Whole30 – 2016TD17

Whole30 2014For the next 30+ days, I will be eating meat, vegetables, healthy fats, fruits and nuts. I will not be eating processed food, sugar, dairy, grains or legumes, and I won’t be consuming any alcohol.

I’ve done a few Whole30 challenges before, but this time I’m looking for something a little different. I lost touch with my Paleo choices last year and I would like to reconnect with what it means to feel healthy, vibrant, and in tune with my whole self.

If you’re doing a Whole30 or other challenge, if you are living/exploring the Paleo lifestyle, or if you are simply looking for some tasty recipes to add to your repertoire, be sure to leave a comment to let me know you’re out there! I am so glad you stopped by!

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Day 17 is done!

Quote of the Day: “Nothing’s impossible. The word itself says I’m Possible.” – Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn. Enough said.

I’ve written before about believing in yourself in order to be successful. It’s an important part of the journey, and one that takes time. One of the key questions I ask when someone is struggling with a situation is whether or not they’ve been successful in the past handling that particular scenario. If so, what did it look like? We have the ability to tap into our strengths and other resources to help us through all kinds of different challenges, but sometimes we have to dig a little bit to remember how we handled it before.

Think about some of the times that feel hard – lunch at work, for example, or socializing with friends. If you can recall a time when you confidently ate your Paleo lunch while others munched on Subway, you can gain strength from knowing that you’ve done it before and succeeded. Or if you remember how great you felt when you focused on the company and companionship while out with friends and the fact that you didn’t have any dishes to do instead of drinking too many cocktails and feeling bloated after too much food, then you can gather the momentum you might need to do it again.

Past successes are helpful to call upon, but if you can’t seem to find a time when you worked through a craving or something like that, then you need to take a deep breath and find the thread that connects you to your self-worth. Connecting to your inner strength can remind you that you are strong enough, capable enough, prepared enough to do whatever you need to do to be successful. You actually already have all that is necessary for success right inside. You just need to tap into it.

If you are finding it difficult these past few days, I can assure you that you aren’t alone. It takes effort. But you are worth that effort, and I know you can do it. Now it’s time to believe in yourself!

Day 17 – The Details

4:30am – Black coffee

7:30am – 2 eggs, mushrooms and kale, 1/2 tsp. coconut oil, 1/4 avocado, sauerkraut, a few bites of ground artichoke-turkey meat

10:00am – Asian chicken hand rolls, banana

1:00pm – Macademia nuts, Paleo jerky

3:30pm – Pork, slaw, 1/4 avocado, a few ounces of ground artichoke-turkey meat, grapes

Food: It was a really weird food day today. I was anticipating a very late lunch so I had a big snack at 10 but then my schedule changed. I was hungry in the afternoon so I ate early and then wasn’t hungry for dinner because I have to eat early on work nights. It was not ideal, but I survived.

Mood: My mood felt even, but I was feeling a little “over” my Whole30. It’s just a phase, I’m sure, but I’m hoping to feel more enthusiastic tomorrow.

Sleep: 7 hours. Nothing remarkable.

Activity: yoga / dog walk / a few weights / sprints

Focus – Meditate Daily: Early morning, post-yoga. My son was home from school today so I got to enjoy a slightly longer, calmer dawn.

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