I recently became sick of my own BS regarding my health. I had a ton of excuses as to why I’d put it on the backburner: I’m a busy mom of two small children, the writer’s life is a sedentary one, I’m an adult; free to eat and drink what I want. The truth was: I was out of control. I was twenty pounds overweight, I lacked self-discipline and I felt sluggish.
I’d heard of Whole30 on social media. One Sunday evening, especially sick of my own BS, I decided to try the program, starting tomorrow.
Whole30 is about eating real, unprocessed food. The goal is to eat foods with very few ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients at all because the food is whole and unprocessed.
Fly list: Meat, seafood, eggs, fruits, vegetables, natural fats, spices and seasonings.
No fly list: added sugar (real or natural), grains, beans, dairy, preservatives, and alcohol.
Mark and I completed our Whole30 last Thursday. As you can imagine, eliminating the list of foods above for thirty days is bound to result in weight loss. I lost twelve pounds and Mark lost thirteen. One of my new year’s resolutions for this year was to lose twenty pounds so I’m over the moon to be half way there in May.
Whole30 is a very strict program. There are a lot of rules and no wiggle room for cheating. It’s taken a huge amount of discipline to plan, shop for and prepare all our meals from scratch because most convenience foods are “non-compliant.”
The discipline it’s taken to work the program has spilled into other areas of my life. I used to stay up late eating junk food and drinking wine while watching reality TV. I’d wake up feeling horrible. Now I go to bed early (sometimes out of sheer boredom) and wake up at 4 am feeling refreshed. My house is cleaner. I’m working out consistently. I’m less irritated with my kids. I got this one area of my life under control and the others followed suit. Back in January, I chose a word for the year. It was “discipline.” Whole30 has catapulted me into living a more disciplined life.
Before Whole30 I’d wake up exhausted; like I hadn’t slept at all. I’d drink a ton of coffee, eat sugary and starchy foods throughout the day and wonder why I felt like crap most of the time. Eating whole, non-processed foods has given me an incredible amount of energy. This is invaluable because I have a newfound purpose and goals that require a clear mind and physical stamina to achieve.
Was Whole30 a success? A resounding YES. I’ve lost weight and gained self-discipline and energy. I feel incredible.
What about you? Are you sick of your own BS? It doesn’t have to be health-wise like it was for me, it can be in any area of your life. Today is a great day to change your way.