Trevellya – 47 – Dallas, TX

Here we go again! It’s Sunday and time for another success story. This week we’re in Texas with Mrs. T! She had a rough time getting that second round going so if you’re in that boat, read on because she made it. She’s had great results and with her great outlook on life, she’s sure to keep rocking Whole30.

How many times have you done Whole30?
Twice.

When was your first round?
March 2017

How did you hear about Whole 30 and what made you decide to it?
A friend told me about it and all the benefits of the program. I really needed something that was “not a diet”. I wanted something that was not temporary and then I go back to eating junk. Whole30 was exactly what I needed. Especially after reading the book, it gave me the foundation I needed, answered all my questions and I was ready to go.

What scale and non-scale victories have you had as a result of Whole 30?
The first round, I lost 11 pounds. I felt like a butterfly – of course I know that I am not………… lol!

I feel amazingly light and my thoughts are clearer. My energy level increased, which helped me exercise and then that helped me sleep better. It’s like all the dots started connecting.

What helped you to succeed the most on Whole 30?
The first time I was focused and ate the food whether it tasted good or not. When I tried to do it the second time I kept trying over and over (took at least another year). Then one day I saw a tip someone posted in the Whole30 Facebook group they said “make food that’s good, make a meal that you look forward to enjoying”. That helped me get started on my second Whole30 and the reason I have passed the 30 day mark and decided to keep going. I also learned how to make my own condiments, which made the food taste even better.

What’s your favorite Whole 30 recipe or go-to meal?
Hmmmm, so many…Buffalo chicken meatballs (using my homemade Whole30 mayo), carrots with dump ranch, garlic roasted broccoli, (literally I can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and its so easy to make). Roasted yellow, red, and orange bell peppers.

How has your life changed since Whole 30?
I have enjoyed it so much that I have shared it with others and they have given it a try. I love the food on the program that even when I am not on it, I make the food anyway because it tastes good and I know its good for me. At work, when people see me eating cauliflower for breakfast they will ask “Oh, you are on the Whole30 again”? I reply “Nope, it’s a habit now and I enjoy it”.

In addition to Whole 30, did you make any other healthy lifestyle changes (such as incorporating fitness, smoking cessation, etc) at the same time?

I decided to try something new at the gym. Normally, I walk on the treadmill and do a few weights. I got the courage to try a Zumba class…….. it hurt for a little bit….as a matter of fact, I couldn’t stay the whole hour for a few weeks. BUT, I enjoyed it so much that I kept going back until I could do two classes in one day and not be tired. It became fun, and then more weight came off – BONUS!

What message/inspiration do you have for those just starting the program?
Keep trying, you will succeed, no matter how many times you fail. Try the dump ranch, you will not be disappointed. Do something fun for exercise and it won’t even feel like work. I started dancing at home watching you-tube videos on different types of line dancing. I even taught a few classes at work.

Jay – 41 – Virginia Beach, VA

I love Jay’s grit and commitment to putting himself on a healthier path. It’s easy to look at the results on the outside and see what he’s accomplished but don’t discount the changes on the inside. We’re so pleased to bring you Jay’s success story! Enjoy and pass it along to those in your lives that may be inspired.


How many times have you done Whole 30? When was your first round?

My first round was in March 2016. I stayed strict with Whole30 for 8 months.

How did you hear about Whole 30 and what made you decide to it?

I had been complaining of symptoms to a co-worker for a few months, like weight gain, fatigue, digestive issues, and cognitive decline. He explained to me that I ate terribly which was a shock because i thought I generally ate well. He told me about Whole30 and attempted to explain the science but I wasn’t having any of that. I told him just to tell me what to eat and I would follow it.

What scale and non-scale victories have you had as a result of Whole 30?

Within the first five days the internal “bloating” was diminished significantly. After the first 30-days i felt so much better, my clothes fit better, I had more energy, and I had a much more positive attitude about eating.

What helped you to succeed the most on Whole 30?

FOOD PREP!!!! Simplicity and efficiency were my keys to being successful, especially since I did it for so long. I ate the same thing everyday in the same amounts. This made shopping and food prep easy. I wasn’t sold yet on making meals for the whole week yet so i needed to make my meal fresh each time. Having my mobile “kitchen” with me saved me from straying more than a few times. I will also credit having found really good Olive Oil. The Olive oil was expensive but it made the food taste so much better.

