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A Day In the Life: BEFORE

A Day In the Life: BEFORE

  • Are your energy levels inconsistent or nonexistent?

  • Do you have aches and pains that can't be explained by overuse or injury?

  • Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try?

  • Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies, or chronic fatigue) that medication hasn't helped?


ME! ME! ME!

Those questions alone (each of which I answered 'yes' to), were enough to convince me this is a journey I have to take. I often feel sluggish, unmotivated, and downright lazy. I cannot seem to lose weight, no matter how hard I try. I have digestive issues and seasonal allergies, and, truthfully, just a really unhealthy relationship with food.

I thought it would be fun to compare my "norm" before and after Whole30. Right now, a day in my life usually looks something like this:

MORNING

Depending on the day, I *try* to wake up at 6:00AM and get some cardio in before my work day begins. Typically, I will spend 20-30 minutes walking/jogging on the treadmill in my building's fitness center before heading back to my apartment to get ready for the day.

I drink coffee (black or with a dash of almond milk) and lots of water as I get ready, and I usually bring breakfast to work with me. Often, breakfast is either a protein shake; Chobani Greek yogurt and a protein bar; or an apple and two hardboiled eggs.

AFTERNOON

Throughout the day, I try to munch on fruit and nuts as much as I can. I keep mixed nuts and some Lärabars at my desk to tide me over when I get hungry. There is a candy bowl at work that I actually do a good job at avoiding (unless Hershey's Toffee & Almond Nuggets are in stock).

For lunch, I typically eat frozen veggies and rice, or a salad. Once a week, the company I work for buys lunch for the team, and we usually order pizza. There's also a Jimmy John's nearby that I fall victim to about once a month, or once every other month. My lunch menu is pretty inconsistent.

EVENING

This is where things start to get messy (and unhealthy). If I have no plans for the evening and am feeling motivated and productive, I will likely make myself a dinner of veggies and chicken—sometimes pasta. (OK, increasingly pasta). If I have plans, which I often do, I'm probably on my way to a nearby restaurant where I'll convince myself it's OK to indulge in a bigger meal and a drink or two.

Most nights, regardless of what dinner looked like, I end up on my couch with a friend, with snacks by our side and the TV on in front of us. And once I start snacking, I can't stop. I'll eventually fall into a food-induced sleep and then wake up in the middle of the night hating myself for overeating, and then promising myself "Tomorrow will be a better day."

And the cycle continues.


Believe it or not, I spend a lot of time engaging with online accounts dedicated to health and wellness. In fact, I even have my own health & fitness-themed Instagram account.

I read the blogs, I follow the influencers, and I buy healthy groceries. But, somewhere along the line each day, I fall off track, overeat, and gain weight. This is the lifestyle I'm ready to change with Whole30.


Photo courtesy of Gal Meets Glam.

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