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