Whole30 wrap up

Good morning!

I have a jam packed to-do list, you guys. Seriously. It’s bursting with pre-Florida errands and tasks (I fly there at the end of this week). I’m actually getting a teensy bit nervous because I seem to be packing my last few days with a whole lot of stuff to do… You know what they say about procrastination, right? Ironically I have several post-it notes worth of lists scattering my bedroom and bathroom, and yet I’ve still managed to put off much of what I’d like to get done pre-flight.

Least I got haircut yesterday after work. Obviously very important.

Shorter hair! Don’t mind the extra large sweatshirt and messy bathroom/Myspace-esque photo please.

I’m not exactly running a glamour shots studio out of my apartment.

But let’s get to the point of this post, shall we?

The Whole30.

To recap, my last day – day 30 – was Friday.

Over the last month, at times it was rough.. like when I was dying for a waffle or some peanut butter and jelly toast in the morning instead of having to stand over the stove making eggs….. again.

But for the most part, it was a really positive experience. I learned a lot about myself and my body.

The good news is that I never ended up attacking anyone eating a sandwich while walking down the street or punching a waiter for having the audacity to mention there were pancakes on the menu.

That’s something, right?

I may be dramatic at times, but I’m not one to exaggerate or fluff things up when it comes to the actual effects of different products I try or experiences I’ve had, so please know I’m serious when I tell you saw real changes these past 30 days being 100% Paleo.

Since I like lists, here’s one of the positive changes I noticed throughout my Whole30. Okay?

  • Sleep improved. 
I had been sleeping very poorly while my boyfriend was deployed (silly but true), and I noticed a big shift in January after starting the Whole30.
  • Lost weight, toned up.
I don’t own a scale, but if we’re going based on looks and how my clothes fit, then yes – success. Again, I’m not saying I now have the abs of a Victoria’s Secret model, but there is a change.
  • Increased, sustained energy – in other words, no crash at 3pm when I’d normally be ready to put my head onto my desk.
  • Overall noticeable glow, even when feeling under the weather.
I guess that last one’s more subjective, but I see it. 😉

Like I said, it was a very positive experience. I will admit, there were also a couple of results that I was/am not pleased with, such as the fact that my skin didn’t actually clear up like many folks who undergo a Whole30 tend to celebrate. (I don’t think I noticed much of a change in that side of things back last summer when I first tried Paleo either.) Not to mention the fact that most people I discussed my Whole30/Paleo eating habits with there on referred to me as being on a diet.

It’s not a diet… it’s a lifestyle, or a self food philosophy. A choice.

Trust me – if I was trying to diet,I, I’d be the first announce it. Yes, I had wanted to lose a few pounds that I’d gained in the fall, but that was not my sole intention for starting the Whole30, or for decided whether or not to stick with it.

I also was unhappy with how Paleo seemed to affect my running ability. My endurance was not quite what it used to be, and since I haven’t really changed anything else within my routine, the only thing I can associate the harder runs to is the Paleo diet. Short spurts have been fine, but even two miles has seemed like some effort. I used to be able to bust out 3-4 miles, no problem (when not injured, anyways).

Any other runners who noticed something similar while on Paleo? Maybe I needed more carbs? I ate a sweet potato a day (at least!) though. 

The most obvious question now is, obviously, if I’m going to stick with the Paleo lifestyle. Well kids, I think I am! At least for a little while. What really tipped my hat in that direction was the awful way my body reacted this weekend after enjoying some non-Paleo foods, like ice cream and yogurt. I’m not saying I’ll be 100% Paleo all the time, because that’d frankly be impossible for me and I have no misconceptions about my personal eatings preferences – I never turn down a good stack of pancakes when they are presented, and as someone raised in a traditional Italian household, it’s sort of impossible to forever shun pasta and pizza. 

But will I make a concious effort to stay on the Paleo side of the street more times than not? Yes.

We’ll see how it goes. 😉


Off to work! Have a great day!


Anyone else just finish their Whole30 and want to share their story??

9 Comments on Whole30 wrap up

  1. Maureen
    February 7, 2012 at 9:07 AM (6 years ago)

    It sounds like you were pretty successful with your Whole 30…congrats! Paleo can be hard, but if you stick to it MOST of the time, you can’t beat yourself up for enjoying pancakes {or any other non-Paleo} meal once in awhile.

    • joelle
      February 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM (6 years ago)

      Thanks! Can’t say no to pancakes. 😉

  2. Katie @KatieDid
    February 7, 2012 at 9:14 AM (6 years ago)

    Does your boyfriend eat/ know about paleo? It would be fun to get him on board and cook together when he returns. Great recap, and interesting about the running- most people find more energy once they get through the “Carb flu”. I sort of ‘gave up’ running after my marathon around the same time my diet turned more paleo so its hard to tell if I just didn’t feel like running or if the decreased endurance subconsciously made me stop. But either way the most I do these days is 25-30 minutes and I’m fine with that.

    • joelle
      February 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM (6 years ago)

      He dabbles in it 🙂 so I think he’ll be down for making some Paleo friendly meals this week… He was the one who inspired me to try it last summer and we were doing it together, but he ended up stopping because he was losing too much weight (and he doesn’t need to lose weight at all). Carb flu – funny!

  3. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List
    February 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM (6 years ago)

    I would think that your body burned through its glycogen stores pretty quickly and that’s why you couldn’t go longer with the runs!

    • joelle
      February 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM (6 years ago)

      I think you’re right, Lindsay!

    • joelle
      February 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM (6 years ago)

      THANK YOU! 🙂

  4. Lindsay @ biking before bed
    February 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM (6 years ago)

    It seems a lot of people that follow the Paleo diet do more short intense type workouts like Crossfit. I would imagine any type of long distance exercise would be difficult without carbs.


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