Friday, November 21, 2014

Let's do this together...

It has been overwhelming -- in the best way possible -- how many of you have joined me on my journey to better health. When I started the Whole30 in June, I never imagined that I'd stick with it as long as I have. And I definitely never imagined how life-changing it would be for me. 

Or for many of you. I honestly can't even keep track anymore of the number of you guys that have started your own Whole30 after I've been preaching about it these last few months. And I know several of you finished and are feeling amazing!

Given that the holidays are fast-approaching, it occurred to me that I probably need to do another Whole30 sometime soon. While I truly have begun to see food and health in a new light, I know that Thanksgiving and Christmas (and our trip to Austin this weekend!) will involve some decidedly non-Paleo food, and I want to have a plan in place for giving my body and brain a good reset when the new year comes.

So I'm going to start another Whole30 on January 1st.

And I want you to join me.

I don't know where you're at in terms of health. Maybe you work out consistently but need a way to focus on eating things that will improve your health, rather than things that negate all your hard work in the gym. Maybe you're like I was and are morbidly obese and in need of something -- ANYTHING -- to help you make a change.

Or maybe you just want to drop your holiday weight quickly and like the idea of doing it in the healthiest way possible. Either way, I think we can all agree that misery loves company, and that's why I thought that we could do this together.

So we'll attempt 30 days of completely whole foods. No sugar (in any form, apart from fruit). No grains. No dairy. No legumes. No alcohol.

It's hard. Oh, friends, it's hard

But I really can't explain how amazing you'll feel when you're finished. It's unlike anything I've ever felt in my life.

I haven't quite figured out how I want to do it, from a logistics standpoint. Part of me wants to organize a DietBet simply because it's an excellent way to get all of us together in one place and facilitate a feeling of community, but weighing during the Whole30 is expressly contrary to the Whole30 rules, so I feel like that may not be the best option. If any of you have ideas, I'm all ears. Maybe a Facebook group? I'll spend more time thinking about how we can organize it all and report back soon.

For now, be thinking about whether or not it might be the right step for you. One of the reasons I'm posting about this so early (and clearly before I've thought it all through) is because I wanted to give you time to learn about the plan and get prepared. I would obviously recommend buying the book It Starts with Food, but you can also find nearly all the information you'll need on the Whole30 website. If you're in particular need of some tough love, read this (scroll down to the section titled "It's For Your Own Good"). 

And also, can I just mention that I stand to gain NOTHING from you joining me in this endeavor, apart from your camaraderie and support? None of the links here are affiliate links, and the Whole30 is completely free to do. I do think the book really helps explain everything and is WELL worth the money, but you don't necessarily have to buy it to successfully complete a Whole30, and I won't make a dime whether you do or don't.

I just believe in the Paleo lifestyle and think you will too if you give it a chance.

If you think you might be interested, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at lovedandlovelyblog@gmail.com. I just want to get an idea of how many people we're looking at so that I can figure out what kind of structure, if any, we might need.

I'm so excited, you guys! 

11 comments:

Amber said...

I'd definitely be interested! A Facebook group could be good, weekly Twitter chats? Or a weekly link up during the program? It seems like one of those things that the more support you have and the more chances to discuss the better too! :)

Rebekah said...

I'm interested too. I like the facebook group idea. I don't get on twitter much myself but I guess I would if I had a reason to.

Kaitlyn (Keeping up with Kaitlyn) said...

I'm definitely interested! I started paleo back in September and did if for about 1/2 the month, then life happened... ya know how that goes. But I have really been wanting to try it out again and think this is the perfect way. PLUS if I know others are out there, making me accountable, then that will motivate me to keep going.

I like the Facebook group idea. I'm not really blogging anymore do to school, so a blog link up isn't so feasible to me. But on the other hand it would be nice to have a way for people to share recipes, exercise tips, things that are working for them, etc.

Keep me updated!

Haley Horner said...

I'm totally interested -- but I'm 6 months pregnant right now. While trying not to go totally overboard this pregnancy - I think waiting to make such a big change might be better after this baby comes. You are an inspiration to many! Hoping to join you here in a few months!

Tricia Nae said...

I will definitely be doing this. I had planned on recommitting after the holidays anyway but I especially love that there will be a group of us doing it together!!

Lauren Thomas said...

I'm in!!!

Jessica Manning-Garner said...

I'll do it again with you!

Shannon said...

I'm definitely in! I think the group mentality will help keep me accountable, cause Lord knows I won't do it alone. :)

Kara said...

I'd love to join this challenge. I, too, agree that a Facebook group would be perfect. Can't wait. Thanks for inspiring the change!

Amy Stewart said...

I'm in for sure! Definitely need a little kick-start for sure! ;)

Mary Beth said...

Count me in!

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