Today is Day 3 of my Whole30 Challenge. I'm still feeling pretty good. By the end of the day I am tired, and I have been going to bed earlier than normal, but no other real side effects to speak of.
Unless you count how I felt while running today. :( I kicked off my official training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon this morning. I REALLY didn't want to. I had just gotten the kids off to school, and it was gray and foggy and wet outside. What I REALLY wanted to do was stay inside and curl up with some knitting or maybe a book. But, the fact that the temperature was pushing 60, and that I have been inactive for way way way too long, pushed me outside. I knew that my lack of regular exercise over the holidays was going to come back and bite me, and today was that day. The first mile wasn't too bad. But miles 2 and 3 just sucked. Thank goodness 3 miles was all that was on the schedule. It is definitely going to take some time to ramp back up to where I was before I let life and the crazy holiday hub-bub get in my way.
Well, here I am, finishing up day 2 of my Whole30 challenge. I don't want to jinx myself, but so far so good. :) I can't say that it has been EASY, but it hasn't been a spirit breaker either.
And here is something awesome - my two kids, ages 10 and 7 are enjoying the experiment so far!! Now, I'm not making them follow my eating plan, but they have been invited to eat anything of mine that they'd like. For breakfast on Day 1 I made "egg cupcakes". Basically scrambled eggs, and a ton of fresh veggies poured into muffin tins and baked. The kids GOBBLED them up for breakfast today.
So far the only thing that I really miss is the artificial sweetener and honey that I used to put in my tea. That's not so bad. Oh, the other thing that I miss is not being able to get on the scale. (That is part of the program, not weighing yourself for the entire 30 days.) After a perfect day 1, I really wanted to get on the scale this morning to see if I would be rewarded with a smaller number. But, I will follow the rules and weight myself only after I finish.
On to Day 3!!!
Tomorrow is the day that I am starting my Whole30 Challenge. I've read the book and I really believe that the science supports everything that they outline - that whole natural foods are far better for us and our bodies than any of the processed convenience food that we have built our lives around.
That being said, I know that it is going to be TOUGH to do the work required to make it for 30 days without any added sugar, or any processed food at all. I also am super excited to see and feel the changes that it will bring as well.
If you are interested in learning more about this, you can watch Hungry for Change. (I found it on Netflix) It helped add to my motivation for making the changes that I know are going to benefit my health.
Oh my goodness, there is just so much that seems to be going on these days. Mostly wonderful things, but even wonderful can be daunting when it seems to come flying at you at the speed of light.
I have been MEANING to find the time to work on this website for weeks, (MONTHS) now. So, with the holidays behind us, it is up to me to MAKE the time.
There is a lot coming up that I want to stay accountable for. The first thing is that I have signed up to run my third 1/2 marathon in May. This will be the first year that I will be following a real training plan designed by a running coach. The previous two years I followed (and I use that term loosely) an amalgamation of plans that I pieced together from different training plans I found online. The Pittsburgh Marathon (for me the 1/2 marathon) will take place on Sunday May 5th, 2013. My official training plan begins in February, and my goal is to follow this plan, to train hard, and run this race in 2 hours and 30 minutes. (OR LESS!!)
The second big thing I have going on is called The Whole 30. I'm both excited and scared about this deal. I've read a lot by bloggers that have done this challenge, and have always thought it sounded crazy and amazing. Basically you reset your body by eating only whole foods for 30 days. You eliminate all processed, refined and sugar filled crap. There is clearly a lot more that goes into this, but that's the nutshell version. A friend of mine from college put out a call on Facebook, looking for anyone that would be interested in going through this with her...and well, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. We are set to start on January 27th, and I want to keep a record of the madness here. :)
I'm a huge supporter of eating more whole foods, and as little of the processed and refined stuff as possible. And I think that I have made HUGE improvements over the past few years, but I want to see if I can stand up to this challenge. I honestly think for me the worst part will not be in what I have to eat, but learning how to branch out and add some variety to my meals. I am NOT a fan of playing in the kitchen, so I know that this is where the true test will be fore me.
So, that's where we are right now. Hello 2013!! Here's to ma
You can live a healthy lifestyle in the real world without giving up everything that makes you happy.