Whole30 Week 4 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! I’ve been super busy these past two weeks and didn’t get a chance to post my week 4 update. So, here it is…This post is a couple of weeks late. Today, I am so pleased to announce that I made it through my journey successfully. It was a great experience, and I learned so much along the way.
If you’ve read my journey from the beginning, you’ll know that I didn’t do this for the weight lost nor do I have any other issues such as medical ailments, sleep problems, low energy, brain frog or things of that nature. So, why? Why did I put myself through 30 whole days of restricting my food intake. Again, if you’ve read my story from the beginning, you’ll learn that I started the Whole30 to challenge myself mentally and to test my will-power as it relates to food, and I came out on top – YESSSS!!!!
I learned so much along the way even as my Week 4 of Whole30 was coming to an end. In summary, when I look back, I’m surprised:
- How much of my meals (prior to the Whole30) were filled with gluten, dairy, sugar, and legumes
- Not knowing that certain fruits and veggies were deemed dirty even after washing (see list)
- How much I can actually tolerate eggs
- I enjoyed grabbing veggies as a snack food instead of always going for fruit
- Eating left-over lunch or dinner for breakfast are great options when you’re on the Whole30
- Not to over think it…keeping meals simple = success
- How helpful the Whole30 Instagram feed/stories were for inspiration
- When faced with food challenges while on the Whole30, think about your end goal and the closer you are to that goal as each day passes
- Staying committed is KEY, I never wanted to start over and I couldn’t imagine messing up and started over from DAY 1 that was not an option, at least for me
- Meal prepping was so convenient and lessened my temptation and desire to have food that were not Whole30 compliant
- Making this way of eating, feel apart of my daily lifestyle and not just something I was doing for the time being
Even after Whole30 Week 4, I didn’t have a strong desire to go back to my previous way of eating. Although I ate fairly healthy prior to my journey, I wasn’t craving anything in particular. I did miss:
- Dairy such as Greek yogurt and frozen yogurt
- Homemade pizza
WHOLE30 WEEK 4 RESULTS
Now for the results, drum roll please… at the end of week 4 of Whole30, I did begin to sleep better. In the prior weeks, I reported no change. But, recently I noticed an improvement which I begin to notice as of last Monday morning when I had awaken. I felt so refreshed and well rested. I even told my mom but at the time I didn’t think much of it. My only thought is that it’s attributed to the Whole30.
As mentioned earlier, I didn’t do this for weight lost which is why I didn’t weigh myself prior to my Whole30 challenge. However, I did take one measurement just as a reference point for my own knowledge or if someone happened to ask. The one measurement that I did take was around my waist. From Day 1 of my Whole30 up until the end of week 4, I’ve lost 1.5 inches around my waist. My arms feel slimmer and some of my clothing fit differently. I would lie if i say that ‘m not happy with the results but my point is that potential weight lost was not my motivation.
I didn’t have any noticeable differences in energy level or clearer skin as I didn’t have issues in those areas prior.
Overall, I feel great and am so happy that I took on this challenge. It was a wonderful experience and well worth it. I would take on this challenge again.
Because this post is a week late, I’ve already started the reintroduction phase. I’ve reintroduced quinoa back into my body without any side-effects. I’m still feeling great.
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