I’m not stopping at 30 days!
As of today, I’m on day 32, and I’m going to keep going for a while. The past 30 days have been pretty great (I’ll get to my non-scale victories shortly), but it’s just not enough this time. My primary motivation for this round was to see how it would affect my shoulder. And while it has eliminated that 24/7 chronic pain I was dealing with, I think it could be better.
So I’m going to keep on keepin’ on for another 10-15 days at least to see just how much better my shoulder can feel. I also didn’t see as much improvement in my sleep and energy as I’d hoped I would (I mostly blame this on stress), so I’d like to see if those get any better as well.
My experience wasn’t all negative, though! Before I get to all my amazing NSVs, I want to talk about the two books that were total game changers for this round of my Whole30. First, The Whole30 Day by Day is the journal I wanted to keep during my first several rounds but was too lazy to do so. I was able to keep track of how I was doing and feeling, the NSVs I was seeing, and it offered tips and tricks to help get me through those “kill all the things” days.
For those 30 days, I read and journaled in that book every morning and night. It became a familiar ritual (which I’m now replacing with journaling and meditation) that gave me some perspective on the day ahead and allowed me to reflect on what I learned. I’m not saying I couldn’t do another round without this book, but man, it would be hard.
The second book that made a huge difference for this round was The Whole30 Fast & Easy cookbook. This book was full of new and exciting recipes to try, most of which involved few ingredients and minimal prep/cook time. I tried a bunch of them and they were all delicious (although many did not turn out nearly as pretty as the photos in the book!). I even got creative when I realized I was missing a few ingredients and/or bought the wrong things. Improvisation is not something I would have been comfortable with prior to this round.
And with that non-scale victory, let’s get into the list:
- Tried one or more new recipes per week
- Got really good at meal prepping
- Relied on my allergy medicine less (I was taking one every night, now I’m taking it as-needed)
- No more belly bloat
- Fit back into my favorite pair of jeans
- Tried beets again (still don’t like them, but I gave them another shot)
- Clear skin
- Lightened under-eye circles
- Tried new Lacroix flavors and discovered I love the grapefruit one
- Ran almost 55 miles over the month and started training for a 10k (more on that in a separate post to follow)
- I met my goal of exercising every day during my Whole30
- Created healthy rituals and routines that aren’t focused around food, like journaling each morning and reading before bed each night
- Gained more confidence in my appearance and my abilities
- Had the energy and courage to tackle hard things
- Stopped waking up every morning with a headache
- Fewer stomach aches
- No more brain fog
I didn’t weight myself before starting and I didn’t take any “before” photos. The weight wasn’t that important to me—I just wanted my clothes to fit better, and they do! There are probably more that I’m forgetting, but that’s a pretty impressive list of NSVs if I do say so myself. Hopefully in another week or two I can say my shoulder is almost pain free and I’m sleeping better. Time will tell!
In the meantime, I’m reading Food Freedom Forever, which I started about half-way through my Whole30. It’s another game changer and I highly recommend it!
Did you do the January Whole30? How did it go? If you haven’t done a Whole30, but you’re curious, let me know how I can help!
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