Today marked the last day of me being on The Whole 30 (you can read about the beginning here). I started the program so I could detox my body from all the sweets, cakes and chips I had been eating, and I started it with enough time to complete it before my next half-marathon, which just happens to be this Sunday. I wanted to see if detoxing could possibly help with my running.
The program was a total success. I stayed true blue the entire 30 days, but I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy.
I had to dig deep to fight the overwhelming cravings in the first week.
By the third week, I had lost interest in cooking and food and all the planning required. But I persevered.
By the fourth week, I was starting to look forward to all the food that was about to open up to me again.
However, by day 28, when I would think about eating bread or dairy or even sweets, I felt no desire to add these things back into my diet. The thought of eating a donut or a piece of cake made my tummy hurt.
On day 30, I had the best peach ever for dessert which signaled my eating shut-off valve. I have won my battle.
So let me break down some of the good for you:
- No more cravings. I only “want” something nowadays; however, with a small amount of willpower, I can say no. I don’t have to have it.
- No tummy issues. No heartburn, no stomachaches, no nausea, nothing.
- Increased energy.
- I never feel bloated.
- I don’t have to measure my food, nor do I have to count calories. I eat as much as I want and whatever my body requires, sometimes an entire cookie sheet of roast veggies. Even if I reach the level of “full,” I never feel “stuffed,” as if I ate too much.
- I can eat fruit again without any GI issues!
I mentioned before that I would share a couple of numbers. The third week of the diet, I went to my doctor and had some labs drawn.
- While I was in the normal range to begin with, I still managed to take another 5 points off my total cholesterol. All other values are also within normal.
- My glucose remains in the normal range (a biggie for me because of the hypoglycemia).
- And the final important number that you might be wondering about… yes, I lost weight…14.6 pounds to be exact, which is 6.6 kg, or just over 1 stone.
I’m ready to stop obsessing about food now. Moving forward, I’ll follow the program to the letter every other month and I’ll relax a bit in between, although I’ll still follow the principles (at the very least up until my marathon). At the suggestion of a fellow blogger, Chocolate Runs Judy, I’ll give my next Whole 30 update in 6 months. Will I stick to it? Will I lose more weight? Will I finish my very first 26 point 2? Does The Whole 30 have staying power? Stay tuned…
In the meantime…
It’s a new dawn; it’s a new day; it’s a new life for me… and I’m feeling good…