Have you heard about Whole30? It’s from the amazing people at Whole 9 Life and you can read about their Whole30 challenge here. Basically it’s all about buckling down and doing a pretty strict version of the paleo diet. I’m talking no dairy, no cheats, no… *gasp* alcohol. To be honest, that last one is what is tripping me up. And I know what they say – it’s only 30 days. It’s not hard. It’s never the right time – there will always be something to celebrate, or a vacation to be had, or even a rough day to console. No one is forcing the wine down my gullet. But it’s starting to feel like summer and a nice cold glass of pinot grigio sure tastes good. And I’ve been sipping a couple glasses almost every day. Actually, I’ve been making a lot of exceptions over the last 4-6 weeks. So many exceptions that my cheats are no longer weekly cheats, but more like daily cheats. My “free meals” turned into “free months”.
So it’s time to crack down.
Ahhh….but that no alcohol thing. I’m not sure I’ve ever done 30 days sans some vino. And I’m not sure I can adhere to the strict guidelines of the Whole30 – I can see if I ate at home every day, I could control the ingredients a little better. But I don’t. And I’m not prepared to eat dry salads because the salad dressing probably has sugar in it at whatever restaurant I go to. I’ve become Miss Paleo around the house, but I don’t want to be “that” person at the restaurant.
And so instead of beating myself up over not eating as strictly as possible, I’ve decided to follow my own Whole 30. I’m going to do the best I can but not get mental about it. For me this means no dairy (buh-bye my beloved heavy whipping cream in my coffee), no diet coke (which I haven’t had on a daily basis, but I’ve chosen to have it at restaurants more frequently), no sugar (as best as I can – certainly not adding it in, but again, if a salad dressing has it, I’m not going to freak out), 1 piece of fruit every day, more water (75 oz/day), and no alcohol*.
I’ve been reading up on all sorts of different paleo blogs and seeing how other people handle free meals. Some people just don’t do it. That is certainly the idea behind Whole30. One guy said he did 1 cheat meal & 1 cheat dessert every week – on different days. Another girl said she has pre-scheduled 6 cheat meals during the month. I think I need to find something in the middle that will be ok on my Whole30. I’m still figuring it out, but I think Saturday nights will be my 1 free meal and *alcohol will be allowed. 1 or 2 glasses of wine will be ok with me.
In addition to eating a stricter diet, what I really want to focus on this month is more exercise. I will go to Bar Method class 4-5 x’s/week. I will walk the lake 4-5 x’s/week (this takes 40min – 1 hour). I will do the 4 Hour Body kettlebell exercises 2x’s/week. And I will do tabata sprints 1x/week.
Ambitious? Yes. Doable? Yes. I’ve put it out there, I’ve written it down, and I will keep myself accountable by updating my progress here.
Here we go!