It is Day 30....the final day of the Whole30 Challenge. This is my first time doing, and completing, the Whole30 and it feels amazing. Amazing in more ways than one...
First, it feels wonderful when you have completed something you set out to do. Second, my body feels way better than it's felt in a long time. Third, when I looked in the mirror today, on Day 30, I loved myself.
We, as women, are hard on ourselves. I think every woman picks herself apart, always seeing something they still aren't satisfied with. Today when I looked in the mirror, not having a number on the scale dictate whether I should be satisfied or not ...I was happy.
The Whole30 is different because not only do I look better....more importantly, I feel better. I can tell I am healthier than I was just 30 days ago. I'm sleeping so soundly, every night. I wake up rested. My skin glows. My bloat is gone. I feel a "calmness" and optimism most of the time...but with a consistent energy. I could go on and on. I feel self love and I feel happy. What's the BIGGEST difference between the Whole30 and other health programs I've tried? I feel INDULGED, not DEPRIVED. I look and feel this great getting to eat all that amazingly satisfying, delicious food! I just EAT! That's the coolest part. I am now a firm believer that abs ARE built in the kitchen! :) It really does start with food. (See the link below for "Whole30 Day 15" for a complete list of the changes I've noticed.)
This is the final day of the Whole30....but this end is just the beginning for me. I want to continue having my hormones working properly. I want to continue being a "fat burner" rather than a "sugar burner". I am going to continue to eat this way the majority of the time. I will continue to ask myself "Is this food going to make me healthier or unhealthier?" It's that simple. That's essentially what Paleo is all about. Of course I will still enjoy all that life has to offer....I will just choose my indulgences when they are worth it and special.
Congrats to all the other Whole30 Alumni out there! I know there are a ton of you! I'm so happy to join you. It's definitely changed my life;)