“Don’t wait until you reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of each step you take toward reaching that goal.” – unknown
The way I look at it finishing 30 days on the Whole 30 is just the first step. I entered this “diet” as a lifestyle change, NOT a diet. I hate the word diet, because diets fail.
I’ve set out to feel like the strong beautiful woman I preach that others should be. To do that I’m going to be more mindful of how I consume, how I splurge and continue working towards a better, stronger self. It’s not just a physical thing. There is a huge mental piece that I definitely explored during the 30 days. Knowing that mental strength I have can push me to make this change and encourage others to join in on the fun!
Day 4 of the Whole 30 had me realizing that I am addicted to snacking. If food is in front of me I want it. I work in an office that has a never ending selection of food on the table in the lunch room. Last week included bagels (with yummy cream cheese of course), leftover Chik-Fil-A, leftover Qdoba…not just one day, but 2, M&M’s and probably more that I’m forgetting to mention. I stayed away from it all, obviously.
Needless to say I’ve noticed my snacking addiction merely based on what surrounded me but I couldn’t have it. If nothing else after 30 days I may be more aware of not grabbing the food just cause it’s there. Phew.
Now I’m on day 7. A whole week has passed and I’m feeling great. I’m feeling lighter yet strong, physically and mentally. I’m also feeling very strong willed. Saturday was super tough. I picked up a bartending shift and said no to ALOT of temptations (the pepper jack cheese is my major weakness, not to mention the pizza). Luckily I made it through the night and didn’t cave. (Not even on that after work drink OR a Red Bull)
The cool thing about Whole 30 is that I am eating food that makes me feel full, makes me crave less and has me feeling satisfied and not sluggish.
Go to’s on week one were:
Spaghetti Squash with homemade tomato sauce.
Eggs, spinach & Italian sausage.
LaCroix. Must Have!
Of course I ate a lot of salads too, it’s amazing how perspective can change with just a few tweaks to my choices. Food prep is a must, and being conscious of how I fuel my body is making a huge difference every single day.
Off to week 2…..
Last month I completed something I NEVER thought I would ever do.
Yep, that’s right, 26.2 miles all ran by me. Mentally tough, physically exhausting, emotionally rewarding.
But why do we run?
People do it for different reasons, health – long distance/sprints, one errand to the next, one meeting to the next, one activity to the next. You get my point. Our life is full of running.
All of these things we do are preparing us for the journey of life. The day after the marathon I met my friend for lunch and as I was walking into the restaurant, very slowly i’ll have you know, I realized I was walking in the same manner as the elderly couple walking out. Their marathon – life. I had a conversation with my mom shortly after and said “when i’m older, I don’t want to walk like I just finished a marathon”. But that’s what life is, a marathon right?
My conclusion is that all of these tests we put ourself through mentally, physically and emotionally, they are all pushing us to run through life. You can choose what is tough for you, you can choose what is exhausting and you most certainly choose what is rewarding.
Do something rewarding for yourself, make your life what you want it to be. AND do something that you never imagined you would.
My next challenge started yesterday….Whole 30. 30 days no sugar, no dairy, no grains. Stay tuned 🙂
It’s January 11th and I finally wrote down (and thought of) my resolutions. (Top 10 in no particluar order.)
- Write more (ironic, eh). Journaling, Blogging, Saving my thoughts essentially.
- Read more. This has been an ongoing resolution.
- Listen more. We can all do better with this.
- Grow as a teacher. (theming, sequencing, dharma)
- Multi-task less. Putting down my phone (ie: social media, email, other time wasting activities) while I’m eating dinner, watching tv/movies, etc.
- Stay authentic. Last year I chose to be myself and say things that I truly mean, understand and practice in my own life. It’s working well.
- Worry less.
- More family time.
- More friend time.
- Be 1/3 closer to debt free. (goal, debt free by 33.)
I woke up today with an immense feeling of gratitude. Lately I’ve had a lot of questions of purpose and what I’m meant to do. I’m feeling very successful in many aspects of my life, however I’ve also had a huge burden of stress over things I can’t control. I’ve taken a lot of time for just me lately, and it sure has been fulfilling. I am getting a better understanding of who I am, what I need, what I want, what makes me my best self and what makes me happy. Until we find ourselves we can’t find happiness in anything or with anyone else.
I woke up before my alarm today so I actually took time to read. I picked up a daily meditation book my mom gave to me years ago. Today’s reading couldn’t have rang truer to the things I’m facing. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of self-pity and feel not good enough. That is exactly what I’ve faced. So today I change that, today I do what I preach and I take a step to be my best self. There is so much in this life to do, so much I can offer and so many ways I can make all my dreams come true.
I made it, day 3 of the cleanse. This time around has been much easier than last year, even with the temptations of bagels, Rice Krispie cupcakes and fajita kabobs! I did the pro cleanse this time from Juice so Good and I have noticed my tummy has felt very full this time around with all the greens in the pro cleanse! Also my teeth have felt less gritty than last time, bonus!
I did eat some raw veggies and guacamole last night and it was just enough to help me realize how much I want to focus on clean eating (even though the bowl of chips was quite a temptation, did I mention the grilled chicken too) I actually was so full after the veggie snack that I only consumed 5 juices yesterday. Thanks to my friend Jessie and her encouragement to say no to the chips! Glad I fought the temptation!
I think I’m going to skip through this last day with flying colors and maybe even have a veggie treat again tonight! Glad my students, Travis and Jessie encouraged me to cleanse with them! It has been a great experience!
One of my favorite parts about teaching yoga is I can use music to make the experience greater. Music can motivate and inspire. A great beat makes me want to squat lower, hold plank longer and push my students to their edge. Here is part of my latest playlist for yoga sculpt. (The beauty of spotify is I change my playlists weekly 😜)