What do you do after you finish Whole 30?

So it has been over a week since the big reveal!  And you have put yourself out there for everyone in the world to see:)  You can imagine there is a little intimidation in figuring out how you are going to eat for the “next 300+ days” to keep progressing with your journey to better health!  Well…I have to admit I am not sure yet 🙂  It is such a journey to figure out what is a good balance, but that you can still see good results!

not-so-crunchy-mom-post-whole-30-coffee The first week, we were still pretty strict except that I added a little honey or stevia and coconut french vanilla creamer to my coffee and a couple of other things through out the week.  I didn’t stress so much about the less than 2% sugar in the all natural bacon, lunch meat and hot dogs.  Other than that, we kept pretty close to the plan.

After about a week, we went on our very first date night…and we “splurged” a little!  Hubby had ribs that were marinated in Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce with veggies and slaw…he said that they were AMAZING!  I got a wood fire grilled steak (I love red meat) with mashed potatoes (I thought I took a picture…but I guess it didn’t come through)  We even had a small appetizer of bacon wrapped jalapenos!  We splurged…but didn’t go crazy…and it was worth it!

not-so-crunchy-mom-coconut-bliss.jpg Then we stopped by Central Market to see what kind of “gluten / dairy free” treats they had available.  We found some cookies, but then we found….wait for it…coconut milk ICE CREAM!!  It was a great brand called Coconut Bliss and it only had coconut milk and agave as the ingredients.  It seems like forever since we have had a treat like that…and IT WAS SUPER TASTY!  Even better we got to eat it out on the patio of Central Market and enjoy live music…and it was super cool because of the random cold front we had in Texas…such a crazy weather year!

Other than our date, I have had some peanut butter (because I have yet to find almond butter that I like), organic fruit rope, a little regular ketchup and we tried two different kinds of gluten free pancakes.  I have to admit that they weren’t my favorite, but it was nice to have a change in pace:)

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So…to answer the question that I have heard the most…what are you doing now…or are you still sticking to the plan?  The answer is YES…most of the time!  I have to admit that I have had harder days SINCE our Whole 30 ended.  I am trying to figure out if it is because we have added the sugar back in or if my will power is decreasing?  Either way, I feel myself “letting” myself “get away” with too many things that I wouldn’t have a few weeks ago.

Now…we have a decision to make…will we start another Whole 30?  We ARE going to start our cleanse (I talked about this a little while back here).  And we are going to add in a few SPECIAL extras to prep for the fall season to boost our immune systems 🙂

What do you think?  Should we go for all 3 and get a full boost before the fall season kicks in??  Who wants to join us??!! (Leave me a comment below and let me know if you want to join us on our next adventure:)

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Whole 30: FINAL RESULTS!

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You have been patient…and SO have we!  I can’t really even believe that our first 30 days are over…and that I stuck to ALL the rules INCLUDING not weighing myself THE ENTIRE TIME!!!  You see, I have done SO many diets and always weigh myself (maybe multiple times a day)…but I really loved the fact that I didn’t have to worry about the emotions of weighing myself and being happy OR sad because I hadn’t lost from the day before.  My hubby was a BIG help with this because we basically weighed ourselves and then he took the scale and originally I thought he threw it away (because we need a new one)…but later I found out that he hid it in the garage somewhere 🙂

Well…the results are in…Christie (NSCM) results after the first Whole 30:

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Weight Loss:  19.5 LBS                                 Inches Lost:  11 3/4 INCHES

I wish I was brave to put my before beginning weight and after weight…but I am not quite there yet 🙂 (baby steps)  Really it is crazy that I am putting up these pics of myself…specifically the “Before” pic…which I guess I was going for that really sad, yucky look…I don’t know why I didn’t smile or pick a better outfit!!  And when I put them next to each other I told my hubby that I couldn’t really tell that big of difference…but, he pointed out the small changes that are starting to show up!  I can’t wait to see more results as the next 30, 60, 90….days go by 🙂

I really tried not to get my expectations too high on how much weight I would lose…and I was really pleasantly surprised!  I don’t think I have ever lost almost 20 lbs in a month in my whole life:)  And the best part…we didn’t use any “fake” foods, pills, drinks, shakes, whatever….just REAL FOOD!!  It makes me so happy to think about what this does to change our family for the better with our health 🙂

Kevin’s results after the first Whole 30:

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Weight Loss:  26 LBS                                 Inches Lost:  7 1/2 INCHES

Here is my wonderful and super handsome hubby!  He did AWESOME!  He stuck to the plan, took his lunch and huge water bottle to work with him each day.  He came home and helped me prepare dinner.  On the weekends he would go shopping with me (and our 3 children) and help me unload and prep for the week.  He is truly amazing and it made a HUGE difference that he did the Whole 30 with me.  His results were so AMAZING!  After 3 weeks he could wear a smaller shirt because his mid section had shrunk so much.  He couldn’t even wear the same shirt that he wore in his before pic because it was too baggy to be able to see the difference.  He also looks so much better (than my pics)…with his smile and being actually dressed:)

What about you?  Did you do the Whole 30?  Are you in the middle of your journey?  Do you want to start?  Let me encourage you…JUST DO IT!  It is so worth it…it’s a great start in our journey to better health!!

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Whole 30: Week 5 Day 29-30!!!

Week 5!  Or should it be called…THE FINAL DAYS!!  I really can’t believe that there are only 2 more days.  I have mixed emotions…one side says…yay…I can choose to have a little honey or flavored creamer in my coffee if I want!!  The other side is scared and doesn’t really know what the next step is…what do I do now?  I don’t want to mess up all that I have worked for in the past 30 days!

I did some reading to see what was recommended and Whole 30 recommends adding back in the different groups each week (I think for one day each week and then 6 days break) to see how your body reacts and feels when you have those things.  Then you can recognize what symptoms you have and what can be causing them.  They also recommend that after that, you stick with a plan similar to the whole 30, but don’t have to be SUPER strict with things like a little added sugar in meat or possibly making some gluten free pizza crust and on special occasions, choose to eat homemade cookies.  For us, we started this journey to not only reset our bodies, but also to hopefully lose some excess weight and gain more health and fitness.  So, we plan on sticking to the program with a couple little tweaks (mainly adding a little sugar in & maybe making some gluten free treats every once in a while).  If we get too out of hand though, we will have to get right back on track!  Here are our last 2 days!

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Day 29

  • Breakfast:  Fried egg, fried shredded sweet potatoes and tomatoes
  • Lunch:  Natural beef hot dog with turkey lunch meat, sauerkraut, olives, carrots and celery
  • Dinner:  Chicken sausage, sweet potato chips and spinach salad with tomatoes, olives and homemade ranch dressing

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Day 30

  • Breakfast:  Fried eggs, spinach, onion, bell pepper & sweet potato scramble (I have to admit, I am a little OVER the scramble for a little while)
  • Lunch:  We didn’t have any left overs or lunch meat, so I used canned white chicken and make chicken salad (homemade mayo, white pepper, salt) over tomatoes and cantaloupe
  • Dinner:  Our LAST official meal…we made our very favorite!  Plantain nachos from Well Fed 2 with guacamole.  Seriously…SO GOOD!

Stay tuned…next up…FINAL RESULTS of our first WHOLE 30!!

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