My 2013 Whole30 Results (Including Measurements)

by Angie Anew on January 31, 2013

Short version: Does the Whole30 work? YES. In fact, I’ve lost 10 pounds and more than 8 inches in one month! Am I shocked? Not really. After achieving great results by following the program last January, I knew that the Whole30 would be a reliable way to get back on track after the holidays. (FYI: The Whole30 people didn’t make any money off of me, and I’m not making any money off of them.)

Longer version: Why did I do this again? Well, over the course of 2012 (but mainly over the holidays), I gained some excess weight and ended the year feeling like a bulky, bloated version of myself. Although I wasn’t technically overweight, I didn’t look and feel my best. So I decided to occupy the most boring and social-obligation-free month of my year by getting my habits back on track.

How did I do it? I followed the guidelines available for free on the Whole30 website.

I did not eat:

  • Grains
  • Legumes (except for snap peas and green beans)
  • Dairy
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Processed foods and food-like substances
  • Additives (such as MSG, sulfites, etc.)
  • White potatoes

I did eat:

  • Meats and fish
  • Vegetables (lots of vegetables)
  • Natural fats (coconut oil, clarified butter, olive oil, avocados, etc.)
  • Fruits
  • Nuts and seeds

I did not count calories. I did not measure my food (except, of course, to make recipes). I did not restrict my food intake.

I did eat three square meals a day. I did (mostly) cook my own food. I did enjoy my meals.

Did it work? Why yes, it did. After 30 days on the program, I have lost 10 pounds and more than 8 inches. Here are my results:

Weight: 143 to 133 pounds

TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 10 POUNDS

Waist: From 32.5 inches to 30 inches

Chest: From 37 inches to 35.5 inches

Hips: From 39 inches to 38 inches

Thighs: From 22.5 inches to 20.25 inches

Arms: From 11.75 inches to 10.625 inches

TOTAL INCHES LOST (THAT I MEASURED): 8.125

What’s my plan going forward? My intention is to stick with a “paleo” or “primal” approach to eating most of the time. Grains and dairy tend to upset my stomach and mess with my digestion. Too much sugar makes me swing from hyper to sleepy to “starving.” Alcohol. Will. Return.

Overall, my plan doesn’t change radically from how I was eating before the holidays. But I feel a renewed sense of commitment and have a few weeks of better habits under my belt.

So what am I doing right now?

Whole30 Results Celebration

Next challenge? Exercise. I guess. Probably. Right? I guess.

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Whole30 Journal 2013 – Day 27 Update

by Angie Anew on January 27, 2013

My Whole30 journey is drawing to a close! I find it hard to believe that I’m already on day 27. Truthfully, this month has flown by. Work stress and family busyness have kept me occupied. And if I’m being honest, falling back into this routine was easier than it was to establish it last year. As a result, I haven’t experienced any shocking changes or epiphanies this time around. Don’t get me wrong. Changes are occurring. It’s just that I fully expected them. Nice when something works so reliably, huh?

Here are just a few of the results that I expected (and attained) so far this month:

  • My appetite is more moderate and my blood sugar is steadier.
    When I routinely eat processed and sugary foods, I often develop symptoms of low blood sugar between meals. I say I’m “starving.” I feel shaky. My heart beats faster. I need something to eat. Now!

    In contrast, after a solid period of eating balanced meals based on unprocessed meats, fats, vegetables and fruits, that feeling goes away completely. I still get hungry. I look forward to my meals. But I don’t get that horrible low blood sugar feeling.

  • I’ve lost weight/bulk.
    You’re not supposed to weigh yourself during a Whole30. (Weight loss isn’t the main point.) But my guess is that I’ll have lost close to 10 pounds after this month. If that’s the case, I’ll land solidly in the low 130s, which is a good place for me to be, given my height and frame.

    I also took body measurements this time, and I’m interested to see how those numbers have changed over the course of this month.

