Whole30 Diet Results; Why did I stop?

The Whole30 Answer

Last year, the Whole30 plan seemed like the answer to my weight problems.  In fact, as I cracked open the book, the following lines truly had me sold: “It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.” (Hartwig, vii). I was sold. I told myself, “My goodness, Melanie, if you can’t drink your darn coffee black while people are suffering from fatal diseases, then you have a serious problem.” That is what I told myself. It was just the hook I needed to get started.

Whole30 Approved!

Why I decided on the Whole30

I have been active all my life and I have always loved being in the outdoors and love to exercise. However, the past six years have been particularly hard for me and I have gone from running 5-8 miles a day to having hip surgery and not being able to even walk one lap because I have become so out of shape. When I was injured, I told myself that if I couldn’t run, which was my passion,  then why even bother exercising at all. As it turns out, that mentality was not the route to take. It has led me down a bad path of weight gain and inactivity.  I have gained about 80 pounds.

For the past several years, I had been suffering from stomach issues and hypothyroidism. I needed to find out what was leading me down this path of chronic stomach pain. I was tired of rushing home to the restroom because my stomach was cramping so bad. On top of that, I had tennis elbow on both elbows! Yikes! I was falling apart.  Now, I am not someone who loves cooking and finding awesome recipes, so this was a concern for me, as I thought about starting this Whole30 program. I decided, however, that I needed to do this. I needed to kick start a change. And, so…off I went last summer in July as we arrived in Texas from our eight-year stint in Wisconsin. Yep, I decided to start not too long after I landed in central Texas! What? Barbecue, Breakfast tacos, were all waiting for the taking and I said NO for 30 days! As a teacher, our summer meetings entailed donuts, tacos, candy, etc… and I said No to all of that!

So… What Were My Whole3o Diet Results?

Are you ready? Well, let me tell you that when the WHOLE30 book tells you that you will be building a whole new relationship with food, it is most certainly correct. I did just that. I found myself saying no to food that I would never have said no to. I made myself proud and I lost 22 pounds in 30 days. That is insane! I ate good filling foods and I lost over 20 pounds in a month. Do you want to know what is even better? I didn’t have one stomach cramp and I went from barely being able to lift my purse because my elbow hurt so bad to no pain at all. It was a true miracle. I felt good. I had energy through the roof and there was no stopping me. Or, was there?

So, if things went so well for me then why am I back to the weight I started at? Why didn’t I keep going? I keep asking myself that to this day. However, I think I know the answer. It is two-fold.  One, the school year started right as I was finishing up my 30 days, and the stress of being a new teacher at a brand new school with brand new expectations and all the learning I had to do got the best of me. I became stressed and I caved. It was simply too much for me to handle and I turned to my sweet addiction.

The next reason is that I didn’t have the family support I needed. I have a husband and three children to feed and if your family is not on board, it makes it harder to succeed. Well, I say that for me at least because I am just not interested in cooking and don’t really have creative ideas when it comes to meals. I will wash dishes all day, but cooking? Ugh! It just isn’t something I take pleasure in. My kids will tell you that my husband is a way better cook than I am. They sure love to let me know.

I had a good thing going and I let it go and now I am back to my aches and pains. How many of you have tried a plan like WHOLE30 and failed? It sure is a hard pill to swallow.  Anyhow, I urge you to find people to talk to. Come to this page and vent or let off steam. Everyone needs an outlet. We can do this.

Will I try WHOLE30 Again?

I will absolutely try it again. In fact, I started day 1 today. Wish me luck. This time, I have my ducks in a row. I have my eldest daughter on board and I am taking charge of the cooking so my husband has no reason to make excuses about not wanting to come on board with me. He needs the help too as he has high blood pressure and is overweight. Sometimes, you just know it is up to you to make things right. Well, this is one of those times for me. I have to make things right for my family and for me.

What is my Advice to You?

One bit of advice before starting WHOLE30 I’d share with those considering this endeavor is to read up on the plan ahead of time. Once you have done so,  prepare your food needs ahead of time!! Go shopping and learn how to meal prep, if you don’t already. This is something that I plan on doing this time around.  It will be extremely hard to start this journey without setting yourself up for success.  If you are big on snacking, make sure you have enough approved foods with you. Don’t find yourself without any healthy snacks. This will lead to temptation. Drink a lot of water. Also, you can eat leftovers for breakfast. Don’t tire yourselves of eggs. Be creative and satisfy yourself.  Once you feel good and up to it, include some exercise as your doctor sees fit. You can do this! I recommend reading the book,  The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food FreedomI also recommend the cookbook The Whole30 Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Totally Compliant Recipes to Help You Succeed with the Whole30 and Beyond.

I wish you all the best! Here is to 30 Days!

14 thoughts on “Whole30 Diet Results; Why did I stop?

  1. It really works, my sister and her daughters did it and saw good results. It will be tough at first but it’s doable with planing. I want to try myself, gonna start slow.

    1. It sure is nice to know that you have seen the success of the Whole30 within your family. I really did see success and only regret not sticking with it. It is a great program that I recommend to people that are wanting to start a new relationship with food. So, if your doctor approves, I’d say go for it! I will be here with questions and support. Buying the book will be a great help and there is a lot out in the web to help as well. Thank you, and come and visit again.

  2. Thanks Melanie, for putting yourself out there, knowing that there are other people in which share your struggles as well. Absolutely love the idea of your site and I am now looking into the Whole 30!

