dayleenyoerger Posted April 26, 2016 Share Posted April 26, 2016 I am hoping that by keeping a Whole30 log here, I can help hold myself accountable to the program! I decided to start my Whole30 once my sweet daughter turned three months. Clean eating and fitness have always been a passion of mine, and with a minor in nutrition and as a Family and Consumer Science teacher who teaches students about nutrition, I knew how to take care of my body. However, once I became pregnant in May, all things changed. Once my four month long battle over some pretty intense (aka all day/night nausea and constant vomiting!) was over, all eating bets were off. I ate whatever I could keep down (McDonald's milkshakes anyone?!) and didn't care about the nutritional content of it. I knew that pregnancy is not "eating for two" and I swore I would never get out of control and that I would continue to run, even having plans to run my 5th half marathon while pregnant. But lost so much fitness during the first four months when I was so sick and I gave in to every single craving my sugar dragon through at me. I started my pregnancy about 15 pounds heavier than my normal weight, so my goal was to stay under a certain weight range during my pregnancy. Instead of staying within that recommended range, I ate and ate until by the end of my pregnancy, I had gained a whopping total of 54 pounds! During Christmas, we had some informal family pictures taken and once I saw myself, I cried and cried. I hated how I looked and hated how I felt. My self esteem plummeted. I stopped taking pictures of my pregnant belly because I hated how I looked. I was embarrassed to even go anywhere! Fast forward to the birth of my daughter (a SUPER quick, totally natural, non-medicated, and intervention free labor and delivery!!) and my self esteem was so bad that I felt like a stranger in my own body. I avoided pictures being taken of me because of how much self-hate I was experiencing. Even now, with my DD 3 months old, we do not have many pictures together at all. And this breaks my heart! As a mother to this sweet girl, I want to promote body-positive self talk and to model healthy eating a lifestyle choices! So, here we are, my Whole30 journey, with the added challenge (but a sweet one at that) of exclusively breastfeeding my daughter. I'm on a mission to gain control over my eating habits, say goodbye to that annoying sugar dragon, love my body for how it feels and what it can do, and to regain my fitness. Dropping a few pounds would be just the cherry on top! Please feel free to follow along and hopefully you'll find some encouragement or recipe ideas along the way! Love, Dayleen Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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