i am alive

i am alive

This is so true. Winter does this to me – I go into “hibernation mode.” More sleep, more (junky) food, less socializing, less movement. I’ve used winter in Wisconsin as an excuse for far too many years. I want to stop just existing. I want to start living. (And not just in the warmer months.)


Whole30, here I come!

Pre-Whole30 skin pictures. Hoping to see some improvement in the tone, texture, and breakout areas.
Pre-Whole30. Hoping to see some improvement in the tone, texture, and breakout areas.

I’ve been fuddling my way through a Paleo lifestyle since early 2012. I say “fuddling” because I have fallen off the Paleo wagon many times since I started. Donuts are the devil.

Despite my many fallbacks, I DID complete one successful 21-Day Sugar Detox (program courtesy of Balanced Bites) in that time, and the results of that program profoundly affected me. I COULD NOT BELIEVE how much better I was, as a whole person. I felt better – physically, mentally, and emotionally. I looked better – I didn’t lose any pounds, but I did lose inches, and I positively GLOWED. Overall, I was me, but improved – more energy, better sleep, better digestion, clearer skin, better wit (per my sister – I wouldn’t claim that on my own), better job performance, etc.


One of my goals this year is to become better overall in my relationship with food. I had read “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig on the recommendation of a friend late last year. Can you say INCREDIBLE?! Seriously, anyone who eats should read it, but as someone who considers herself an emotional eater, the book truly resonated with me – especially when it came to helping me gain some perspective on when/why/what/how I eat.

Until now, I haven’t been committed to applying the principles of their Whole9 program to my life, but I’m going to start on Monday with their Whole30 program. I have been easing into it over the past few days – cutting down on my sugar/grain/alcohol intake, and prepping wholesome, healthy, real food for my first week.

I not only took “before” pictures of my skin, but also of my body. They didn’t make me very happy, to say the least. I’m not brave enough to share those yet – at some point, I will. But I’m excited! It’s a starting point. I’m looking forward to seeing – and, more importantly, feeling – the results of my first Whole30.