Whole30 – Before & After

I’ve been waiting to write this blog post for 30 days. Holy cow, what an experience! Before I show you the before and after pictures I need outline for you what a difference one month has done for me:


  • My energy level is nearly indescribable, I feel like I can take on an triathlon at a moment’s notice
  • I’ve hit countless PRs and I finally feel like my body is working with me, not against me
  • I don’t feel like I’m going to die after an intense WOD–I used to race to water and suck wind like it was my job
  • Body weight movements have never been easier and my mobility is on another level


  • I haven’t had a hint of a headache
  • I had zero PMS issues (sorry, guys)
  • My eye sight improved and I rarely have to wear my glasses at work
  • My thought process is “crisper” (if that makes sense)–I don’t feel as forgetful
  • Muscle soreness was at a minimum, where as a month ago a hard workout would put me out 1-2 days
  • My skin is clearer
  • I’m a happier person

The last bullet is everything to me. I’m so much happier and it’s not just because my clothes are looser or that I feel better in a bikini. I chemically feel happier.

Okay, I know you are eager to see the results….Drum roll, please:

Okay, my heart’s pounding after uploading these. So nerve-wracking! Anyways, when it was all said and done I’ve lost just over 10 pounds. Cray.

Here’s the point that I’m finally getting at: food should make you healthy. The Whole30 has totally transformed my relationship with food. Yes, I said “relationship” because before the program, food to me was a stress-release, it made me happy, but it would also make me cry–just like a terrible boyfriend. I no longer look at food as a way to past time, but rather, I view food as a way of nourishing my body and helping me achieve my personal and physical goals. And it finally clicked for me. There’s no more guessing games about what I need to do to see results and live a healthier life–this is it.

What a relief! I’m sure you’re guessing what’s next for me, and quite honestly, I don’t know exactly. I have a semi-game plan in my head, but I’m just going to take it a day at a time and just enjoy life the best way I know how. Sappy, I know; however, this isn’t fake, this isn’t a dream, it’s my new reality and I can’t imagine in any other way. 🙂

I also have to share with you my little calendar buddy that kept me motivated throughout the month of August:

“Is this paleo?”

Okay, enough with the real talk–here’s the WOD from today:

  • 3 deadlifts (I hit 135lbs)
  • 6 box jump overs
  • 9 pistols
  • AMRAP for 3 mins
  • Rest 1 min
  • 5 rounds

I think I was so jacked up on energy after taking my “after” pictures that I felt like the incredible hulk throughout this entire WOD. My pistols are still a major work-in-progress, but they started to feel more rhythmic after the second round. As I mentioned before, my deadlift form is slowly developing, but I was shocked that I was able to move this load comfortably for five rounds. Overall, loved this workout and right now I feel like I can run through a brick wall. LOL. 🙂

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I’ll be a judge at the Moxie Madness Throwdown Saturday and Sunday–it’s should be a fun time!!

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3 thoughts on “Whole30 – Before & After

  • November 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Wow, the before and after are amazing in a month’s time! Food is really the key and so excited to see how I feel after reading about all the benefits! I hope I feel that good and continue without the sugar in my life. A bit of cheese perhaps though, but we will see! Thanks again for sharing!

  • November 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Thanks so much Lisa! I can wait to hear about your story with the Whole30. Cheese and wine were what I missed the most. Keep us posted!

  • January 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    You look awesome!

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