When I made my mind map, I had planned on doing the Whole 30 whole9life.com/2012/08/t
in February. Most everyone in the blogosphere was doing it in January naturally, but I had too many social and family commitments to pull that off gracefully. I already follow the Primal Blueprint www.marksdailyapple.com/
so to add another layer of oddity wasn't something I wanted to spend all my time explaining.
So I spent January trying to sleep and researching the Paleo lifestyle and the Whole 30. The more I read, the more I decided that I like the more moderate Primal Blueprint and didn't see what I really had to gain by cutting out dairy (which is the main difference). I already know what my food sensitivities are so I wouldn't be learning anything new probably. It's not like I drink milk or even use it in my coffee, so I didn't see the point. Plus Keith was wanting to come along so I didn't think it'd be nice for him to go cold turkey into the Whole 30. He's watched me eat primal for over a year and volunteered to give up sugar and grains for the month. Unfortunately, he's not home very much right now and has no control over what he's fed so we'll see how that goes for him.
As luck would have it, on many of my primal/ancestral SP groups, there's a Primal Blueprint 21-day Challenge so I'm doing that instead of the Whole 30. I get positive peer pressure, support, and a little accountability.
For me this 21-day challenge will entail more exercise and better planned meals while I'm at home. I tend to make a plate of raw veggies, cheese, and a bit of meat for dinner when it's just me, and while generally compliant, it's not very imaginative. I'll make sure that I cook myself proper meals for dinner.
Also sugar and alcohol will be off the menu. We've been having some beer, cocktails, or wine about once a week normally. That's generally okay within the 80/20 parameters
but not so much during a challenge. My sugar is usually in the form of fruit, so except some planned chocolate on Valentine's Day, I'll keep it at that ... which means no ice cream for dessert either. :)
I've been diligent with my yoga practice except for a week-long bout with a tummy ailment. I'm going to add some weight lifting to my routine and generally ramp up my yoga as well.
Today is Day 2 of the Challenge and so far so good. I've actually been a little low in my calories (~1200), but I haven't been hungry. Lots of yoga and general productivity. Now to finish off a few things and then try for an early bedtime.
That's what Grok would do!
My phone wallpaper for February.