I did. I decided to go full steam ahead and I quite literally FLEW off the wagon. I went on vacation, had an amazing time, and decided to continue my vacation after it ended. There has been copious amounts of wine, tequila, and food of all sorts consumed. And now, I feel like… shit.
Was it all worth it? Absolutely! I was able to bond and hangout with some amazing people, I made so many new friends, had so much fun, shared lot’s of new experiences, tried new things, laughed until my stomach hurt, listened to so many stories.. did I mention I drank a lot of wine? My liver, if not my whole body is in toxic shock, I’m pretty sure.
I woke up in the middle of the night last night, not feeling well at all. Tossing and turning. Kicking the covers off. Wondering why my head, stomach, even my big toe hurt. I guess that’s a thing. Big Toe.
Anyways, I woke up this morning with a plan in mind and started my day oil pulling and drinking A LOT of water. Naturally, I brewed my coffee, put my almond milk and cinnamon in it and now, coffee in hand and headache at bay, I am designing a healthy lifestyle plan for the month of June.
I was talking to one of my new friends yesterday, while laying on the beach trying to sweat out the tequila I had the night before, about how I had fallen off the wagon for a couple of weeks. I hate not feeling comfortable in a bikini, and by all means I am not overweight, but you know when you just don’t feel good. That was me. Yesterday.
So! We were talking about falling off the wagon, and she said, “Sometimes you literally just, fall off! Life happens.” And it does, but it’s the getting back on it, and continuing with the lifestyle you once knew, that makes it okay to fall off every now and then.
We are all busy. Seriously. Some have multiple jobs, or one very stressful one. Maybe theres a family involved. School. Whatever. There’s always room for excuses. This morning I woke up, not letting one excuse come out of my mouth.
For June, my goal is 25 workouts. Maybe it will be my usual plyometrics, H.I.I.T., jump rope workout; maybe it’s yoga. Maybe I will feel super ambitious and pull a two-a-day on my days off. Whatever it is, sticking to something and having an end goal is important. I challenged my friend, Angela, to do it with me; any extra workouts we do is +2 bonus points.
And we are pretty damn competitive ;).
What I do to get back into that healthy lifestyle routine
Wake up and drink water right away, and then continue drinking throughout the day
We hear this all the time. It is so important to drink water throughout the day. My goal is 2.5-3 liters per day. I wake up and guzzle down the tasteless stuff, 8-16 oz. of it. I drink close to 1 liter while I am working out, and 1 1/2 liters following my workout, throughout the rest of my day. If you make a schedule for your water intake, it will help you consume it and reach your goal. If you are like a few of my friends who HATE water, because it is tasteless, infuse it! My favorite blend is lemon, mint and cucumber (spa water), but you can put watermelon in it, berries, whatever.
Oh, and here are some more reasons to drink more water….
Get on the oil pulling band wagon
Whether you believe in the oil pulling or not, I love it because it creates routine. While I am getting my morning situated, I plop a tablespoon of oil in my mouth and swish it around. I check my emails. Brew my coffee. Write. It’s brainless, easy, and makes your teeth white as hell. Why not?
Write your workouts down
I love walking into the gym with a plan. This way, I can’t get lazy and let time pass while I am there. I have a schedule of what my goals are for the gym and a certain amount of time I have to complete it. I have a designated workout notebook I take in my gym bag, and it starts on the treadmill and moves over to the weight room or training room. No excuses. Get. It. Done.
I’ve done this before, where I have been super strict eating all whole foods. I try to stay gluten-free all of the time, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t naughty foods that are gluten-free! The Whole30 plan is easy because it’s all whole foods you can buy at the store or farmers market, and theres a wide variety of everything on there. Your body knows how to process these whole foods better, and you will see and feel the change within the first week of doing it.
Tips to be successful with your Whole30
Set your goal.
Do you want to get healthy? Reset your body? Develop a healthier lifestyle? Lose weight? This will help you stay on track!
Get Rid Of Temptations
Download the Whole30 Shopping List so you know what is approved for you consumption if you decide to go this route. When you go shopping, have this list handy and stay away from all of those yummy temptations, like, for me, it’s Pirate Booty. That stuff is so good, but having those little corn and rice puffs is a no-no while resetting my body. See what you like and don’t like on the list, make the adjustments, and go. You got this.
Having a plan, as I mentioned before is crucial. Once you have your groceries, wash your fruits and vegetables, chop if necessary, cook some of your protein up, make fruit and/or veggie cups, bag you nuts, and have things ready so you are set up to grab something healthy when you are on the go and don’t have time to prepare. This is so key, and you will be so happy you got the work out of the way at the beginning of the week. Know what you are having for dinner every night, and breakfast every morning. This way, there is no room for excuses.
Hold Yourself Accountable
I do this by telling my best friend my plan, and I ask her to help hold me accountable! Keeping a food diary helps, too. Believe it or not, social media can also help. Post some food pictures! Maybe you will even inspire your friends and community to follow suit and try the Whole30 plan out!
Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
If it’s Sunday evening, and you want a glass of wine, pour it. Did you accidentally eat something not on the list? It’s okay! Just remember your goal, get yourself back on track, drink some water, and try again.
Have you tried the Whole30? Do you have any tips for getting back on track with your healthy lifestyle? Comment below!