Report Card: July 2013 [Whole30 Recap]

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You’ll be pleased to hear that I did not succumb to the gooey chocolatey chip cookies at the eleventh hour, and instead did Stage 1 Workout A #4 of New Rules of Lifting for Women. Then ate some eggs, showered, and went to bed.

Without further ado, my stats:

Measurement July 1st July 31st Difference
Body Weight 156.4 147.8 -8.6
Body Fat Percentage 26.0%* 25.8% -0.2%
Bust 35″ 33.5 -1.5″
Waist 31″ 29.5″ -1.5″
Hips 36.5″ 35.5″ -1″
Right Bicep 12″ 11″ -1″
Right Thigh 21″ 20.5″ -0.5″
 * Based on last test in November 2012.
Favorite Accomplishment: Completing Whole30 was my only goal this month. Mission Accomplished.
Overall Grade: A

As expected, my weight loss plateaued after the first half of the month. I’m at a point in my weight loss career where I have to kick and scream and punch and claw for every ounce lost. On the plus side, all that catfighting I’m doing is helping me lose inches and gain muscle.

147.8 is my lowest recorded weight as an adult (to be honest, the last time I weighed that as a non-adult was probably in the fourth grade), and is what I weighed during the peak of my weight-losing back on October 27, 2012. For comparison, my measurements then versus now:

Date
Bust
Waist
Hips
Right Bicep
Right Thigh
10/27/12
34″
30.5″
36″
12″
20″
7/31/13
33.5″
29.5″
35.5″
11″
20.5″
Difference
-0.5″
-1″
-0.5″
-1.0″
+0.5″

Haha! My thigh got bigger. Oops.

Whole30 Closing Thoughts

You can read all my Whole30 posts here in case you missed them. There’s not a whole lot left to say that I haven’t already said. The numbers above tell me that the diet was physically successful, but was it mentally and emotionally successful? Did I tame my sugar dragon? Have I eliminated my bad food habits? Has it changed the way I look at food? Do I feel like a healthier person?

In a nutshell: Umm…sure! Despite that cookie aberration from last night, sugar cravings were always manageable. My “bad food habits” were things like needing to have a grainy carb for breakfast along with a salty protein, or needlessly eating 6 small meals plus snacks every day. I do feel healthier, cleaner, and less lethargic. And I absolutely love the fact that I eat practically zero processed foods; my entire grocery trip is done on the border of the store (meats, produce, eggs; that’s it!).

Where do I go from here? The Whole30 guide suggests a gradual reintroduction phase where, for the next 10 days, I begin to experiment with each of the banned food groups, then record how my body reacts to them. Honestly…Cassie ain’t got time for that right now. I’m going to remain largely Whole30 compliant for the next two weeks, but if I want to have a drink, I’m gonna have a drink. If I want a bite of a cookie, I’m gonna have that bite. It has to be worth it, though.

Is Whole30 Right For You?

If I took a page out of a tabloid magazine and told you that you could lose almost 10 pounds in a month, would you believe me? If I told you that if you followed a certain plan EXACTLY, no matter how crazy it sounds, and you WILL lose weight, get healthier, and begin to fix your relationship with food, would you do it? If I PROMISED you that, if you do everything I say, with absolutely no cheating, you WILL be successful, would you trust me?

When I went veganish last year, and at the beginning of Whole30 this year, I got a lot of the same comments. “I could never do that.” “I could never do this.” “I’m addicted to cheese.” “[This food] would be impossible to give up.”

First of all, don’t use the words “can’t,” “never,” and “impossible” about food. Most of the time they are code words for “won’t,” “don’t want to,” or “not even gonna try.” Don’t worry, I’m not judging you. There are a lot of things that are good for me that I don’t want to do either, like eat a lot of vegetables. But if someone told me a plan had guaranteed [healthy] results, I’d be stupid not to at least attempt it.

Whether you are experiencing a weight loss plateau, or are just starting out and need to get over that cycle of losing and gaining the same 5 pounds, I highly recommend trying the Whole30 challenge. Look at this way: you don’t have to give up food groups FOREVER. It’s just thirty days. That’s what I kept telling myself and is what helped me push forward. By the end, one of two things will happen: you’ll pat yourself on the back for challenging yourself while happily eating a grilled cheese sandwich, or you’ll wonder why you thought it was so impossible to eat this way to begin with.

3 thoughts on “Report Card: July 2013 [Whole30 Recap]

  1. Jae
    August 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Great job on the progress report. I’m also on WW and have been trying to look for different meal plans or diets I may want to try out. I’m going to look into the Whole30. Also, I used to be follower way back when you had your old blog. *CLAP CLAP CLAPPING – CHEER* on your weight loss success, its is so encouraging to find others and read/follow their success through the program.

  2. sarahlou1976
    August 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Love your recap – you did great, better than I would have 🙂 well done

  3. Ashley
    August 1, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    You did it!