So the holidays came and went. I ate really well and drank probably a little too much. I had decided to start the New Year with a clean slate and figured if I was going to give up alcohol and dairy for 30 days that I might as well just do the Whole30 all over again. I had my sisters baby shower the 1st weekend in January so decided to start right after that.
I had a lot more knowledge and understanding going into the Whole30 this time, so I knew it would be a lot easier for me. I didn’t have the “sugar dragon” withdrawals. I did get headaches but I was also recovering from a pinched nerve in my neck and a bruised rib. Per my doctor I had to take one week off from CrossFit and from any lifting at all. It wasn’t easy but I decided it was worth my recovery so I wasn’t back to square one a few weeks later because I tweaked it again.
I will say the only thing I missed the most during this round was alcohol. I had a pretty stressful month overall. I will say it was probably a good thing I couldn’t drink because I had to find different ways to relieve my stress and anxiety. I took lots of walks and surrounded myself with the people I love so I kept nice and busy. Socializing wasn’t hard this time either. I was prepared for all situations and I knew what I could and couldn’t do so I planned ahead and brought food/drinks wherever I went.
I didn’t blog this experience and instead just shared my new found recipes via Facebook whenever I came across an amazing meal. I also didn’t vocalize to many that I was doing it. I did for myself and only me. I wanted to kick the new year on a healthy start and set the tone for my goals for 2013.
Superbowl Sunday I allowed myself to eat anything and drink anything. I didn’t do the “re-introduction” portion this time because I know what foods trigger me and what in small quantities my body can handle. After having some beer, cheese, tortilla chips and a cupcake by Monday I had a food/beverage hangover; man did my stomach HATE me. Luckily I work from home so I was able to stay in comfy clothes all day and lounge around while I worked. I don’t think I would have had the energy to drag myself to work. Since the Superbowl I haven’t had any alcohol and I’ve gone back to eating pretty much clean. Now I am at the point where I don’t know if its worth the pain to not eat clean or drink beer. But then again give me a week and I’m sure I’ll be having another beer and paying the price – but thats the nice part in all of this … is its my choice!
I will preach “It Starts with Food” and the Whole30 to whoever will listen. I 100% believe that its a LIFE CHANGING experience and its something that EVERYONE should try. I know its not all about the numbers but I did weigh myself before and after each Whole30 to see the difference (although looking in the mirror I can totally see the difference so getting on the scale doesn’t even matter). During the first Whole30 (Sept, 2012) I lost 12 pounds. During the second Whole30 (January, 2013) I lost 6 pounds but I notice a lot more muscle on me. Since August 2012 when I started really focusing on my health and wellness I have lost almost 30 pounds. I look and feel AMAZING.
I do (although still hesitant) want to share my before and after pictures … I’M PROUD OF MY HARD WORK AND DEDICATION!
Whole30 – Round 1 (September 2012) before on the left, after on the right
Whole 30 – Round 2 (January 2013) before on the left, after on the right
And as Melissa and Dallas Hartwig say … I’ll continue to spread the good food word.
Until next time … 🙂