Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 is off to an awesome start because mine certainly is.
I’m taking time to prioritize my health and I’m starting with my diet. I have been eating poorly for months which made me feel bad so I ate even worse and felt even worse; see the pattern? As a result of these choices, my clothes aren’t fitting properly, my back always hurts and my skin is freaking out. I was able to ignore these symptoms for awhile until I finally got on the scale this week. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life; even heavier than when I initially started my fitness journey back in 2012. My shoulders slumped when the number finally registered; I have work to do.
Luckily, I already have a plan to turn things around. I’m starting another 21 Day Water Challenge on Sunday 01/08, will be exercising 3x/week and, the thing I’m most excited (and nervous!) about: starting the Whole30. I heard about the Whole30 last year from a few friends who shared how challenging but also worthwhile it was. The Whole30 is a “short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.” During this reset, you don’t consume any processed foods, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy or added sugar. Once I saw all of the things I’d have to cut out of my diet, I closed the browser and ordered a double cheeseburger from Shake Shack lol.
A year later, I’ve been feeling depressed, struggling to fit in my clothes, dealing with skin issues, and making the worst dietary choices. When one of my friends sent me a Facebook invitation to join a Whole30 group, I was initially excited but then nervous. That invitation sat in my inbox for at least two weeks. I knew I needed a change but didn’t know if I could fully commit. Plus, when I told my husband about it last year, he wasn’t on board. This journey would be difficult if he didn’t join me and I didn’t have high hopes. When I sheepishly brought it up to him again, he agreed with very little hesitation. He’s been helping me get organized, look at things on the macro level and generally just being his awesome self. Another reminder that I married well!
You’re likely wondering why all this Whole30 talk should even matter to you. Well, dear reader, I’m going to be blogging about how my journey is going. That means the good, the bad and the ugly. If I have a meal that’s particularly delicious and/or pretty, I’ll be sharing it on Instagram with all of the requisite hashtags. I want to document this journey for myself and also add a layer of accountability.
I know it will be challenging but I’m also really excited to see the benefits in my skin, energy and hopefully wardrobe. Wish me luck!
Have you ever done the Whole30? What were your results? Do you have a favorite recipe you want to share?