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I just heard about this and started to read about it.  I have made a fairly quick decision that I want to try the Whole 30 program.  Thanksgiving is next week and I will need some time to prepare for the program anyway so I am going to set my start date as Monday, December 1st.  

 

I have been overweight for about 14 years now, ever since my first child was born.  I have gained weight at various times throughout the years.  I gained weight each time I had a bought of depression. I gained a few pounds every time I tried to quit smoking and about 30 pounds when I finally succeeded.  I am about 170 pounds overweight.  I have gotten to the point of seriously considering bariatric surgery.  I have hypertension, heart palpitations, acid reflux, arthritis in my knees, back pain, and a myriad of other problems.  I need to lose weight, now!  In the last 2 months I have lost about 10 pounds but I seem to be stuck.  I really hope this helps me.  

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Welcome! You are in the right place. Something like 97 percent of everyone who does a Whole30 loses weight. And I am sure you will not be in the 3 percent. :)

 

There are a lot of reasons that people get stuck when trying to lose weight. The Whole30 is great at overcoming all those reasons, although for a few people, it can take a few weeks longer than 30 days to get going. 

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If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight

 Posted by Suzy on 23 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

A Whole30 is not a plan for weight loss, but rather a template for overall better health that might include losing weight for those that need it. I just wanted to share a place I went before I stumbled upon Whole9 with the people who are struggling with weight issues. It was a dark, horrible place for me.

My weight profile was the most common one in first world countries: I was overweight, teetering on the brink of obesity. I actually was technically obese, being 5'5 and about 194 at my worst. What got me up to that number was binging and dieting, over and over in a cycle. It's a boringly familiar story. 

From Spring 2011 to January of last year, I was on Weight Watchers. WW is THE worst thing you can do if you want a healthy relationship with food. It makes you obsess about food volume and arbitrary point-counting (the points system is designed to keep what you're eating a mystery and keep you reliant on WW for life). And WW changes their program, just ever so slightly, every couple of years, so you have to buy all their new program material to keep up. And no one who works at WW will tell you about that. You have to find that out on your own and quit eventually. Then the next bunch of desperate, overweight people, mostly women who just want to be valued by society, file into these horrible meetings. Ugh. I needed to rant about that, thanks.

So, there I was after WW this time last year. I thought, maybe this is just how I am. I missed the slim youth boat. At 32, I felt old and fat. So I just tried to pick up the pieces from years of yo-yo dieting and try and accept. I found this site: 

http://www.bodylovewellness.com/ I'm sorry to the well-meaning Golda Poretsky who created this, but this was the deepest point of despair, the darkness before the dawn, that helped me search for health instead of being ok with being sick and fat. This woman is a life coach for obese women. She says that it's ok to be fat. It is NOT okay to be fat. Being obese is your body's way of telling you that your lifestyle is WRONG for you. She says to love yourself, you have to give up. I say to love yourself, sometimes you have to change yourself. The thing that helps the most is realizing that certain foods out there are addictive, like sugar and flour, and getting away from them will give you a clarity you've never experienced before. 

I found Whole9 in summer of 2012. I lost over thirty pounds in a period of about 5 months. It was an awesome experience that I can't shut up about. With another Whole30 (actually a W100), I'm losing more. 

What do you think about changing in order to love yourself? The act of changing things IS love to me. 

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