My Whole30 Results (Including Pictures!)

by Angie Anew on February 1, 2012

On January 1, 2012, I began the Whole30. But New Year’s Day didn’t mark the beginning of my health and weight loss journey. That began in November 2010, when our youngest son was born. As was the case with my first pregnancy, I had gained a lot of weight (45+ pounds) for my small frame. Although I dropped a good portion of it in the weeks following the birth, my progress halted completely when I reached 156 pounds.

On a whim one day, I decided to calculate my BMI: 25.6. I was just teetering into overweight territory. Because I had always been thin, learning that I was classified as overweight bothered me. A lot.

I began a lowish-carb diet and dropped 10 pounds within a month. I felt fantastic!

Then my husband’s grandfather passed away, and poor eating habits once again prevailed. Cookies. Sugar. Processed food. Restaurant meals.

I became ill. Very ill.

I went from feeling fabulous on my low-carb diet to feeling constantly sick to my stomach, achy and exhausted. When my symptoms persisted, I had many tests, including a blood test for celiac disease. Even though it came back negative, my doctor suggested that I might still want to experiment with cutting out gluten.

So I did.

I felt great! Within a week, my stomach felt better. Then my energy returned. The strange aches and pains disappeared.

My weight, however, didn’t budge. But at a healthier 146 pounds, I no longer felt in a rush to lose the last of my baby weight. Sure, my jeans were tight and I was wearing a larger size than I was accustomed to. But I felt okay.

Here I am in June 2011. I weighed 146 pounds. I was avoiding gluten, but other grains and sugars were definitely part of my diet.

Here I am in November 2011. (Nope, I’m not pregnant in this picture. It’s my baby’s first birthday!) Once again, I weigh about 146 pounds. I’m still avoiding gluten, but eating an otherwise “balanced” diet.

I had my yearly physical in late November/early December. My weight was a steady 146.

Then at Christmas I decided to forget about the whole gluten thing and eat meatballs, gravy and cookies. Mistake! I spent the better part of Christmas Day with a horrible stomachache. On that day, I promised to work toward a healthier 2012. My plan: focus on the foods that I know make me feel good and avoid those that make me feel bad. (Oh, and start a blog to hold myself accountable!)

That’s when I found the Whole 30.

Although losing the last of my baby weight was definitely a goal, my greater hope was that I would feel fabulous, sleep better and have more energy.

I got it all!

The picture on the left is of me about a year ago. I weighed 156 pounds.

The picture in the center is one of me after a month following a lowish-carb diet. I weighed 146 pounds. That’s where I stayed for the rest of the year while eating a mostly gluten-free, but otherwise “balanced” diet.

The picture on the right was taken of me yesterday — exactly 30 days after starting the Whole 30. On December 31, my scale reported that I weighed 146 pounds. Yesterday, the scale came in at 133 pounds. I’m now nearly the same weight I was before I had either of my kids. Amazing!

My Whole 30 Results Summary:

  • I’ve lost the remainder of my baby weight (13 pounds!)
  • My digestion has improved immensely
  • I have more energy now than I’ve had in over a year
  • I’m sleeping better
  • The winter blahs that usually plague me have remained at bay
  • Healthy eating habits have become routine
  • I no longer crave cream in my coffee in the morning or sugary treats late at night
  • I’m now eating a ton of vegetables every day

What more can I say? I feel great!

What’s next for me? Stay tuned! (I think this has been enough for one post.)

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Alissa February 1, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Yeah! Way to go Angie, your story is a great motivation

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Angie Anew February 1, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Thanks Alissa! How is the Whole 30 going for you so far?

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Jill Driscoll February 1, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Congrats! You look great… and glad to hear you feel so good! Inspiring, indeed!

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Angie Anew February 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Thank you! I feel great. Even if I hadn’t lost much weight, feeling better would have still been worth making this big change.

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Jenny February 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Wow! Wow wow wow! I am so impressed by your committment to the program — but who wouldn’t be with results like that?! You look fantastic, and even more importantly, you FEEL good, and that’s what counts the most.

Congratulations on a huge accomplishment, Angie. You are an inspiration!

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Angie Anew February 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

FEELING good has been the best part! Thanks, Jenny!

