So my last day of the Whole30 was yesterday. I weighed myself this morning – 215.8lbs. All in all I only managed to lose about 6 pounds over the month. The weight dropped off within the first two weeks which tells me that I probably just lost that in water, as carbs hold on to water in your body. The next phase of Whole30 is reintroduction, but to be honest, I’m disheartened and kind of sick of this eating plan. My steps forward starting today are to roll with how I initially lost all the weight over 2 years ago.
The Whole30 challenge wasn’t a complete loss, though. I did intend for it to be a nice reset of my healthy eating, and it did do that for me. I learned that I don’t need refined carbs much at all. It’s easy to incorporate vegetables into pretty much anything. My “something sweet” can be something as simple as a piece of fruit or a small handful of trail mix! And probably my biggest take-away from my Whole30 is that I LOVE SPAGHETTI SQUASH! It is so stinking’ versatile! It beats cauliflower no contest! Rather than have rice with my curry or stir-fry, I had it over cooked spaghetti squash! Scrap the noodles and use spaghetti squash! It’s super easy to bake and one good-sized guy makes a ton! Also, the health benefits of (vitamins A & C, potassium, calcium, high in fiber, low in calories) of spaghetti squash rule!
There were some not-so-good eating habits I picked up doing the Whole30, though. For startsies, I ate too many nuts and nut butters. Nuts are crazy good for us, but they are very high in calories. You’ve gotta be careful. Secondly, I also ate too much on Whole30. I feel this is why I didn’t see as much weight loss as I would’ve hoped. I was munching a lot because they don’t suggest you calorie count while doing the program. As a stay-at-home mom right now, I found myself snacking out of boredom. I’ve never been an emotional eater. I eat when I’m bored. Pair my voracious nut habit and constantly munching, it’s no surprise I only lost 6 lbs. Thirdsies, it makes eating out at restaurants a huge waste of money. My family loves going out to eat a couple times over the weekend and we had to put some of our favorite restaurants on hold, mostly because of the no-canola-no-soybean oil, no grains, no dairy rules of Whole30. And fourthsies, I frigging love my milk! This morning, as it was my first day off Whole30, I made sure to have a quick drink of milk and by Lord it tasted like the nectar of the gods. The best nut milk is no substitute for my Fairlife! Whole Milk.
Moving forward, I’m not going to continue the “Re-introduction” part of the program, as I actually have been more tired recently than usual, making it tricky for me to get motivated to go to the gym. Instead, I’ve devised a list of how I’m going to shed my baby mama weight. This list is going to change up a lot over my weight loss, I’m sure, as I discover more tips.
- Use the MyFitnessPal App to track my calories and macronutrients.
- Go to the gym at least 4 times per week 25 minutes of cardio and 25 minutes of strength-training (1 – arms, 2 – chest/back, 3 – legs, 4 – whole body/abs). If I’m somewhere without a gym (on vacation or parents’ house for a visit), I will find a way to get my exercise.
- Limit processed foods.
- Limit added sugars. I will put a lil teaspoon in coffee, I’ve decided – can’t give up everything you like.
- Limit grains per day.
- Before every meal, drink a big ol’ glass of water to fill up my tummy.
- Whenever I feel snacky, rather than rush to find something to tide me over, I will first drink a big glass of water.
Let’s see what happens, kids!