Happy Tuesday everyone! God I love three-day weekends. Especially Memorial Day… its pretty much my favorite family vacation weekend of the year. My family and our significant others go up to our house near Yosemite, go out on the lake, bbq, play a little drunken wiffle ball. So much fun.  This year was no different. We tend to have a tradition of getting in your face drunk on Saturday night, and I was the lucky winner this year. Go me.  All over a heated (and hilarious) debate started my Don Signori. His question was, ” how can you eat a pound of food and gain more than a pound?” Oh man did we come up with some good answers… and the theories got better and better as the empty bottles of wine accumulated in the middle of the table. It was a lot of fun!

So you’re probably asking what’s in 53 days? Welp, that would be my sister’s wedding. I have my bridesmaid dress that I havent tried on since we ordered it, and really need to do so. I’m nowhere near my goal weight, and I’m feeling pretty discouraged. I fell off my Whole30 train, ate some (delicious) but terrible for me foods and drinks. And now I’m back at ground zero. Or at least it feels that way. So I made a decision last night. Today is day 1 of 53. I have 53 days (or 7 weeks and 4 days) to get to my goal of losing 10-15lbs. To stick to my diet, to exercise 6 days a week, sleep 7-8 hours a night, drink lots of water, and hopefully not die in the process.  Theoretically this is doable. If I can lose 1-2lbs every week, I will hit my goal of 10lbs no problem. But I have to stick to my diet. I have to not eat the cake, have the margarita, or that piece of bread at dinner. I have to watch my portions, drink enough water, get in enough exercise.

Here’s how I’m going to do it:

1) Actually do my cook-up every week. Whatever it takes. Make the time and just freaking do it 🙂

2) Add in more cardio, specifically HIIT intervals on my (still broken, but hopefully soon-to-be-fixed) treadmill

3) SLEEP: this is huge for me. I’m a mess when I don’t get enough sleep. I’m already blonde, so this is devastating  <– I once drove past my office three times due to not enough sleep…

4) Get the junk out of the house, and keep it out! Honestly, we don’t really have that much “junk” since I’ve been doing the Whole30, but I gotta keep the chocolate chips out and sour patch kids.

5) Minimize eating out: Steven and I like to eat out, especially during the week. It’s easy, convenient, and were both so tired by 8pm that Chipotle sounds pretty good.  I just need to be smarter about this. Eating out doesn’t have to be a disaster, nor does it have to be the only thing I eat. I can get chipotle and add in some stuff I have at home. Or get the protein style burger, and have a sweet potato on the side.

All of this sounds so easy. Now I just have to do it. This blog is going to keep me accountable. It has to, so I’m asking all of you (the few that read my little blog) to support me in this as well.  Hold me accountable when I don’t post by the end of the day, ask me how the previous day went, and make me tell you what I’ve been eating!

I appreciate all of your support and time you take out to read this funny little blog of mine. Until tomorrow, enjoy the rest of your day back from vacation!

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Making a lifestyle change is hard. We all know that. It requires patience, time, forgiveness, and support. Everyone has “bad” days or “good” days, successes and fails. But we have to remember that because it’s a lifestyle were learning to embrace, you really can’t make mistakes It’s all just part of it. But to help me get through those tough days I have a lot of support. Friends and family of course are there to help. A few of my friends are doing the Whole30/Whole9 as well (Hi Sash and Rach!)  But when I’m lacking motivation or creativity to make something delicious and my kinda healthy, I turn to the many blogs that I read, follow, and obsess over. Blogs like:

The Clothing Makes the Girl (Melissa Joulwan, my hero and whole30 go-to chef)

Whole9Life (Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. The two that wrote It Starts With Food and inspired me to embark on this journey)

Nourishing Days (for beautiful paleo recipes)

PaleoOMG (for straight up entertainment and delicious paleo recipes. I heart you Juli)

NomNomPaleo (for more delicious Paleo and Whole30 recipes)

Having all these resources available help make this fun every day. Talking with friends about recipes we’ve tried, what worked, what didn’t. Trying new spices, marinades. Food is beautiful again.  Something that I truly enjoy from start to finish. I don’t dread going to the store anymore. I look forward to checking out the new and in season produce, to finding coconut flour in bulk on amazon, going to Costco and buying two dozen eggs at a time (and only lasting a week btw).  I don’t look at food as the enemy (or as my savior) anymore. Its food, its fuel, its delicious, and it feeds my body and mind.

One of the biggest factors that got me through the cleanse was the support I had every single day. Friends sending random messages, “hey! you can do it!”, “thinking about you!” and “Good morning…bottoms up and tallyho!!” <– you know who you are 😉  People I don’t even know commenting on the blog (thank you for your support!!!) And then the people closest to me, knowing exactly what I needed when I needed it.

Although I’m not one to get super personal on this public blog, I still want to high light a couple people in my life that make me feel like a million bucks every day and that I love dearly.

Lets start with the most obvious, the bf 🙂 His incredibly sweet encouragement (even though he  didn’t agree with it the entire time), support, and ability to catch me when I fell made the process that much easier. To give you a little background, S is an EMT so those skillz kicked in anytime I felt light headed, achy, and down right out of it. To cheer me up and let me know how proud he was of me, he got me a few things to show it! A SF 49er  hitch cover, like this one!

(Anyone else as excited as I am for football season!??! First game, August 5- Cardinals and Saints. NFL Sunday Ticket ordered. Beefin up my fantasty team. Pretty much cant wait!)

And then he made me this the other day (he is a rec leader for a summer camp with young kids. They’re art project was puff painting the crap out of something…)

Anyone else remember Rob Nen? The Nenth inning! Smoke on the water… those were the days…

(Rob Non is my fav Giant of all time…well him and Will Clark, but who doesn’t love Will Clark?)

Next on my list of favorite peeps, S’s mom 🙂 As soon as she heard I was doing this cleanse, she was nothing but supportive and encouraging. She stocked her fridge with coc0nut water (so she could have something to offer me when I came over), sent me daily texts, and big hugs. She also picked me up this AWESOME water bottle that was absolutely perfect for this cleanse.

Fruit in the bottom, no mess, tasty water. Yes please!

This water bottle is so cool. Made by rove, you can find it at Khols 🙂

My good friend Libby has also been a huge support. Her and I talk daily on fb, getting each other through our work days. Libby took a few days and went to LA with her madre and hit up Disneyland. What did she return with? These adorable goodies!

Goofy mug and mickey wine stopper!!

And this guy!

Goofy pen!

Sorry for the awkward picture at my messy desk… Yes, that is a news paper. Yes I do read it. And yes, that is Taylor Kitsch trading card from the movie John Carter. Don’t make fun, you know he’s hot.

Last, and most definitely not least. I couldn’t have done this cleanse without her. It was with her that we decided this would be a great idea. She gave up her time, made herself available for me 24/7, and guided me through each and every emotional and physical roller coaster. If you’ve ever thought about doing a cleanse, are curious about raw foods, or just want to get your health back on track, you NEED to give her a call. I honestly couldn’t recommend her more (and not because shes one of my best friends) but because she is amazing at what she does. Check her out here

If I haven’t already made it clear, I’m going to say it one more time. Pushing your mind and body to the limit takes serious dedication, determination, and support. You can give yourself all of these, but when you feel like you just cant eat another green smoothie, your support system is there to make sure you do, and to tell you how amazing it tastes! (even though it may taste like butt).

Till next time, Happy Friday everyone! Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll be at Brad Paisley tonight with my fav’s, getting my country on 🙂