Friday, February 1, 2013

Whole30 Update: Day #30 ~ The Beginning and The End

     I can hardly believe that this is the very last day of my Whole30 Experience. It's bittersweet...mainly because my mind is literally putting the taste of dark chocolate in my mouth in anticipation for the real thing :)

     Honestly, I have learned so much about myself and my body over the last 30 days... 

  1. I have learned that I probably have some moderate intolerance to wheat. I remember when my Mom would give me cereal as a kid, my stomach would hurt SO BAD afterwards. I didn't think a lot of it, but it was definitely a sign that I didn't need to be eating that stuff. I'm glad to know that, if I avoid wheat, I will avoid those uncomfortable moments. 
  2. I have learned that sleeping is not hard when tons of sugar isn't coursing through my veins!  I've never been a good sleeper...ever. It would be anything from stomach trouble, to nightmares, to going to the bathroom in the middle of the night, to random thoughts racing through my head at a neck-breaking pace. Learning how to eat better (cutting out that pesky refined sugar and wheat), and also learning to de-stress WITHOUT food, I have been sleeping wonderfully!!!  It's been a great discovery and I'm forever indebted to Dallas and Melissa Hartwig for that.
  3. I have learned that I can start something and finish it strong. I can say "No!" to my cravings, no matter how loudly the scream, in order to encourage health in my body. I believe that living a holistic life demands this ability, because wellness must be more important than convenience. But I also feel like I have a stronger resolve now. I have shown my body who's boss. "No" means "no" again!
  4. I have learned that I really like to blog!! Sharing this experience through my blog has added joy and value to it. The friends I have made along the way encouraged me to the end. I'm so grateful to Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving for her inspiring words! (and I CAN'T WAIT to make your yummy cookies!)
     And so begins a new month and a new way of life. My Hubby and I will be "one of those paleo couples" from now on!  I have learned to cook nourishing, delicious, and inexpensive meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am ready to start working out again (yay for Zumba on Saturday!!). I am ready to prepare this body to house little ones! I'm so excited about the future and all the changes it will bring. And I'm excited about sharing the future with you here on my blog!

     I love you, bloggy family! Have a GREAT weekend!! And GO RAVENS!


  1. Aw, thanks so much hun! You are seriously a rock star in my book for completing this challenge. Send me you email and I'll send you a free copy of my book!

    1. It's all true, Kelly! You've really inspired me to keep going when I thought I couldn't go another day :)

      And YAAY!!! Thank you so much for sharing your book with me! I made your cookies for a Super Bowl Party, and they were delicious!! I'll be making them again as Valentine's Day gifts for friends, and I'll definitely show you a picture :)

  2. Congratulations. You are really an inspiration. I hope that I can actually make it through an entire 30 days without one cheat! Go Courtney!

    1. Thank you so much, Samara!! You can totally do it, too! I'll send you my email address so we can walk through it together :)