So we finished the Whole30. It’s been nice to do this sort of reset to start off the new year. I feel like my energy levels are lasting through the day better. As far as physical changes… well the measurements I took before and after, as well as the pictures (before on left, after on right) speak for themselves.
I think the measurements tell more than the pictures do. I had a hard time getting pictures that weren’t completely blurry and were close to the same stances I had in the first set of pictures. The lighting is also obviously different, given that one was a set of morning pictures and the other is afternoon pictures (I didn’t have time to take them before I left for class this morning so had to wait until after I got back home). Ultimately, though, I do think I look a lot leaner. I noticed my face in particular looks leaner, though it might be partially because I was in desperate need of a haircut during the first set of pictures. I also think there’s more definition in my abs. Overall, I lost inches where I wanted to and gained them where I was hoping to gain muscle. We’re planning to stay pretty close to Whole30 as we continue on from here, though not quite as strict. It was good timing for it, since there aren’t too many special occasions or holidays in January, so I think we might make this an annual thing.
So I mentioned needing a haircut in the first pictures… It’s been almost a month since I got it, but I got a new haircut. I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on it. One girl at the gym told me several times in one gym session how much she loved it. I’ve even gotten compliments from customers at work who don’t even know me or know that it’s a new hair style. I’ve also been getting identified as male by customers a LOT, sometimes even after I speak. I’ve been getting called sir and was referred to as a gentleman. It seems to be mostly older guys that continue calling me by male pronouns after I speak, while younger ones and most women correct themselves. I can’t wait for my voice to get lower. Anyway, below are pictures of the haircut. The first one is right after it was cut, and the next two were just the other day when I was particularly happy with how well it was cooperating.
Final bit of news for this post is that today I have my first appointment to begin the process of starting my transition! Today’s appointment is just an orientation at the clinic to go over transitioning to make sure I fully understand what I’m getting myself into, as well as the costs and such. Next week I have an appointment to get blood drawn for the labs. If the labs come back normal, which I don’t see why they wouldn’t, I’ll get my prescription on the third appointment. I’m so excited! As soon as I have that, I’ll start posting more updates with pictures, maybe even voice recordings to document that changing. I’m really looking forward to this, it’s been a long time in coming.