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:


  • 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



  • 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 more

  • Fall asleep easier

  • Awaken refreshed

  • No sleeping pill


  • 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…