  • I’ve fallen back into healthy routines.
    It feels familiar once again to do batch cooking on the weekends, pack my lunch every day and generally maintain routines that are good for my health. The choices feel much more natural this time around than they did a year ago. In fact, I rarely have to think about (or talk about) the fact that I’m “on a Whole30″ at all. I just cook real food and eat it. No need to dwell or preach.

    The routine that I always find hardest to break is my post-kiddo-bedtime snacktastrophe (or sometimes drinktastrophe). The reward for my success in breaking this habit? I’m sleeping better and waking up feeling refreshed. Although I won’t continue to completely abstain from wine and occasional desserts, I will be more mindful. Good sleep is precious!

  • I’m sleeping better.
    See above. I’m also remembering more of my dreams—some of which are hilarious and bizarre. (Last night, my family and I were part of a traveling circus crew forced to band together to save a town from invading spiders. Yikes!)

I’ll give a full report on my results after day 30, but for now know that I’m feeling good and planning to (mostly) stick with this way of life. It works for me.

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Easy Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce (Plus, a Whole30 Food Journal 2013 Update)

January 22, 2013

What happens when you hit a patch of stress during a Whole30? If you’re me, you stick with the program, but neglect your Whole30 food journal. Not a bad compromise, really. I’m now on day 22 of the program and feeling great. In fact, the veggies+protein+fat+fruit routine feels much more familiar to me now than [...]

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Whole30 Food Journal 2013 – Days 9-13

January 13, 2013

Remember when I said on day 1 of my Whole30 food journal that I might need to revisit my intention to post daily? Yeah. Starting back to work full-time after the holidays changed my mind pretty quickly. Last week was busy and stressful, so my meal prep suffered and blogging took a back seat to [...]

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Whole30 Food Journal 2013 – Day 8

January 8, 2013

A boring mid-week Whole30 food journal tonight. I’m feeling spent from along day at work and not enough sleep last night. I’m still eating well, though. Happy Tuesday! Whole30 Breakfast: Homemade pork sausage patties (loosely followed this method), sauteed spinach, grapefruit, black coffee. Whole30 Lunch: Green curry with chicken (followed instructions on Thai Kitchen Green [...]

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Whole30 Food Journal 2013 – Day 7

January 7, 2013

When I posted yesterday’s Whole30 food journal, someone on my Facebook page asked about food variety. Do I get sick of apples? Are the greens getting old? Do I tire of eggs? I wrote about getting stuck in a food rut during my last Whole30. My feeling? A food rut isn’t a bad thing — [...]

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Whole30 Food Journal 2013 – Day 6

January 6, 2013

What counts as a Whole30 recipe? Yesterday, I saw a debate about that question erupt online. You see, on a Whole30 you’re not supposed to “paleofy” junk food (paleo muffins, paleo cupcakes, etc.). But where do you draw the line? Honestly, obsessing about the gray areas of food combinations and arrangements isn’t something that I [...]

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Whole30 Food Journal 2013 – Day 5

January 5, 2013

Today’s big Whole30 food journal news? I can FEEL it! I’m already starting to lose that sluggish, frumpy, bloated feeling that was nagging me over the holidays. (It was as though I was wearing an ill-fitting sweatshirt, but I couldn’t take it off because it was ME.) I still have a long way to go [...]

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Whole30 Food Journal 2013 – Day 4

January 4, 2013

In today’s Whole30 food journal, my frozen soup “library” paid off yet again. For lunch, I had a serving of the provencal seafood bisque that I had modified to be Whole30 compliant and frozen a several months ago. It actually thawed even better than I expected and made for a decent Whole30 work lunch. Whole30 [...]

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Whole30 Food Journal 2013 – Day 3

January 3, 2013

Whole30 at work? I made it work by bringing along a single serving of the big batch of chili that I made on day 1 and froze using my soup “library” technique. Today’s Whole30 food journal also includes plenty of greens, orange veggies, and healthy fats. Other than soups and curries, I find that the [...]

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