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Michelle cook February 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Fantastic, Angie! You look so great. Your face looks really thin! What a motivating post. You’ve really motivated me to lose these last 22 pounds. Thank you! I’m off to Strike class!

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Angie Anew February 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Thank you! Yeah, the difference in my face is what really got me. You can do it, Michelle! You’ve been doing so well!!

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Bonnie Norstad February 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

You look great Angie and feeling good too is a big plus. I’m going to look closer into this way of eating. It takes dedication and will power. Way to go Angie!

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Angie Anew February 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

It definitely takes dedication. But I started feeling so good that it was all worth it. In fact, I plan to mostly keep up with it. . . mostly. ;)

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Kelly February 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

You look fabulous. I may have to look into it to kick start my healthy eating.

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Angie Anew February 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Thank you! Food is the key, I think. Exercise is great, but it’s hard to make progress if eating habits aren’t in check.

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Jenny Granovsky February 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Congratulations Angie! You look wonderful! Very inspiring and interesting to learn about some of the food we’re eating. I’m trying for those last 8 or so lbs as well (and my “baby” is almost 5! ) Way to go!

-Jenny

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Angie Anew February 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Losing the last few pounds is so hard. I needed to make a pretty significant change to get it done. Thanks for the support!

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Kate February 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

That’s wonderful to see, isn’t it? There is so much power in those before and after shots. Good job!!

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Angie Anew February 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Thank you! I’m so glad I took before shots – as hard as it was to do at the time. It was hard to find non-posed shots where I didn’t have a child in my arms to cover my problem areas. ;)

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Veronica February 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I think you need to add a few more bullet points to your post-Whole30 list:

- You look about 15 years younger. You went from late 30s to early 20′s. Seriously.

- Your skin tone looks like it’s more even (less red) and it GLOWS.

- Your chest is perkier. Maybe it’s a better bra, but I prefer to think it’s the new you.

- Your tummy is actually flat. Like, pre-kids flat. Even the middle pic hast a bit of roundness in the tummy, but that is all gone in the 2012 photo.

Great job sticking with the Whole30 plan!

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Angie Anew February 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Thank you!!!! Yes, the benefits could go on and on. And yes, it was a better diet AND a better bra to the rescue. HA!

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Tracy @ Sugar Loco February 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Wow, you look great and such an inspiration…I definitely see myself in your post. I’ve become too comfortable with tight jeans and those few extra lbs. Awesome motivation!

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Angie Anew February 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Those last few pounds are the hardest to lose, aren’t they? I added a few with my first son and then added a few more with my second. Something needed to happen or I’d probably keep on adding.

But wow! Whenever I have a sweets craving, I think I’ll be able to satisfy it just by looking at your beautiful website! Yum!

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Joan Y. February 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Yay! You look fantastic! I’m at my halfway mark and feeling good. Pictures are definitely an inspiration. Way to go!

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Angie Anew February 1, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I’m excited to learn more about how you’re doing/feeling Joan!

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Joan Y. February 2, 2012 at 8:42 AM

I’ll keep you posted but generally jeans fit better, skin feels softer and body feels cleaner. It’s a whole lot easier to get up in the morning as well. I’m curious if you did the trial re-entry of dairy and grains. If so, how did that go?

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Angie Anew February 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I haven’t added anything back yet. Tonight! Going to Brasa for my first meal out since I started the Whole 30. I plan on staying gluten-free, but will occasionally have dairy and other grains. My goal is to stick to the plan for the most part during the week, but ease up a little on the weekends or for truly special occasions.

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Joan Y. February 4, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Your dinner still looked fairly whole 30 approved but it’s nice not to have to worry about a sauce/marinade and indulge in a little wine. Any rebellion from the body after the night out? I’m still feeling good; definitely starting to view this as a lifestyle change.

Angie Anew February 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I wouldn’t say my body rebelled against anything, but I definitely feel more bloated and sluggish now that I’ve veered away from the program for a long weekend. Will be getting back on track this week. I’m looking at it as a lifestyle change with indulgent times here and there.

Lady A February 5, 2012 at 10:20 PM

From one Angie to another, you are an inspiration! I’ve been struggling at the 143 mark foooooorrrreeevvvver. What’s with that? I need to believe I CAN make these changes, that my body WILL respond. I think that’s been the hardest part – my bloody mind. It defeats me more I even get going. So thank you for sharing your journey.

