Today is Day 16 of my current Whole30. I’m half-way through! I have to say, I’m struggling a bit more this time. Part of it is because I didn’t make a big pot of stew that I could turn to for lunches. And part of it is because I’ve removed a few more foods from my diet since the last time I did the Whole30. No more throwing some eggs on when I’m hungry – they are on my inflammatory foods list. And part of it, if I am honest with myself, is because I thought I could breeze through it.
I’ve stretched the line twice so far – both times with soy. I know it is not Whole30 compliant, and I also know from my previous round that soy isn’t really a food that bothers me. I’ve been very strict about sugar though, and that is the one that is more important as far as I am concerned. At least for this body, it is.
I haven’t taken any measurements since starting, because the rules say not to. And as much as slimming down is wonderful, it’s not the main objective. I was a slave to sugar, and I need to reset from that. My body is my temple, and I was not treating it that way.
To that end, I’ve also started making my step goal a priority. I’ve hit it for nine days straight so far, which is really an accomplishment for me. It means that I have had to go for walks in my neighborhood when I didn’t move enough the rest of the day, like yesterday.
Yesterday was a sedentary day. Because I had the day off (thank you to my Union brothers and sisters), I took my time getting up, and worked on a sweater coat most of the day. Looking at my watch at twilight, I realized I had to go for a fairly long walk to make my goal. I didn’t want to. I really just wanted to get ready for bed. But I put my shoes on, and out I went.
Some days, I have just barely hit the target, taking one more walk around the house before going to bed to get the last few steps in. Other days, I’ve been well above 6500 steps. Not enough yet to raise the goal. I want to keep the consistency going first.
If I want to heal myself, I know that eating well and exercising are important. And I have to take baby steps, small changes over time add up to a big difference. If I try to do too much at once, it will be overwhelming, and I will stop again.
Here’s to building consistency.