Derek` Posted October 22, 2013 Share Posted October 22, 2013 Hello My name is Derek and I'm on my last day of my first Whole30. I've been struggling with my weight basically since puberty (I'm in my 30s now). Had ups and downs. I've done most of the usual things to lose weight - Weight Watchers, Calorie counting, low fat. About 6-8 months ago, I started to cut out "snack" foods (i.e., processed foods) because they are unhealthy. Eventually, I morphed into paleo eating without really thinking about it. Then, I found Whole30 and went for it. I had lost about 50# prior to starting Whole30, with an ultimate goal of about 110# to lose. My Whole30 experience was great! Even before Whole30, I figured out that grains will cause acid reflux and that refined sugars will make me depressed. Those were problems that I've had for a long time and I just figured they were genetic, or something I would just have to live with. I never thought that they could be cured by my diet and eating real food. I spent most of 20 years looking to pharmaceuticals to take care of my depression. Nothing ever really worked. Eliminating refined sugar (and HFCS) did. I haven't weighed myself since starting Whole30, so I can't really quantify any weight loss. But I can't help but watch myself moving along my the notches in my belt and feeling the clothes falling off. It feels like I just bought new jeans and now I can take them off without unbuttoning them. And I'm now in the smallest notch of the new belt that I just bought! So I know that I've lost at least one pants size since starting Whole30. Probably more like 1.5 sizes. I had been tracking Calories using one of the popular phone apps. I admit, even when I started Whole30 I was logging food. *slap my wrists* I was just getting really frustrated when I visited the forums there. You were an outcast if you didn't buy into the conventional wisdom dogma of Calories In/Calories Out, the USDA food pyramid and "heart healthy" whole grains blah blah blah... All of that as well as a recent FB post on the Whole9 page convinced me that counting Calories isn't really what I need to be doing. I find it much simpler to eat real food, follow the ISWF Meal-Planning template, and listen to my body's hunger signals. While I learned to hate that other site's message board, I was looking for a new place to post and find support from like-minded people So even though I'm technically off of Whole30, I have no desire to add back the crap that made me feel bad for so many years. My basic 'rules': 1. Follow Whole30 and make the best food choices whenever I can. No weighing/measuring food or counting Calories. The only exceptions are nuts. I don't eat them too often, but when I do, I will weigh out an ounce because they are so dense and easy to overeat. 2. My body seems to do fine with white/gold/red potatoes so I will have them occasionally, as well as some legumes like Lima beans and peas. I will basically only use them in post-workout meals or for 'carb loading' before a race or event. 3. I'm okay with some cured meats with a little bit of added sugar. 4. Try to avoid diet pop except as a very rare occasional treat. Before Whole30, I was a diet pop fiend. It's not hyperbole to say that I would sometimes drink a 12-pack in a day in my past life. During Whole30, I've been drinking club soda with lemon or lime slices as my treat drink. 5. No SWYPO/paleo baking. I just can't get into using almond flour or coconut flour et al for baking. I just have no interest in it, and it's kind of pricey. I've learned to prefer eggs or meat with vegetables over pancakes/muffins anyway. And I don't miss bread at all. Salads have replaced sandwiches for me. I may occasionally have frozen banana "ice cream" (Yonanas) 6. Daily movement. I will try to get in movement every day. My routine has been to run 8-12 miles 3x per week, weight lifting at the gym 3x per week, and yoga or walking a few miles 1x per week. 7. Play. Making sure I continue to make time to have fun with my kids and family. Less time on my phone in the evenings. Some long term goals are: to lose about 55-60 more pounds, and to run in my city's marathon in October 2014, and most importantly to continue to be healthier and happier. Thanks for reading this far. Looking forward to getting to know you and support each other in our journeys to health. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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