Mondays with Michelle

Hey my Lovelies! Say hello to Michelle from  :) She’ll be guest blogging for me on Mondays!

{deep breath}
Hi, I’m Michelle and I’m a big, fat girl.  This is where you tell me that I shouldn’t say that about myself.  And I say, “but it’s true.” And it is.  I am obese.  Not like 10 pounds to lose.  Or even 20 or 30 or 40.  I’ve got over 100 pounds to lose.  Over, I said.  For real. Which I realize is a lot more than you girls here doing the fit challenges and whatnot.  But I thought that if I wrote about it “publicly,” that it would help me stay on track. I have tried every diet out there over the years and they all have worked.  For a time.  But nothing sustainable.  And I gain it allllll back.


Recently an online friend was talking about Whole30, and I became interested.  From what I read, Whole30 is not about losing weight, it’s about your relationship with food, and understanding what all the extra ingredients that are in things do to your body.  But there were a lot of rules.


Here’s what you CAN eat:  veggies, poultry, nuts, fish, eggs, fruit, seeds, pork, beef, and healthy fats.


Here’s what you CANNOT eat:  dairy, soy, legumes, grains, sugar, alcohol, starches, and processed food.


Man.  That’s rough.  I love milk.  I love Coca-Cola.  And Cheerios too. But I committed myself – and my husband – to giving it 30 days.


And off I went to shop for my first week….:
I started Whole30 last Monday, April 21. As of this writing (Sunday night), I have lost 14.5 pounds and my husband has lost 16 pounds. That is the ONE Whole30 rule I am breaking – weighing myself.  I am not using this program to lose weight, I want to eat clean and healthy, etc.  But on the flip side, I can’t do something for 30 days and NOT lose weight because of where I am now.  So I have been weighing myself daily.  Up or down, I need to know, it keeps me focused. 


I know those numbers are high, there’s water weight, and remember, big fat people will lose it faster at the beginning as well.  But it’s definitely a motivator to see the numbers going down like that.  And I know they will slow down – but I am happy with the start for sure.


This is a meal for me…..:
Kat’s Week 1 Challenge Questions:
1 – What is your goal for this challenge?
Make it 30 days of clean eating.  And lose some weight.
2 – Where do you hope to be at the end of the challenge?
Smarter about food and its effects on my body.  Motivated to continue the course.
3 – What do you think is going to be the hardest part?
Drinking.  I have been having water and nothing else this entire week.  I like milk and Crystal Light.  Miss those, for sure.

So there you have it.  That’s my journey, and my plan.  But it’s only the beginning.  I’ll have a lot of work to do after this first 30 days.  But what’s that saying?  How do you eat an elephant? – One bite at a time.  So I’ve taken the first (Whole30 approved) bite.

Catch you here next week!


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2 thoughts on “Mondays with Michelle

  1. I am so happy for Michelle! What a great start to the weight loss plan for both you and hubs!!! Way to go! Wishing you both much continued success with this challenge!!


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