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For the last month

Hi friends – long time no write (as per usual)…

Its been one month to the day since I’ve sat down and put words on the screen. Partly because we had a crazy harvest this year, and partly because I’ve not had much to talk about. I don’t know about other bloggers, but I have a definite wave pattern to my writing. Lots of hills and valleys.

The last month was a valley.

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Let’s talk about what most of you are curious about…Whole 30. I started a Whole 30 on June first. Long story short, it turned into a Whole 15. Why? The BF and I had lots of reasons to celebrate: new jobs, new opportunities, LIFE! Right about now you are saying “You can totally celebrate and do Whole 30. What a lame excuse!!”

And that’s true. You can celebrate holidays and birthdays and do still do Whole 30. But I didn’t want to. Stupid, yes, but its me. I didn’t want to go out to dinner and have a 15 minutes conversation with the waiter about what can and can’t be on my plate.  I certainly didn’t want to pass on a celebratory beer.

It was a good run, and honestly I went longer the ANYONE thought I would. Did I enjoy it? Yes, I had a more energy. I was very surprised I was only eating 3 meals a day and still felt full. Doing Whole 30 has helped me understand how to fuel my body throughout the day without constant grazing, and for that I’m thankful.

But the biggest dilemma (for me personally) is trying to view food as fuel and only fuel.  Food is a very social part of my life. Maybe that’s why I have certain addictions, but I’m not willing to give up the joy that sharing a beer with friends or cooking the BF’s favorite food brings me.  Its a work in progress.

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You want another nugget of fact? Even after a whole month off Whole 30, I only weighed in one pound higher. Yes, I lost a good chunk of weight on Whole 30 (13 lbs), but I didn’t balloon back up when I ate some bread or had a glass of wine. Balance people. 2013-07-03 12.45.50

So for now, I’m not on Whole 30. I’m using some of the guide lines from it and some from paleo and some that I made up myself. I’m trying my damnedest to find a style of eating that I can be happy with for my entire life. I’m closer than I was before, but I’m not quite there yet.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with another update!!

What’s Keeping You Here? – Revisited

Hi friends!!

Not too much happening over here in my world. I made it to the gym last night and kicked out a nice, short little run. I started with a 5 minute walking warm-up and then knocked out 5 minutes of straight jogging. BOOM! 

A little over 6 months ago I wrote a post called What’s Keeping You Here? (inspired from Ashley from Coffee Cake and Cardio). I think the middle of my Whole 30 journey is the perfect time to revisit the list of things that I knew were holding me back!

1) I know this has surprised the most people. I am (was?) a big drinker. The first day of Whole 30, I even had friends wanting to put a line on how long I would last before I broke down and had a glass of wine.  I really can’t put my finger on why this time has been different, but I there have only been one or two times I’ve really wanted a drink. Heaven help me when I try to have a drink when this month is over.

2) I haven’t really started a formal fitness plan, but my team sports have increased. I now have softball, sand volleyball, and bowling each week. Even if I don’t get a run or a weight session in, I’m still getting 6 hours of movement!

3) Ah cheese. I was truly afraid this would be my breaking point. On any given shopping trip, I would leave the store with 5 different kinds of cheese. Whole 30 is teaching me that I don’t need certain foods at every meal, and it will be more of a treat in the future.

4) I have eaten out a few times during June. But when you know you can mostly have meat and veggies, it really narrows your focus. Although, I seriously contemplated the rolls at Texas Roadhouse the other night, haha. Another factor for this point is we really don’t have the money. Since I have so many restrictions, it just doesn’t seem worth it to go out.

5) This is one of the great things about Whole 30. I’ve made some wicked huge salads this month, but since I’m not snacking, it doesn’t matter as much (plus all the unhealthy toppings I normally have aren’t on there).

6) I never thought I would say this, but I’m sort of a morning person. I have a ton more energy than I did before, and I can barely stay up past 10:30 these days. If you think I was an old lady before, I’ve officially reached comatose status now. Its nice having a few quiet hours in the morning to do my own thing, but its still weird.

7) Oh Diet Dr. Pepper. How I do miss you. There are a veritable shit ton of studies that talk about why you shouldn’t drink diet soda. If there was one thing I was going to cheat with it would be good old DDP.

8) This problem has become null and void for me since starting Whole 30. Why? Because I eat dinner shortly after I get home. It stinks the BF and I aren’t eating dinner together much anymore, but a girls gotta eat!

9) I don’t snack hardly anymore and its because my normal meals are such more larger and filling. I never thought I would be the ’3 square meals a day’ type, but I’ve been blown away by how satiated I’ve been between meals.

10) This is a big change. When I first considered Whole 30, I didn’t believe I could do it. We all know I suck at challenges. But I started anyways. It makes me shine with pride when friends tell me how impressed they are with my progress and the fact that I’m sticking to the plan. Lots of people didn’t think I could do it, but I love proving myself and everyone else wrong. Guess I’m staring my fear in the face eh?

Something has clicked. I can’t put my finger on it, but its there and I hope it never goes away.

Have you reevaluated your obstacles? 

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