Hard. 

I’m in my 5th (I think) round of the whole30. It’s day 12 and the things I want to eat are hitting me strong. It’s hard! 
Yeah, I know, having a baby is hard. Running a marathon is hard. 
So eating strict paleo shouldn’t be hard right?
Well, it’s not hard in the sense of me choosing the right foods and cooking my food every day. 
The mental game is HARD. I wake up wanting French toast and biscuits and gravy. I go about my day wanting yogurt and cheese. Then I go to sleep wishing I could smash an entire large pizza and a pitcher of beer. 
The days 11-13 are probably the hardest for me because I’m getting burnt out on eggs and broccoli. While at work I smell popcorn and Starbucks and can’t help but want to just inhale it all.  
Then I get ready for the shower, catch a glimpse in the mirror ::shudder:: and remember why I’m doing this. My body is important. Do I want to lose weight? You bet I do. But more importantly I want to feel healthy. My health means I am the best I can be for my kiddos. If I’m not on point, I’ll miss out on the best parts of their lives. 
Now throw up a little prayer and encourage me to finish this out. I’m half way done and I CAN DO THIS. 
Pizza, we will meet again.  
Crystal 

  

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Confession Post

I started whole 30 round 4 and got a week into it before I failed! 

It happens people. I am not perfect. Hubby decided he missed me a lot since I work a ton and he does karate, so we had a really fun day off which included some not so healthy lunch. 😉 

I choose to look at this as not a failure, but as living life. I’ve done 3 rounds of this health challenge and I truly have learned what I should be eating. 

I had one heck of a belly ache that night!

Moving forward instead of focusing on what I did wrong is what I choose to do. 

My work is doing a biggest loser weight loss challenge! I have decided to participate! I will be back on myfitnesspal, eating mostly paleo. I love love love the paleo lifestyle so that’s what I will stick to.

Will I have a cheat meal after weigh in day? Yes. But that gives me a whole week to burn it off. 

I also recently was told something by a friend which is really sticking with me. She said “Exercise prep like you meal prep”. Get a game plan essentially. I have my workouts planned for the week and I am excited to see the change in the next 6 weeks. 

Don’t worry folks, my last 30lbs I have to lose WILL happen. I cannot lose 70lbs and give up afterwards. I will do this!!!!!!



Don’t Talk to Me Today

It’s day two of my 4th whole 30. I’m cranky. I’m tired. I have a headache. This is all from not eating crap. 

Crazy right? 

The detox period is not my fave. I have to remind myself that it’ll be better in a couple days. 

As I’m browsing through facebook this morning I notice it’s national pancake day! Which means free pancakes at Ihop.

Sigh.

But I know that pancakes are not worth the way I feel when I’m fat. I don’t like myself when I am heavier and not healthy. 

Would I like to smash a pile of pancakes?? Heck yes. Would those pancakes give me anything other than mouth pleasure? Nope. 

The mental battle is strong this round! Hopefully in 28 days I will be seeing a healthier, thinner self. One that doesn’t need a few stacks of pancakes to be happy 🙂



Crystal 

Help I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!!

I’ve fallen off the wagon. The health wagon!

I have been SO busy lately… that plus the social life I’ve been enjoying (with WAY too much fried food), has caused me to slip into old habits.

Yes those are excuses. I’ve taken the easy route to life, folded to the unhealthy foods that tempt me.

Now I’m ready. I know I’ve said that before but this is real life. I cannot let my pants get tight. I am in a size 16 (not just old navy sizes either haha) pants…and I started at a size 24.

I can do it. I just need the support and motivation.

March 1st means whole 30 round 4. An entire month where I have no holidays to celebrate, no birthdays to attend, no reason not to be on track.

I got this! Hubby is on board too!

Who is with me!!!!!

Crystal

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32 More to Go

I took a little break from the paleo diet for a couple weeks and have regretted it! My family also got the virus going around so I haven’t even been able to get to the gym in a couple weeks.

I’ve decided that tomorrow is back at this. I have 32 more pounds to get to my ultimate goal. I’ve signed up for a fit challenge at my gym, I’ve meal planned for the next couple of weeks, and I’ve decided my reward for hitting goal will be a “I Am Whole 30” tee shirt.

Does this mean another round of whole30 is in the works? You bet!

For those of you following my journey, you can see that I’m not 100% strict all the time. I think it’s important to enjoy a candy bar here and there if that’s what you crave. I’m all about the balance needed in life, because if you cannot find a balance, you are setting yourself up for failure.

I’m hoping my next round will be more of a transition into eating paleo for good. I can definitely tell when my body is over indulging crap and just feels like poop. I still will enjoy a Snickers sometimes, or some garlic bread with dinner, but this is my time to embrace my fitness and health goals and hit the goal I’m so close to hitting.

These last few pounds will be the hardest, but I’m up for the challenge. Who’s with me?!

Crystal

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Whole 30 Round 3 Done!!!!

I have realized that food is not controlling me like I once thought. I actually completed a whole30 during the holiday season!! My friends and family respected the fact that I’m striving for health and didn’t tempt me with a ton of goodies!

I was able to bake cookies with my kiddos and not indulge in them until now! (Freezing cookies helps!). I still attended the holiday gatherings and ate before or after them instead of eating the junk I didn’t need!

Was it hard? Yes. Every day. But you know that feeling of the success you feel when you step on the scale or put on pants that are way too big?? I needed that. And I achieved it!

Starting weight was 218.6.

I ended my thirty days praying to baby Jesus that my weight would finally start with a 1 again. It’s been over 5 years since it has started with a one!!!!

Ending weight was 199.4!!!!!!!

A ONE!!!!!

I literally cried when I saw it.

I CAN do this. My next goal is 32 more pounds and I will reach my 100 pounds lost.

Here is a before and after pic comparison. I think I’ll need a new tank top soon. Lol 😉

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Please continue to check on me friends. I love the support and encouragement. I cannot be successful without you guys!

Until next time!
Crystal

Whole 30 Round 3…During Christmas?!

Wow it’s been a few weeks since I blogged last.

I got into a funk (aka too much crap food) and decided to do a third round of the whole30 program. I did attempt this a month or so ago, but fell off the wagon quick thanks to my busy lifestyle and my mental failure I had.

So I said to myself, “Hey why don’t I try this now?”… This was December 6th…. meaning I would be doing a whole30 during the holidays.

December 8th was day one, and here I am 15 days later still going strong.

Since I started, I’ve baked cookies with my kiddos, turned down work treats, and sat and watched my family enjoy pizza and Wendy’s. It’s pretty hard seeing all the holiday goodies I’ve had to resist, but the fact that I feel awesome (and hopefully losing weight) while doing this right now is keeping me going!

This round I am also running with a couch to 5k program and dabbling into the weightlifting world.

My ultimate goal by the new year is to have my weight start with a 1. I weighed in for my whole30 at 218.

Wish me luck!!!

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