It is the end of day 13 and to my surprise I have fared very well! My smaller white bikini should arrive on Monday which will mark my half way point – what better motivation than that! There were times this week that I wanted to quit, cheat, drink that bottle of rose´ in my fridge or even a swig of IBC Black Cherry soda but I didn’t. I keep picturing myself as I feel. I feel healthy, happier, and lighter in some places. I made an amazing sausage sweet potato egg bake that lasted me all week for breakfast – my hardest meal. I enjoyed baked chicken and veggies for lunch and even went to a happy hour where I enjoyed some tortilla, and cheese free steak fajita tacos. Happy hour was rather a challenge considering it was my favorite place for margaritas. My willpower has surpassed my expectations. I still have this feeling of looming failure, almost like I am waiting to fail. Each day I get up and wonder if today will be the day I give up on my goal. It hasn’t happened yet so I’m staying strong. I want to thank all of you who have offered words of encouragement and support! Having you all to hold me accountable has given me the will to stick to it. Today I will start planning what happens AFTER Whole30. Other than enjoying a taco and margarita from time to time I am not sure my eating habits will change much from Whole30. Incorporating my new habits and a few of my favorite old habits I will be ready to start a new routine. Phase 2 will be the real work and I think I am ready, I have 15 days to get ready. A new adventure a new goal a new transition to an improved me.
I’ve officially set out on my 2 year goals. Dating, Body, Mind & Business. Officially, I started my dating goals first because they will take the most time and have the most risk. My body goal needed to be a close second because it was going to take me into some rough territory, emotionally. This goal has been fueled by a visualization exercise I had back in March where I saw my future self in an amazing white bikini, much older but still with a great healthy body. It was also motivated by a recent conversation with my Mom whom I seemed to have mirrored many aspects of my life. I had a wake up call, followed by many signs form the universe to get my bubble butt in gear.
On July 10th I started my Whole30 challenge. It is currently day 6 and I feel…good. I have been relaxing all weekend, which 3 week ago means ordering greasy pizza to cure my Friday Happy Hour hang-over. Instead I got up early did some chores and caught up on some Leo snuggle time. I am slowly starting to see my energy pick up but decided to really focus on my predicted nap days. I ordered some healthy groceries from Prime Now and have tried increasing my water intake when I feel a hunger pain. According to the program if you are craving something you should identify what feelings you are having, which at first sounded a little fruity but once I embraced it I didn’t crave those…I can’t really even say it or I will start craving it. I am looking forward to challenging my body and mind to accomplish the goal I have set out.
Today, is day 29! I can say that the last 29 days have been filled with ups and downs. As I think back to day 1, I feel the same energy as I do today excited and ready to start an adventure. My brother in law and sister asked me if I felt different, I do but not in a mind blowing, oh my goodness I am a different person type of way. I feel stronger emotionally. I feel that food does not control me any longer. I’m just beginning a journey that will take me to a healthier way of living. My next 30 days will be filled with many more ups and downs and I am ready for the challenge. I hear over and over it is mental strength that gets us to our goals. The Whole30 challenge gave me the will power and mental strength to make good choices. I am 30 days ahead of the game, my relationship with food has moved out of the honeymoon stage and into a real relationship. I can’t wait to use what I have learned, to design a health and fitness routine that fits me. We are provided with so many options it can be overwhelming. Challenging yourself to improve on the hardest thing, mine was emotional attachment to food, can sometimes kick start the forward motion we all crave. I imagine you have said the same things I said all those times I attempted to get healthy before my Whole30 challenge…”if only I could get motivated” “if only I could find a work out routine that I enjoyed” “if only I didn’t love and appreciate good food” “if only I wasn’t so busy”. All these “if only” statements kept me from the reality that I was not educated on why I couldn’t change. I didn’t want to look in the mirror and tell Jill I could be better, healthier and oh dear…happier, she didn’t know that was possible because I never taught her how! It is like knowing the answer but not having the confidence to SPEAK UP , SPEAK OUT, Change your life! Those “if only” statements don’t exist for me anymore I have replaced them with “I AM motivated” “I WILL find a work-out routine by doing it” “I CAN still appreciate good food” “I HAVE found the time to make my health a priority”. With the help of the Whole 30 Challenge, texts and messages from supportive family and friends I have learned how to change my life. I have educated myself on the reality of food and the reality that I am stronger than my inner voice that begs for one piece of cheese, one glass of wine, one bite of a Cheeto! She doesn’t get to make those choices anymore. I have learned so much during the last 29 days, the hardest lesson wasn’t cutting food out, it was loving myself enough to eat the right food.
So, what comes after Whole 30? The book says to slowly introduce the dairy, sugar and grains back into your diet over the next week. I will be a rebel and not do that. Don’t get me wrong I respect the process and respect what Whole30 has done but I will be enjoying a celebratory Taco Tuesday with a margarita! But after Tuesday it goes back to business as usual, Whole30 compliant breakfasts, lunches, and dinners paired with a tough work out routine! I still have that White Bikini to get into before 9/29! I still have a bigger goal, a why, a reason to continue to live Whole30. Just because I will enjoy some cheese and wine from time to time doesn’t mean that white bikini goal gets wasted! I mean that bikini is so cute! I hope to inspire and encourage you to choose your hardest thing that holds you back and challenge yourself! If you can stick to it for 30 days – I promise you will only gain positive movement and, maybe like me, the ability to have a grown up relationship with yourself!
