Blog post 25, January 17, 2019
My Homing-From-Work Journey
My Complete Whole30 Experience
Hi everyone. This week I decided to share my Whole30 journal and experience with you. I am not an affiliate of Whole30. I am just someone who has struggled with weight all her life. Once I had kids, I tried numerous diets and paid food plans. Once completed, the weight just came back tenfold; it felt like 100 fold. If you don’t have time to read this post, please save it to your Pinterest board so you can read it later when you have time.
September 2, 2017, I Gotta Do Something
On September 2, 2017, I came to the realization that I had to do something. I am so sick of going to the doctors and not getting any answers. A group of my friends had decided to do a round of Whole30. This is when I decided to count me in. They created a private group on Facebook so we could cheer each other on and talk about our wins and struggles. What was there to lose? Nothing at all. Thirty days really isn’t that long at all.
Here is my journal: My name is Peggy Hefner. I am 45 years old, married and have two beautiful kids 19 and 16 from a previous marriage. My addiction is to sodas, Coke-a-Cola to be exact. I remember having soda in my bottle, having bottle mouth and getting so angry when my mom would take my can of soda to share with my brother in his bottle.
We grew up on sugar sandwiches for lunch and ice cream for breakfast. We were on a really tight budget, but we always had dinner. Other meals were a free-for-all or not-at-all.
These bad habits followed me into high school. Soda and chips for breakfast and lunch and a fairly decent meal for dinner each night. Not a well-rounded meal just enough to fill you up. I was only 98 pounds and a size zero in my senior year, so I thought I was fine.
After high school, I had modeling scouts tell me I was fat. Yes, I know. Ridiculous. I know now I wasn’t fat, I was a little soft and extremely unhealthy and thin. Ha, I WISH I was that FAT again. (Kidding.)
Then I started having kids. I was cooking better for them and making sure their teeth were always cared for. No repeats in that department. However, I know I am still addicted to sodas and grabbing a quick sugar snack or chips, whatever, to get me through. It wasn’t until my 30s that the weight started sticking around. I have been working since the age of 12, and now in my 30s being a single mom, I had a full-time job with the county and gave massages as a side-hustle.
Being this busy, the soda intake increased, and the food intake decreased. I could go all day on soda and just dinner. The soda count could be up to eight or more at times. Very bad, I know. I stopped working in 2013 because I relocated, but I was also happy to quit because I was in constant pain. This is also when I had shoulder surgery because it would constantly dislocate. It healed pretty well, and I have full range of motion back; however, it still dislocates and has pain. Needless to say, I can no longer do the massage hustle. That table weighed 55 pounds.
Now because of all my bad habits and genetic disorders, this is what I have today to show for it today. I am still addicted to soda. I have supraventricular tachycardia, atrial-ventricular tachycardia, anemia, hypoglycemia, arthritis, vasculitis, degenerative bone and disc disease, chronic pain, vitamin D deficiency, GERD, acid reflux, and migraines. Possibly hEDS and POTS. For sure I forgot something, I stopped going to the doctors constantly in 2016 for “more testing” they made me feel like a hypochondriac and a liar.
My rheumatologist would do panels of blood work every four weeks for a little over a year. It was always the same, she would rule out multiple ailments, but then tell me that she was extremely worried about me because my inflammation markers were too high and she just can’t figure it out. I refuse to take pain meds. Did you know that if you don’t comply with what the doctors prescribe to you, they pretty much blow you off like there is no hope and you are unfixable?
My heaviest nonpregnant weight is 180 pounds. With all the carbonated sodas I have that “pregnant look” or “barrel look.” I have been able to bring the weight down over the last two years, even with the pain. Sad to say it wasn’t healthy in the least bit. I now bounce from 166 to 168 over a week. Yes, I am the serial weigh-in person. I weigh myself every chance I get. On a roller coaster of depression and highs throughout the day. These are things I don’t want to experience anymore. I want the pain, crankiness, and brain-fog to go away. Getting nine hours of sleep at night plus a two-hour nap in the day and still being exhausted. Yes, I know that may also be from the genetic heart problems. But still…
The biggest challenge will be still having the sodas in the house. It is hard when your spouse or significant other doesn’t have the same plans as you do. So this is where my daughter and you will be there to help me through. I don’t drink coffee, never have. The taste of beer makes me shake; I only have
I don’t like ice cream because of the stomach aches and bloating. It is so easy to pass up a Cold Stone and Baskin-Robbins. Now if we go out to dinner, I can order off the low-calorie menu and have four soda refills. I can have a family size bag of caramel rice cakes and wash it down with a Coke. Feeling the fizz from the bubbles always tickled my nose. A super cold soda always tasted just a little bit better, I like the red can in my hand.
My Whole30 plan will be to do it for 60 days because of my heavy addiction to the sodas. Then approach the reintroduction period on a weekly basis. It would be nice to lose weight but not being in pain is the ultimate goal. I am taking classes to possibly start a new online business and want to be able to sit for extended periods of time and be more productive and sharp. Update: I graduated that class in April 2018. I now own my own proofreading business. I did this with the help of ProofreadAnywhere.
