So I want to tell you guys about my first round of Whole30 but first I want to share my journey on how I got here.
This year I decided enough is enough and that I was ready for a change. I’m getting really real over here you guys… so no judging lol
I’m 36, about to be 37 in June and just reaching 170lbs as of January 7th, last time I was this heavy was almost 15 years ago when I was preggo with Juliana. I gained 40lbs since the summer of 2017. I knew I was gaining weight obviously the scale told me, I also noticed my face was getting fuller and started to hate being myself in pictures which I still do now.
It wasn’t until I went to Madeira this past October to celebrate my grandpas 80th birthday that I realized how bad I let myself go. I kept getting comments from friends and family like “oh! you have gained some weight, huh?” Someone even asked me if I was pregnant. Last time these people saw me was that same summer of 2017 when I was at the best shape of my life.
That moment I decided I was going to finish the holiday season eating like I normally did but in the new year I was going to make some changes.
The problem that I always ran into when starting a diet is that I gave up after a few days. I was never that person that was into dieting or going to the gym, I have never been motivated in that way. This time though, I was so unhappy with myself that I was determined to stick to it.
I kept hearing about Whole30 so I naturally got curious and decided to look into it. At first I wasn’t sure I could do it because it would mean giving up sugar, carbs, dairy and alcohol. I’m not an alcoholic but I thoroughly enjoyed my glass of red wine and my fresh bread and butter. Being Portuguese I grew up eating fresh Portuguese rolls and butter and honestly there is nothing better than that.
So, I decided I was going to do it. I was going to make the change that I so much needed. I researched everything I could on it, what to eat and not to eat, best places to shop, found some great recipes and started my journey.
This Whole30 lifestyle forced me to meal prep which was good because I didn’t have to rush home after work to cook dinner. It also allowed me to spend more time with my family because I wasn’t cooking for an hour before we could all sit and watch one of our shows.
I didn’t really have any cravings this past month. I’ve heard a lot of people say they had bad cravings but I wasn’t one of them. The only time it was rough is when I went to the grocery store before the Super Bowl and they had all this yummy junk food out and I literally couldn’t get out of there fast enough.
Fast forward 30 day, I have lost 12lbs. I have more energy, my skin looks amazing and I don’t feel as bloated as I used to. I feel good.
As far as my weight loss journey, I am not sure where it will take me. I have another 25lbs that I want to lose but for right now I will continue on Whole30 because I have found that its the easiest regimen that I have done. But if on a Saturday I want to have a cheat day I’m going to indulge myself and eat what I want. I know now I can do this but I also think its important to not deprive yourself from the things you enjoy.
Thank you for reading and let me know whats working for you!