I am very overweight, and always have been. Three children and a sedentary lifestyle served to pack on the lbs, and while I hesitate to admit this, on that March day of this year when I first approached Nicole, I was back up to my highest weight of 273 lbs. Four years prior I had successfully lost 50 lbs the traditional way: counting every calorie and working out 3-4 times per week. As soon as I stopped, the weight slowly crept back on. Since then, I’d tried several times to start losing weight again. I went back to the website that had helped me initially – www.sparkpeople.com, and when that didn’t work, I joined Weight Watchers. It just seemed like an uphill battle and I blamed my own lack of motivation.
In January, the girls at work arranged a weight loss challenge. I decided to participate and wasn’t doing so well. When I started reading about the Whole 30 in March, I decided why not? I can do anything for 30 days…
The Whole 30 has definitely been a solid shift for me. For the most part, I feel like my weight loss is effortless. I still have plateaus and get frustrated by those, but I know by starting my Paleo lifestyle with a Whole30, I effectively rid myself of cravings. I didn’t really go through the withdrawal symptoms that some people do, but I didn’t get a burst of energy either though there have been other benefits. I've always had heartburn and other digestive issues. I'm happy to say that both are gone.... Unless I indulge in wheat or dairy. The other improvement is joint pain. I was having problems with my knees and whether its my weight loss, my diet or a combination of both the knee pain is almost nonexistent. I haven’t started exercising yet, and I know that I need to, but in spite of that, I look as though I’ve lost more weight than I did 4 years ago. My clothing and the tape measure is showing that I’ve lost most of my weight around my stomach. More importantly, I feel that my relationship with food has changed completely. I will always love food but, as Dallas and Melissa have told us- no food is neutral, and what we put in our mouths can and does have a profound effect on our health.
For my third Whole30, I've decided that this round I need to go a little deeper. Though I am strictly Paleo about 85 to 90 percent of the time, I have never had that "wow I feel so much better' feeling as Leanne put it in her wrap-up post. After my 1st Whole30 it was easy to measure my success. The 2nd one didn't really have much of an impact at all. As I approach this one I know I have to take a closer look at my health and really get myself on the road to wellness... And if I lose a few more lbs in the process, all the better. However I really don't want this to be about weight.
This time around, in addition to diet I want to focus on sleep and physical movement for the next 30 days. I am not going to work out per se but I really need to add in daily physical activity. Even if its just 30 minutes around the neighborhood or on the treadmill (I'm a wuss about cold weather). I have a sedentary job and 37.5 hours of sitting per week means exercise needs to be seen as a necessity. I also want to pay more attention to my food choices. Because I’m still not feeling as good as I can be, I know that I must be either eating something I shouldn't be or not eating something and I need to figure it out. As Leanne said, even though I didn't feel amazingly better on the Whole30 I definitely feel worse when I am not eating well.
So here's to digging a little deeper, to realizing that good health is a combination of many factors- food being an important one of course. Nicole has asked me to post some guest blogs, and I look forward to posting over the next 30 days.