audio

#Whole30 Myths – And How To Overcome Them {Whole 30 Results}

I am Whole 30Before I began my Whole30 Experience I scoured the internet for more information. I read books, studied recipes, and spent countless hours reading and watching videos about other people’s experiences. I stalked people on Instagram, and posted a million things on Facebook. I researched and agonized and worried and stressed… because let’s face it – there is a lot of stuff out there and the general consensus seems to be  that “it sucks!!! (but it is worth it.)” The more I posted and the more I read, the more I saw a few common excuses myths keep popping up. Since I have now been there and done that, I wanted to debunk a couple of these for anyone who is contemplating their own Whole30 Journey.

1 – It is so HARD.

The one thing that kept coming up in all of my searching was how “hard” it was. The Whole30 crew addresses this by saying things like “fighting cancer is hard – not putting creamer in your coffee is not hard.” But I want to bring even more to that – because for me it was different. If you read and watch everything that is out there – it will have you scared to even try. Had my friend Jen not been so persistent and challenging, I probably could have talked myself out of even giving it a shot, based on how “hard” everyone said it was.

Mine was not hard. Mine didn’t even suck that bad. In fact most everyone that has joined our Whole30 Facebook Group has said it hasn’t been near as hard as they thought it would be – and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that we simply do not focus on the bad – instead we laugh and share the good. You can absolutely choose to focus on the headache you may get the first day… or you can get excited that it is working. You can whine and complain about getting tired, or you can realize how badly you have fueled your body in the past that you are “hungover.”

Everyone is different. You can not compare someone else’s experience to know how yours will be. The standard “schedule” that even Whole30.com put out wasn’t even my experience. Yes I was tired the first day or two – but that was about it. I didn’t have a “Kill All The Things” Day until Day 15 – and that I think had more to do with hormones than eating.

Point is – it isn’t that hard. AND you will get more of what you focus on. So focus on good.

2 – My Partner won’t do it.

So….?! Why does that have any bearing on anything? Look, I used to smoke – my exhusband and I both did. I quit. He didn’t. Did it suck to be around him while he still smoked? Of course it did. But I knew it was what was best for me, and now 7+ years later I know it was still one of the absolute best things I have ever done for myself. It took will power, dedication, and determination… sound familiar?

Saying you are not going to better your health because someone else isn’t is like saying you are not going to repair your car cause the guy next to you is broken down. It doesn’t make any sense. What someone else does should have absolutely no bearing on you. Fact: you do not need someone to do this with you. Fact: you do not even need anyone’s approval. Fact: your partner will probably come around anyway when they see how well it works for you.

I did not change my family’s diet or routine at all when I began my Whole30 journey. If dinner was something I couldn’t eat – I made myself something else. Or if dinner was chicken and rice with veggies… I just simply did not put rice on my plate. They eat fried chicken – I bake mine. They want pasta, I eat spaghetti squash. They saw me making changes and began wanting to “taste” mine… what has happened is the whole family has now begun eating better. Leftovers seem to be more of the “not allowed” stuff and I can’t keep veggies in my house for the life of me.

Only YOU control what you ACTUALLY put in to your mouth. Not everyone in your house has to be Whole30 for you to succeed. I open the cabinets every day and have everything from long grain wild rice (my favorite) to popcorn to kidney beans… and every day I choose to not eat them. My family does, but I do not. I disagree with the whole “clean everything out” routine that most diet books tell you to do… instead I stare temptation straight in the face and celebrate that food has no control over me anymore. THAT is Whole30.