Why Whole30? After doing all the previous diets and fads why not? I know it is about training me. Re-educating me. Those boxes of food that were delivered to my house didn’t teach me anything. Once they stopped coming I went back to old habits. My hope is that this will teach me right from wrong and how to properly feed myself.
Good luck to you all. After reviewing my calendar, I decided my Whole30 start date is going to be September 19, 2017.
Sept. 7, 2017
Got a whole bag of lemons today for my water. I tried La Croix…call me crazy but it had a salty, Alka Seltzer aftertaste. So going with ice cold water with a squeeze of lemons. Last two days I have only had four sodas each day. Plus I started eating breakfast. Yay me. Sept 19th is coming up fast. Since I am prepping, I wanted to familiarize myself with the recipes. So I decided to start cooking some of the recipes out of the cookbooks I got.
Sept. 12, 2017
Is it just me or is my sense of smell more extreme? Yesterday I could smell the french fries while I was driving past Carl’s Jr. Today I walked down the cake mix/baking aisle at the grocery store. GEESH!!! IT SMELLED SOOOOOO GOOOD. I kept walking. Lol
Sept. 19, 2017, A.M.
Okay, day one is here for me today. So far the food has been amazing over the last two weeks. Been up since 6:00 a.m. and have caught myself trying to grab a Coke three times. Avoided doing that because I would be failing before I even start. Happy to say I got water each time. It is only 8:25 a.m.
Sept. 19, 2017, P.M.
Food-wise day one went well. Hinges almost broke off the door of the refrigerator because I went for a Coke so many times. Glad to say, “I won.” Slight hint of a headache.
Sept. 20, 2017
I am so glad my husband doesn’t bake. I have a killer headache, nausea, and slightly dizzy. They say that the moodiness and headaches don’t get real bad until day four. Ugh! I am scared. Day two for the win. I didn’t have a Coke, and I drank lots of water.
Sept. 21, 2017
Didn’t think I was going to win. Day three done. I survived. Migraine finally left at 4:00 p.m. Just in time for me to make a fantastic dinner. Had a great breakfast but slept through lunch. Found I like Soleil sparkling water, lemon flavor. Yay me. I tell myself I have to kick the soda habit now because it will hinder my ability to survive a zombie apocalypse. Hahaha
Sept. 22, 2017
Day four still soda free. I am looking at the red can less and less. Tonight’s dinner Whole30 shepherd’s pie. Yum. I had to split it in half. Half sweet potato mash and the other regular mash potato.
Wow, those Larabars are super sweet. I had the coconut one. Crankiness is there, but I am fine with it.
Sept. 24, 2017
Well, I survived last night. They
Sept. 26, 2017
I am still soda free even with hubby taunting me. Still loving my Whole30 meals. My daughter says that they are good also. She even has seconds. The hubby, not so much. He asked me how much longer I am cooking like this. Hating weekends when hubby doesn’t want to eat on schedule or wants to be gone all day.
Sept. 27, 2017
I made chicken and salsa in a slow cooker yesterday for the family’s tacos and my bowl. This morning I cooked the leftovers with two eggs on top, have to say it was pretty good.
Sept. 28, 2017
Oh wow, I woke up with a puffy face on numerous occasions prior to Whole30. I always told myself it was because of my chronic rosacea flare-ups. Happy to say I have been puff free since I started.
Sept. 29, 2017
Woooo hooo ten days sugar-free, soda free, and caffeine free. My pants are a tad looser. I even have a little less joint pain. Yay for Whole30. The family brought home In-N-Out yesterday and had McDonald’s today. Didn’t even want any. I am going to win.
I Feel Like I am Halfway There
Oct. 3, 2017
Random thought, someone should open a Whole30 restaurant or fast food chain. Just sayin’. Still soda free. There is this endless daily pile of dishes. It’s insane. I also can’t believe how much I love sweet potatoes.
Oct. 5, 2017
A little reward for making it this far from Sept 19th and still determined to make it my life. Two more of Melissa’s books and a cookbook holder. I used to reward myself with food. Yay me. Oh, and my belt notch moved two inches. Great day all the way around.
Oct. 12, 2017
Husband brought home hash browns and McGriddles from McDonald’s. Yes, he bought me some. No, I didn’t eat any. Seriously doesn’t get it.
Oct. 18, 2017
Today is day 30. I can’t believe I made it this far. I don’t have the sugar cravings and no longer need the red can in my hand. That was an accomplishment in itself. Going another 30 before I reintroduce anything because I don’t want to slide back at all into any old habits.
My Next 30 Days
During my next 30 days, I had continued success. The amount of weight I lost was quite rewarding. However, it is all about the NSV, nonscale victories. These are much more important. My clothes fit better, I am sleeping better, my pain is still there, but not as much as it was. (I still have days where I can’t physically move at all.) These are the days that I rush to the chiropractor to get realigned because I know it is all related.
Before you decide to do a round of Whole30 check with your physician. Also, I wasn’t able to buy all organic foods because it becomes a bit too pricey. Great news, Whole30 still worked without being organic.
Until Next Time
I know this is a vulnerable topic for some; it is for me also. Sharing this experience will hopefully let you get to know me better as a person. If it helps you become less vulnerable and try something new, then that will be a win also. I always said that I would share my work-from-home journey and what is affecting me along the way. The holidays have passed, and it’s time for another Whole30 reset.
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