My goal is to make my Whole30 Timeline Preparation as simple and easy as possible.
Just a few days ago, I decided to become Whole30 and document my journey along the way.
So, why did I come to this decision? I do not have any health conditions, my vitals signs are excellent, I do not have issues with weight, and I feel mentally and physically strong. Although I have a major sweet tooth, I’m a pretty healthy eater, and well I’m a descent water drinker. I’ve also decided about a decade ago that I wasn’t going to deprive myself of any food. So, why?
At this stage in my life, there is always room for improvement and that is true for any aspect of your life – right?. Actually, I’m curious to know if my body will feel different. Will I feel even stronger mentally and physically? More importantly, do I have the will-power to move forth with this? Will I in fact:
- Feel more energized when I first wake up in the morning
- After a long day of work, feel less tired
- Notice that my skin has a sudden glow
- Experience less cramping during that time of the month
- Feel less anxious and more relaxed
- Look at certain foods differently and totally eliminate it from my diet
- Feel even better inside and out
- Notice that certain foods really cause my body to bloat
- Take this experience and make a lifestyle change
More than anything I want to challenge myself mentally but not set myself up for failure. I think my idea of this Whole30 Timeline Preparation presented itself at the right time in my life.
Prior to a few days ago, I, without hesitation, would have said… “Whole30, no way. I can’t do that. I can’t even imagine not having dessert let alone certain other carbs in my life. What? No pizza. I can’t have this – I can’t have that. Mentally, I’m not strong enough. Oh no, I don’t have the will-power?” I could go on-and-on about why I wouldn’t be able to do the Whole30.
However, my thought process changed when I started listening to the ‘Feel Good Effect Podcast‘ hosted by Robyn. Robyn’s podcasts are not only focused on eating healthy but more importantly living a healthy life as it relates to mental health and letting go of perfect and embrace being gentle to yourself. If you can, check out this episode with Melissa Hartwig. It’s a good one.
Although I’m a work-in-progress, I’ve learned that if I strive for perfection and in my mind I do not succeed – IT IS OKAY. I do not have to dwell in misery or think that I’m less of a person or a complete failure. This new mindset doesn’t mean that I’m not going to continue to strive for perfection, but if the outcome isn’t in my mind “Perfect” I’m going to be kinder, more gently, to myself.
So, how does this relate to my Whole30 journey? Starting today, Sunday, April 22, 2018, I’m starting the Whole30 program and will strive to do it perfectly. Although I’m sure that I will have challenging days, I’ll remind myself that it’s only for 30 days and that I can do it. If by chance I have a set-back (because I’m human), I promise I’m not going to torture myself instead I’m going to dust my shoulders off and start my “Whole30 Timeline Preparation” the next day.
Over the next 30 days, I will provide weekly updates (either on Sundays or Mondays) on my progress. I’ll document my food choices, tips, what gets me through the day food, any challenges I may face, and how I feel overall. I can’t wait to share.
If you’d like to follow my Whole30 journey, check out these posts:
Until next time…