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Angie Anew February 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Thank you! Your body absolutely will respond. For me, it took a fairly strict program. But now I feel great. I wish you all the best!

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Jen McDade February 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Way to go Angie! This is inspirational. You look amazing and from the sounds of it, feel even better which is great! Take care!

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Angie Anew February 6, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Thank you! I do feel great. Sounds like you’re doing great, too! A Whole 90? That’s commitment!

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Lorraine February 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Stumbled on your blog and wanted to also congratulate you! What excellent before and after pics… wish I’d spent a bit more thought and time on mine, but it was still the thing that made me realise what a change had happened on my Whole 30… Mine finished last week – and except for a couple of small additions, I think I’m just going to continue – why change what feels so good??? Only difference is I am now jumping on the scale daily, and something has shifted, coz I am suddenly losing weight more quickly in this last week…. Woo hoo!!!

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Angie Anew February 7, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Thanks for the support, Lorraine! And congratulations to you on working toward your goals, too! I feel the same way. Why change what feels good? I’m sticking to the plan for the most part with a few indulgences here and there. Let’s keep it up!

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Lyn February 13, 2012 at 2:09 PM

You have a lot to be proud of and your results are fantastic! One question. What kind of workout program were you following along with the Whole30 if any?

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Angie Anew February 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I didn’t do any exercise program during the Whole 30. I’d really like to start now, but I have such a hard time feeling motivated when it comes to exercise – especially in winter!

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Lyn February 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Wow! That’s amazing!

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Alexa February 22, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Now after reading the Whole 30 description, I have to know, what can you eat on it? Fruits, Veggies and lean meats only?

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Angie Anew February 22, 2012 at 2:36 PM

You can eat: Meats (lean or not, just not processed), fish, vegetables (just not white potatoes), fruits, nuts and seeds. Coconut milk and almond milk are fine, too. I ate a lot of unsweetened Sunbutter. It’s really not that bad unless you’re used to eating a lot of grains or prepackaged foods.

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Tamara May 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I am thankful to read your post and to see your results. I am on day 4 of the whole 30 and each day has been HARD. I keep trying to talk myself out of it or to indulge just a little! Your post has inspired me to stick with it!

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cynthia May 25, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Lol, i like how you wore the same socks even for all the pictures.

Way to go you look fantastic! That plus feeling good, is a great accomplishment. Keep it up.

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Angie Anew May 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Thank you!

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Desiree Fawn August 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Today is my second day of Whole30 and I’m loving reading your blog!! Thanks for the inspiration!

(You look fab!!)

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Angie Anew August 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Thank you! You can do it!

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Rhonda August 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

You look amazing!

I started Whole30 today. It’s going to be a challenge, but I can do it!

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Angie Anew August 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Thank you! You CAN do it. It’s only 30 days! You’ll feel fabulous!

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Becky January 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Hi Angie,
I found this on pinterest..I am on day 5, I feel the best I have in my entire life. You look amazing and seeing you is a huge motivation to me. Cheers to great health!!!

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Angie Anew January 6, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Thank you, Becky! Glad you’re feeling great. I’m on day 6 of another Whole30 and feeling fabulous as well. You can do this!

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Nina April 9, 2013 at 7:51 PM

I find this so inspiring! Going to check out some of your other posts.

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Louise July 6, 2013 at 3:22 AM

Can someone please help me? I’ve gained 3 stone since my son was born 7 months ago and it won’t shift! Please tell me where to start! I used to be petite and slim. I’ve run two London marathons and I just want my former self back!

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Tre September 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Wow! Inspiring blog! I just started whole 30! So excited

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gio October 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

WOW! This is great! You are such a beautiful woman! SO glad I found your blog. My hubs and I started whole 30 today.

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Marty Qualls January 4, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Awesome post, loved it! I am on day 2 of Whole30, always a tough day! This is my 3rd Whole30 in 18 months and I have had great success each time. I have lost 20 pounds, 12 pounds (8 that I had regained during the gap from my first Whole30) and now this time I am hoping to ramp up my weight loss with regular vigorous exercise. I am an avid road biker and Whole30 makes me feel great AND I get to lose the layer of “fat” that accumulates with our American diet of grains and sugars. Loved your post, thank you, the pictures say a MILLION words!

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