Whole30 Day 47…. What happened to 30 days?

Enjoying my day and loving my complexion. Thank you Whole30!

Whole30 Meal Ideas:

If you have read any of my blog posts, you know that I am not a cook, don’t want to be a cook, and pretty much loathe cooking. However, as I know it is important to learn and grow, I am committing myself to learning and being more active when it comes to cooking.  Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t completely changed my ways, but I am making a little progress. I am slowly but surely creating some healthy meals here and there. Below is my latest meal. It was super easy to make and everyone loved it. Yay!

 

Anything I can do to help my husband out is good. He loves to cook and has helped me tremendously, but I don’t want him to have the sole burden. That isn’t fair because he works just as hard as I do. Anyhow, if you are like me and don’t like to cook, take it one step at a time and make easy meals that are quick

 

Cod Loin with cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots cooked in a foil on the stove top. Sides include a salad and left over potatoes and carrots.



If you are needing a filling treat, cut a kiwi in half and eat it with a spoon! So yummy! Add a banana and you are good to go. Happiness 🙂

Whole30 Weight loss…How much have I lost?

Sorry ladies and gents, I have not weighed myself yet. I can’t believe it either, but I’m not ready! I have come so far and to see a number on a scale that isn’t what I am hoping for might just mess with my mind. I am not going there just yet. I know that I have a lot more to lose. That, I know for sure, and I don’t want a scale to step in and ruin what I have going. Plus, it really isn’t about a number. For me, it is about feeling good and being healthy. What is a number on a scale going to do for me? Nothing at all. If you are like me and easily discouraged, stay away from the scale for a while. When you are ready, go for it! Hop on that scale and do so knowing that it is just a number.

How do I know if I am shedding pounds if I haven’t weighed myself?

  • I feel so much better physically

  • My confidence has increased tremendously

  • My clothes are fitting loose

  • Clothes that didn’t fit me before now fit

  • My entire family keeps telling me they see the difference

Whole30 Day 47…What Happened to 30 Days?

If you are wondering why I am on day 47 on a plan that says Whole30, then you are within reason. The whole30 program rules call for people to follow a fairly strict guideline of approved foods for  30-days as a way to restart your body,  followed by reintroduction of certain foods one step at a time to really feel what your body does and does not agree with when it comes to food. If the program calls for 30 days, why am I on day 47?

 

The truth is, I feel too good to go back now. I don’t want any of the horrible foods that I used to eat that turned me into a person that I honestly could not stand. I simply don’t want to feel that way again. I looked horrible and felt worse. Although I have a way to go to meet my goals, I know that I will get there with Whole3o. I am doing this for myself and my family. How can I expect my kids to live up to their full potential when I am not modeling a healthy lifestyle for them? It isn’t right! Luckily, I finally woke up from the sugar coma that I was in and started being the role model they needed when it comes to food and it has made all the difference. I hope to continue this way for as long as I can.


However, they say that 80% of people don’t make it for two rounds of Whole30 and here I am planning to go on for much longer. First of all, I am determined not to be a statistic. I have gone 47 days with out any sugar filled foods and if I can go this long, there is no reason I can’t make it to 60 days. After day 60, I will decide where I want to go with Whole30. However, going back to eating sugary garbage is not going to be an option. For some reason, I feel that if I veer away from Whole30 then it will leave room for me to easily go for the chocolate piece of cake or bread, etc…I can’t go there just yet.  If I didn’t have so much more to lose, I obviously wouldn’t be so obsessed with staying faithful to Whole30. Everyone has their own journey and people should adjust as they see fit.

 

Have I had any cravings? I can’t tell you that I have had many cravings because I haven’t. I did have a craving for a smoothie the other day and I had my daughter make one for me. The Whole30 program does not really advise people to have smoothies during the program, even though they are technically approved, because it sends a different signal to your brain, and I get that,  but if you have one every now and then, I don’t see the problem 🙂 In my opinion, once you pass the 30 day mark, you have to make changes that are going to keep you going  strong on a healthy path and not worry so much about being perfect, just be you!

 

My daughter made this delicious smoothie for me with only a banana, strawberries, and blueberries.

In the past, I would eat almost all day, literally.  I always wanted to snack on something and I knew that I wasn’t hungry while I was eating. I also knew what I was doing was bad. Yet, I continued to do it each day, feeling horrible right after. It was a vicious cycle that took a while for me to get out of. I struggled for a long time and finally, when I started to physically hurt and couldn’t walk down the hallway at work without panting or feeling my heart race, I decided enough was enough. When you reach a point in your life when you realize that your pain hurts more than eating healthy, you will flip the switch and make the best choice of your life.

 

If you are in pain or you’re not able to do things you used to do in the past, know that you can change things. I know because that was me. I was in pain, and I couldn’t do simple things like run (I love running), put on my pants without wobbling over. I had a hard time even putting on my bra. Heck, I couldn’t even polish my toe nails. I know you may be thinking, “Why is she sharing such personal things?” But, this is a reality overweight people face.  I need people in similar situations to know that we all have it in us to make a change.  So, I urge you to try anything. I suggest Whole30. But, if it isn’t for you, then do whatever it takes that makes you flip your switch and keep on keeping on the right path to a healthier life. Don’t seek perfection. Seek to improve yourself and focus on yourself, not thy neighbor. Otherwise, you will never be fulfilled. Decide to get healthy and don’t let anyone stop you. Find people that uplift and encourage you. I am blessed to have supportive people all around me.

