Whole 30 Results Update With Before and After Pictures (5 Weeks Out)

I started the Whole 30 on April 24, 2013, and I was really skeptic. My Whole 30 results are well worth the change in diet though.

The Whole 30 is a paleo-based diet and eliminates dairy, legumes, alcohol, and dairy.  I really hated the thought of eliminating whole food groups, and my addiction to Greek Yogurt was about a 10.

Whole 30 guidelines

After the 30 Days, I had gotten back to my goal weight though. More importantly, Diet Coke was not calling me every single morning. I also felt less bloated, and could see a change in my muscles. The Week 1 picture was my Whole 30 results after 7 days. Week 5 is my total Whole 30 results so far. I took the picture Sunday.

whole 30 results after 5 weeks

I have to admit, I’m pretty impressed with my guns. I have been lifting weights three times a week, and I just recently added in HIIT workouts twice a week. The workouts are really similar to my typical schedules so I know the diet is helping.
whole 30 results after 5 weeksMy belly has also lost a lost of its bloat, and I have lost an inch in my waist.

supplementsforworkoutI have been adding supplements to my workout though. I honestly just can’t eat enough to fuel my body, and the supplements just take care of my body quickly. I do E&E and a scoop of protein before my workout, and results & recovery, a carbohydrate-protein blend shake, after. I think each one has helped my results, and it’s motivated me to push harder with my new BodyPump ChaLEAN Extreme hybrid.

whole 30 dinner idea

I haven’t had to eat anything weird either. I was really craving a hamburger in the middle of the week, so I had a bunless burger and a sweet potato.I know some of you will think I’m nuts, but it was so good.  I do recommend cutting up the hamburger and veggies though and eating it in a bowl. It was much easier than eating how it is setup above.
whole 30 cheat meal

Jake has also stuck with the Whole 30 with me. We’ve allowed ourselves a cheat meal every week to just relax and not go overboard with an all-or-nothing attitude. I have noticed I am more determined now. We had our favorite local pizza one night,and I took the leftovers to school instead of having cold pizza leftovers for breakfast. Did I want the pizza? Heck yes. Do I miss it 3 weeks later? Nope. It was a good choice, and there will be a fresh pizza there the next time I want it.

Figuring out that I did not have to eat everything or go all-or-nothing has been a huge mental change for me. I always believed in the 90/10 approach, but leftovers were always a weakness. Now I know every choice I make effects my body and results, and I can mentally decide what is worth it and what isn’t. It’s not controlling either; it’s just a way of living.

Oh but, I did include this after Day 30 with NO problems or worries. I’ll take plain Chobani, Flip Chobani, or Chobani Bites…but I will always take it.


If you’ve done the Whole 30, how were your results?

 Have you ever done another elimination diet?




  1. says

    I’ve been thinking about doing the Whole 30. Mainly because I want my mom and cousin to do it and would like to support them. I eat Paleo right now about 85% of the time so I don’t think the transition would be too difficult for me. Although I’m not sure I could give up my wine!

    • says

      I think you’d like it since you are already close to being fully paleo. Greek yogurt and wine were my tough spots, but after the first 3 days I was in pretty good shape. By day 4, my diet coke craving started going away too…so if that can vanish I think anything could! :P

  2. says

    Awesome job! You look amazing! I still don’t know if I could do it. I need to be able to have protein powder and Quest bars especially when I travel for work. I have cut out grains, most dairy, sugar for a few weeks now. Not sure if its doing anything other than helping me sleep better!

    • says

      Thanks Kristine!! I love protein power, Quest bars, and Shakeology when I am on the go. I also resorted to a Naked Juice today when I was out…it was all the little market had. I definitely think eating better helps me sleep too!! How often do you have to travel?

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