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That Was A Mighty Big Yak!

Yeah, so here we are six months later. Did I mention that procrastination was a big problem? I can offer a gazillion excuses — lots of work, an over-abundance of activities on the part of my twin teens, health woes, etc. — but the bottom line is that I simply didn’t do what I’d set out to do. I’m trying something new, however. Instead of beating myself up, I’m starting from today and looking forward.

So… I’m (back) at the start of revising myself, and I want to blog about my journey. This month, I’m doing Whole30, a 30-day paleo food template. This means no dairy, grains, legumes, sugar or anything artificial for the whole month of July. What can I eat? Meats, veggies, healthy fats (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil), and a moderate amount of fruit. And what is this going to do for me? Probably put me in a really bad mood for a couple weeks while my body adjusts, and then hopefully a lot more energy and weight loss. I’m also hoping it will help my thyroid issues because the meds alone aren’t doing the job. If I think it’s working for me, I’ll continue beyond the 30 days. If not, I should at least have a better idea of what my food triggers are and which ones should stay out of my diet.

Day 1 was, as expected, pretty easy. I had one slip-up — I made myself a fruit smoothie, which didn’t contain anything I shouldn’t eat (it was just a banana and 10 raspberries along with crushed ice and water), but I then heard that smoothies are off the list for the next 30 days because they don’t want you drinking your food. I need to finish reading It Starts With Food so I can learn all those little rules that accompany the big ones. I ate fine the rest of the day, although I could have probably used more fat. The only strange thing about the day was that I couldn’t sleep last night. It could be completely unrelated, just a bout of insomnia, but I tossed and turned all night, finally falling asleep at about the time I had planned to get up.

I’m trying to decide what images to post as I progress. Pictures of myself to document the physical changes? A scary prospect! Pictures of the food I prepare? Certainly less scary, but also less personal. Or pictures of my pets, because apparently you can never go wrong posting cute animal photos on the internet. Hmmm…

 

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