Today marks day 21 of my Whole30 challenge. I have given up grains, legumes, sugar, and dairy. I have done really well, I opened a chocolate square and inches from my mouth, correction…in my mouth I realized I wasn’t going to cheat 10 days from the finish line. I was very tired the last part of the week and had some pains in my stomach, I can only attribute this to the low calorie intake for a few days. I was getting pretty bored with my food selections and so I just didn’t eat a lot. I didn’t cheat but I wasn’t consuming enough calories to stay active. I have remedied that with a fresh selection of veggies and fruit. I am having a big bowl of portabella mushrooms with a balsamic reduction. I will say this weekend, day 20, seemed pretty rough emotionally. Thoughts of regret from past decisions or lack of action flooded my day. I felt paralyzed by the feelings of wasted time, pain, and a little regret. I am not sure if this was normal for Whole30 or if this was just something that was changing in me. I have held on to so many things that have happened in my past that occasionally I can see them showing through. They have been such a part of me for many years I have a hard time thinking of them no longer being there. They are a comfort when things go wrong and my expectations are not met. This weekend I could feel a release of some feelings I know have held me back. They have held me back from living healthy and feeling worthy of love. It sounds simple to rid myself of these feelings but if you’ve been there you’ll understand how much a part of you they become. The good side of this story is that I am not sure I could have gotten here without eliminating food that clouds my judgement. Challenging my will to push myself into the next chapter helps me remember daily of my 2 year goal to build the life I know I am capable, worthy, and willing to live. I am excited for the next week, mostly to get to my celebration to have a cocktail. I am also looking forward to putting my new found relationship with healthy food to use.
I have not posted for quite some time. After starting a new opportunity I found it hard to get to my passion project of writing. Now that I have a little more free time, a smidge really, I found it necessary to start writing again. Two weeks ago I started writing down what I was grateful for. When I am done I will have 365 things that I am grateful for in life. Gratitude can be the most difficult lesson to learn for most people but for me it has proven to be more difficult than I thought. I started little and felt it wasn’t good enough just to be grateful for now traffic or that I didn’t spill my coffee or that I was able to breath. I wanted to look deeper but I struggled most days. I had a few awesome lessons of gratitude that ay have come at a price but all the same they ranked gratitude. This week I wanted to focus on the people in my life that even though they may not know, I am grateful everyday for them.
Today I was texting with a wonderful friend who is no longer in my daily view at work and has become a brilliant mother. I miss our jokes and the motivation and support we gave each other everyday. Today I hope I inspired her to do something she would be amazing at. She has given me such strength and support in the last four months that no words could describe how amazing she is. The gratitude I feel for having her in my life has saved me from my own despair many days. I am sure that Angela will show up again in my pledge of gratitude because our friendship is still growing.
Sunday was a great say even though i didn’t do much other than some housework. I started to look up pizza places to order and I decided against it since I had so many yummy things in my fridge. I felt like snacking so I made some healthy black bean hummus. I was pretty dehydrated due to some wine with family to celebrate my mother’s 60th birthday. It was a great night and I almost feel a shift happening in the family, for the better.
Monday started slow but I got busy somewhat early doing some errands. I did a ton of reorganizing in my closet, bathroom and attempted to start my kitchen. It really does pay when you set yourself up for success. After cleaning my bathroom I felt lighter, and when I walked into my closet today I felt a sense of peace. I also purchased a year long membership for the local yoga studio – GoYoga- I am slightly obsessed with one of the instructors, she always says the thing I need to hear. Or maybe I need to hear the things the instructors say, either way I had intended to go Monday afternoon but I delayed due to the progress I was making with the house items. Imaintained good eating habits and am starting to crave the good foods after a few weeks of buying clean items. I grilled up some steelhead trout and popped a pork tenderloin in the crock pot for dinner – carnitas tostada with tons of avacodo – and big accomplishment of the day – no sour cream! I thought about running out but I resisted or rather talked myself out of knowing it would turn into a bing of sour cream and anything I could dip in it.
Tuesday(today) was good, I got up early but there was some snow making traffic jams and school closings. I immediately cancelled my yoga class and crawled back in bed. 10 minutes later I was up recheduled my class and started the coffee while I chugged a bottle of water. I started my car bundeld up and braved the winter weather advisory. The class was small but it was great for my first time back after a year. I struggled but I purchased a new mat so now I have to go everyday this week to earn my investment. I will be looking forward to attending classes afterwork at the downtown location. My goal was to come home make a healthy lunch (pulled pork romain salad), shower and continue the laundry I started yesterday. After lunch and shower I felt sick to my stomach. I laid down for an hour to relax my anxious belly and made sure to hydrate considering the buckets of water I sweated out this morning. I wanted to start reading Oola today since I had a great mental restart at yoga this morning. Its 8pm now so looks like I will be diving in before bed and then in place of yoga tomorrow, just because I have some scheduling conflicts, I will read the book or as much as I can before 10am. I leave you now to fill my water bottle again and change my laundry I never finished earlier. How quickly your goals change with the events of the day.
- Tuesday January 12, 2016 (Happy Birthday Mom!)
- Weight 218lbs/BMI 57%
For the last few days I have been maintaining my food goals and have only cheated once with a home-ade cookie at my sisters house, I had 2! I am also down 4lbs and have felt like I am making progress mentally.
Big news, I got the job offer and my paralysis, whch includes sitting and watching 3 seasons of Teen Mom in one day, has stopped. I am looking forward to getting into a new routine and incorporating my current routine with work.
This morning I hit the apartment gym and felt good about walk/running almost 3 miles(2.7) in 30 minutes. I got the 3 miles just not in under 30 minutes.
I am slowly but surely getting my house decluttered and cleaning out my closet so I can actually see the clothes I have that for the most part I can’t fit in to. I thought about arranging them into can wear, can wear kinda, and, there is no way I can fit into those until I lose 40 pounds. And voila another form of motivation.
- Saturday, January 9, 2016
- Weight 218/BMI 57%