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Whole30 - The End!

Friday, October 06, 2017

I did it. 30 days of rigorous efforts toward a simple goal: improving my overall health. I knew I could achieve it - but I’m certain I didn’t expect it to be that easy to follow. Yes, I had ups and downs but the downs were short-lived and the ups were constant. It felt liberating in many ways, a bit on the long side, eye-opening., great & I made some new friends!

Being 100% honest though, I expected a much higher weight loss. I am glad I had been talking to myself about the results; a 5 pounds loss would be okay, ‘cause that’d mean I was on track and losing as much as usual. Total, I got rid of 7 pounds in 30 days, it’s a bit faster than my 1.2 pounds/week average but not that much! I also lost a couple of centimeters to my thighs and belly but nothing major either.

It’s time for me to count my blessings and how it has improved almost every other areas of my life :

Stronger nails
Increased libido
Improved “regularity”
Reduction in psoriasis symptoms
Less fatigue
Better sleep
Fall asleep more easily (thanks Ramona for suggesting no fruits after dinner - that helped a lot!)
Less anxiety
No more sugar cravings
No more brain fog
More productive, more focus
Don’t need an alarm clock to wake up
Energy levels more constant and high

All in all, those 30 days were a great experiment and I am thrilled that I have made those changes. It makes life a bit busier because I gotta cook a bit more and if I want something such as a cracker, I have to bake it! I’m glad those 30 days are gone so I can eat some baked goods - don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to mimic everything from the SAD diet but I would like to have some crackers and muffins - they make life easier, they’re easy to cook with paleo-compliant ingredients and they are time-saver!

Now, “real-life” is around the corner and I am a bit scared of how I will present these life changes without it being a burden to my family. I don’t think it’s possible for this lifestyle to not raise some “problems” along the way because we gather a lot around food. I know Whole30 is not a lifestyle but Paleo is. And Whole30 is very close to Paleo - there are guidelines that I will keep following like the additives list, I don’t want to put those harmful things in my body so I’ll be on the lookout for those. Well, I can’t please everybody BUT me by saying yes to things I know aren’t good for me. The infamous “One bite won’t hurt you” will make its comeback, I’m sure!

Now, I’ve eaten a bit of old cheddar this morning with my breakfast and.. It’s been 3 hours and no signs of anything. I will eat a bit more tonight with my dinner and see from there. Oh and I’ve made ghee at home (from an unsalted block of butter) and added 1 tsp of it in my coffee this morning. I’ll keep monitoring how I feel and with some luck, I can eat cheese!

Thanks to all for your support through this journey, I hope it sparked you in some ways to improve YOUR overall health and to try new things. I firmly believe that the less “junk” you put in your body, the better. So whatever the method used, make sure to follow this simple yet powerful guideline to achieve your goal!

Love you all & have a great day!
Peace xo
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    Great blog. I learned alot and it made me more interested in Whole30, but I think I'll wait until after Christmas.
    Keep sparking!
    1284 days ago
    You did great, it's a great start. It seems you also had better "health results" as well.
    Have a great week my friend. emoticon
    1288 days ago
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    Successfully completing whole 30 is awesome!

    I've considered how my choices affect my family. Reality is if we eat out, I can almost always find something Keto friendly (not always whole30) with minimal requests. I also figure it's on me to deal with it, not others, so I eat before if I need to. I also put the priority on relationships and not food. It's all a work in progress. But it works for me.
    1290 days ago
    That is a pretty impressive list Isabelle ! Have a wonderful thanksgiving weekend !
    1290 days ago
    WOW, COOL Isabelle!!! Hon, if you have the SUMMER Dawggie team on your page, please go back to the weigh-in. You will EASILY see what a GREAT DIFFERENCE you have made in ONLY 30 days!! WOOHOO!! If you do this well during the challenge you will EASILY hit your 5%!! WOOHOOO GOOOO ISABELLE!!

    You know even you had gained 3 lbs with ALL the GREAT affects it's had on your body it alone WOULD have BEEN PAWSOME!! TO feel better, to of SLEPT better, to have the patches smaller, ALL A WIN/WIN!!

    I am so PROUD OF YOU!! You have WAY MORE GUTS then I do!!

    From reading your blog I DID check it out. THANKS!! We know I am not nearly even ready to try, but perhaps way down the line, I may. At least you have me reminded on HOW IMPORTANT it is to COOK. That I HAVE been doing. KEEP ON SPARKING all!
    1290 days ago
  • ALOFA0509
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    YES!!! You did Fantastic emoticon , Soo Happy for you. I'm gonna try Cheese again next week! lol I can't lose Faith emoticon I will try the Aged cheese and go frm there...
    1290 days ago
    Congratulations! You did it! And that is an impressive list of positives.
    1290 days ago
    Isabelle you did emoticon !!!!!

    Congrats on your 7 pound loss and all of the other benefits that you earned in these 30 days!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1290 days ago
    Well done! You have learned so much about your own health so don't sabotage that knowledge by being concerned about others. They may not understand your choices but I am sure they have noticed the changes that your good choices have brought you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1291 days ago
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    Your list of accomplishments is AMAZING!! emoticon Maybe you wanted to lose 10 lbs and 20 inches but that list is incredible! I am So glad that you are taking the time to analyze it all to make decisions for the future. You are incredible in following through for 30 days so tell yourself that you will be able to accomplish anything your mind gets set to. You have that strength! emoticon emoticon

    Love, Chelsea
    1291 days ago
    Way to go Isabelle! And good for you for recognizing the positives in all areas! It's a great beginning to allow the body to heal, and all of your positives are huge signs of healing.

    Something to note about weight loss... before consistent weight loss can happen, often healing has to happen first. I think the longer you keep to an ultra clean Paleo/Whole30 nutritional plan, the more consistent the physical changes will be. And I'll be interested to see what results your 'sugar'/fruit' experiment will yield. It actually looks like your body needs a much lower carb profile in order to release fat (very high insulin resistance). If I had done this Whole30 still eating dairy (I don't get any obvious physical distress, but I will not lose weight if I eat dairy, so inflammation is happening at some 'silent' level), fruit, nuts, and high protein, instead of high fat I wouldn't have lost an ounce. It's combining Whole30 with keto that produced the results I got (15 lbs. 20 inches). Inflammation will impede weight loss.

    Just food for thought.

    1291 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Seven pounds down in a month is great, super and awesome. You got to realize that your body was adjusting. It takes time, just as it took time for you to add weight, as it was not all in one week, that it will take time for the body to shed the extra off.

    Remember the body had gone into it's flight mode and it doesn't want to lose the fat, until it is sure you will be feeding it. It is only then that when the body adjusts to the new norm for it that you will shed pounds. By exercising you are forcing it to take resources from the fat. Remember "Rome" was not built in a day, and 30 days is nothing to the body.

    Look at all things you listed as positives. Your body is changing and changing to be healthier. I agree with you less junk in the better for you. The weight will come off, by this time next year you will be amazed, I know you will.

    Take care Isabelle and have one super weekend.
    1291 days ago
    Way to go, a great start

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

    1291 days ago
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