Heather really inspired me when she trained for and ran the Chicago marathon last year. Carly inspired me when she did a 12-week fitness challenge complete with intense work-outs, healthy eating, and weekly video diaries. And Katie inspired me when she did the Whole30 program in January. (Her post at Lion Named Parker came at the perfect time!)
It's kind of funny how seeing pictures of yourself and then getting a surprising number on the scale can also inspire you--in a horrifying way. ;) (Somehow I've gained 20 pounds recently, on top of the 10 I had been holding on to since having Ellie.)
Needless to say, I've been inspired... And I've been taking baby steps to getting more healthy. But today I'm JUMPING in. :)
Today, I start the Whole30! (You can read more about the Whole30 program here.)
Basically I'm committing to eating mainly meats, veggies, and fruits for the next 30 days, and ommitting sugar, dairy, and grains (NOOOOOO!!!!!! This is my hardest one... Even though God says we can't live on bread alone, I truly believe I could totally live off of the Word of God AND bread alone).
I wanted to share this process on the blog in an effort to stay accountable, and I decided to even share before and after pictures to keep me motivated (deep breath). Part of me skeptically wonders how much this will really help with my weight, so I'm looking forward to being proven wrong.. :)
As I've been working up my motivation to jump on this healthy food train, the main thing that's been hanging over me is the PLANNING. They say that's the key--the meal planning and the grocery shopping.
Here's how I've been gearing up....
First I read through their 8-Step guide for newbies. I was surprised how fun and easy to read it was.
I'm using these lists from the Whole30 site as a guide for groceries:
I'm following this Pinterest board (Stupid Easy Paleo-Whole30--it has about 18k followers!) and this Chowstalker one.
And I'm following @whole30 on Instagram. (will use #bethanyswhole30)
Other than that, I've been wading through some of the recommended blogs that Whole30 suggests for recipes and meal plans. One of my go-tos will probably be from Meatified--with their 30 Days of Whole30 Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners.
One last thought...
Last thing I want to mention is that I'm super thankful for the body God gave me--pear-shaped and all. My main goal is to glorify Him as I learn how to eat healthier and exercise self-discipline. Having a daughter keeps me really accountable to teaching her a positive self-image--frequently reminding her that she's created in God's image, that He made her and she is precious to Him, that she has a beautiful body... And since becoming a mom I've needed God to teach me to accept the changes from and marks of my pregnancies. I've had to adjust to being several sizes for the first time, and becoming comfortable in my own skin at those various stages. And while accepting that, I also want to strive to be as healthy as possible (especially in light of trying for another baby). It's all about balance!
So here we go. I'm excited to let this retrain the way I think! And I'm excited to see what new foods I learn to cook with and come to love.
(And hey, if it gets me a little more photo-ready to be in my dear Rachel's wedding next month, then all the better.) ;)