Taking a Big Step Forward

Well, this is the beginning of a journey. One that has been a long time coming, but I’ve never worked hard to pursue. This time, I have the motivation and the necessity. While, I have never been at a point in my life where I have been happy with my body or how I look, I until recently had also never been repulsed or disgusted by it. So I have to make some changes. I am going to be 25 years old in March (2018.) So here I am making a menu plan, to go shopping for groceries and start this journey of kicking my own ass and getting to where I want to be. This will not be a lost year for me. This will be a year of growth, and shrinking, and happiness. I’m not going to lie to you, I’m gonna ball my eyes out along the way I’m sure.  My health has become a priority in my life. I’ve let it take a backseat for far too long.

A major step that I’ve decided to take starting February 1st, we are going to start the Whole30 and make some major adjustments to how we are eating at our house, and hopefully by making those changes we’ll notice some changes in how we feel. I have read a lot about the Whole30 and as much as I’m very nervous about this journey, I’m looking forward to growing through the challenge. Breaking bad habits and my body’s and mind’s dependency on certain foods, while difficult, will be so freeing. I have a terrible relationship with food, I eat too much, and I definitely don’t always make the best decisions on what I’m eating. I know that having a plan and some structure will really help me be able to jumpstart this change for me.

There are a few things about doing Whole30 that I really think are awesome and influenced my choice in doing this program over any other meal planning or meal outlines. One of those things is that it’s not about “dieting” it’s about changing your relationship with food and the authors are very specific about that idea. Another great thing about the Whole30 is that, in case you don’t know anything about it, it starts with a 30 day elimination period, and then slowly, and systematically reintroducing the food groups that were eliminated to see how you feel as your body digests and processes that food. For me, that was another big draw because of all of the inflammation and swelling and pain I have from my psoriasis and accompanying arthritis. I’m hoping that this will help with those symptoms. Another great thing about this adventure is that in our home we are going to learn a lot about food, and cooking, and playing with flavor and being flexible with our food. I am going to learn to be less picky, and truly try some new things, and expand my food horizons.

This will be a grand adventure in self-discipline, and believing in myself, to really boost my self-confidence. I have not yet started the Whole30, but I really believe that getting through this 30 days without failing or cheating will be a really great thing for my health physically of course, but also for my wellbeing as a whole. This is going to be a really hard thing for me, I’ve never really taken the steps to be healthy and good to my body like I am doing now, and I don’t for a second think any of this is going to start out easy. Every part of taking these steps though is necessary to get the to healthier, happier, better me that I want to be.

As I learn though I want to be honest with you guys, and I when I stumble I want to be real with you guys. I’m going to introduce you to me a little at a time, mostly because I have a lot going on, and I don’t want to overwhelm myself throwing everything out there. I also am still trying to figure some things out. So, I don’t want to say something that may not be true, and I don’t want to seem misguided. I’m also not going to make any promises. I’m going to commit to myself, and as I commit to myself and growing myself and getting myself to a better being, I may leave you in the dark, so while I may be slightly sorry about that just know that I intend to keep you updated and in the know as much as I can muster.

With that being said, I want to be more confident, and because of that I’m going to be transparent as possible through this process, and share my meal plans, and what my activities are, as well as the measurements and not so easy to share, or not so pretty things that I come across along the way.

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