Well, I managed to write on Instagram every day for two weeks? or so for the Write 31 Days challenge (31 Days to Redefining My Blissful Space). It started out so well and I had super high hopes, but that devil sure seems to like to get in way of my success. I’m not sure what happened. Somehow my time (or maybe my focus and energy) got hijacked and I just lost my mojo. This last week plus was especially nutso schedule-wise and one thing after another came up (and it seemed bad weeks were going around everywhere…weather change??). But I decided in those couple of weeks that doing the Instagram thing was definitely more manageable with my current schedule (though I also want to regularly write here on the blog, too).
That brings me to November and my plan to try this 30 day thing again! (I am nothing if not determined.) I started out the school year eating really well. I avoided the treats we have in pre-k, brought a kale salad for lunch and apples, cheese, or other healthy snacks. I didn’t need my morning coffee, and in fact didn’t have coffee several days at all. If anything it became an afternoon treat to get me through that hump after school.
But then things shifted. Those last couple of weeks got crazy, I got stressed and threw my hands in the air, and I started eating the cookies, the crackers…the processed junk that we often get in our classroom. My husband had to take over some of the cooking, and we had one week where we primarily had fries made from white potatoes (that he breaded and often deep-fried) as our vegetable. And the morning coffee routine has returned.
Needless to say, I feel pretty crappy lately. I’m more tired and “need” the coffee. I’ve had stomach aches, heart palpitations, headaches, and just felt overall BLEH. (Not very happy with how I look, either.)
I had a plan for a while to take control of my health, and had decided to use the write 31 days platform as a means to stay accountable and share with those on the same journey what and how I’m doing. That starts TODAY. I’m going to start moving my body more (because that has really been pushed aside) and adhere to a paleo diet.
There are so many diets and my biggest goal besides feeling well, eating real food, and losing weight, is to heal my skin issues. My daughter also has eczema on her face that is being stubborn and I feel responds to how she eats. But I realized that most diets I have considered are similar in the big things…no breads or grains, no processed foods, no crappy sugars (only natural like maple sugar, raw honey, or coconut sugar), limited starchy vegetables, no legumes, no dairy. I felt like a paleo diet was consistent with what I was going for, and probably easiest to incorporate into our lives and for our whole family to follow and to make a lifestyle change, because that’s really what it’s all about. If you’ve ever done a strict diet, you probably know that one of the toughest hurdles is eating differently than the rest of your family…or getting them to follow with you. My husband has agreed to jump on board with us in order to support our skin-healing efforts. I am so thankful!
If you’ve never heard of paleo or aren’t entirely sure what it is, I found this cute but informative video this morning that sums it up well…
So for the next 30 days, I’ll share my progress with food and exercise, what things I’m finding it easiest and most delicious to eat, and how those changes are affecting our health. If I come across any amazing tips or references, I will be sure to share those as well. For now, I need to utilize this day off for some catch-up and to start planning meals and snacks. Be sure to follow me on Instagram because most of the posts will be on there or my Facebook page!