Whole30 Take… 4?
I’ve spoken about wanting to lose weight here before, a long long time ago. What I didn’t speak about (mostly just because I wasn’t blogging at the time) was that about two years ago, I actually lost almost all the weight that I wanted to lose; those last five pounds are still neigh impossible it seems.
I did it by doing CrossFit at a great place down in Beaverton with really friendly people and super helpful coaches. I was there about 3 times a week working up all kinds of sweats and lifting heavy things and having a ton of fun. A few months into being there, I started a Whole30 because I needed to stop eating so badly. I went through the kitchen and got everything that wasn’t Whole30 compliant out of the house, and whilst quitting Starbucks cold turkey was tough, I survived the 30 days and saw great results. After I was done I wished I had blogged it, but I did at least take pictures of much of the food I ate.
After that, I was staying mostly-Paleo for a while, and continued seeing good results. I had lost almost 30 pounds, I had a ton of energy, I was sleeping better, and I wasn’t embarrassed to wear a bikini out in public. I wish that was the end of the story! I wish it almost as much as I wish I was rich.
Shortly after that I met a boy. I love him dearly, he’s awesome and I still have him and plan on keeping him forever and ever, but it turns out our favorite thing to do is eat, and we really love pizza and beer. Sooooooo here I am, two years later, pretty much back at the weight I started at. Ugh! We’ve done a couple Whole30s together during these two years but we’re not diligent about not reverting straight back to really bad habits, nor about going to the gym. Pizza and beer occasionally is great, but we wind up eating all carbs all the time when we’re not paying attention.
So now we’re at today. A couple months ago I started trying to lose weight again but it’s been a little half-hearted. Now it’s time to kick things back into high gear, and we’ll be starting yet another run through 30 days of no processed carbs and no added sugar. I also plan on checking out a couple of the local CrossFit places to see if one is a good match for me, because I really miss it and it works well for me.
This time around though, to help with accountability (and also because it’s kind of a fascinating 30 days), I’ll be blogging some about how it goes. What I eat, how I feel, how tired I am of eggs, whatever strikes my fancy. Probably not daily, but I’ll strive for at least once or twice a week. We’re starting on August 1, and I’m going to try really hard not to gain 3 pounds drinking coffee and eating ice cream before then, but I make absolutely no promises!