If you are living a healthy life style, you have to find ways to treat yourself, of course with healthy choices. I choose to treat myself to a smoothie every now and then.  I used to add all kinds of sugar to my smoothies. Now, all I need to add is the fruit and it tastes amazing! What was I thinking adding sugar to fruit? My daughter is the smoothie queen around here and she is the one that showed me how to eat a smoothie with no sugar. The trick was adding the banana 🙂 I always wanted just a strawberry smoothie. Now, I have a strawberry, blueberry, and banana smoothie and OMG…It is amazing! Super excited about a simple smoothie. If you are like me and like smoothies on the go, I recommend buying a little Nutri Ninja Pro Blender pictured below. I’m happy with both my Ninjas.

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by. As always, please feel free to leave a comment or question below. Look forward to seeing you back here.

 

10 thoughts on “Whole30 Day 47…. What happened to 30 days?

  1. Nice article,
    And you have a good teamwork with your husband. That’s sweet.
    I’m in the middle of weight loss project. I need to cut 4% fat of my body. And the hardest part is to stay away from sweet stuff which is I like it so much. I’ve a plan to put banana into my diet. I hope it works. Wish me luck 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. It is a very hard struggle, but you can do it. I suggest trying Whole30 if you want to cut the cravings. If you can’t purchase the book, look online. There are so many resources online to help you. You can go here: https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/
      I was very bad when it came to sugar cravings. I used to eat sweets all the time. That is all I ever wanted and I really didn’t care what my mind wanted to tell me, because it felt too good when I was devouring the cake or cookies, etc… I am around sugar all the time now and it doesn’t even phase me because I am feeling too good. Try grapes and a handful of cashews. I love that as a snack. Anyhow, I wish you the best of luck. You can do it!

  2. Its so excellent to see how successful the Whole30 journey has been for you Melanie. Your looking great and sounds like you’re feeling amazing.

    I can see how feeling good is addictive and really helps me restraining from eating bad foods. Once you eat clean, the bad foods make you feel terrible after.

    How has your sweetness tolerance gone? Do you find foods that weren’t sweet before you started the Whole30 are extremely sweet?

    1. Thanks, Vince. Feeling good really is addictive. It is almost like I’ve gone from being addicted to bad foods and eating constantly to being addicted to helping myself feel good. I will take that 🙂 I can definitely tell the difference in my taste buds. I enjoy fruits now and sometimes, I find that even fruits are too sweet for me. Never thought I’d say that. LOL. It is hard to explain in words the difference getting rid of processed/sugary foods does for your body. There are many days where I’m not really even hungry, but I force myself to eat a little. I guess I am not living to eat anymore and now I am eating to live and that has made a huge difference.

  3. Hey great post! I am currently on day 2 of my no sugar challenge and I was having withdrawal symptoms such as headaches already! That just goes to show how unhealthy I am haha. You said you make smoothies with no sugar can you tell me what you put in? Because a lot of fruits are quite high in sugar. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Kourtney. I don’t make smoothies a lot. In fact, I have only had one in the last 47 days. I only eat them when I really want a change in what I am eating. And, I don’t really pay particular attention to the amounts of sugar in fruits at this point because simply getting rid of all the processed/sugary foods has really helped. However, I will say that I try to eat a good breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so I don’t have to snack so much on the fruits that I know are high in sugar.
      When my daughter makes smoothies, she puts in one banana, around 6 strawberries, and a handful of blueberries. What she does is cuts up the fruits and freezes them and then will add a little liquid when she makes them, like a little water or coconut milk (sugar-free). If you are just starting the no sugar challenge, I wouldn’t recommend going this route just yet because you are still rewarding your brain with the sugar like substance and it won’t change its wiring because you are still feeding the dragon. I would maybe snack on red grapes and cashews, an apple, kiwi,etc.. However, focus on eating good meals so you don’t want to constantly snack. Stay busy too. That is what I am doing. I’m trying to keep myself busy and drinking water. Also, if you are getting cravings, they say the average craving lasts about 3 minutes. So, find what works for you so you don’t cave in. Ok, I know I am babbling, so I will stop. But, I hope this helps. Take it one step at a time and don’t be too hard on yourself. If you find something that is great, let me know. I am constantly trying to do better.

  4. I am so happy for you! I know how hard this can be. I have done this before and felt amazing. I did this last year and went in for a physical and all of my numbers were excellent ! I did lose weight but mostly inches because I no longer had inflammation. I have noticed a definite improvement in my complexion . I continue to do low or no sugar and follow a low fodmap diet due to stomach issues. Congratulations on your accomplishment . My love to your Momma.

    1. Thank you! I don’t know how much weight I have lost, but I sure do feel great. It sure is amazing what eating the right foods will do for you. I am glad that you have experienced no sugars and the benefits it gave you, and that you continue to stay healthy. I had stomach issues too and since starting Whole3o, they have pretty much gone away. I remember having to rush home from where ever it is that I was at because of horrible stomach cramps, etc… That was a constant in my life. It feels good not to have to deal with that anymore. Anyhow, thanks again for your kind words and may you continue your healthy eating as well.

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