I am officially on Day 4 post-Whole30, but I still have a hard time believing that it’s already over. I started Whole30 doubtful if I could even make it the full 30 days. 30 days without bread? 30 days without wine or champagne? The horror!
I was convinced that this challenge would be the hardest thing I’ve ever tried”diet” wise, but I wanted to re-evaluate my relationship with food and my body. And I have done just that. I’ve come out the other side of this feeling proud of myself and accomplished for seeing this through. I’m overall happy with how I feel on a day-to-day basis and I have new thoughts and feelings about the food I eat.
Throughout the 30 Days, I’ve read a few Whole30 books. In Melissa and Dallas Hartwig’s The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom they discuss how non-scale victories are more important than what the number on the scale reads and it’s something that I wholeheartedly agree with. My non-scale victories include:
- No more food fear/guilt/shame
- I don’t worry about calories, fat or carbs
- No more mindless eating
- Very few cravings
- New cooking skills and favorite recipes
- I’ve learned to make the most out of meal prep in order to make sure I have all that i need to make my best food decisions possible – This was my biggest reason for success during the Whole30. I always had some kind of option easily available that kept me from succumbing to easier/pre-made/take-out/unhealthy temptations.
- I sleep so much better – I used to think it was normal to toss and turn and wake up several times a night. Since the Whole30, I’ve slept so much better and am much better rested overall
- I have more energy and it stays at one level throughout the day
- Improved body image/self-esteem/self-confidence
- Overall happier
- Clearer skin
- Less bloating/flatter stomach
- Leaner appearance and clothes fit better
- Less headaches and overall less need to use Advil/Tylenol
- Improved immune system – Probably the most impressive feat, since I typically get some kind of cold at least once per ‘season’, and am typically much more likely to get sick when traveling between climates. I was on five different planes and traveled to two different cities during this challenge and didn’t get sick!
Last, but certainly not least: My happiness no longer revolves on the number that shows up on the scale. I used to have a daily weigh-in habit and my mood would 100% be affected by what number showed up in the morning. It was exhausting and unhealthy.
I started breaking up with the scale before the Whole30 and tried to focus more on how I felt. Focusing on how I felt physically and wanting to truly learn how different foods affect me is what pushed me to do the Whole30 in the first place – not because I wanted to lose any weight. I stayed off the scale and paid closer attention to how I felt and the changes I noticed in my appearance throughout the 30 days and it’s what I’ll continue to focus on moving forward.
It’s time we go out separate ways for good, Mr. Scale. It’s not me, it’s you.