First off I hope everyone had a great holiday with their loved ones! I spent Christmas Eve with the boy’s family and spent most of Christmas day cooking for my family dinner. Everything turned out super yummy (especially the desserts!), and I successfully fooled Santa into thinking I was good again this year. He came through and dropped off a new pair of Brooks running shoes for me along with a few other running goodies that were on my list (including signing me up for a half marathon in March!), so I’d say it was another pretty successful Christmas. 🙂
After all the sweets I’ve indulged in over this past weekend I’ve started thinking about getting back on track. I’ve been keeping up with my runs/gym workouts over the holidays, but I decided not to commit back to healthy eating until the new year arrived. There are still way too many treats in my house, and since I don’t indulge all the time I figured a week of treats wouldn’t hurt…especially since I’m keeping up with the gym at least. (It cancels out, right?!)
I read a few months ago about the Whole30 Challenge, and I decided then that I’d like to try it out as a “reset” with the new year. I’ve done a little more research and after treating myself this last few days I’m ready to officially commit to the challenge. (If you want to know more about what it is click here: http://www.whole30.com/)
I decided to post it here to hopefully help me stay accountable. It’s going to be tough…no sugar (except in fruit), no dairy…but I’m anxious to see if it really helps me feel better. I think it will be a good way to reset my metabolism after all the junk I’ve eaten between Thanksgiving and Christmas!
I’m all for setting goals that are realistic, so I decided starting Jan. 2nd would be the best for me. I don’t have any long runs that need extra carbo-loading, so I shouldn’t have any excuse to give in to the pasta and rice I love so much! Since it’s 30 days starting on the 2nd will give me New Year’s Day to get those last minute cravings taken care of, and I’ll be done just in time for beer and nachos on Super Bowl day! I decided the Super Bowl and our annual SB party would be the perfect way to celebrate making it through my 30 day challenge. Then the next day of course will be right back on the healthy train!
I don’t think this challenge is realistic for me to do long term (I love cheese way too much!), but I am curious to see how much easier it will be once I get through those first few days. I’m hoping I can learn a few things that I can maintain long term and keep in my routine once the challenge is done (I’m sure I don’t really NEED sugar in my coffee!), and I’ll be checking in along the way to make sure I stay accountable for my goal!