David and I have made a commitment to each other to try the Whole30 Challenge. It’s funny that David brought this up, because I had literally read about it on Kristine’s blog the day before. I reread her post to David and we both agreed we should do it.
David and I are not typically what most people think of as overweight, but both of us feel overweight and are not happy with the way we look. Our jeans have been tighter and our self esteem has been lower. Definitely not feelings that make you feel confident and happy. Rather than pretending that our jeans aren’t any tighter, we decided to own up to these feelings. We’re going to both push each other and support each other to a healthier lifestyle.
I thought for the beginning of our 30 day challenge that I would write why, how, and what I hope to get out of this.
As I mentioned, I haven’t been very happy with how I look. I think what I’m most unhappy about is that I work so hard to plan a menu each week for us. I take the time to go to Whole Foods and Safeway to make sure we have the best ingredients we can afford. I cook practically every night of the week from Sunday through Thursday or Friday, depending on our social commitments. I also work out generally 4-5 times a week. So, what I’ve been unhappy with is that I already put so much time into my health, and it doesn’t seem to be showing. I would still be embarrassed to wear a bikini around other people. I feel like for all the effort I put into my health, I should feel proud of my body, not ashamed.
After talking about this with David, we thought about our actual meals. Dinner tends to be turkey burgers (on buns) with a veggie, or vegetarian quinoa bakes with cheese, chili’s with cheese and lots of beans, or occasionally homemade pizza’s. Usually our meals include beans, grains, cheese, meat, and veggies. Sounds pretty healthy and balanced, especially since it’s all homemade, but the grains, beans, and cheese may be hurting us. We tend to feel bloated and have lots of stomach issues. We’re going to take out sugar, legumes, grains, dairy, and alcohol and see if it makes a different. We’re betting it does.
The great thing about the Whole30 challenge is that David and I already love everything they approve. We can still enjoy coffee, too! I even started drinking my French press black last week and I actually like it. Obviously, the Whole30 challenge is not going to be the way we eat forever, but we are dedicating 30 days to it. Easy enough, right? When the 30 days are up, I hope to have lost some weight, maybe some inches, have clearer skin, and overall feel better. I hope with feeling better I’ll be able to have better workouts. I’m not really changing my workout regime which consists of mountain biking, walks, hiking, running, yoga, and Tone It Up videos. David will be upping his workouts by doing CrossFit 3 days a week with mountain biking and walks/hiking/running.
To set ourselves up for success, we spent a good portion of our day preparing for the week. That included stopping at a local farm for fresh veggies, stocking up on certain items from Costco, going to Safeway, and prepping sooooo much food!
Here’s what’s on our menu for the first week of Whole30. We sort of did an extra meal by starting us out right tonight. Although, I did have my last beer for 30+ days.