The Struggle is Real

For most of my life working out and running were never things I actually enjoyed doing.  I honestly didn't give myself enough time to enjoy it.  I quit time and time again.  Exercise and running were always chores I had to do, a means to an end that never came.  I'd lose a few pounds then it'd get hard and I'd give up before reaching whatever goal I set myself that time around.  Does this sound familiar to you? 

Don't lose hope, one day it finally just clicked for me.  Sick of being overweight and sluggish all the time, I set out to lose weight and of course start exercising again.  I began eating healthy meals and then switched to a paleo diet, basically cutting out dairy, grains, legumes, and added sugars that can be toxic to your body.  (Paleo Leap blog has a great simple explanation of what paleo diet is and some guidelines.  If you're curious, check it out HERE.) I was exercising regularly and running became my thing!  I've been at it ever since.  I'm always training for some race or ocr event. Just scroll through my blog and you'll see :)  Yes, fitness has become a way of life.  Not just for me, but my family has joined me in become more active and healthy.  Sounds great, right?  

It is great.  Lifting weights at the gym, boot camp drills, and running really help me feel great mentally.  Sure, I don't always feel like working out, but most weeks I get 3-5 workouts in.  So, what's the problem? Where's the struggle? For me, the struggle is all about the food right now. On weekdays, I eat "mostly" healthy meals and I got away with that "mostly" for a while, but it's caught up to me.  Add to that the all too frequent "cheat" meals and wine on the weekends and it's a sure recipe for weight gain.  One of my biggest struggles is making healthy choices when I'm eating out or at a social event.  It's so hard to stay on track when I'm at a party, book club, or having dinner with friends.  I just lose all self-control and go straight for the doritos! lol

I've been complaining to the hubs about my weight gain and my eating habits going down the drain now for a few months already but hadn't really done too much about it.  You know, I'll start off strong on Monday and by Thursday I'll start to get lazy and come Saturday I'm ready for a cheeseburger!  

Last week I started to really think about how I'd been able to stay on track and lose 30+ lbs a few years ago.  It all came down to determination, a little sacrifice, and a lot of self-control.  I had started a paleo lifestyle and was feeling strongly about the nutritional benefits, plus I was seeing results.  Results kept me going and gave me the will power to say no to junk food.  I also had a lot more to lose then and had just started working out too.  Things are a bit different now.  Running and exercise are part of my daily routine and eating paleo meals is "mostly" the norm. What worked for me then, is not what is going to work for me now.  Now I need to step it up a notch (or two!) So, I have decided I'm going to do the Whole30 program.  I tried it last year and didn't last but a few days.  I hadn't prepared for it to be much different than the normal Paleo diet I was already doing and although it is similar, Whole30 is more strict.  Or at least, I need to be more strict with it.  My 80/20 rule to sustain a paleo lifestyle won't cut it on Whole30.  If you don't know about it, you can read all about the program here: http://whole30.com/step-one/ Basically Whole30 cuts out foods like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes to give your body a nutritional reset.  

This is what I need right now.  I need a full-on reset.  I'm not about to go back to my old eating habits and I know that being super strict all the time is unrealistic.  I'm thinking that this strict 30 days of clean eating will help me get my balance back. I'll be starting the program this Monday and the hubs has agreed to do it with me.  I think having a partner in this will be a huge help to both of us.  I plan on checking in each Monday to share how things are going.  I'm sure it won't be easy, but it will be worth it. 

How about you? What are you struggling with right now?  Maybe you are eating healthy meals and struggle with getting to the gym.  Maybe you struggle with eating dessert after dinner or snacking at night.  Ugh...I am so guilty of this. Whatever your struggle is, you are not alone.  We all have our struggles.  We all have our ups and downs, but we just need to remember we can't be too hard on ourselves.  The fact that you care about your health is a great start already!  Take that and work on a plan to get you back on track.  Start with small goals and before you know it, you'll be feeling better about yourself and seeing the results you want.  Let's do this together! XO