Friday, January 31

Featured Whole30'er: Sarah

Why did you decide to do a Whole30?

I kept a journal during the Whole30, and here is what I wrote on Day 1:

I am embarking on the Whole30 to change my diet, my body and my life. I am tired of feeling that my eating is beyond my control. It is in my control, so for 30 days, I am giving up sugar, artificial sweetener (diet coke), alcohol (wine!) legumes, grains and dairy and will eat whole and clean. I have the willpower to do this.

I moved to Dallas three years ago from Milwaukee. Along with a new job and a new city came 30 pounds.  I had never worried about my weight, and I was always thin. I was a dancer until after college, and then taught dance for six years, which kept me active.

When I moved to Dallas, I started traveling and eating out a lot, and over the last three years, put on quite a bit of weight. Despite the fact that none of my old clothes fit, I still have them all. I knew I had to figure this out somehow, but just couldn’t seem to commit enough to make a change. 

I work with Jessie, and I started following the blog around the time that she and Brian did their last Whole 30. I asked Jessie a lot of questions and began to think about making a change.

Well, then the holidays came…. six weeks of sweets, wine, and overall over-consumption, and I was feeling pretty crappy.

I was so excited when I found out Jessie and Brian were doing another Whole 30 this month. I was ready to jump on the bandwagon. I knew I would have tons of support, but more importantly, I knew it was time to commit to myself.

What's been the hardest part?

For me, it has been giving up wine. Prior to the Whole 30, I drank a glass of wine most days. I have had to shift the way I unwind at the end of the day, as well as the way I socialize. That has been hard, but also positive for me in many ways.

Traveling has also been hard. Luckily, Jessie provides great advice on the blog. It is hard when lunch is delivered to the office, and your only option is to scrape the lunch meat off a sub sandwich. However, you can prepare yourself to be successful even in situations like this.

What's been the best part?

Feeling empowered.  I have overcome some challenging social situations and stayed on track. I also really enjoyed the cooking – it has been fun trying Jessie’s recipes.

I have also seen significant changes in my energy level. No more afternoon slump. And where I used to be hungry at 10 am (after eating cereal or oatmeal at 7:30), I am now satisfied until lunch.

And, to top it off, I lost 10 pounds.

Do you have any advice for future Whole30'ers?

Have a plan. If you are traveling, pack snacks. If you are going out to eat, check out the menu ahead of time. If you are going to a friend’s house, bring a snack that you can eat (sweet potato fries are great for this). Set yourself up for success, and you will be successful.

Find a support system. It is great if you can do this with a friend or spouse, but if not, find support in the online community.

If you are reading this and wondering if you should do it, DO IT. Commit to yourself for one month. It is so worth it.

1 comment :

  1. I just finished my first Whole30 yesterday and I feel great! I agree with your recommendations -- the amount of time and effort to cook meals at home was gargantuan. But I enjoyed the process and cooking new foods (i.e. spaghetti squash, persimmons, plantains, ground lamb ... it was so fun!).

    Also, I lost my crazy cravings and my 3pm musthavechocolate. Like you I was a big wine drinker as well. I thought giving up the wine would be really annoying but it wasn't that bad. If I think about how much money I was saving on that alone (I live in British Columbia where wine is crazy expensive compared to the US!!) ... it makes it easier.

    Congrats on finishing! I am going to keep it up for the most part. The food has been too delicious ... I can't think of why I would go back ... and there are so many wonderful gluten/sugar/grain free recipes on Pinterest etc.

    I did have a celebration dinner yesterday and enjoyed 1 glass of wine and a single chocolate from my favorite chocolate shop. It was heaven. :)


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