2018 Goals and Kicking off Whole30

Hello lovelies! I hope your 2018 is starting off as beautifully as you hoped it would. And that you stuck to your “Dry January” plan for at least a week, or going to spin 2x per week (even though your resolution was to go 5x) … but hey, let’s be realistic.

I’m writing this while sitting on a beautiful beach in Tulum with one of my really close friends, Jenny. I’ll follow up with a whole post on our trip later on this month, so stay tuned! Spoiler alert- it’s amazing 😍.

So, it’s the middle of January, aka the time when I actually start to make my own “resolutions”. I’ve never really been one to kick them off on January 1st, because for some reason or another, I fall off within the first week and get discouraged. But this year, I’ve been planning mine for a while. First, I’m aiming to be less negative when I talk about things-I’ve noticed that I complain a lot, and tbh, I don’t have a whole lot to complain about. I live a really wonderful life with a lot of opportunities, and I’m surrounded by friends and family who love and support me. I’m lucky af. I’m also going to try to do more traveling and have more experiences. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gotten to travel to some cool places and try really fun things, but I want to do even more of that this year! I tend to come up with excuses like not having the time or not having enough money, but let’s get real. If I stopped buying so many shitty clothes that I don’t wear, I’d be freaking rich. Dolla dolla bills, y’all.

My biggest goal is the one that I feel like will be the most challenging. I’ve seen lots of people posting about the Whole30 diet, and I’ve been wanting to give it a go. I know, I know. No dairy, sugars or carbs? I must be a freaking masochist. Not gonna lie, I’m sorta terrified of what kind of hangry savage I’m going to become around day 3 when all I want is to stuff my face with some Ben & Jerry’s… but I’m pretending like that won’t happen bc denial is a beautiful thing.

A little background: if you follow me, then you know by now that my weight is something I’m always struggling with in some capacity. About two years ago I started eating healthier and working out and within a year, I’d lost 60 lbs. That’s really great, and I’m proud of myself, but something I’m not so good at is continuing to push myself. I got down to a weight I was comfortable at (although not my “goal” weight), and just maintained it because I felt like if I kept pushing myself, I’d burn out and end up eating shitty foods and never exercising. Which, ironically, is kind of what I do now anyway except in a bit more moderation… kind of, lol. I blame it on working a lot and the holidays, but let’s be real. I love ice cream and pasta, and I’d rather binge Netflix from my really cozy couch than sweat it out on the eliptical. Sue me 🙄. But now I can feel that my body isn’t as healthy, I look a bit bloated and I’m just not feeling confident with myself, because I know there’s a healthier version of me that’s completely obtainable if I actually just committed to it.

Which is why I’m now committing to doing Whole30. I’m not an idiot- I’ve planned the timing out as best I can. The likelihood of actually being able to stick to something as strict as this through the holidays and through my vacation to Tulum was basically non-existent, so why set myself up for failure? I have a family trip to Costa Rica coming up in March, so kicking this off once I’m back from Tulum just makes the most sense. Lucky for me, I’m a Sober Sally in my normal life anyway, so cutting out alcohol won’t be a problem. And I’m lactose intolerant so tbh, I really shouldn’t be eating dairy anyway for my own good. Yet I know I’ll be craving it alllllll the live long day 😩

I’ll be following this post up with updates on how I’m feeling about the plan, what recipes I love (or throw out the second I taste them), what the pros and cons are, how much weight I’m losing, etc. If you’ve ever done the Whole30, I would LOVE to hear from you! Please send me any tips you have for survival!

xo, AJ

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