Thursday, August 25, 2016

My Whole30 Story

I started whole 30 for the first time in May 2015 , since then I have gone from 280 pounds to 146 pounds and wearing  a size 22 to a size 6. I have completely changed my life and it truly starts with food.I distinctly remember being in the first grade and being made fun of for being fat. In 5th grade a boy told me I was really pretty but too chubby to be his girlfriend. In 8th grade some girls would put magazine ads for Jenny Craig, slim fast etc on my desk. I had to shop in the women's department in JH and HS when all of the other girls wore cute juniors clothes. As a senior, shopping for a size 20 prom dress was not fun, it was painful. In college my weight went down a little after going through a bad break up and trying a zero carb fad. Even then I was still about 225 at my lowest. In 2006 I got in a serious relationship and gained it all back. We got married and again shopping for a size 20 dress was stressful. The morning of my wedding I was more stressed about fitting in my dress and not looking fat than focusing on the joy of the day.

This is a photo from our Honeymoon. 

And this photo is us at the same place in 2016! 

 After we got married I tried to lose the weight and then we got pregnant. In 2013 I was blessed by giving birth to a beautiful little girl. I was a stay at home mom her first year and spent most of the day breast feeding and eating. When she started becoming more aware and eating more big kid food I realized I didn't want her to be made fun of in 1st grade for being fat, and I didn't want her to get bullied or have to be concerned about finding clothes big enough. She would learn from me and my example wasn't good enough. I had to change, and I knew I had to eat what I wanted her to eat. I did a lot of research and looked at a lot of different philosophies when I decided to give Whole30 a try. May 2015 will forever be the month I became a better mom, wife, and woman! 

Through Whole30 I have been able to successfully lose 134 pounds and maintain a lifestyle eating whole foods without the constant binge, diet, binge cycle. I have more energy, I am stronger, and I am capable of doing so much more physically than even my teenage self could do. The sugar dragon doesn't have such a strong hold on me that I can't pass up that piece of cake. I can't imagine going back to my old way of eating. I am currently on day 45 of a Whole130. I basically live Whole30 the majority of the time with an occasional pre planned special occasion to be non compliant. I am changed forever and it is 100% only because of the power of Whole30. 

I am now an avid runner. I run a 5k race at least once a month, and just PRd with a sub 30 5k, coming in first place in my age division (30-34) with a time of 29:10. 

I am healthy and finally treating my body with respect just by feeding myself honest real food. 



  1. I am so proud of you. I found you on Instagram, and I've followed your story closely. We have very similar backgrounds. I am still in the midst of my weight loss journey. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

  2. Congratulations. What an amazing achievement. Thank you for writing this, it's inspirational.