Even though New Year’s Day was last Thursday, I feel like it was kind of hard to start making changes in the middle of the week. I decided to take the last few days of the holiday break to enjoy myself and start things fresh on Monday. I try not to go into “self-sabotage mode”before I make a shift back to my healthier ways but sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy things that you won’t have for while. We also had to get rid rid of all the junk we had in our apartment. (I’m being a little dramatic when I say “all the junk”- it was really like 2 brownies that my mom sent home with us last week and a few of the paleo treats that I had left over). We also drank wine all weekend, because why not?
Today is day 1 that we are doing the Whole30. I have never done this before although I have come close to eating almost completely paleo for about 6 months now. Rob is coming along for the ride because he typically eats what I make- plus I convinced him that there would be a ton of benefits! I think the hardest part will be not being able to have a glass of wine when we want, but its only for 30 days. It will also be good to go back to avoiding processed food and sugar, which we have gradually slipped away from over the holidays.
I’m planning to share some updates about how it’s going, and then if I make it until the end I’ll post a review. (I’m not saying I don’t think I can make it, I just may realize that I don’t need to go 100% and can just stick with my standard paleo lifestyle which has been working well for me). I think this will be a good challenge to force me to find ways to eat whole foods without baking paleo treats. It sounds like the people who have tried the whole30 experience a lot of benefits so I am excited to see how I feel at the end of it!
So this weekend as I said, there was a lot of wine. I also had to get another Starbucks because of all the gift cards I have there. (I’m happy drinking black coffee at home and typically just go to Starbucks for treats). We also made some pizza, and said goodbye to cheese for awhile. We don’t even eat cheese very often, but something about knowing you won’t have it again for a bit makes you want to enjoy it one last time!
Other than savoring the food and drinks that I’ll be giving up for 30 days, I also tried to get super organized this weekend to prepare for going back to work. I have only worked one day since December 17th and that was at my office (not at school). Its going to be intense getting back into the swing of things! I am planning a lower mileage week of running while adding in a workout or two, so hopefully the lower mileage will help me feel like I have a little more time in the mornings as I adjust both to going back to work and trying to figure out whole30 friendly breakfasts. (I’m trying to not do smoothies since whole30 wants you to eat your meals rather than drink them). This may be tricky for me as I usually eat two breakfasts when I workout in the morning.
I have no idea how I fell so behind with blogging this week since I expected to be so caught up after all that time off from work. But like I said I kept very busy when I was off. I don’t even know what I did the whole time but I was not bored at all, that’s for sure! Sunday was spent meal prepping, getting my nails done, getting a haircut (its been like 9 months…), and blogging. Oh and making pizza and drinking wine.
Fresh starts are nice. I am sort of starting my half-marathon training this week (more like a base-building phase of training) plus starting the whole30. And it will be my first day tracking everything in my Believe journal. The holidays were great, but I think I am ready to focus on my health and get my life back to normal! I appreciate having a regular schedule and somehow I think all the holidays have just really thrown me off.
After all the talk of 2015 goals, its time to get started on them! So far I have planked every day since New Years, but I haven’t started reading any books yet.
Have you already started working towards your New Years resolutions/goals or are you starting today?
If you were off from work over the holidays how do you feel about going back?
Do you typically go into “self-sabatoge mode” in the days leading up to a new diet/health plan/etc?
Thanks Katie for hosting the #MIMM link-up!