Well, I finally decided to finally focus on my health. I was tired and frustrated with myself and how I had such little energy, always felt tired and worn down, and at times like Shamoo second whale cousin. I would get really upset with myself because of how I felt about my body, my health, and my overall well being. It was about HOW I FELT about myself. I’ve always had gastrointestinal issues and I’m lactose intolerant (didn’t stop me from devouring cheese though), so I wanted to do something that would not only gave me more energy, but also helped with all those other issues. I was also curious if I had a gluten allergy, since it can be hereditary and it runs in my family. While I didn’t necessarily embark on this for weight loss, that could be an added benefit, I hope! I realized that the only person who has control of these feelings was me, so I decided to invest in ME.
One of my girlfriends, Rachel, had completed the Whole30 multiple times, and I remember her saying how great she felt during that time period, so as I began to research what the heck the Whole30 was all about. Whole30 focuses on eliminating foods that can often make people not feel well, and by removing those for a period of time, and then slowly reintroducing them you are able to identify what foods/items trigger you. So for 30 days you eat extremely clean before slowly reintroducing foods… in short, I would be COMPLETELY transforming my entire diet. I’m 100% Italian, so carbs are life, and eating is apart of my families culture, and I love food, like I REALLY love food, which is why I was so hesitant to do this; however, I decided that I wanted to prove to myself, and everyone else who doubted me, that I can and I WOULD do this for the next 30 days and see if I felt any improvements in my overall health.
My diet staples were Mac ‘N Cheese, Pizza, Pasta, Rice, an occasional chicken breast or steak, cereal, bagels (oh, how I love them), bread, and sweets. I drank my coffee with three artificial sweeteners in it each day, and then snacked on candy and unhealthy snacks throughout the day. I’d eat a bigger breakfast, snack throughout the day on crap, not eat lunch, and come home and eat anything in sight. I didn’t have the motivation to cook anything, especially just for myself. But again, I knew that the only way to feel better was if I made the change, so I committed to doing that.
I’ve been very lucky to have a great support system who has encouraged me. While I have my own insecurities, especially dating someone in the fitness industry, who critiques others’ bodies for a living, I know that he thinks I’m pretty and beautiful, but I wanted to feel the same way about myself. Having such a solid and great support system has helped me immensely, so I would encourage you to find ONE person, friend, family member, colleague, spouse, significant other, etc, to be your team. But here’s the real trick… you need to believe in yourself. Chiche, I know, and I’ll be the first person to roll my eyes at that, but it’s true. This has to come from within. I made myself a promise that I was going to work on being the BEST version of me, and this is apart of it, and I refuse to let myself down. Trust me, I want Oreos, but I want this more. I believe in you! I know I don’t know any of you personally, but I can tell you this… If I can do this, I assure you, you can too. We can do it together!
This blog will document the next 30 day adventure and all that entails: challenges, successes, workouts, diets, overall health update, and weekly lessons/goals. My hope in sharing this journey that you feel empowered to believe in yourself and take the first step. The blog will be updated weekly and will include pictures of the meals, recipes, and workouts.