Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Reluctant Whole 30 - Results & Follow Up - Updated

It's Day 31 and I did a couple of important follow up things today:
  • I weighed myself (finally).
  • I took "after" measurements.
  • I added dairy (in small amounts) back into my diet, otherwise I'm still eating clean because I don't want to make myself sick.
  • I went to the doctor for a full check-up with bloodwork.

Results, so far:
  • I lost 14 pounds.
  • I lost inches - specifically:
    • Waist: -4 inches 
    • Hips: -3 inches 
    • Bicep: -.5 inch 
    • Upper Thigh: -1.5 inches
  • I had no reaction at all to the milk in my coffee or the butter I used to scramble my eggs. Then I put a sprinkle of expensive shredded parmesan on my zucchini noodles and bolognese sauce at dinner and I've felt gassy and crampy ever since. THIS SUCKS HARD BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, CHEESE.
I'll get the results of my blood work next week. Here's how I feel about the results of my Whole 30 so far:

Nailed It

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UPDATE:
It's now Day 33 and I've lost 2 more pounds! Yesterday I added some honey to a home-made sad dressing and it tasted amazing but I think it may have given me some heartburn. I also had a glass of wine last night (organic and sulfate free) and it tasted nice and made me feel happy/sleepy and then I woke up at 5am feeling like GARBAGE with cotton mouth and a sour stomach and that part sucked hard.

Today I went to Zoe's Kitchen and had salmon, potatoes and greek salad with feta and so far I feel great. Maybe goat cheese is the key.

Also, here's my before and after pictures - not a huge difference but my ass definitely looks better and I mean, isn't that what it's all about?? 


Day 2
Day 33
Another Update: 
It's now over a week since I finished and I'm still eating more or less compliant food. I think dairy causes me heart burn (and that SUCKS).  While I've had a couple glasses of wine, it just doesn't taste or feel the same and even in small amounts it makes the morning BRUTAL. I haven't had any bread or pasta and haven't missed it. I had a big, huge slice of delicious rum cake made by Catholic church ladies that you can only get once a year and it tasted sooooooo goooood. Then I had to lie down because I felt like I'd eaten poison. That feeling lasted for 3 hours.

Oh and I've lost another 2 pounds!

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19 comments:

  1. YAY! Congrats, that's so awesome!!!!!

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  2. Those are amazing results - congratulations!!!!

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  3. Congrats!!! Job well done! A whole 30 is not easy!

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  4. Impressive! And the best thing is how good you feel!

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  5. Try goat cheese, it is easier to digest and truly yummy. Especially the blueberry vanilla from Trader Joes, who even has sliced goat cheese that tastes like mozzarella.

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  6. Wow, that's fantastic! Good job!

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  7. No celebratory glass of wine on glass 31?

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  8. I agree with trying goat cheese or even just a softer cheese.

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  9. Fan-FREAKING-tastic!! Good job, lady!!

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  10. amazing!!! you are awesome!

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  11. You look fantastic! Really you can see a difference.

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  12. You look great!! Actually the after pictures make you look *professional.* Congrats!! It must be very hard to choose between those two extremes - feeling great while preparing difficult expensive meals, and feeling crappy but enjoying some wine and cheese..

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  13. Great job! I just finished my first Whole30 and kept with it for a few more weeks since I was used to it. I lost another 5 lbs by sticking with it. I now get a wicked hangover from sugar and carbs so I don't eat them. It's not that I don't want to get fat when I don't eat something, it's that I don't want the hangover. Keep up the good work!!

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  14. You did an amazing job and the proof is in the pictures! Congratulations!!!

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  15. You do look amazing! For me, the face tells a LOT. In the before shot you looked a bit puffy, and a little miserable [stupid camera]. But in the after, you look pleased. Happy. And ready to kick a**. Take that, camera!

    I hope you can find a way to incorporate some of those new habits into your daily routine. Congratulations!!

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  16. Julie, your before and after pictures really show a difference! I thought you looked slender and definitely more toned in the after pictures. I start my Whole30 tomorrow. My birthday is May 1 so I thought I'd give myself that as a present. 2 quick questions: can you get nitrate free bacon at Whole foods (I've only been there once and was completely overwhelmed) and by now I've forgotten the 2nd question. My brain sucks!

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  17. Any whole 30 updates for us?

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    1. YES!! I've been meaning to write one! Quick summary is that 2 months after finishing I still don't eat sugar, grains, soy or legumes. No wheat, bread, rice, pasta, cereal - and don't miss it at all. I added dairy back in and have been enjoying it knowing it doesn't cause me any problems. I drink about 1/4 as often because wine makes the mornings brutal. I've lost another 5 lbs. I don't have any heartburn, blood sugar swings or food-related fatigue. I have a lot more energy and as a result, am getting more exersize. It's been... Life changing. And awesome.

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  18. I've just finished reading your full whole 30 experience. It's definitely refreshing to hear I'm not the only one doing this very reluctantly and I don't have to get a health obsessed, super excited, health coach to be able to do it! I wanted to know I'm not the only person that's going to possibly break down and cry without wine and cheese for a month.
    Thanks of much for the honest review!
    Out of curiosity, have you stuck to any of it a year later?

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