Katie – 26 – Sioux Falls, SD

There’s no doubt that Katie kicked some major butt on her rounds. I mean, look at her! Yes, that IS the same person. The first thing you might think of is how much weight she’s lost. Look deeper though because she’s gained so much more. Don’t forgot to print out that NSV list and check your victories off–they add up quickly and shouldn’t be overlooked!

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

  • 1 Whole100

  • 1 Whole120

  • 2 Whole30s

My first Whole30 was March, 2017 and I failed on Day 22 due to eating homemade Chex mix! The next day, I started my Whole100.

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

I made a fake Instagram account to hold myself accountable for my weight loss journeys. I followed someone on Whole30 and started to do research and order the books and started within 2 weeks of getting the books. I was 25, 5’7″, 276 lbs., and pre-diabetic. My dad had diabetes and died at age 47 with complications from the disease. I had also been struggling with PCOS for a couple of years!

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

Scale victories:

  • 70lbs lost so far

  • Down 3 shirt sizes

  • Down 4 pants sizes

  • Down 3 ring sizes

  • Down 1 shoe size

Non scale victories:

Physical:

  • Fewer blemishes

  • Glowing skin

  • Stronger nails

  • Brighter eyes

  • Whiter teeth

  • Flatter stomach

  • Clothes and rings fitting better

  • Less bloat

  • Less joint pain

  • Regrowth of hair

  • Defined muscle tone

  • Fewer PMS symptoms/reg. Cycles (Lessened PCOS symptoms!)

  • Less back pain

  • Improve blood sugar

  • NOT PRE DIABETIC

Mood:

  • Happier

  • Outgoing

  • Patient

  • Less stressed and anxious

  • Fewer mood swings

  • Better self-esteem

Brain function:

  • Attention span, work and school improved

  • Memory

  • Clear thinking

Sleep:

  • Sleep more

  • Fall asleep easier

  • Awaken refreshed

  • No sleeping pill

Energy:

  • Higher, all day energy,

  • No need to snack all day

Sport and exercise:

  • More athletic

  • Longer and harder exercise

  • More coordination, confidence

Food and Behavior:

  • Healthier relationship with food

  • Mindful eating

  • Eating to fuel

  • Not a slave to sugar and carbs

  • Know the different between hungry and bored

  • No bingeing

  • No indulging but savoring

  • Food is not a REWARD

  • Not using food as stress management

  • Fewer craving

  • Being there for my students and playing with them.

  • As a Physical Education teacher and coach, I’m practicing what I preach

What helped you to succeed the most on Whole30?

I needed to change because I was scared for my future.

  • My future self being large with diabetes and other health concerns.

  • For my future family-not being able to have kids or having complications.

  • For my students-being a role model and an example for them. Setting my goals and not stopping till I reach it!

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

I enjoy the pork from Costco that is precooked and compliant

How has your life changed since Whole 30?

Well, along with the NSVs and weight loss, I would say just knowing I can set a goal and CRUSH 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 just upped my walking game up trying to reach 25,000 steps a day and got a group of teacher to work out after school with me. We did it every day and use workout DVDs.

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

What message? Get out of your own head and take can’t out of your vocabulary. If you fail, like me, on your first round, DON’T GIVE UP! Set a bigger goal that scares you and don’t stop till you reach it. And, it’s just food…

Amy – 29 – Sherwood, OR

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

This was my first time doing Whole 30! I started April 30 to May 29, 2018.

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

I went to a new doctor for a annual checkup and he suggested the Whole 30 way of eating to help with my pre-diabetes. Honestly, I left his office thinking there was NO way I could stick to it, but then a few days later I just DID it!

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

I’ve had MORE non scale victories that scale, and I am “A-OK” with that. I have more energy during the day, my clothes are looser, I’ve had no IBS issues, and my mind is SO clear. I also don’t have sugar cravings or dream about eating unhealthy foods! I lost almost 12 pounds in 30 days.

