Whole30 Challenge: Eating Clean & Staying Active (Part 1)

By Kaleena Andruss 

By Kaleena Andruss 

Join Coach Kaleena as she goes through the Whole30 Program. 

As someone who is not a dieter or “cleanser” I’m pretty anxious to see how these next 30 days go. While the idea of getting super ripped and skinny is always appealing, I’ve never been one to tell myself “No, you can’t have that.” I LOVE all things cheese, bread, burritos, rice, pizza, cake, and beer. Mostly beer.

But, in the spirit of Gymnazo and my über competitive nature, I’m challenging myself to 30 days and 30 nights of eliminating the things that I love to consume most. I’m super excited to blog and share this journey with my fellow Challengers. Hopefully you’ll find some good laughs, inspiration, and solace in knowing that you are not the only one grieving the death of carbs.

Day 1: The Beginning of the End

When I tell people that I am a Fitness Coach/Personal Trainer, they assume that I eat nothing but protein shakes and kale salads. This is not the case. I am proud member of the Clean Plate Club: no scrap left behind. Doesn’t matter if I’m full or not, I will make sure that every.single.morsel. is consumed. People also assume that because I exercise so frequently that I have a great body or that I’m body confident. Also, not the case. I love working out and throwing around heavy weight, but food has always kept me from attaining the ever so evasive 6-pack abs. Unhealthy foods and in grand proportions are my specialty.

We’re pretty much the same. I’m on the right if you were confused.

We’re pretty much the same. I’m on the right if you were confused.

I’ve struggled, and continue to struggle, with body image issues. I’ve never been called “petite” and I’ve never fit into a size 2 pair of anything. I’ve always thought of myself as athletic and meaty. I’m built like a mini-horse. I remember hitting the 100lb marker in 6th grade and I was stoked. But since then, weight has been an up and down battle. In college, no one told me that beer had calories! I put on the Freshman 15, and then some, soaring up to a whopping 162lbs at my heaviest. It wasn’t pretty. Since then I’ve battled with food, the scale, and feeling healthy. It’s a journey.

The Mini Horse in 1993.

The Mini Horse in 1993.

College Kaleena didn’t count calories.

College Kaleena didn’t count calories.

Whole30 is not the quick fix diet to get you 6-pack abs and a thigh gap. This is a lifestyle change. It takes 21 days to make something a habit, whether it’s brushing your teeth or starting a new workout program. This is my attempt at creating a new habit of eating healthier, more wholesome foods. One of the Whole30 rules is that you cannot weight yourself or take measurements during the 30 days. I love this because it encourages me to listen to how I am feeling vs the numbers I see on the scale. You measure before and after. So, to finish it off, here is me on Day 1 of the Whole30 Challenge.

Day 1- 147.0 lbs, 19.9% Body Fat.

Day 1- 147.0 lbs, 19.9% Body Fat.

Side note: I did consume half of a large pizza plus 5 hot wings on my last night of gluttony. Best of luck and cheers to healthy eating!

Stay tuned and track with Kaleena as she releases the following blogs:

  1. Part 1: Introduction to Whole30
  2. Part 2: Week 1
  3. Part 3: Week 2
  4. Part 4: Week 3
  5. Part 5: Week 4