26 pounds GONE

So I weighed myself for the first time since starting Whole 30 again. My initial starting weight was 414.8 pounds – whaaaaaaat so fat. 

Anyway, after my first stint with Whole 30 I lost 21 pounds! But then I went crazy and likely gained several pounds back because I was eating Carls Jr. for every meal because I’m a fuuuuucking idiot.

But I’m back on Whole 30, and have been for the past 9 days, and I’m down to 388.5. I still have a long ass way to go, but it’s nice to actually see progress.

I love Whole 30. You only eat healthy, natural foods, you’re never hungry and you lose weight like a motherfuckin’ machine. I need to drink more water, that’s my biggest issue right now, but other than that I feel GOOD! Like, more energy, less headaches, more overall happiness. It’s awesome.

I haven’t been craving that bad either. I made a giant thing of stew and I’ve been eating that with my roommate, so that’s been helping with the hunger. The stew is beef, vegetables, sweet potatoes, and spices. And it’s delicious. I took a picture of it to share on the blog, but I accidentally deleted it so I included a picture of my dogs begging for my apple like little British orphans.

So yeah, yay for weight loss!

Whole 30 Update – Day 5

This is my second Whole 30 stint. Technically my last Whole 30 back in June/July was more of a Whole 27.5 because by the end of it, I was like “fuck this, I need cheese.” But it was an incredibly enlightening experience. Not only did I lose about 21 pounds, I learned a lot about my connection to food and my body/energy/emotions. 21 pounds in 27.5 days is significant, especially since I was unconsciously determined to fuck it up as much as possible by eating the foods that I should have been limiting (like fruits, nuts, and fruits). But what was extra neat-o about that weight loss was those 21 pounds were the only actual weight loss I’ve ever accomplished. I hadn’t been able to stick to any other plan/program/lifestyle change prior to Whole 30. So that was cool.

So my roommate and I are back at it again, and honestly it’s a lot easier this time. I’ve seen results before so that’s motivating. I feel like I went into it knowing that I was going to feel like death some days, and like a happy little baby cherub other days. And so far I’ve mostly been feeling great. I like the structure of Whole 30 because I don’t feel like I’m constantly trying to figure out what to eat, when to eat, where to eat, how much to eat, etc., which actually consumes a lot of my non-Whole 30 time and energy.

When I’m not on Whole 30, my thinking goes like this: “I should go get coffee. I’m hungry. I can get a pastry at Starbucks, but I’m hungrier than just a pastry. I’ll go get coffee, and then I’ll go get breakfast somewhere. Except it’s more like lunch time, so I’ll go get a pizza at Pizza Studio. And coffee. And probably a pastry too because fuck it who cares.” Spoiler alert: I always get the fucking pastry.

When I’m on Whole 30: “I’m hungry. I should go ge- wait, no. I’ll make eggs. Hunger solved.”

Honestly it’s such a paradigm shift. I just need to work on developing these habits all the time. I’m such an all-or-nothing person, I either eat perfectly or I eat like a black hole, sucking errant planets and stars and carbs into my gravitational bottomless pit. That’s an exaggeration! But not really though.

So yeah, so far I feel great. I don’t feel hunger often. I’ve mostly been eating eggs, meat, apples, vegetables, sausages (Whole 30 approved, of course), and black coffee. It really is a relief to go out in the community and not feel like I’m constantly looking for, thinking about or plotting my next meal. My plan is to do a Whole 90 if I can swing it, but I’m just starting with the Whole 30 and not overwhelming myself (yet).

Side Hustles that have Actually Worked for Me

I read a lot of personal finance blogs, and a lot of them reference the mysterious “side hustle”. When I was first starting out, these things seemed mythical and improbable. I’d download an app and make $.25 after three hours of work, or I’d download a search engine that promised to generate income through searches, or I’d try the Amazon Mechanical Turk and I’d get so confused that I’d nope the hell out of there pretty fast. In college I even tried being a ChaCha guide, answering text-based questions for their customers but I never actually made a cent, go figure. A lot of companies promise “passive income”, but then it turns out to be nothing but a scam, or a simply a waste of time. I have found three fantastic side hustles that do, in fact, generate income for me on a regular basis, and they might work for you as well.

The Hustle: Selling Designs online

How much I’ve made: $1158.70 in a year

There are a lot of websites out there that allow artists to upload their designs and sell those designs on their products. The great part is that it’s very passive income. Once you upload your design, customers can choose which product they’d like to purchase with the design. I’ve sold stickers, pillows, t-shirts, art prints, etc. And what’s great is, the company does all the actual product creation, shipment and billing. The only downside is, as an artist you only make ~25-30% of the profit. So I’ll sell a shirt for ~35.00 and get to keep about $5.00. But, at the end of the day, I’d rather smaller profit margins and less actual work. Ain’t nobody got time to be screen-printing shirts all day.

Website: Threadless, Society6, Redbubble

 

The Hustle: Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz Host

How much I’ve made: $1407.03 in 9 months (plus ~800.00 in bar tabs and tips)

I’m a very outgoing person who happens to love public speaking, so I get that this side hustle might not be for everyone. My roommate and I started going to Geeks Who Drink last year and adored it. We loved the comradery and the geeky fun, so when our local host announced that they were looking to hire, we both auditioned and became hosts. It’s a great way to meet people, and each hosting gig comes with a flat rate and a bar tab. Plus, it opens you up to other possibilities for hosting community events. This previous month I was approached by my local library to host a paid event for their Banned Book week, and my roommate’s hosting was actually a foot in the door to her current job, which she loves. Again, hosting trivia is not for everyone, but if you’re an outgoing nerdlet, it’s worth checking out.

Website: Geeks Who Drink

 

The Hustle: Writing for my local alternative newspaper

How much I’ve made: Not that much, it’s pretty new!

So I actually have recently started writing for my local alt press here in Anchorage. I’ve only submitted a few articles, but each one netted me $75.00, which isn’t bad for an hour or two of my time! Plus writing is something I enjoy, and their pretty lenient about creative content (aka letting me put stupid jokes in my articles). I imagine each city has its own alternative press that relies on its readers for content, check out your local indie/alt paper!

Website: Each city is different, google that shit.

 

Please let me know if you have any side hustles that have worked for you!