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Happy New Year! 2017 is already shaping up to be interesting – and that’s putting it mildly. AH (Awesome Husband) and I started Whole30 on Monday and I’ve been surprised at how relatively easy it’s been. Don’t get me wrong. The thought of giving up sugar, bread, pasta, wine, etc. was pretty daunting. I can honestly say I haven’t missed any of it. Yet. But this is just Day 4, so we’ll see how I feel on Day 7!

A little background. In my last post I talked about my weight loss journey that started in 2012. At the time I swore I would never. Repeat, NEVER allow myself to gain any of that weight back. Well, I should have known better than to say NEVER about anything. I didn’t gain it all back, but I gained about 8 pounds of it back. And I could feel every pound. No one else seemed to notice (or were just too kind to say anything), but I did. Enter Whole30. At the urging of the wonderful AAG (awesome family members who will remain anonymous – you know who you are), AH and I decided to jump on the W30 bandwagon. Bless him, AH never seems to have trouble losing weight, but he is a trooper and is in this with me which will make life SO much easier for the next 26 days. Yes, I’m counting down!

What I’m hoping for:

  • Weight Loss (I’m shooting for 10 pounds)
  • Increased energy
  • Decrease in cravings (chocolate and carbs are my downfall)
  • Clear thinking (Anyone else have a foggy brain sometimes? Women of a certain age aka WOCA can relate, I’m sure)
  • Clearer, healthier skin
  • Better sleep
  • Reduction in joint pain (not serious, but annoying)

I plan to chronicle the process here. Feel free to jump in and comment, or just check back occasionally. I’m not sure how often I’ll post, but I promise: I. WILL. FINISH. STRONG!!!




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I’ve finally decided to do something. I know, it might come as a shock, but it’s time I made some changes and this is the year to do it. I’m making it public so I can be held accountable. And this is a very scary prospect.

It’s easy to make New Year’s resolutions and then not keep them when no one else knows what you have resolved to do or not do. I’ve been doing a lot of research on eating healthy, fitness, etc. (thank you, Pinterest!) and one of the main suggestions for increasing your chances of succeeding in a new health program is to share it. I have shared my goals with a select few, but I’ve done that in the past and promptly blown it. So here I am, baring my soul to the blogosphere, just in case you’re interested.

This is the year I turn 53. In just a couple of weeks. Yikes. Not a “big birthday” like 55 will be, but important enough. Last year I increased my efforts to eat healthy and successfully lowered my cholesterol by 20 points. That’s good, but not low enough, so this year we begin the “getting fit for the rest of my life” journey. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’m horribly lazy when it comes to exercise. I would just about rather get a root canal than exercise. I’ve bought exercise clothes, accessories, even joined a gym and still I can think of 100 reasons not to do it. But here’s the thing: I want to live a long, healthy life – well into my 80’s still active and enjoying (and probably annoying) my kids and grandkids.

I’m not overweight (although my doctor told me I was “borderline”), but I know I would be happier if I lose 15 pounds. It might not sound like a lot, but it might as well be 50 pounds for the changes I know I’ll have to make. There are things I will have to cut back and cut out of my diet in order to lose the weight and keep it off. Things I really, really enjoy. But I’m determined.

Last week I started a 21 day Standard Process Cleanse. Again. I did it 2 years ago and lost 11 pounds. I kept it off for about 6 months before I went back to my old habits and gained it all back. This time I’m staying on the diet after the 21 days is up if I haven’t lost the 15 pounds. 4 pounds down, 11 to go. I also went back to the gym and will go at 3-4 times a week.

There. It’s out there for all the world to see. NOW I’m committed.

Taking joy in the journey,


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