The June Whole 30: Ashley’s Initial Plan of Attack

Friday , 31, May 2013 8 Comments

Here we are! June 1st is tomorrow and so begins my journey (and hopefully some of your’s) into WHOLE 30.  Did anyone else feel like the last few weeks of eating freely went quick? BUT, we are about to do something wonderful for our bodies, right?

I decided to be really candid in this post for a couple reasons:

1. Like many people, this is my first time doing this thing and as a normal person, I wanted to share my before and afters so ya’ll can get a sense of how it maybe could work for you. I don’t know if I’ll lose weight, feel great, have tons of energy, or see a huge change in my body but I will let you know!
2. It will keep me accountable. It will be a heck of a lot easier to talk my self away from eating anything not on the plan knowing I shared with the internet world (for this reason, I suggest you participate in the comments and via instagram with #psmbwhole30).
3. I’m a mom…of 2…under 2…with a gone husband (deployed). I want everyone reading to know- if I can do this, you can do this. I want this post to motivate other mamas to work for what they want and to be healthy, however you decide to do that. Whether you are doing Whole 30 with me or not.

So here goes….

I’ve been working hard the past two weeks on getting myself prepared. I read “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. I used some of the printouts on the website to devise a grocery list and I tried to meal plan for the month. I suggest using the website as much as possible in starting your whole 30. You can find all that info in my initial Whole 30 post here. Since I normally cook for myself, meal planning is a tad more difficult or maybe a tad easier since I only have to please myself? I decided to start the month simple. I’ve made a calendar that lists just protein source for each dinner. I am really bad about keeping to a meal plan so figure if I at least planned out what protein I was having each evening, I could then map out what I would eat on a weekly basis based on the nightly protein source and leftovers and such. Plus, as we all know, things come up and we don’t always have time to cook! Below is my protein schedule for the month, as well as my initial shopping list (ask questions below if need be). Please know, I am a creature of habit and only eat certain kinds of meat so it’s very limited. You probably have a much more diverse schedule of proteins!


One of the things I most worry about is getting enough nutrients on whole 30. So, I used the book and the awesome printouts on the website to devise a checklist for myself. This is kinda a visual reminder for me of what I need to eat at each meal. It also helps me remember that I need to eat more on days that I workout (I am infamous for forgetting to eat extra on those days). Please feel free to click the link and use my Meal Map to help you with your whole 30!


Now comes the difficult part (for me– not for you)– MEASUREMENTS. Gah, I’ve been dreading doing this but like I said above this keeps me accountable and it will really show our readers what changes occurred for me during Whole 30. Please remember this is not a weight loss plan and I’m not doing it for weight loss, but there will be some degree of changes in my body as it lets go of all the processed crap and bloating. I plan to also keep a journal about how I’m feeling over the course of the month so I can map exactly when changes started to occur for me (and by journal, I mean a small note in my I-phone every day or two). I am really looking forward to our readers doing this with me! I hope that even if you don’t share everything (photos, weight, measurements, etc) that you at least share your goals in doing the whole 30 and what the end result was for you! I love to see people succeed in anything they do. Ok… here goes everything.

Ashley before Whole 30:

Starting weight: 189.5 (barfing right now that my weight is floating around on the internet. But I’m strong, I got this.)


Waist: 33 1/2 in

Hips: 43 in

Bust: 39 in

Chest: 34 in

Thighs: 26.5 in

Upper Arm: 14 in

And the most depressing of all– the photographic evidence:

On the crap diet I’ve been on the last two weeks (AKA enjoying junk before whole 30), I feel horrible. I’m exhausted all the time. I can’t sleep well. And I think I’m just plain irritable. I haven’t been doing as well with my workouts and I feel huge all the time. This is where Whole 30 comes in! Are you going to take the plunge with me?

And a little side note, the lovely ladies at PSMB are working on a Whole 30 giveaway for one lucky reader. Make sure you answer the question at the bottom of each of my Whole 30 posts and watch our Facebook page for other ways to win via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Also, make sure you check Instagram for my whole 30 photos at #psmbwhole30 and make sure you share with us during your whole 30 at both Twitter and Instagram using #psmbwhole30!

Are you participating in the Whole 30 with me this month? If you are, what are you most looking forward to getting out of it? If you aren’t, do you think you will try a Whole 30 sometime in the near future, why or why not? 


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  • Jamie Wyatt says:

    Ashley: I’m interested in doing this, but I read that ONE slip up, and you blow the whole plan. I’m thinking that slipping up and then getting back in the saddle is better than not even trying! My husband has a convention right in the middle of June. We will be entertained by different groups where I have no control over the menu. I can try to comply with the diet, as best I can from available choices. I don’t want to make a deal out of it, and draw negative attention. I’m sure there are others who may have a couple of “bad days.” Is it ok for us to hang with you, and keep trying, even if we mess up once or twice?

  • Rachel says:

    I am excited about this! I’m going to do measurements tonight. I’m definitely going to need help with meal ideas.

  • Ashley says:

    I certainly want those people to stick with me! If you stuck to the plan 20 of the 30 days, great! Next time try for 25. You may not get the results as much as someone who was strict, but 20 days is something.

    I’m glad you are doing it! I plan to share some of my go to meals on my halfway through post. I hated to share recipes I hadn’t tried yet. Also, im going to share pictures of what I’m eating on Instagram under #psmbwhole30 so if you see something you want to try just ask and I’ll get you the recipe!

  • Shayna says:

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog via Pinterest. I am doing this Whole30 with you! How did your first day go? I slipped and put maple syrup in my coffee (by habit), and might have had one or two kettle brand chips that my husband was snacking on. I also have 2 under 2, my son is 18 months and my daughter is 6 months. Will your toddler be doing this with you? Good luck!

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