    1. Thank you Saidee for coming to my site. Glad to have you here and hope you return. I am glad to see that you are interested in the Whole30. I recommend you clicking on the Amazon link on my post and purchasing The Whole30 books. They will be a very valuable tool in your journey. There is also a lot out here on the web to help support your start. So keep at it and come and visit us again soon. I am always here for support and if I don’t know answers, I will find them just as soon as I can.

  3. Hey Melanie:

    Thanks for your take on the Whole 30 Diet. It was an eye-opener for me.

    I am a self-diagnosed unthinking sugar addict and the best way for me to control the reaching for sweet is not to have it anywhere near me. During the stress times it is so very easy to fall back into old habits, for sure.

    The concept of preparing and having healthy foods available is a good one. Chronic snackers do need to have lots of good choices around them and it can get to be a bit of a project if you are not really into preparing your own food.

    Still, there are a lot of healthier choices available than ever before.

    Thanks for sharing your journey. I’m sure you’ll do better on your next attempt. Hey! You actually did make the change you wanted happen the last time. Now you’ve just got to figure out how to make it stick.

    1. Netta, Thank you for your encouraging words. Not that I want other to love sugar as much as I do, but it is nice to know that there are other people like me out there. When we (people who struggle)  can talk to each other when we are feeling stressed and ready to cave in, I believe those moments could possibly help keep us on the right path. I encourage you to come visit this site whenever you feel the need and encourage others who need a place to vent as well. 

       I think you are absolutely right about not having those addicting foods around. It makes it a lot easier to succeed. Now, it is holding on during those stressful moments. That’s gonna be the struggle. Have a great day!

  4. This is an informative article. Yes, we should seriously watch what we are eating. There are two ways to tackle your weight and health issues which are diet and exercise. I think diet is the most important because you can exercise all you can but without a plan diet, it is pointless. Please I was just wondering the whole30 diet can use by someone suffering from diabetes.

    1. Hello, Emeolu, and thank you for your comment. I agree that diet is truly important, It is definitely of dual importance, but like you say, without a proper diet, it really can be pointless to gain the proper health one needs when constantly eating unhealthy foods. Regarding Whole30, people who suffer from Diabetes can most definitely see some amazing results and even see a full reversal of type 2 diabetes. However, because there are lower carbs consumed on this diet, it is always important to consult with a doctor to assure insulin levels are maintained. I have read that some people with diabetes, along with their doctor consent, often ease into the program rather than jumping in cold turkey. What the program recommends is to consult with your doctor and have follow-up visits along the way. 

  5. I love the Whole30 and I saw great results from the healthier eating as well. It is tough, but with a change in mindset you realize that healthy foods can taste good and fill you up! I did Whole30 and loved the way it made me feel! Of course I got off course after the 30 days, but now I am trying Weight Watchers and slowly, but surely I am also seeing great results. I needed the meetings, support, and accountability to encourage me to keep losing weight and refuse those cravings. I can cheat every once in a while, but not every day like I had been.

    1. Natalie, Glad you were able to see results with Whole30. It sure does shift your thinking about food. I too like the accountability of having meetings and support. This is why I created this page to share my thoughts and to have a place where people can come and vent, share accomplishments, ask questions, or whatever else they need. I am glad that you started Weight Watchers because I truly believe in finding what works best for each person. After all, we all have different needs. I was very successful with weight watchers in the past. It was a blessing to have the support that a program like Weight Watchers has to offer. Who knows, I might end up re-enrolling some day. Wish you well with your weight loss endeavors and hope to see you back on this site!

  6. Thanks for your honest story, I have been curious about trying Whole 30 for awhile. Trying to get your family to change their ways can be impossible. Have you ever tried any meal delivery services to make your meal planning easier?

    1. It has been a struggle to get my family on board because they are all so addicted to sugar. It is insane. One thing that I am seeing and happy about is that they are trying and they are noticing what they eat and starting to realize just how addicted they are. I have been really strong and have stuck with it for 2 weeks already. I feel great and I am so happy that I can go to restaurants and eat approved foods without caving in and eat what others around me are eating. I just keep telling myself that I want to get better, feel better, and look better. It is working. I haven’t tried the meal delivery service as of yet simply because I just can’t afford it right now. It is definitely something I am thinking about trying in the future. If you ever decide on Whole30, I am here for you. You can ask me questions or vent, etc… Honestly, if you can last 30 days, I promise you, you will feel the difference. Hope to see you back on my page soon. 🙂

  7. MMmmm . . . Dieting ? I am not a fan of dieting. Look I have no doubt that diets can work and the Whole30 Plan seems to be one of those.
    My fight with diets is that most of them are unsustainable. We lose the weight, and I have done so many times, but there comes a point when your body says enough of this and then you’re right back where you started (most of us) and we might even find, as I did, that we are even heavier a few weeks after we packed in the diet.
    But then , there are those who keep going I suppose, and the diet becomes their way of life.

    1. I agree that many of us go back to our old ways. However, Whole30 is an amazing program and it really isn’t a diet, I suppose. It is a way of life, a way to change your brain and it really does work. I have had no processed foods or sugars for 74 days and I feel amazing. Now, am I going to do this forever? No, I most likely will not. My plan is to get down to the size I want to be, continue my exercise, and eat good foods and maybe some not so good foods, but in moderation. I want to continue eating this way because it has fixed all my stomach issues. It really is mental and I have been one of those dieters who goes back and forth. However, as I age, I am starting to really see the negative impact my body has paid for my actions. I guess when it comes down to it, it is really about either livIng longer or deciding to comfort oneself with the bad foods all around us for a quick fix. I want to live longer so hopefully I keep this going. 

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