I have never been one to believe in extreme thinking.
My motto has been, “Well everything in moderation is fine,” in regards to almost anything–what I choose to eat and drink, what clothing I choose to purchase, how much I sleep, etc.
But sometimes I think I’ve given myself this kind of “permission” to do whatever I want… And then my actions don’t line up with my value system, and then I’m sitting there looking at myself and feeling crappy about life because I’m not LIVING/BEING the best version of myself–the person I truly want to be.
I’m in favor of forgiving oneself. We all make mistakes, right? The exception to that notion is that sometimes we keep making the same mistake over and over and over and over and over and OVER, and OMG I could write about this topic forever because THIS truly has been MY ISSUE in my life at times.
And I would tell you that “I’m working on it.” But that would be an excuse. And I hate excuses. So I’ll show you instead of tell.
I’m on Day 2 of Whole 30. Know what that is? Essentially, it’s changing your eating habits for thirty days. This is Whole 30 in a nutshell:
And let me tell you, when the Whole 30 creators say “no processed foods or sugar,” they TRULY mean zero sugar–except for what is in a piece of fruit or whatever. If sugar or any processed unnatural ingredient is on a label, it’s a no go.
And as far as “cheat meals” go… Don’t even think of using that word “cheat” to someone on whole 30. That’s one of the fundamental components of the program–zero wiggle room for cheating. Like, if you think you just may have one eensy-weensy tortilla chip while you’re on Whole 30, the Whole 30 creators would basically tell you to take that chip and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine, because that is how much this program is about DISCIPLINE and changing your thinking.
So why am I doing this?
I want to detoxify my body. I have long preached the benefits of eating natural, organic real food to friends, but then they might see me eating a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos the next weekend. Or a bowl of pasta with Parmesan cheese. Or chocolate chip cookies.
And I don’t want to be that gerbil making circles on his wheel, saying I value one thing, but then doing another.
I am craving discipline. I need this kind of butt-kicking to get my brain at a place where I stop putting whatever the heck I want to put in my mouth. Do you know that your body is simply THE most amazing machine on earth? And you are the only person responsible for providing sustenance to that machine. The way to provide sustenance is through REAL food and nutrients. Hunger is a sign that we need nutrients–not man made, processed foods and chemicals.
And if I get really honest? I will say that I’ve been one of those people in the past to tell myself I deserved a piece of cake or that if I really want ice cream, then by golly, why deny myself?
I am learning that life is ultimately a balance of living out your values and loving yourself enough to discipline yourself to change when your actions don’t line up with your desires.
Do you want to date a nice guy? Then stop dating douchebags.
Do you want to make time for yourself despite the fact you’re a single parent? Get a babysitter.
Do you want to live somewhere else? Then move.
Do you want to have a healthy body? Feed it healthy foods and move that amazing machine of a body you have.
These are all choices we make. We are not robots. (Even though I used to secretly wish I were the robot girl on that TV show, Small Wonder.)
My friend, Janet, was the first person who taught me about Whole 30. She did it last fall and encouraged me to do it with her. I originally said no, and I made excuses, and blah blah blah. But guess what? Here I am. I finally made this decision for MYSELF. And I’m so lucky that she’s doing it again with me. I am thankful to her for inspiring me with her healthy eating!
This quote from the Whole 30 creators particularly moved me in the direction to try this:
“It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.”
Whole 30 Smartypants Power Couple
I’m on Day 2. This is not hard. It’s a choice.
And I must warn you in advance that I’m going to be shoving all kinds of delightful recipes in your face the next 30 days. Today, though, I don’t have one since I ate roasted chicken and broccoli which really isn’t a recipe. Oh and I had this for breakfast… While it may not be pretty, it was VERY good:
Eggs, pico de gallo, and spinach.
So here I am. And here is the link to this thing I’m doing. Want to join me?
Let’s go be disciplined bada$$es together.