Hello everyone and Happy Holidays! 🙂
It has been a VERY busy month for me, as I’m sure it has for everyone. This is “busy season” at work which is a hell unto itself – but I’ve also been trying to get ready for the holidays. I’m sure you all can relate. Thankfully, this past week was probably the worst of the work stuff, and I managed to finish up my Christmas shopping AND wrapping on Saturday which means I’m officially ready for the holiday!
I’m going to try to put up a few posts (including a new Featured Foxy Foodie next Friday!) between now and the holidays but the week of Christmas I’m going to unplug and just enjoy the time with family and friends – and I hope you get an opportunity to do the same. Then, we’ll be able to start off 2014 fresh and ready to go!
Speaking of 2014, I’m so excited to start the GRIT program during the second week of January. I’m really looking forward to the team atmosphere, as well as the workouts that thoroughly kick my butt! I think it’ll be a great way to jump-start 2014 and really help bring my fitness to the next level. I started working out for the first time (like, seriously – EVER) this past March and this year has been filled with fun and exciting changes. I know that I’m stronger and healthier – although I don’t feel like I look much different. My primary motivation isn’t to change the way I look, it is to increase strength, but I still feel like I should have made more progress by now. The GRIT program is supposed to be life changing (and I believe it based on what I’ve seen so far) and I think it’ll be just what I need to jump-start the new year.
And speaking of jump starting the new year, I’m toying with the idea of doing a Whole30 challenge for the month of January. I have never been one for restricting my diet, I prefer to just make healthy choices on a daily basis and pretty much eat what I want. But here’s a few reasons I’m considering a Whole30 (check out the link for information on the program):
1. It’s only for 30 days – and it works on an “elimination diet” principle of getting rid of typically “inflammatory” foods to “reset” the body and see how those foods may be affecting you. This idea appeals to me, as I originally started cutting out processed foods to deal with severe stomach issues, as well as migraines. I’m happy to report that both of those things have been reduced significantly, and I’m curious if other foods could be affecting me without me even realizing it.
2. I’m a bit of a “carb-oholic.” A lot of my go-to meals (and even some snacks) rely on bread, pasta, rice, and other carby foods. While I will never give up carbs (and I don’t have any urge to! They’re so delicious…), I think having a diet for 30 days that eliminates them and focuses on vegetables (and non-starchy vegetables too!) will help me re-focus my “go-to” meals and therefore I will naturally incorporate more vegetables in the future.
3. I plan on returning to my normal diet after this program. I’m not eliminating dairy, wheat, and legumes permanently. In fact, some of my favorite healthy foods fall into these categories (Greek yogurt, whole wheats, and beans/chickpeas) and I think it’s important to add them back in. Once again, my focus would be to re-orient my thinking when it comes to other healthy foods.
There are several things that I don’t like about the Whole30 program. Mainly, that it makes me give up Greek yogurt (which is a go-to snack and is very healthy) and legumes (which are also a go-to for me and are great for you). I’m worried that leaving me with just meat, fruits and vegetables will lead me to eating a lot more meat than I usually would (I’m going to need the protein with GRIT!) which cutting out other healthy alternatives. I’m still a little on the fence.
Has anyone tried a Whole30 or similar program? Please share your experiences!