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Day 30 of The Whole 30

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Today I completed The Whole 30 and, to be honest, I'm really proud of myself!! emoticon

I have long been interested in Paleo because it seems to make sense for so many other people who were in my same position once: overweight, but yo-yo-ing, hungry when cutting calories, trying to track every BLT, etc....

But this has felt so good, so right for me. The first couple of days I was low energy and had to resist reaching for food. It took a few days to figure out I had to have a healthy carb with my high protein and healthy fat breakfast or I would feel hungry and out of sorts all day.

The second week I had to contend with mild headaches, but I felt that my energy level was increasing. Also, I gave up coffee on Day 4 because it just wasn't good without the Splenda. But the important thing is I wasn't hungry at all. I mostly ate 3 meals a day and an occasional snack if hungry.

And by early week 3 I was feeling great. I started getting a lot more done around the house and have felt a lot more energetic. I lost about 2 lbs a week (and that was with very little exercise. I know it won't always be that way, but that's the next step for me).

This week, #4, has been more of the same and I honestly see no reason to give it up. This has been like a reset button and I'm so grateful for it. I'm prioritizing healthy foods over pretty much everything else except my kids, of course. It's becoming more of a habit to think ahead and make sure I have a plan for healthy lunches and eating out.

Going forward, I do plan to experiment, very slowly, with other foods. I miss that sprinkle of blue cheese on my salads, you know? So I'll give it a try and see how it makes me feel. Interestingly, I had more fruit on Sunday night (at a party) than I have in a long time and I felt it the next day. I was slowed down and didn't feel right all day. That was a lesson, for sure.

But, now I feel like I have a framework in place and it's going to keep headed in the right direction.

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    Heidi I am so very very proud of you and KNOW that this is just one of many steps on your Healthy Living Journey! You have been SO inspiring to me (and I'm sure many other people too)! You are the epitome of the "everyday woman" who has a life with children and and a husband and many, many responsibilities but you still made time for YOU! I know you can do it but more importantly, anyone reading this blog nowknows THEY can do it too simply because of you!

    Thank you for being YOU!

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    2467 days ago
    Congratulations on finding a plan that works for you! I'm doing a type of elimination plan myself (called 'The Plan') and it has been an amazing experience. Its proved to me once and for all that our bodies ARE different - what works for one does NOT work for all!! Keep up the good work!! emoticon emoticon
    2468 days ago
    Heidi you continue to become a stronger, smarter, confident woman. I'm so proud of you and better yet I think you are proud of you.
    2468 days ago
    Hey, if it works, keep up with it! Way to go!
    2468 days ago
    way to go
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    Very positive and inspiring message! Thank you for sharing your experience!
    2468 days ago
    Way to go Heidi!! So proud of you! ... it's so interesting how much you learn about your body when cutting out processed foods.. and it will get easier! SWEAR!
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    That's awesome!! Interesting with the fruit. I feel better with fruit than without it energy wise. But isn't that part of finding what does work for us and makes us feel better? I would have to give up coffee too as I don't like it without splenda either. Great going!!
    2469 days ago
    Glad you found something that works for you and makes you feel great!
    2469 days ago
    I am just so flappin proud of YOU… You are putting you first- everything goes better when mama's happy and healthy! How interesting you will continue- that speaks volumes!!!!
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