Today is my one year anniversary of living the Whole9 lifestyle. I started my first W30 a year ago today and never looked back. Have I fallen off the wagon and done some food things I’m not proud of? Sure…. Anyone that says that they live a normal life for a year and don’t make any off roading choices or make any slip ups are probably lying to you.
The greatest thing about the last year has been that it has not been entirely about food… in fact, it was really only tangentially about food.
I’m not going to list all the things I learned here… I’m going to share instead, something I wrote for the Whole 30 blog, which you can see here… It was edited down a bit, so this is the whole copy…
The motto of my blog and my life is ‘Time passes anyway. Do something useful with it.’. This is one of the first times in my life that I can look back at a year and know I did the best I could do with that year to be in a better place than I was a year ago…
After existing for many years in a vacuum of love and respect and allowing the trauma of that to colour my own vision of myself, I had finally come to a place where I knew I could no longer sustain the way I was living. Although I didn’t know what the outcome would be I knew that when I really made an effort to love & respect myself is when my whole world would start to change. I started a Whole 30 in February of 2013 and I have never looked back. I choose to eat good whole foods because I truly want to and because it makes my body feel better which, in turn, makes my mind feel better. It has never been about my size or a pair of pants, it has always been about how I could best show love to myself.
The most amazing part of choosing to approach my health and fitness from a place of love is that I truly do love myself. I look in the mirror and into my own eyes and see love and beauty, calm and kindness and above all, respect. I could have punished myself with the gym and obsessed over calories, but the success that I have achieved by doing it from a place of self-love and self-respect is worth so much more than the size of my pants. When I started this in 2013 I chose to work on my happiness (or lack thereof) and decided that I would focus on how I felt. Even now, as I’ve seen incredible results and changed my life, the driving factor has always remained how I feel. Do I feel in control, happy, sane? I have found that focusing on important internal things instead of a number on the scale or a pants size has turned Whole30 into a lifestyle for me and that means that it’s sustainable. (I’m pretty strict Paleo even when I’m not doing Whole30) Going for a run and eating good, whole, nourishing food because I want to express love for myself; that will stand the test of both good times and bad.
The side effect of loving myself through a framework of Whole30, has been a weight loss upwards of 80 pounds and many skin and pain conditions have completely resolved themselves. My life will never be the same and I have Melissa, Dallas and Whole30 to thank for that!
Today is the last day that I compare YearAgoMe with CurrentMe.
Here are the pictures. Now I just live life as this new me.