ESuggs Posted July 1, 2014 Share Posted July 1, 2014 Hello! I'm on day 16 of my first Whole30, and I'm really struggling. I wanted to do the Whole30 primarily as a weight loss vehicle; however, I chose this program specifically because of the emphasis on overall health and well being (versus Weight Watchers, other clean eating programs, etc.). I have had three children in three and a half years and gotten the weight off relatively easily the first two times. It's a little slower coming off this time. Typically, I exercise five to six times a week, and I prepare healthy, home-cooked meals--meat, veggies, limited starches, some fruit. (By way of an example, I haven't had to create or find recipes for meats and veggies--I am using recipes and meals I'm used to preparing.) I gained 33 pounds this pregnancy, which is on the high end but definitely within the range of what my doctor said was ok. When I got pregnant, and normally, I am a pound below what my father-in-law calls "the perfect runner's weight": two pounds for every inch of my height. All that to say, I did not come into this program eating "Twinkies, Bloomin' Onions, and chili-cheese-fries." And I feel awful. The first week I was fine. But since then, my energy has been on a steady decline, I can't get to sleep at night (which is unusual), and I am lethargic during exercise. I look like someone punched me in the face the circles around my eyes are so big...I feel like I am Debbie Downer over here, but I am not feeling the positive health effects that I was hoping for. And I'm far enough into the program that I don't really understand why. The newsletters say that "there's a good chance" I'm feeling better and my energy's up...unless there are "medical conditions, serious metabolic derangement, or other difficult lifestyle factors" that would prevent it. I am certain I've lost some weight and inches, but frankly, at this point, that's not enough. I just feel really crummy, and as badly as I want the last of my baby weight off, I now realize I was really looking forward to some of the other benefits of this program--mainly more energy!!! I work part-time from home but am mainly a stay-at-home mom...I need energy as much as anyone to keep up with my children...I am really on the fence about completing the program because I don't know that feeling this bad is worth it...Please help! Is it worth it? Will it get better? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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