I seriously can't believe 30 days went by so quickly. You know that phrase "Never give up on a dream just because of the time it takes to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." ?
So true. I am such an instant gratification person so shocker, shocker that dieting and working out are so frustrating for me because I need instant results.
But alas, on July 1st I started a Whole 30. It came days after Quinn's (2nd) birthday party and I found myself licking the platter clean where the leftovers of her Snow White cake used to lie.
It was bad. Seriously. So bad.
I had only ever failed a Whole 30 a long time ago and I thought.... "There's no better time than now." So I scoured blog posts, Pinterest recipes, shopping lists and was on my way. I will say I am a pretty "clean" meal eater. It's the damn snacking and sugar that honestly kill me. So I kind of knew that a Whole 30 would be the only way. The sugar addiction had to go.
First few days were a breeze. I weighed myself (which I honestly don't really care about. I'd rather fit into an old pair of jeans to be honest with you.) Took all my measurements and make myself my usual egg scramble with peppers and onions. The second week?
Hell. Pure and utter exhausted torture. Every bite of food tasted like "I'd rather be fat. "I was exhausted beyond belief. Apparently your body detoxes itself during this time and boy, oh boy. Did my body obviously need detoxing. I can only imagine this is what a heroine addict feels like during detox.
I got a little more energy during the third week and I basically just survived the remainder of the 30 days. Surprisingly enough eating out wasn't a big deal to me. It was almost relieving when we got to eat out because I didn't have to cook and pretty much everywhere has a steak/chicken/fish and veggies plate!
I will say I did not give up alcohol. Sorry, Whole 30. But I am a mom of three tiny humans and there was no way that was happening. I used to be addicted to CoffeeMate vanilla creamer and I've recently found the Califia Farms almond milk vanilla creamer and it has been a life changer. Not exactly sure if that is 100% compliant, but I figure huge step up so whatever.
There were a few staples I could not have lived without. Several menu items were on repeat and I don't see them leaving anytime soon!
The Pioneer Woman's Hamburger Soup
So, so good! And perfect for leftovers. I see us eating a lot of this once fall comes!
Thanks to Molly and her Whole 30 experience because I constantly stalked her blog for some recipes!
This was delicious! And who knew honey mustard sauce was so easy to make?! My kids and husband even ate and loved it and that is saying a lot!
Guys, this was a savior. I used this as a salad dressing, veggie dip, you name it. Can come out a little "oily" but I managed to perfect it after my third go at it!
These were amazing and made them every single week. If it wasn't this it was compliant bacon!
Other than those meals, Larabars and Lacroix water were lifesavers. I always had Larabar in my bag in case I was out too long and got hungry. Also Costco sells individual, compliant guacamole which saved my life on a few occasions.
Other than that my breakfasts stayed pretty much the same. Egg scrambles with veggies or spinach omelets and bacon! I'm egg obsessed and never get tired of them so breakfasts were the easiest for me. I learned leftovers are a must because lunches are my biggest struggle.
I will say the main reason for doing this was the sugar. And I feel like it honestly helped my "need" to have things. My first post Whole 30 meal?
And to be honest?! Not as exciting as I thought it would be. I almost felt guilty, but I kept telling myself it was necessary and cheat meals are a good thing! I will say the stomach ache I had that night....not so fun!
So in the end I lost 9 pounds and 10 inches.
10 INCHES! Ok, I will say I measured every body part I could think of. Hips, waist, thighs and arms. Thinking back I should have measures my ankles too, ha!
So those 10 inches are all from there. I was a little more consistent with workouts so I'm not surprised the weight loss wasn't as insane as other Whole 30 results. I woke up this morning, post cheat meal and was so ready to get back in it. I've got groceries being delivered today (Mondays are real people.) and am making a huge pot of hamburger soup. Got all my veggies and dump ranch going.
I've still got a little ways to go until I hit my "goal weight" or goal "size" rather. I'm very excited to keep at it and improve in the workout department so all my praises for the Whole 30 people. So hard, but totally worth it!