If you read my last post, I detailed how I came to the decision to do a Whole30 for the first time at seven weeks postpartum. My husband Andrew decided to participate in the program with me, which was really exciting. Andrew had been trying to lose weight for years, and like so many others, would find something that worked short term but never managed to keep weight off or lose everything he needed to be healthy. We were both determined to put our all into this Whole30 and see what happened. We did a lot to prepare, which I will detail in my next post.
**This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase anything through these links I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Read the full disclosure here.**
What we hoped for…
Andrew’s goal for the first round was to really make some progress in reversing years of less than healthy habits and mindsets surrounding food. My goal was to work on healing from a pregnancy and a really difficult delivery both physically and emotionally, and we both wanted to lose weight.
What we feared…
The Whole30 book was so helpful and encouraging as we prepared for the program, especially Melissa’s ‘Tough Love’- but a change that big is bound to bring up some anxieties, and in this case, I think it was all part of the process in healing from misunderstandings about food and what it should mean to us. I was not looking forward to drinking unsweetened coffee and giving up cheese and beans. Andrew was worried that he would be hungry and not have anything good to eat for a month. Well, we had no idea what was coming for us.
What actually happened…
I am not saying that the Whole30 is easy- it certainly has its challenges that vary day by day. But we were SO ready that we didn’t ever question it. We followed the rules happily, gratefully even, and it was so worth it. First I’ll share some of our non-scale victories:
- We slept very well (even with a tiny baby)
- We had energy during the day (even with a tiny baby)
- Our (especially my) moods were not unpredictable and we felt calm more often than not
- Andrew stopped snoring 🙂
- We both stopped having any kind of joint pain
- We both began to feel more self confidence
- My skin irritations completely disappeared
- I had a plentiful milk supply for my little nursling
And then there’s the weight loss. Those first 30 days, I lost 12 pounds and Andrew lost 14 pounds. We were feeling so good that we decided to keep up the Whole30 lifestyle for another round at least! With a little bit of food freedom here and there, we have been living a Whole30 lifestyle since June 1st 2018. Andrew has lost nearly 40 pounds (and counting!) and I weigh what I did when we got married and can fit into my clothes. (woot woot!) Today, November 1st, we are starting a whole21- Thanksgiving is on the 22nd of this month and we are going to have some Paleo treats 🙂
What we learned…
I plan on being dairy free indefinitely, which I NEVER thought I would say. But my body functions much better without it. I also plan to eat very little grains and sugar because of the way they affect my body. Andrew has not shown sensitivities as extreme as mine, but it is obvious that the Whole30 way of eating is working for him- his skin looks awesome, his beard is amazing, and he just keeps losing weight! I am so proud of him and proud of us for doing this now and striving to become happier and healthier every day for each other and ourselves.
Have you done a Whole30 or something like it that as totally changed your life? I would love to hear about it!