How many of you made goals to be healthier this year? hand raised
How many of you make this same goal every year? hand raised
How many of you are eating raw cookie dough and buying bigger jeans by February first? head hung in shame
When I was younger, it was easy to tell myself that there was always tomorrow. I was invincible. As I get older, it gets harder and harder to tell myself that. What I hear now is that “You better do it today! You ain’t gettin any younger!
I don’t mean to get all morbid on you, but being closer to fifty than forty really changes your attitude on getting shit done. I have some aches and pains that I can’t account for. It could be something serious. My brain goes to the dark side quick.
“Be today who you would have people remember you for if tomorrow were not promised, for it is not”
So, anxiety attack aside, I think it’s high time to get serious and start following through with the goals I set for myself and my family. Cuz let’s be real, I ain’t gettin any younger! Oh, and don’t hate me for saying this, but neither are you. Sorry.
After months of overindulging, I found my cravings were totally out of control. I’ve been tired and achy and frankly, I feel like crap. I really had to find a program that was going to be very disciplined. I needed a swift kick in the ass! Now! Not tomorrow.
Whole30 was the answer. It’s pretty black and white. Eat this, not that. No pasta, no bread, no dairy, no sugar. There’s more but, the gist of it is protein, vegetables and fruits. And no creating things that you are trying to clean out of your system. Dates are super sweet and are Whole30 compliant, but you shouldn’t be eating them instead of candy to satisfy your sweet tooth. Get what I’m saying?
I also have a tendency to overthink things and then nothing gets done because I’m too busy planning every last detail of what, when, where, how and so on. One of my other goals was to stop thinking and start doing, so instead of reading the entire Whole30 guide, I pulled a shopping list of what I can and can’t eat and got started. You can download that list here.
I weighed myself and took measurements which I will do again in thirty days. I don’t want to let it consume me. It isn’t about that. Reality disclosure…It’s a lot about that! Who doesn’t want to be a hottie in a swimsuit? Come on! You know you do. And that is perfectly okay.
If you’re interested in hitting the reset button, I’ll be honest with you. It’s a tough program, but I feel better each day, which makes it way more doable.
Oh, and by the way, I couldn’t help myself. On Day 5 I weighed myself and I was down ten pounds! Yeah, you read that correctly. Ten! No more cheating with the scale though. Next weigh in is January 31. Pinkie swear!
Let me know what you’re doing to better yourself this year. I love hearing what’s important to you and what you’re doing to reach those goals. Whatever they are!
If you’ve done Whole30 before and want to do it again, or if you are brand new and need something to get you on track, here are a few books to get you started.
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And if you are looking for inspiration on the web, here are ten amazing food blogs with some incredible, delicious recipes to get you through your thirty days without feeling deprived.