Hello and welcome to The Freckled Foodie 🙂 If you found me by Googling “whole30 before and after” you are not alone! Many people find me this way and hopefully you, like many of them, decide to jump in feet first on changing your life with a Whole30! If you have questions feel free to leave a comment below or email me through my contact page!
Originally my before and after was solely based on my first Whole30 that I completed in October 2012. After I finally felt good enough to go back and look at pictures at my heaviest I decided to update. My Whole30 before and after are still here but I now have a few pictures of my heaviest and where I am at now! It astounds me that I looked the way I did… I was unhappy at that point and didn’t fit into any of my clothes but wasn’t willing to stop drinking or change my eating habits because I was a senior in college. Yes, I had some amazing experiences and wouldn’t go back and change it, but I wish I had just thought *a little more* about my health and well-being.
It’s never too late, so more than four years later I am the happiest and healthiest I have ever been! No more feeling crappy and bloated, no more intense gym workouts leaving me craving chocolate peanut butter protein shakes… Just real food and real happiness 🙂
2010: Heaviest, low point… drank and ate way too much and didn’t work out AT ALL. I never realized what I really looked like at this point but I know I felt awful.
2011: Started working out A LOT and started changing my diet and counting calories. Low fat, low calorie, but I pushed healthier options off my plate everyday for “treats” that I “deserved” for working out. I remember seeing this picture of me in white the day after and thinking “I look better” but I don’t really think that was true in hindsight. At least I felt better at this point.
2012: I kept at it, working out 6-7 days a week with cardio and power yoga, sculpt classes and light weightlifting. I counted EVERY calorie and it was very negative mentally. I felt a bit better and started to look more like I wanted. The only problem was those last few pounds that would. not. budge. The ones of my stomach, inner thighs, arms that were stuck like glue not matter what I did. Looking back, most of this was bloating and inflammation from food allergies I wasn’t aware of yet.
Then in October 2012 I read It Starts With Food and this happened…
When I started the Whole30 on October 1 I weighed 138 which had been my plateau for over a YEAR. My waist was 27in and my chest was 32in. I also had measured my arms a few months back so I had a good estimate of what those were before starting. After 30 days of super clean eating I got down to 130lbs, lost an inch on my waist, an inch on my chest (and lost a cup size, whomp whomp) and an inch EACH on both arms. Holler. I knew this type of eating was here to stay! Forever.
I completed a Whole45 in time for Valentine’s Day 2013 and just before my 25th birthday! I plan on continuing nearly 100% with this type of eating for my life, because it allows me to look, feel, and perform my best. Here is what the transition to Paleo has done for me!!! I can’t wait to see how far it takes me 🙂
It is now 2016, nearly four years after my first Whole30 and my goals and lifestyle have changed. I now focus on building strength and improving my athleticism so how much I weigh and what size clothes I wear are of little importance to me. I ditched my scale a long time ago and don’t have any plans on getting a new one 🙂 I also follow the paleo diet 80% of the time and allow for some wiggle room when I go out to eat and travel. This doesn’t mean that I eat fast food or food with no nutritional value (I’m looking at you Oreos). My typical “flex foods” include organic white rice, corn tortillas, high quality ice cream, goat cheese, and the very occasional gluten-free pizza! I want you to know that it is easy to maintain health while being flexible for the long term!