Whole45@45 – Day 2

San IsabelSometimes things come along that are unexpected and if I let my “needs-to-have-a-plan” side get in the way, I forget to live life to the fullest. A girlfriend of mine went camping not too far away and asked if I could come up for the evening (couldn’t stay more because I work in the morning). I said yes and then proceeded to have a bunch of thoughts about how my day was really busy and we wouldn’t have much time and I didn’t want to get home late because I work at 5am, etc. But I silenced those thoughts and just went. It was a really lovely evening and I have been wanting so badly to get into the trees and have a campfire and it just hadn’t happened yet. I am so grateful.

This friend is also one that I typically enjoy drinking wine with. So here I was on Day 2 being faced with an evening around a campfire, which is typically not the healthiest place. But really, isn’t it about the company and the experience? I do know this, but “the experience” has also been tied to cocktails in the past. Habits are funny that way – once they form they can become deeply rooted. But instead, I took a bunch of La Croix bubbly waters, which I love, grabbed a bag of snap peas out of the fridge, made a quick tomato/basil/sweet onion salad and headed out. It was wonderful! Spontaneous, special, easy, and zero cravings or regrets.

I think it’s really important to remember that life is about experiences and connection with those around us. If I had hesitated and let my schedule or normal mid-week patterns dictate what I did, I wouldn’t have had such a gorgeous evening fishing, chatting, and sitting by the fire. I’m so glad that I said Yes!

Before I go, somebody asked me to keep posting about what I eat so I’m definitely going to do that. If you have anything you’d like me to talk about or any questions, please post them in the comments and I’m super happy to tackle anything!

Breakfast – Eggs, zucchini, avocado, 1/2 a plantain, sauerkraut (Bubbies brand is so good and full of live cultures and probiotics!)

Pre-workout snack – HB egg + blackberries

Lunch – Big salad again with some Cuban meatballs, lettuce, tomatoes, bell pepper, avocado, mango, and a creamy garlic dressing. Sometimes I have some strange combinations because I really just open the fridge and decide what might taste good. The addition of mango today was delicious! Plus a chunk of sweet potato.

Snack – 1 last meatball, a couple ounces of chicken, cherries

Dinner – Brat, tomato salad, and a ton of snap peas

I felt pretty hungry today and then would eat and would be almost too full. I think it’s actually the shift in the foods that I’m eating, including exponentially more fiber than I was getting these past few weeks. Sometimes I’ve been a bit uncomfortable, but I’m sure that’ll wear off in a week or so. Maybe even sooner.

So there’s my day. I’ll be back tomorrow. Shine bright! xo

Whole45@45 – Day 1

A single step

Day 1 of any challenge tends to be an easy one because you have all of the enthusiasm and mental energy behind getting started. I like to use the early days, like yesterday and today, to make sure that I’m prepared for any surprises that might come up as the week goes on.

For example, yesterday I made sure that I had some protein cooked and available, like some barbacoa that I made the other day in the slow cooker, some hard boiled eggs, a few roasted sweet potatoes, and some roasted veggies. I also went to the store and stocked up on snap peas and fruit so that I have something to grab if I need it. I always make sure to have some leafy greens on hand like washed kale or spinach to throw into eggs in the morning as well as some premade slaw. These are the basics for me.

I got a good workout in this morning but I felt so sluggish it was really frustrating. I had to actively use positive self-talk to work through it, reminding myself that it was temporary, that I knew I could finish it, that I would feel better when it was done, etc. Coming off too much wine and sugar makes it really hard to feel great in the gym, plus when I’m carrying more weight, it is actually just harder. I tried not to beat myself up too much; I know that I’ll feel better and more energized in a few weeks. Berating myself for decisions that have already been made is totally useless so I just got on with the job and made sure that I took a few extra breaks to catch my breath and I let that be okay.

Here’s a quick snapshot of what I’ve eaten today: Breakfast – 2 eggs with spinach, 1/2 plantain, 1/4 avocado, sauerkraut; Lunch – Big salad with barbacoa, 1/4 avocado, tons of veggies, a little mayo/lime/chili powder dressing; Snack – Cherries; Dinner will be – Chicken and spinach spaghetti squash casserole.

I haven’t felt hungry at all today. My first thought when I woke up this morning, though, was that 45 days is going to be so long! But one day at a time, right? I’ve got to start somewhere and I know that I will feel much better soon. Anyone else start today?

Remember to stay positive and focus on what you’re adding to your day, rather than what you perceive you are taking away. Perception is key!

Shine bright. XO

My Whole45@45

let adventure begin

I turned 45 last week. For some reason it felt even more momentous than turning 40. I’m not really bothered by age, exactly. I don’t get sad or upset by it, but I have noticed that a very distinct aging process began after turning 40. My recovery slowed, injuries were a little more worrisome, wrinkles appeared, gray hair. None of this is awful and it’s all how it’s supposed to be, but at the same time, I came so late to the healthy, fit, active lifestyle that I have that I really don’t want to lose it.

On top of that, for the past year or so, I have been really inconsistent with my healthy habits and it’s taken a toll. Lately, especially, things got a little crazy and I basically ignored all signs from my body and just let go. We were in CA for some emotional family business and then had company for a week or so and I’ve just been living like it didn’t matter. Only it does. And I feel it.

I decided that a great way to usher in this new year for me would be to do a Whole45. It will get me refocused on the healthy food choices that make me feel energized and vibrant and amazing, while also reminding me how capable I am of making a change. I often think about one of the adages of the official Whole30 – This is NOT hard. Eating delicious, whole foods that fuel my body and mind is actually easy. Really. True, getting over some hurdles that my brain throws at me because it really likes sugar and an evening cocktail or two might present some challenges, but I need to get over that.

The other reason that I decided to do this is because one of my friends was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that might benefit from following a less inflammatory diet and I told her about Paleo. I am doing this, and blogging about it in, support of her.

I honestly don’t know if I’ll have anything new or revelatory to share with all of you out there and if it frustrates you to have blog posts without recipes, then I apologize in advance. In my experience, though, even when I know something, sometimes someone will remind me of it at just the right moment, and it helps me shift. That’s my goal here. I plan to share what’s going on with me through this journey, a little about what I’m eating and how I’m feeling, as well as anything that comes up along the way. Hopefully it will resonate with a few of you or maybe you’ll hear something that inspires you to do something for your own well-being.

If you do feel inspired to do a Whole30 or 45 or whatever, or make your own shift according to what works best for your body, then please share! Be a part of this, feel free to comment, ask questions, talk about your own experiences, all of that. I would love it!

I can’t wait to have you along for this adventure – because that’s really what this is. It’s life…one day at a time, learning and experiencing and connecting with those around us. Here’s to recommitting to health in order to live our best lives! Shine bright!