Wow it has been about a month since I have written anything here.
Christmas and New Years came and went in a flurry. Life has been good and the break from school has been just what the doctor ordered. We did a lot of running but we also did a lot of sitting at home. I am not a sitter by nature. I like to be doing things. But I needed it. I need to chill out for a bit. Set priorities. Research things. Get a plan going.
I did all of that and more.
I decided in the beginning of December that I was going to try Whole30 after the first of the year. I have been in a weight loss stall for about 6 months. Not that I am complaining because I am maintaining, but I definitely would like to take off that last 20-25 pounds. I know eating whole fresh foods will help at least jump start that. But, more importantly, I have been having a lot of “symptoms” that I am hoping to get some answers to with the change. Mainly, I have had horrible cystic acne, hair loss, and persistent joint pain for about the last 6 months. I am not sure about the origin of these symptoms, but I am thinking they have a lot to do with my diet. If I was a guessing girl, I would say it has to do with either too much gluten or dairy, but I am not going to guess at this point.
So, I have been researching Whole30 like it is my job. I have read the initial book Whole30, I am in the midst of It Starts with Food, and my BFF, because she is amazingly awesome, gifted me with the Whole30 Journal which I have been devouring. I am making food lists and pinning recipes and trying to do as much prior to Day 0 as I can in order to be prepared and ready.
Oh, and I have eaten my weight in cookies, peanut brittle, and cheese & crackers over the break…so, there’s that.
I am ready to do this. I am not nervous or anxious or anything anymore (I was for a few days). I am actually pretty excited about it. My husband will also be doing it so that will make it easier and more supportive. And, I am cutting out the crap from our house so that will definitely have a positive impact on the kids. They will not be following Whole30 per say, but the nature of not having the snacks/sweets/crap in the house will make it easier for them to choose whole/healthy/good-for-them foods.
We just all need a little kick in the booty and we need to have a healthier lifestyle. I informed Megan that there will be no McDonald’s for the next 30 days and very maturely (for an 8 year old) she said she understood. We have been talking to the kids about properly fueling our bodies and with playing sports we need to all focus on good nutrition.
I think it is going to be a good transition for all of us.
We just have to finish up eating the 5 million non-compliant foods in our house.
I kid…we are actually doing a huge clean out tonight of a lot of the crap. It has to go. It just has to.
In fact, coming back to school today I am excited about eating a bit healthier and having a more set mealtime schedule. I cannot tell you how many meals I have made out of cheese & crackers (GIVE.ME.ALL.THE.CHEESE). And then I wonder why I wake up with a huge zit on the side of my nose.
It’s time. Really time.
And I am ready.