Whole30 30-Day Program
Yesterday I finished Tut.com's 30 Days to Love Your Life Project, and feel so emboldened and empowered that I decided I need a new 30 challenge to help me continue to exercise my focus and discipline muscle! That project was not about doing the project, but it was about having discipline and focus to see something through to the end.
Discipline and focus: two character traits I had not taken the time to develop within myself.
So today, because February is only a 28 day month, I'm going to start the Whole30 Program Challenge to reset my metabolism.
The rules are simple, eat only whole, natural food: meat, eggs, tons of veggies, fruit, fat, nuts and seeds.
No dairy, no sugar in any form, no grains, no legumes, no alcohol, no additives, no chemicals, no junk food, no fast food, and absolutely nothing preserved, or processed. Not one drop!
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Day 1 - Breakfast
I've tried and tried to puzzle out how to be accountable on this program, and the only way I can reckon to do so is by posting pictures on my Facebook page of everything that I put in my mouth.
*cringes* Yes, for the next 30 days, I'm going to be one of THOSE people.
Now, remember, the the rules for the Whole30 Program are simple, eat only whole, natural food: meat, eggs, tons of veggies, fruit, fat, nuts and seeds. No dairy, no sugar in any form, no grains, no legumes, no alcohol, no additives, no chemicals, no junk food, no fast food, and absolutely nothing preserved, or processed. Not one drop!
I initially said I wouldn't get on a scale, but they encourage you to do so at the beginning, and at the end, so you can see your measurable difference. I debated, and caved, for several reasons.
- To break past patterns. I cannot tell you how many times I begun a "diet" by telling myself I didn't care what the scale says, which was a complete lie. So this is me, not lying to myself anymore.
- I hope the scale budges downward, I truly do, because it's been slowly creeping upward for the past 5 years.
- I do not feel comfortable in my own skin, and want to do something about it.
Wanna know the truth? I started doing this program as an exercise in focus and discipline, but I do care about my body. I care very much, and knowing your weight is a helpful guide to know whether you are on the path of health, or not.
When I stepped on the scale this morning it said 301 lbs. I am not healthy, and I know it is because I am too fat for my body to healthfully carry me through life. 20 years ago I weighed 328 lbs, and was so freaked out that I had gastroplasty (stomach stapling). I swore to myself that I would NEVER cross the 300 lb threshold, yet here I am.
Oddly, I'm not freaked out, just more determined than ever to find what will work for me.
Have I tried hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to lose weight unsuccessfully? Absolutely! I feel a bit like Thomas Edison, who found thousands of ways NOT to make an incandescent light-bulb before he found the right way.
Tony Robbins, "The past does not equal the future."
Posting daily on Facebook kept me accountable and honest with my previous challenge, so I'll do that again. I'm super grateful for y'all to be my accountability partners. Thank you!
If you're interested in what I'm doing, please feel free to check them out!