I can imagine if you didn’t know me before I found Whole30, then you might assume some things about me. Especially scrolling through my Instagram feed. Like:
- I’ve always been a yogi & mindful eater & meditator
- I never drank alcohol
- I always ate meat & drank brone broth
- Cooking real food has always been my passion
- I was never a Pepsi addict
- I am just someone who has always had willpower & healthy habits
Nope & nope & nope. Nope. Nope & nope. Nope. Nope. Nope & nope.
Yesterday I reflected back on my first Whole30 to remember all the feelings I felt when I started. I recalled posting to my friends on day 1, so I searched & found it.
I wrote the above post & comments four years ago in a private group to six of my closest friends. Back then, we were doing yoga at each other’s houses once a week, but I really showed up for the girls’ night & the drinks & food after the yoga. Other than my fam, I only told my yoga girls at first because I was pretty sure I’d never make it 30 days. Like truly felt it was 99% impossible to even think I could. I was an ill, beer-drinking, bread-loving, cheese-adoring, sugar-addicted, tofu-eating pescetarian. I hadn’t eaten meat in over 20 years. I really thought I was not the “kind of person” who could complete such a difficult challenge. But I was so desperate for relief, I committed to give it my best possible try & take it day by day.
Looking back now, I did change in many ways. I became someone focused on living well. I learned how to be kinder & more loving to myself. I developed some sweet kitchen skills & a passion for real food. I had energy like I’d never felt before. I prioritized my well-being & made choices from this new place of empowerment & understanding.
It’s also reassuring to be reminded that I am still the same person. I didn’t have to become a different person to create a new lifestyle & habits. When I sent this yesterday to my friend from the group, she replied, “And somehow you managed to stay your awesome self!” I could do it all along, I just had to believe in myself enough to take the first step & the support of my awesome friends really helped.
If you would’ve told me 4 years ago that I’d now be a Certified Whole30 Coach & yoga teacher, I would’ve found the idea 100% impossible to imagine. Whole30 & yoga have become a lifestyle for me, so sometimes I forget how far I had to come, how much work I had to do, to change my life.
This old post was a great reminder for me, so I wanted to share it in case it helps you. If there’s a change you want to make in your life, then commit to go for it. Declare it to your closest support system & ask them to be there for you (maybe with cleaner words than I did hahaha) & take the first step towards your goal. If you fall, be kind to yourself, focus on the lessons you can learn, and get back up to keep going. For real, if I can change my life, so can you.
I love sharing music so here’s a song to inspire you along the way: Van Morrison – Starting a New Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH8Oj2W7yeA