Hello June // Hello Whole30

Yes, it’s true. I’ve jumped on the bandwagon sweeping social media …

The funny thing is, I learned about Whole30 back in February from a friend and the wheels started turning. I started reading the website and I knew I wanted to give it a try … and then I saw it popping up everywhere. It seems like every other day someone new was starting.

I also knew I would need to properly plan and try to pick the best 30 day time frame to give me the best chance at success. For various reasons, I decided to start after my birthday (late May) and June conveniently has 30 days making it easy peasy to keep track of where I’m at … and so the planning started. I recruited my niece {and my nephew} and a few other people along the way.

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If you haven’t heard of Whole30 or have heard of it but don’t quite get it {and want to know more} go here and read what it’s all about.

Why am I doing it?

  • The main reason I’m doing it is because I like a challenge. Even if it’s just me against me, I love having something that stretches and grows me. Limiting my food choices and causing me to be very mindful of what I’m eating seemed like a healthy challenge.
  • Several years ago I tested positive for wheat/dairy allergies. One option was to eliminate both from my diet and then slowly reintroduce. I decided I’d rather live with the uncomfortable hives and take an antihistamine instead. So … I’m excited to see if I feel differently at the end of the 30 days.
  • I’d be lying if loosing a few pounds didn’t hold any appeal. This definitely is not my main goal, but I am looking forward to the scale going down a bit BUT more excited to see if my belly bloating is reduced/eliminated.
  • Will this help me be a stronger runner? I’m curious to see if I have fewer aches and pains and better endurance at the end of the month.

I’m also looking forward to spending the next month focusing on not just my body, but my mind too. Whole30 forces you to prepare and plan and prepare each meal. I want to pour that same energy into my making sure my heart and soul are being nurtured too. Diving into a new bible study, while continuing a “self-growth” devotional &cultivating a better prayer life.

One day in and I’ve already discovered that I’m a snacker. It may be healthy snacking, but I like to have the option to snack. Whole30 tries to curb the need to snack. This may be my biggest struggle. In order to help myself be more successful, I’m going to turn to one of these things whenever I’m feeling “bored” and needing a snack.

Instead of a snack::

  • Sew! I’m working on a quilt for me and I think it will easily be finished this month.
  • Read. I’d love to finish 4 books this month. I’ll report back on what I end up reading.
  • Nap. If I’m cranky or moody or just really wanting a doughnut, I’m going to be okay with taking a nap.
  • Embroider. I still have a Christmas sampler to finish, but I also want to start this cute ‘quilt block’ sampler.
  • Hold my sweet brand spankin’ new nephew who is due to arrive in the next 3 weeks.

As far as exercise + Whole30, I’m going to try to continue to exercise at least 4 times a week for 30 minutes or more. I’ve just gotten back into a running groove, running twice a week and slowly increasing my overall distance. In addition I’ve been adding in Barre, Yoga, power walks and bike rides. I know that my body is going to be challenged this month and I don’t want to add more stress forcing myself to stick to a heavy cardio workout routine. Instead, I’m going to take it a day at a time and if a 30 minute walk is the best I can do, I’m going to be happy with that.

I’m hoping to keep track of my meals to share here at the end {or throughout the month}. One of the most helpful things so far has been reading about others Whole30 experiences and reading about the real food they ate. Real.Good.Food. So, I’ll be Instagram-ing {I’ll try not to totally over do it … sorry Mom, there will be a lot of food pictures!} and blogging my journey #kbjunewhole30.

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Favorite Instagram inspirations::

Other Instagram crafters/sewers that have recently completed, are in the middle of or are just starting Whole30::

You can also find recipe inspiration on my “Ideas for Whole30” Pinterest board.

So there you have it. June should be memorable, that is for sure!

Have you done Whole30?

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