Monday, November 3, 2014

10 Week Plan to Get Healthy

I feel like for the past year all of my posts have began with.. "Can't believe it's  been so long since I have posted" and this post will be the same, because I really can't believe how long it has been. Life around here has been busy, full of changes and pretty great in every area minus our health and fitness. Ever since becoming a Mom it feels like my life has been going in fast forward. I cannot believe my baby girl is already 6 months old-the time has flown. We also decided to throw into the mix of our crazy life buying and moving into our first home. There has been so many changes and as we get into the month of November I am taking some time to reflect on all of the wonderful things I have to be thankful for. Don't get me wrong- life hasn't been picture perfect. With all of these great new beginnings there has been a lot of stress, adjusting and eating crappy. I don't remember the last time I worked out. I am not counting moving last week as working out even though I probably could. I think the last time was like 2 weeks ago at my stroller strides class. Which is BAD. I HATE going this long without working out because when you start again it feels like you have never worked out before because you are so out of shape. I miss CrossFit. We had to make some budget cuts with the new house and CrossFit was one of them.  I miss being in the box, with chalk on my hands lifting heavy weights. I am hoping by the new year we will be established at a new box and back to going regularly. I feel like I need it on more stressful days.

Eating around here has consisted of mostly thrown together meals and take out. Which has left me feeling not so energetic and not at my best. I have tried to throw in random detoxes or random, "THAT IS IT-WE ARE EATING PALEO STARTING NOW!" which have all ended with pizza or brownies and self loathing. I have decided my proclamations of starting to eat healthy out of nowhere are not and will never work. So I have decided to give myself some grace and some time to get back into the swing of things. The holidays are approaching so I know on Christmas and on Thanksgiving I will be eating whatever is offered. I know food is fuel for our bodies- and that it is the most important component of our health- but it is also a lot more than just that. Food is something deep rooted in humans as a social and familial bond. Coming together around a table of food to share with your loved ones around the holidays is something special- and I am going to enjoy that without guilt and without restrictions. I will bake cookies this year as a family tradition with my mom and sister and my baby girl will start that tradition for the first time with us. I will sneak some raw cookie dough and I will eat SOME of the cookies we bake. Maybe this year I will try to eat one at a time instead of five- but I am going to enjoy myself. With all that said- not every day is Christmas and most of my meals are shoved down my face while my baby girl screams because I have set her down (she is that fun stage now). So I mind as well  be stuffing healthy stuff down my face instead of crap. With all of that said: I am ready to reboot my health for the New Year- slowly. My old way of just deciding and having the time to eat Paleo at the drop of a hat isn't working anymore- so let's see if this way does. Each week I am cutting out something bad food wise and adding something positive fitness or life wise. At the end of 10 weeks I should be ready to be 100% Paleo which nicely falls right into the new year. All of these combine with each other so whatever is added from Week one stays for the 10 weeks. So here we go:

Week 1: Cut Out: Soda/Sugary Drinks. Add: Work out 3x a week

Week 2: Cut Out: Bread. Add: Bed time before 10:30 

Week 3: Cut Out: All desserts. Add: Work out 4x a week

Week 4: Cut Out: Legumes. Add: No phone after 9 PM 

Week 5: Cut Out: Gluten. Add: One hour of yoga a week (Can be all at once, or a few minutes each day) 

Week 6: Cut Out: Dairy. Add: Work out 5x a week 

Week 7: Cut Out: Grains. Add: No phone on Sundays. 

Week 8: Cut Out: ALL processed foods. Add: 30 min alone time a week (bathroom, showers and driving do not count) 

Week 9: Cut Out: SUGAR (fruit sugar & occasional dark chocolate okay). Add: Journal everyday 

Week 10: Cut Out: Everything minus Paleo approved foods. Add: Blog at least 2x a week. 

I am ready. Today is the start of Week 1! And I am actually excited because this feels like I can accomplish getting healthy going at a nice slow pace that will work for me. I know what is coming and there will be no surprises.
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