Okay, been nibbling away at this post for a few days now so I’m just gonna get to it…
Week 3 of the Whole30 was my hardest week so far.
Matt was traveling for work, which meant my meals could stretch farther, but I also didn’t have a back-up if I forgot to buy something at the store (or if I ran out of something). As a working mom, my schedule is tight. I get home from the office just in time to put Benji to bed so if Matt isn’t home, there’s no leaving the house for a quick grocery run.
- Pay attention only to your wins. It’s easy to feel like you’re failing when things don’t go perfectly as planned (i.e., my recipe flops). Dust yourself off and keep going.
- Refer back to the resources that motivated you in the first place. I started listening to chapters from the motivational audio books I was reading right before I started my Whole30, including The Whole30 itself. They energized me about my future visions of myself.
- Make meal planning work for you (get creative). The Real Plans app (mentioned in my last post) that I started using for meal planning has been a game changer because I can browse recipes that work for me. I don’t like complicated things with thousands of ingredients, so being able to try new dishes and not spend a ton of time learning how to make them has really made this whole journey possible.
- Remember your WHY. I’ve talked about this in every post so far because it’s my north star. Whenever I forget that this is about health and not appearance, I start to lose motivation. Staying focused on your WHY will help you stay the course.
- Visualize your ideal lifestyle. I’m a futurist so this is the fun part to me. I love seeing myself in a future state, and getting specific about it. How does it feel to be me in the next 30 days? What do I see when I look at myself? How do I act around other people? Am I confident? How do I explain my lifestyle when people challenge/question it? Remember, making these changes a lifestyle, not a diet, will change your whole perspective and take your “persevering” to living! It’s exciting to do something different and feel good for once. Embrace that energy.