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The Whole30 Results


Well, I made it exactly 29 days into my Eight Weeks and Whole30...

….before I blew it.


And by “blowing it,” I mean going to a delicious two dinners with my family and partaking of some vino and some delcious dessert.  And some more vino.

Not as strong as I thought I was. Actually, it was more of a purposeful sabotage.  Whatever.  However you want to define it.



And that’s okay.

Because I learned a lot, had a good weekend with my family… and (the Expert and I both) intend on continuing with the great results.

So what was the result of 29 days of perfect eating? 

– Down 9 pounds (Expert down 10—-of course)

– Sleeping like a baby

– Virtually no allergies or headaches

– Less pain in my hips

– Longest “perfect” eating streak…. in the history of me.


Three generations of toes. 🙂

What’s Next?

Well, I have 29 days until Augusta 70.3, so I am going to put forth another “perfect” 29 days in hope of continuing the good things that clean eating has brought me.  I can see and feel the benefits, and that makes me want to get back on track.

Now. Immediately.

Had a good 45 minute open water swim and then a decent, but tiring bike ride on Saturday that ended in a broken spoke and a wheel that was out of true.  I had to hitch a ride.


Good thing it was with the Expert.


Also, I didn’t feel that great during the ride.

I had been eating perfect, yes.  But I was worn out from my busy work week, plus two days in a row of running.  I had no gas or juice in my legs.  And I didn’t have enough fuel in the world to make it feel better.  Plus, it was so hot and humid.

Was a tough ride.  A bonk around Mile 27, and it didn’t really improve much.


And then two days of falling off the wagon isn’t helping me today.

And truth be told, I feel like garbage today.  And that’s because I deviated from the plan.  So I’m back on it starting with a good solid swim and run in the morning, and getting ‘er done.


I spent a good few hours beating myself up and then getting mad, and now I’m okay. Tomorrow is a new day and a new workout, and that’s what it is all about #justkeepmovingforward



  • Amy

    September 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you…for being a normal person! You recognize how much better you feel and that’s huge. I just finished reading the book It Starts With Food that details the Whole 30 plan. I am looking forward to hitting it and getting the feeling of fabulous-ness I know it WILL bring!

  • Kathy Bruinooge

    September 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Congrats on the truth ….. We are human but you know you will be ok when you get right back to it… I have indulged in far too much beer this August and am getting back on the wagon this week… My last sprint tri is sept 8th for the season and then I will do some foot races during the winter…. Good luck in the half iron…

  • Jenny

    September 2, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve just fallen off the Whole30 myself. I’ve completed it once before so I know I can do it…and I had just started a new round…7 days down…but BEER was calling my name on Labor Day. So I’ll begin again anew tomorrow! We’ll call this week extra credit 🙂

  • Kelly

    September 3, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Hey, we’re all human! You’re making better choices the majority of the time so that is what counts! Weight loss/healthy eating really is a journey and not a destination, I guess! As Andrea says above, it is hard to live with firm “nos” in your diet.

  • Heidi

    September 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Look how slim and trim and fit you look in your photos!! You are doing amazing, and the fact that you kept up this super strict diet without alcohol (!!!) for 29 days is AMAZING. 9 pounds in a month? That’s incredible. I am in awe of you – you are such an inspiration, and the fact that you slipped and are honest about it just makes you even more inspiring and real to me.

  • Jeanne Diedrich Harrison

    September 4, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I have been a fan for a few months now, but for the last three weeks, I have watched your pictures with great envy as they changed from good to AMAZING! I kept telling myself “I should do that.” But alas, never did. KUDOS to you for having the strength to stick with it for 29 days when I couldn’t even start. Maybe this time I’ll do it with you….maybe.

  • Elizabeth

    September 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    It’s such a treat when I see your blog pop up in my email inbox, I LOVE reading your posts. And I love that you are human and honest. Don’t you think that it’s important, if not even vital, to step off the plan (any plan for that matter) every so often? Just to blow off steam and know that you can go still back on track without major harm done? I think the key is moderation in all things, one weekend of some treats out of 8 (for example) isn’t going to undo all your hard work. I also think that if one rigidly dis-allows anything ‘fun’ for a seemingly unattainable stretch of time, one is likely to toss the whole scheme. You keep up the good work 🙂


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