Last January I followed the Whole30 plan and discovered so many things about myself and my eating habits, so I decided that I should follow it again this year, but go a bit longer than the 30 days. My goal for this year is to follow the plan for 100 days, but that’s no “set in stone”. My main goal in deciding to follow the plan for 100 days has less to do with weight loss and more to do with feeling better overall. If I didn’t feel as good as I’d hoped after 30 days, I might just end it there.
This January, I lost 10.4 pounds while following Whole30. I started moving more. I made a conscious effort to get some sort of exercise and get my 10k steps every day. Over the month of January I managed to get 10,000 steps or more 21 of the 31 days. Five of those ten days, I was sick with a sinus infection and barely made it out of bed. The other five days, let’s just call them rest days! I kept my calorie intake to a reasonable number. I know this because I tracked everything I ate the whole month in MyFitnessPal, which is a rarity for me to do. Most days my protein intake was higher than both fats and carbs, which is why I believe I was able to lose the 10 pounds during January. Upping the protein and cutting out sugar completely probably were my biggest changes and factors in the weight loss area during the month.
Last year I removed gluten from my diet during the Whole30 and didn’t bring it back except to test it during the reintroduction phase. It was a huge NO-NO for me, and I had already suspected it so I got rid of it and haven’t consumed gluten since. It hasn’t always been easy, but I definitely don’t have the aches and pains that I have when I have gluten. I also don’t feel as bloated and puffy, as I did with the gluten, so it will stay away, as much as possible. This year, I am looking for what other foods/food groups don’t necessarily agree with me. I have my suspicions, but I’m not sure and I don’t want to go to the expense of food allergy testing, so I am following Whole30 to help me figure it out.
There are a couple of things that I noticed are a lot different during this Whole30 verses the Whole30 I followed last January, that are concerning. These are my biggest concerns right now: my sleep has NOT been as good (which is weird since that is one of the things that Whole30 usually helps with), and I don’t physically feel better. I have been working on reducing stress and getting enough “me time” every day. I have been exercising and making sure I move. I have been taking all my prescribed medicines. I have cut the sugar and all things processed (Whole30 takes care of that). I haven’t been consuming much caffeine. Since I am not feeling significantly better while following the plan this tells me and my doctor that there is something else going on with me, that needs to be addressed.
I talked to her this weekend and she has suggested that I continue with Whole30 for the time being and add in some supplements. So I am going to be taking a bunch of supplements, continue following the Whole30 plan, and tracking my exercise and food during the month of February and see what happens with my health. I am hoping for good things with these additions.
How did you do with your January goals? Are you feeling better? Do you need to make some changes? Tell us all about your successes!