And so the battle begins.
Christmas Day was my last day of indulgence. The holidays were a very distracting time with temptations abounding. And now it’s time to take up the battle for real.
During the holidays I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with my timing . The holidays are a very hard time to convert to clean, sugar free eating. It was simply NOT a good time to be expecting to start a revolution of healthful habits. And so I threw in the towel, vowing to fight the battle on a more fair playing field. The post-holiday one.
So here we are. On the battle front. I must equip myself with the tools of the warrior.
1. Support. The first thing I did was seek out some online support. I have leaned on local friends for support in the past, but this time I decided to join an online support group. Are you interested in finding like-minded people who are trying to lose weight? Why not try a discussion forum like Whole30 or Whole9 or Mark’sDailyApple.
2. Preparing the Battleplan. The next thing to do was decide on a food and exercise plan that was reasonable. For me “all or nothing” is what works. So, I decided to go cold turkey on diet. Which means: NO Sugar, NO Wheat, NO white carbs, very little Dairy. Lots of Vegetables, Healthy Fat, Protien, and Water. A little reading materials is always good, and a book like Intro to Paleo is a good reminder of the game plan.
3. Clearing the Path. The hardest thing to do was purge my pantry. I had to give away and throw away all of the potential temptation in my kitchen. This meant giving away nearly a kilgram of Chipits that I didn’t use up when baking Christmas gifts for my SAD (standard american diet) friends. I hadn’t used them up, but I was certainly enjoying eating them by the handful with a spoonful of peanut butter…oh the temptation.
4. Enlist a Positive Mental Attitude. I had to decide that I would be successful and believe it. This was a matter of reminding myself that I have done this before, that I WANT to do it , and that I will be feeling and looking much better in as little as 10 days.
5. Commit. The last ingredient was actually starting to follow the plan. So on Boxing Day I began.
So far I am victorious! I now have 2 full days of clean eating under my belt. I am committed to 30 days for now. By the end of today, day 3, I will be 10% of the way there. Baby steps.
My overall goal is not to do this for 30 days, but rather to resume doing it as a lifestyle. But making changes for a lifetime can seem daunting. 30 days is much more manageable. At the end of the 30 I will be in a better position to see the next 30 and the next year, and then on from there!