Well world, this is me (and my thighs).
From a young age, I have absolutely despised my thighs. With an undying passion.
They jiggle, are prone to rubbing up against one another uncomfortably in the heat, and just generally make me cringe when I see them. This year was the first time I ever felt brave enough to wear a swimsuit WITHOUT WEARING SWIM SHORTS OVER THE BOTTOMS.
So sharing this picture with the greater interwebs is the scariest thing I've done all day.
I know that in the grand scheme of things, my thighs should really be the least of my worries. I mean, there are so many other bits of my mind, body and soul that I could direct my self-hate towards, yet for some reason my inner voice chooses to focus on my thighs.
I have spent entire days in bed, too ashamed of my jiggliest bits to dare clothing them and parading them around town.
This summer I decided, no more. My body is something to be loved, respected, well-fed and clothed however I damn-well please. It's the summer of jiggly-love, however painful that may be. BUT, part of loving oneself is doing things that will make oneself feel happy, both inside and out. And at the moment, as much as I would like to turn off that little voice in my head that seems to desperately hate my thighs, I'm not happy with my appearance. So after much (essentially none) research and consideration, I've decided to do a WHOLE30.
Here's the basics:
For 30 days I will: Eat moderate portions of meat, seafood, and eggs; lots of vegetables; some fruit; plenty of natural fats; and herbs, spices, and seasonings. Foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they're whole and unprocessed. I will eat 3 meals a day, no snacking and NO CHEAT DAYS.
I wont: Eat dairy, grains, legumes, added sugar/sweetener, or processed foods. I won't consume alcohol.
I'm going into this with the expectation that it will be difficult. I am, afterall, in Switzerland – the motherland of cheese, bread and chocolate. I take care of children who absolutely adore their daily ice cream. And I certainly won't be making these kids eat like me, so I will have to be content with my measly meals, stripped of all things tasty, as they enjoy their tasty goods. So why am I doing this and why now?
The WHOLE30 is meant to "change your life" (as stated on their home page). Lift your energy levels, boost your metabolism, change the way you view food, and yes -help you become healthier. Weight loss typically occurs. I won't lie – I would be content to shed a few pounds. But mostly, I'm in it for the energy. By the end of my workday I often find myself exhausted, no energy to workout. I'm hoping that if I have this extra energy, I will be more motivated to get back in shape and get rid of the jiggly thighs, for once and for all.
As I prepare for bed, my stomach already angrily rumbling at me for not feeding him (yes my stomach is a man) his midnight snack, I can more or less guarantee that the next 30 days are going to be at times excruciatingly difficult. But I've got this gut feeling (and my gut is so rarely wrong) that I'm going to come out the other end feeling lighter, sharper, and more in control of own thoughts.
So, dear 13 followers – wish me luck! Stick around for the ride and I promise to provide you with some excellent Hangry Humour.