood, especially as of late. I'm willing to do more things instead of vegging on the couch and I'm significantly more productive at work avoiding that 2:00p slump. 

With only a few days left of this August Whole30, I know this is coming to a close, but I have no desire to stop feeling the way I do or resort back to before. Yes, I'll have a drink every so often and maybe a bite of dessert if it is shared amongst the dinner table, but I don't plan on going crazy on sweets at midnight on Day 30. It's just not worth it anymore. I'd rather look good and feel great than indulge on something that will only satisfy a craving temporarily. Overall, I'm so happy I stuck it out and look forward to doing another one in the near future.

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