It's been a little bit of a rough year. I feel like it's gone by astonishingly fast. Like unbelievably fast. I'm already making Halloween costumes for crying out loud. It's crazy!
Needless to say, I'm sure some of you can relate, but all those secondary things like health, nutrition, and fitness got pushed to the sidelines this year. I'm sure some of you can relate.
The kids and I spent the whole month of August in Alaska visiting my family. I worked part time while I was there, and when I wasn't working we were running around taking the kids out places. I think I put on at least ten pounds while I was there. No joke, it was bad.
Not long after getting back to Hawaii I ran into one of my neighbors. She looked great! I could tell she had lost weight since I'd seen her a month before and she looked not only thinner, but healthy and happy. She told me she'd done the Whole30 program during the month of August while I was away. I had never heard of it before, but was immediately intrigued as soon as she began explaining the premise of the idea. Eat clean, paleo-ish, food for one month, give up all sweeteners (artificial or otherwise), and come out the other side looking and feeling fantastic.
I'm not going to go into a big explanation here about what Whole30 is. Check out their website, and the book It Starts With Food (not a paid link), for more info on what this is all about.
I'm currently at the end of the first week, and I feel like it's important to me to share my experience here for others. There's a whole forum on their website you can check out, and tons of other bloggers have written about their Whole30s, but the more accounts the better. The more people claiming it's worked, it's great, have at it, the more others may actually put the effort in and do it.
I'm going to share my favorite recipes, cooking ideas, and inspirations here, as well as a rundown of how it's affected my body and mood.
I hope you check back to see how it goes! I feel like October is a good month to start. My last day is October 30th, so at least I can have a little treat on Halloween :)