I finished the whole 30 challenge and I couldnt be happier!
For one, I saw the challenge, and knew it would be tough but had no idea how tough it truly was. I was challenge physically AND mentally. Mostly mental. There were good and bad to this challenge. But way more good than bad!
I’ll start with the bad so that I can end on a good note. What was bad about the challenge was the way that I felt to start! I had to remember that my body was going through a detox phase from the bad food that I was eating before starting the challenge, but I seriously felt sick! Almost like I wanted to throw up! I thought for sure I would just quit. Give up. Just say forget it.
The good that I have taken from this challenge is first, I feel great! My body got a chance to reset and have only food in its most natural state. So I no longer had problems with digestion and bloating. Another thing, I was physically seeing myself getting leaner! even others noticed that my body had made changes in such a short time! Lastly, I was challenged mentally! I didn’t realize how often I snacked between meals until now! It’s crazy, those excess calories can add up! The fact that peanut butter was out for whole 30 and that was my biggest weakness, that helped me to control my snacking big time! Since on whole 30 only 3 meals was allowed with a pre and post workout meal, I realized that when I was eating 6 meals a day, my meal portions were too big! another place where calories add up. I am very happy that I did not lose my energy, I still worked out just as hard as I would have before whole 30 and never felt like I wanted to pass out. I am sure that the fat helped replace the energy i was used to getting from complex carbs.
What I am taking away from Whole 30
- Smaller meal portions eating every 2-3 hours
- Incorporating more vegetables and fruit in places of some complex carbs
- The benefit of good fat!
- No longer addicted to peanut butter
- Don’t have to add stevia or any other sweetener to most things
- Will never count calories, measure my food, or weight myself again. How I look is way more important. I weighed myself after the challenge and lost 1 pound. I wanted to kick the scale but then I saw the progress I made in my picture and realized the scale is evil!
I am so happy that I completed the challenge and did not give up. I am so very happy with the support that I had from my friends, family, and my social network family! I hope that I did encourage you and can encourage you to take on this challenge. You too, will learn something about yourself. Want to learn more about whole 30, check my previous post or go to whole9life.com