Now that the end of our first Whole30 is coming to an end, sister and I are concerned about how we should be eating afterward. If we choose to stay on the plan it’s a no brainer. You should have seen us in the kitchen shredding sweet potatoes like pros. Both of us are not wanting to go back to the way we used to eat because we fear we’ll wind up where we were. We haven’t come this far just to be here.
I know that Whole30 isn’t a weight loss plan – it’s a temporary eating plan to reset how your body reacts to certain foods. Weight loss is not the intent of the plan, it is a byproduct of the plan, not a guarantee. I’ve been watching videos of women who have completed Whole30 and their weight loss varied from 2 to 7 pounds. The problem with these women was they were also young and thin. People like me don’t make videos.
Many people have done a Whole30 and lost no weight at all. I even read that some people have gained weight, heaven forbid! But I’ve learned that scales only measure the earth’s gravitational pull on your body. If you replace 5 pounds of fat with 5 pounds of muscle the scale reflects no change. Hmmm… Scales can be hateful things.
I got an email from joycemeyer.org. this morning. That in itself is not unusual, I get one every day. But a picture of Joyce holding a 1,000-piece puzzle caught my attention. It was meant to. She was using the puzzle as an illustration of the ‘big picture’ and the puzzle pieces as the 1,000 little things demanding our immediate attention. My mind went straight to Whole30 and weight loss.
What’s the big picture? Besides coming off my meds? Clothes. What is it like to primarily choose clothes by style and not by if it’s big enough? I don’t know that feeling. Or, what it feels like to walk into a store and know something is going to fit. What does if feel like to choose not to buy something you just don’t like opposed to you can’t buy it because it, and everything else, is too small? What is it like to be overwhelmed by the options instead of frustrated by the limitations?
I don’t know.
And how is that vision going to come to reality? One pound at a time, just like that puzzle goes together one piece at a time.
Have I lost any weight? I won’t know until next week. I do know it’s easier to get up from a sitting position on the floor. Will I be disappointed if I haven’t? Yes, I’d be very disappointed. But not disappointed enough to think that the Whole30 experience hasn’t been beneficial to me or to sister.
I recently came across this quote, “It takes four weeks for you to see your body changing. It takes eight weeks for friends and family and it takes twelve weeks for the rest of the world.” It’s been a little over four weeks but I’m finally noticing subtle changes. Not something you’d be aware of but I’ll give you four more weeks – eight if you need them.