What’s your favorite Whole 30 recipe or go-to meal?

My power breakfast remains my favorite, after 2.5 years I still eat it the same way. 6-Eggs (3 yolks), 1-cup Spinach, 1/4-white onion, 1/4- Colored Pepper, 1/2-Avocado, 1- Jalapeño, 1- Tsp Olive Oil, 1- Sweet Potato.

How has your life changed since Whole 30?

It has changed in so many ways that it’s hard to articulate. Aside from the weight loss (40lbs total in 150 days), my attitude towards food has become positive, I no longer “binge” and “regret” eating.

I am back to being physically fit, I am able to now do both Crossfit 5 -days a week and still complete a heavy weighting program 4 -days a week without any joint pain or inflammation. All of my labs and vitals are back in line, my cholesterol and BP were so far out of range my doctor was about to put me on meds!

Most significant for me is the repair of my gut, my digestive system was a hot mess. I was having to use the bathroom 10-12 times per day. It’s was annoying and embarrassing! This part of the journey took the longest, almost 8 months, but it was by far the greatest achievement of my Whole30 experience.

In addition to Whole 30, did you make any other healthy lifestyle changes (such as incorporating fitness, smoking cessation, etc) at the same time?

As mentioned above I am back to working out at a level I was at in my early 20’s. I did do it slowly, I didn’t work out during the first 30 days due both to work schedule and trying to stick to the plan. At around day 60 I started lifting weights again 3 -days per week. At the 120- day mark I started incorporating running 1-day per week.

What message/inspiration do you have for those just starting the program?

Food prep!!! Or rather ingredient prep. You must have the tools with you in order to be successful. Buy a cooler or something that you can keep all the days food inside and have all of your utensils with you. I find cutting food with scissors is the easiest way to prep food.

Lastly, don’t get discouraged if you do not see progress right away. You will feel it, it may be slight but you will, just hold on to that and keep going forward. If you look at my progress pics, the major visual changes didn’t come until 90 days out and further, trust the process and trust the food!

Terri – 53 – Wethersfield, CT

Meet Terri! I swear that she told me that she was 53. Really! She put a lot of hard work into her rounds and, with exercise, is feeling amazing. We’re thrilled that she’s shared her story and, as a treat, I’ve saved the ‘wow’ picture for last. Drop her a comment at the bottom and show her some love.

How many times have you done Whole 30? When was your first round? How did you hear about Whole 30 and what made you decide to it?

I have done 4 rounds, the first one being 60 days, starting in January 2017 as part of a weight loss/fat loss challenge at our boot camp gym. We figured if we were going the challenge, we would jump in with both feet.

What scale and non-scale victories have you had as a result of Whole 30?

I lost 15 pounds the first round, which I have maintained with minimal effort since then. My most important NSV is that two herniated discs I have had since my 20’s, one in my lumbar spine and one in my thoracic spine, have not bothered me at all. I get out of bed without any stiffness or pain, and I can sleep on my back for the first time in almost 30 years. My other NSVs include feeling better, sleeping better, and though I did not really have GI issues, my whole body seems to function better, if that makes any sense.

What helped you to succeed the most on Whole 30?

What helped me to succeed was having the original book, and I do believe we were in the right frame of mind to be able to do this the first time around. It also helps that I love to cook and was already in the habit of meal planning. I did not discover the FB community until late last year.

What’s your favorite Whole 30 recipe or go-to meal?

Two of my favorite Whole30 meals are the beef and sweet potato chili and Melissa’s chicken hash.

How has your life changed since Whole 30?

Overall, I do feel that my family and I are eating much better – I thought I was eating healthy before, but I have learned SO much about the preservatives and other additives that are in so many foods that I used to buy/serve. We truly eat so much better and are so much more aware of where our food comes from now, and we eat Whole30 about 90% when NOT on a round.

In addition to Whole 30, did you make any other healthy lifestyle changes (such as incorporating fitness, smoking cessation, etc) at the same time?

We were already working out and did not smoke; this only complemented our boot camp regiment.

What message/inspiration do you have for those just starting the program?

It’s only 30 days; you deserve it and you are worth it, and you have certainly done things much more difficult than this. You have nothing to lose by committing to 30 days.

P.S. As an add-on, we did our most recent round in January 2018 and mentored 13 family and friends! It has been wonderful to help them to succeed and learn!