So a little bit about how I work – I am so enthusiastic about things and I tend to jump head first without any warning into everything…it’s something that drives the hubs nuts. He’s the type that will research something for days before he makes a decision, sometimes it’s more like weeks and by the time he’s made up his mind I’m over it (which as I’m typing this I’m realizing that maybe he does it on purpose!!!) Anyways…I digress!
I’ve had a few friends over the last year take on a different approach to eating and not going on a diet, but doing a lifestyle change. I wasn’t in a place in my life that I was ready to do it (no way was I giving up my sweets addiction during pregnancy!). Parker is now 8 months old and at this point with Sydney I had already lost all of the baby weight. I knew that it would be harder with the second, especially because I had two c-sections. I don’t feel like I’ve been hard on myself but P seems to think that I am. I feel like I dress well and I’m able to hide my tummy, but I don’t want to have to wear baggy and oversized tops for the rest of my life. I watched my mom fight her weight for my ENTIRE life and I promised myself that I wouldn’t do that, and I would never speak negatively about myself in front of our girls.
So after doing some research and weighing all my options I’ve decided (and P is actually doing it with me, but not as strict!), that I’m going to start my days with an Arbonne Protein Shake and then follow the Whole30 way of eating. Essentially it’s just a whole lot of protein, veggies and fruits. NO ALCOHOL & NO DAIRY!!!!! I’m not that worried about the alcohol part….I’ve been pregnant twice. It’s the no dairy part that I’m most nervous about! I’ve been known to eat cheese for dinner more than once!
I spent pretty much all day today looking at different recipes and getting ideas for smoothies and snacks, and I’m excited about everything I found.
I know that it’s going to be a challenge, but I keep telling myself that it’s only for 30 days and it’s going to help me feel so much better. That’s the one thing that every single person says…they are less bloated, more energetic, sleeping better etc. I know that I have an addiction to sugar so I’m hoping that this will help me break that (and maybe my slight addiction to dairy).
Official start date is Monday October 19th. I also figured it I put it out here for the world to see that I would be held accountable for it. I plan on doing a weekly update of what we ate and how I’m feeling for anyone that wants to follow along. If anyone wants to start it with us let me know! Would love some buddies to keep each other accountable and talk us down from shoving the cheese in our faces!!!
If anyone has any tips, suggestions, recipes etc…I would love to hear from you!