Friday, July 20, 2012

Whole30 Recap

I still can't believe I went a full month without chocolate or dairy. Heck, I can't believe I stayed on a restrictive diet for 30 days, regardless of what it restricted. And you know the crazy-awesome thing? I'm not going bat-crazy with cravings. In the past when I have restricted my diet and I gave myself the go-ahead to indulge in something verboten I usually made a pig of myself. Think extra large pizza with extra cheese and pepperoni, beer, chocolate cake with super thick icing, you get the idea.

Today however I didn't feel any cravings at all. I wanted a piece of chocolate but I didn't NEED it. What a huge difference! Instead of NEEDING a food item, feeling like I would just DIE if I didn't cram it into my face that second I simply wanted a small square of chocolate. And after eating that square (which was decadently rich and delicious) I was happy. No urge to engulf the whole bar in one bite, no constant going back for just one more nibble. Just. Satisfied. Sated.

Folks, if there is ever a reason for you to give Whole30 a try, this is it. To be able to have a treat and enjoy it, lick your fingers of all its yumminess and then walk away happy. Its...I can't describe it. I know, I know, you may think its stupid but when you've spent the last 10 years fighting cravings, hating yourself when you succumbed, knowing that no matter how much will power you have you'll eventually give in and suddenly you've gained another pound or three no matter how hard you worked out...to FINALLY be happy, to be satisfied with a small serving of your nemesis food and be able to walk away?

That. Is. Awesome.

I actually feel in control of my body, in control of my self, and by extension, in control of my life. It is an amazing and awesome feeling, almost like being a fearless teenager again.

But enough with my sappy, from the heart crud, lets get down to the hard numbers:
 

Without exercising, eating whenever I was hungry and then as much as I wanted, I lost 12.8 pounds and inches all over! Not sure why I gained 1/2 an inch on my thighs but who cares!

So, now what? I like eating this way and I will continue eating Paleo and Whole30-ish. I will have a square of chocolate now and then and I won't obsess when I am out on social occasions if something is made with grains or sugar. Otherwise I am going to keep eating clean, add in exercise and see what happens.

A big thank you to all who supported me this past month, to Hubby and Munchkin for being my tasting guinea pigs, to the Whole9 team for putting out this program and the support they provided, and to all you readers for following along.

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