What helped you to succeed the most on Whole 30?

My mother, and my partner helped me a lot! They didn’t do the Whole 30 with me… but my mom helped me buy proteins and veggies… and my partner was my guinea pig with all the delicious meals I cooked! (Eggroll in a bowl)!

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

My favorite meals are the Eggroll in a Bowl and Sloppy Joes in a Bowl!! And of course, Dump Ranch.

How has your life changed since Whole 30?

I feel physically better, and have a healthier relationship with food. Simply put, I think before I eat!

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 tried to incorporate some physical activity like walking my dog or lifting light weights a few times a week.

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

Keep it simple! Don’t overthink it, and just take it meal by meal. You CAN do this!

Breketa – 34 – Louisville, KY

Keep an eye on Breketa, she’s one to watch! She’s focused, determined, and going places. Her positive attitude and million watt smile are going to carry her far and we can’t wait to keep you updated. Check out her success story and her NSVs (yep, better sex is one!).

How many times have you done Whole 30? When was your first round?
I have done 2 rounds of Whole 30. After I did the first round in the beginning of 2017, I returned back to the horrible habits I had created for 34 years. The difference between my round in 2017 and my round in April 2018 was my MINDSET! The first time I was obsessed with the end result of the scale instead of enjoying the process of feeling good in my own body for once.

How did you hear about Whole 30 and what made you decide to it?
I went to see an acupuncturist, who is now an amazing friend, to work on holistic healing. In our consultation we started talking about weight loss and the Whole 30 program that she and her husband did. After that meeting, I immediately ordered the Whole 30 books and read every page, because I needed to understand WHY I was about to give up wine and sugar for a whole month! The information and the results people were seeing had sold me to give it a try and see what’s the worst that could happen.

What scale and non-scale victories have you had as a result of Whole 30?
I can’t give you any scale victories as I refuse to weight myself. My relationship with the scale is a dysfunctional one and you can’t sum up all of this awesomeness in a number. My NSV however have been phenomenal–sleeping better, pain in my feet gone, inflammation reduced, smaller panties size (AYYYYYYYYEEEEEE), more sex, more energy, and clearer skin. Did I mention more and better sex?

What helped you to succeed the most on Whole 30?
I would definitely have to say support! The first thing I did was add myself to a Whole 30 group, because I wanted to make sure I saw Whole 30 every time I came on social media. The next thing I did was get me accountability partners who checked on me, encouraged me, and reminded me that the change I desired was in my hands. Surround yourself with people, places, and things that remind you where you are going!

What’s your favorite Whole 30 recipe or go-to meal?
My favorite go to is a fire and Ice salsa with plantain chips. This is my go to for gatherings as I wanted to make sure there was something I can eat that wouldn’t throw me of my plan!

3 cups chopped and seeded watermelon

½ cup chopped green pepper

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon green onion

2 tablespoons jalapeno pepper

Combine ingredients. Mix well. Cover. Refrigerate one or more.

Serving size: 2 tablespoons, Servings per recipe: 24

How has your life changed since Whole 30?
I have become more aware of my dysfunctional patterns (i.e. Emotional eating, self-sabotage, etc.). Now that I am able to identify the dysfunctions I am able to make the necessary changes.

In addition to Whole 30, did you make any other healthy lifestyle changes (such as incorporating fitness, smoking cessation, etc) at the same time?
Most definitely! I worked out 5 days a week, but the key was I found things that I love. Monday and Wednesday, I do water aerobics and the steam room at the YMCA. On Tuesday and Thursday, I take a dance class. Friday, I do a Kettlebell workout on YouTube. I make sure I do something that gets me moving daily.

What message/inspiration do you have for those just starting the program?
Find your WHY and don’t let your why be a number on a scale! You are more than a number; you are more than a size you are a phenomenal being that deserves the life of your dreams…So work for it. Fall in love with the process and the results will follow…. YOU GOT THIS, IT’S NOTHING TO A GIANT!