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Tales Of The Shrinking Belly: Chapter Four ~ The Whole 30 ~ Days 21 – 30 (Results)

By: , March 2nd, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Health

My success on the Whole 30 isn't just about the number on the scale.

It's way too cold to be outside in short sleeves, but I wanted to flaunt my Whole 30 results in the sunshine.

I’ve rocked my very first Whole 30, and I feel amazing!

When I woke up this morning (Day 31), I was excited to weigh-in because I already knew my weight would be lower than where I started thirty days ago.  I knew this because many of my clothes are too big (and I’ve been able to pull ‘the next size down’ out of storage), several friends have complimented about my smaller figure, and I just feel thinner.  But before I rushed onto the scale, I made sure to document all of the non-scale victories that I’ve been enjoying as a result of my Whole 30.  There’s freedom in not being solely focused on weight loss to evaluate results, and I didn’t want the number shown to overshadow the obvious progress I’ve made.

Some Of My Non-Scale Victories (In No Particular Order)

  • Clearer complexion.  Prior to Whole 30, I always had at least a few blemishes on my face and/or body.  I also had pretty bad eczema on my elbows each winter.  As of today, I have almost nonexistent blemishes and my eczema has completely vanished.  Friends and family have noticed that I look “brighter” or “younger”.  My skin glows.
  • Look and feel thinner.  I used to have a very round and bloated stomach that rivaled Santa Claus’, but not anymore.  When I walk through the narrow gate to LB’s bedroom, I no longer have to enter sideways.  I’ve dropped a clothing size, and I may actually need new clothes soon.  My wedding ring is getting loose.
  • Self confidence.  I wouldn’t necessarily say I was lacking confidence before, but now when I go out into the world, I do it with panache.  I’m more open to engaging in conversations with complete strangers.
  • Improved digestion.  Everything to do with this broad topic has greatly improved.  Take my word for it.
  • Less chronic pain.  Pretty much every day of my life for the last ten years has included some degree of joint or body pain.  Prior to starting Whole 30 (even while following the Weight Watchers plan), it would take me at least thirty minutes in the morning to loosen up enough to stop walking with a limp (and taking the stairs was torture).  Now, even when I get up in the middle of the night with the kids, I’m able to bounce down the stairs like a teenager (with absolutely NO pain).
  • Lighter mood.  Optimism, happiness, and calm are my baseline now.  I’m able to handle stress so much better.  The only exception is when I’m extremely sleep deprived, and I’m not sure anything other than sleep can cure that.
  • Healthier relationship with food.  This one is probably my favorite, because it’s something I’ve struggled with so much in my life (and no other plan that I’ve tried over the years has solved this for me).  After the first ten days or so on the Whole 30, I’ve had zero cravings.  I feel in control of what I put in my body, rather than letting the mere sight of a dessert or pizza derail me.  I don’t have to worry about constant hunger, which was a huge problem when I was following Weight Watchers.  Meals sustain me longer, so I don’t feel the need to eat as many snacks, and I (almost) never eat on impulse anymore.   I no longer get cranky if I don’t eat.  I have slayed my ‘sugar dragon’.
  • Mental clarity.  I’ve noticed I have a better attention span, improved memory, and higher productivity.  I’m thinking so much clearer, which also contributes to my self confidence when interacting with others.
  • Better sleep.  When life with an infant and toddler allows, I’m sleeping more soundly, falling asleep faster, and staying asleep longer.  I wake up feeling completely rested.  (Life allows this to happen about fifty percent of the time.)
  • Increased energy.  This.  So much this.  The Whole 30 book talks about “tiger blood”, but I’m not sure I’ve really hit my stride with that yet (because we were sick with a respiratory virus for approximately half of the last thirty days).  Still, I’m already most of the way there.  As a forty-two year old mother of small children, I honestly never thought I would find my youthful energy level again.  I’m now able to play with the kids, handle my work, make dinner, run errands, and do whatever else I need to do, and still have energy left over to handle the dreaded bedtime routine.  I don’t even need as much caffeine to prop up my energy levels.
  • Lifestyle.  I’m closer than ever to a lasting lifestyle change.  Going out to restaurants, a movie, or a party is no longer stress-inducing.  I don’t have to worry whether I’ll ‘be able to‘ stick to my plan when in these situations.  I plan ahead, eat before I go, pack a snack in my purse, or peruse online menus prior to going out.  I wouldn’t even call it ‘willpower’, because I truly have no desire to eat things I shouldn’t.  This is all very new (and very awesome).

Whole 30 Results – The Numbers

Starting Weight – 203.8 pounds

Current Weight – 193.1 pounds

Weight Lost – 10.7 pounds! (and Jason lost 16.5 pounds!)

Inches Lost – 5 inches!

When you add these results to my four months on Weight Watchers:

Total Weight Lost – 30.9 pounds (previously lost 20.2 pounds)

Total Inches Lost – 18.75 inches (previously lost 13.75 inches)

It’s difficult to accurately express how thrilled and proud I am to be below 200 pounds (for the first time in over 10 years)!  I’m also incredibly close to dipping below the dreaded “obese” classification on my Wii Fit.  Take that, judgmental video trainer!  Maybe now you can stop with the depressing ‘uh-oh’ music every time I step on the scale (tee hee).

I’ve done pretty well with the goals I set in my previous post (more exercise, more water, and cooking efficiency), and I plan to improve upon those goals throughout my reintroduction period.  At this point, I think I’ll land somewhere between the fast track and the slow roll, because I’m not ready to give up any of my non-scale victories just yet.

I’ll follow up at the end of the month to let you know how I’ve been doing with reintroduction.

 

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