Friday, November 27, 2015

taking the easy way

I was planning my blogs for the month of December and since I am done with my Whole30 I couldn't figure out what I wanted to share. Since I haven't really found my nieche yet. I consider this a lifestyle blog but I could be wrong. So I kind of took the easy way out and decided to do a couple challenges.

31 day blog challenge

I found a challenge I can do that has me sharing something personal every day of the month.
There are so many of these challenges out there to choose from. I couldn't get the link to work but this is a picture of it.

I also found an inspirational journal 30 day challenge. I use to be really good at taking time to journal but I have fallen away from it, so this will help me get back into the habit. I remember a time that journaling saved my sanity. I wish I would have saved them to go back to revisit the craziness. 

I am also working on myself. I posted about my workout challenge. I think this will be harder than sharing myself on my blog. I am wanting to get in better shape for the new year.

There are also lots of 31 day picture challenges to choose from. I might do that also. I love a good photo and to have an excuse to be taking pictures of random stuff sounds fun. Has anyone done one of the picture challenges? Was it fun? Here are some examples.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

How I survived a Whole30, twice

Mission Accomplished!!

Whole30 challenge, round 2 in the books. It was my second attempt at a round 2. The first time I failed after a week. I just didn't have it in me and if you don't fully commit in your mind, then you are doomed from the start.

My first Whole30 was extreme fatigue and withdraws. I had put on 20 lbs in the 3 years I had been with my hubby and it was some serious cookie addition going on. So that was the reason for my carb flu. Who knew there was such a thing. I had no way to deal with it. I just suffered through.

Tip 1.
If you start to suffer from the carb flu, First: take a deep breath and know that this to shall pass. Second: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I didn't follow this the first round because I hated water so I was having a problem with the transition, but by round two I was a water pro and made sure to have plenty. For me the first time I had "Sparkling"  water I was like, WTH is this crazy stuff! It's trying to be pop, but it's NOT. 
Water helps with the headaches.

Tip 2.
Find your reason for doing this challenge because they use the word challenge for a reason. You will find this as a common tip for a reason, because it's true! If you have to, write it down every where. I made fun quotes to post all over my house. Put them on your fridge, on your bathroom mirror, the computer screen and your closet. Any where were you spend time looking at things have a fun post- it for motivation. I changed mine out every week.

Tip 3.
This is another one you will hear A LOT! Preparation is a MUST. You need to take the time to sit down on like a Wednesday, or whatever day during the week that works for you, and make a menu. 
If you have your menu ready, then you have a grocery list and go shopping on a Friday or Saturday. Then you are ready for prep day on Sunday. 
I usually start my Whole30 on a Sunday. I do my first week on Saturday so that I can have a chill first day. The other 3 weeks it's on a Sunday. 
Those days may not work for everyone but the prep is a must. If you don't have at least 2 options in the fridge to just throw in the oven, on the stove or in the will most likely cave for something easy and most likely processed.

Tip 4.
Have support. I din't have anyone doing it with me but my hubby was supportive and ate whatever it was that I was eating while he was home. It would've been funner I think to have someone doing it with me so they can understand the ups and downs. 
Someone who you can share recipes with and maybe even take turns doing prep meals. I wish I had that. Cooking and cleaning 24/7/30 gets to be a lot for just one person.
 I know that it's common place for some people, but I started this journey as a microwave queen. Pull the box out of the freezer and wallah your done. That doesn't happen with this challenge. 

Tip 5.
Learn to forgive, YOURSELF! You will feel like giving up and have some negative thoughts. Just let it go and move on. You will think "is this really worth it" I am hear to say YES. 
I didn't have any of the typical NSV lots of people talk about, like clear skin, better energy and lose clothes, but that's OK. I tried to remember it was my journey and not anyone else's. If you loose weight than great, if you don't, that's still great. You just made it 30 days training your body to not need unhealthy foods and that's a BIG deal. You should be proud of yourself.

Extra Tip:
I didn't have that much energy the first couple weeks, with either one, but I did find that just a nice little walk felt great. It doesn't have to be an extreme workout. If all you can manage is a 10 minute walk around the block, then I highly suggest you do it.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Planning for December

What's next...

With the end of the month just right around the corner and the holidays at the front door. I figured it would be a good idea to get next month planned out. So I have found a workout plan that I want to undertake. 

I finally feel like I need to get on top of this issue I have with my body. It's time I realize that if I want the weight gone, I have to work at it not just think about it. There are so many motivational quotes that say that same thing ,but you really have to want it to act on it.


I did a lot searching to find what I would like and want to keep up with. Pinterest is a wealth of knowledge. I thought it would be easier to find a full month challenge than continuing to go week by week picking out my own workouts.

It is quite ironic that the fitness challenge I picked just happens to be taught by someone with the same last name as my husband. 

I have picked a 4 week lean muscle building workout. I will still be doing my normal cardio first and then do the workout chosen for that day. She recommends one full rest day. I will be just doing Monday through Friday like I am now so I will have two rest days.

I will be posting at the end of the week how it went and sharing my journey.