[Read more...]


link

Spicy Shelf Review – Another #Whole30 Must Have

When I moved in with Mike, he already had the kitchen pretty organized. For a bachelor I have to admit – he had a lot of kitchen stuff. The spice cabinet was located directly above the stove – perfectly fine for a man of nearly six feet tall. However as a woman of just over 5 feet tall – that proves to be a challenge.

spice cabinet

I resorted to getting a child’s stool to help me be able to reach and see – but I had so many spices in there, I was constantly digging around trying to find stuff. Since I began Whole30 I have been using tons of spices that I do not normally use – so I have built up quite a collection. Plus once I began reading labels of what I already had – I realized just how much sugar I was consuming that I had no idea about. However even with the stool I could not reach the back of the cabinet – and would keep buying stuff that I thought I was out of – secretly hoping it wasn’t just where I couldn’t see it.

spicy shelf

[Read more...]


audio

My #Whole30 Experience – #IAmWhole30

Twenty nine days ago I began a program called Whole30. I have tried everything to lose weight – a personal trainer, a gym membership, Naked Fitness, and even over $800 in AdvoCare – and while I had some results with some of them, I was still not where I wanted to be. When my friend Jen challenged me to do a round of Whole30 I whined and complained and told her she was nuts. But she kept insisting – ragging on me about never being able to turn down a challenge. Finally I gave in - begrudgingly - and we both started our Whole30 Journey on July 7th.

whole 30 1

Whole30 isn’t just about losing weight, but about breaking your addictions and emotional issues with food. By eliminating certain food groups that could be having a negative impact on your health, you force your body into using the correct nutrients to perform the correct actions in your body – kind of like pushing a reset button. The basics of Whole30 is like a very strict Paleo – no sugar, no grain, no beans, and no dairy. Sounds impossible right?

To say that I was skeptical when I began this is the understatement of the year. I didn’t even want to blog about it because I didn’t have much hope. To me it was just another “diet” and something I would see mediocre results from just like everything else I had tried. OR – more likely – I would give in after a few days and go back to eating normal, deciding I was going to just love every extra pound. After all, I wasn’t grossly overweight or even unhealthy – it was more vanity pushing me than anything. Either way I jumped in – keeping Jen on speed dial – ready to see what would happen. I wont bore you with every detail, but here is a quick snapshot of how the last 29.5 days have been for me:

[Read more...]


audio

CrossFit, My Highschool Love, And Second Chances

When I was in high school I worked at the local grocery store with my friend Emmilee. Since we went to school together AND worked together we were pretty much inseparable. She met this guy named Keith who was in the Marine Corps that she really liked – so she did what any best friend would do… “Hey Lynsey…you know Keith has this friend Rob that I think you would really like…”  A few phone calls later and my blind date was set. Neither of us had ever been on a blind date before and you never hear anything good coming from them but whatever – this was happening. Rob and I decided to meet for lunch at the little diner next to the grocery store.

We met up and had lunch… and it was nice… but… something just didn’t “click.” Even as we were leaving we did the whole “ok, well it was nice to meet you – see you around” kind of thing. When I walked back in to the grocery store and saw Emmilee, she beamed “Sooooo how was it!?” and I just shrugged and said “meh, it was ok, I just dont think we are each other’s type.”

But Emmilee wasnt satisfied with that so the whole rest of the shift she pestered me – knowing that she and I being best friends and Rob and Keith being best friends – we were all going to be around each other a whole lot. So later that week Rob and I met up again – and before long it was the two of US who were inseparable.

oke

[Read more...]


audio

Get Moov-ing – Wearable Fitness Tracker – On Sale Now

moovIf you have been following me long, you know I have a mild addiction to my FitBit. I have had five different FitBits actually – three FitBit Ultras I kept accidentally killing by tossing them into the washing machine still attached to sweaty gym clothes, one FitBit Flex which I loved but hated wearing with a watch, and as I type this I am wearing my FitBit Force – which I have stood beside even with the recall as mine has never given me of bit of trouble.

But there is a new Fitness monitor on the horizon – one I have already ordered for myself and for Mike and can not wait to share my love for it with all of you. It’s called Moov – a wearable “personal fitness coach” that like FitBit tracks your activity – but will also help critique your form, intensity, and even encourage you along the way… check it out:

Moov connects with your smart phone and other devices to record all of your data, and offers a community so you can connect with your friends for added competition and encouragement. Plus it talks to you!!  I mean – how cool is that!?

moov

[Read more...]