I finished the Whole30!

I did it! Thirty days – and only two or three slips (all of those were for peanut butter), so I’m very proud of myself! The experience was great and I have felt wonderful, even in the last two days I have noticed that I’m feeling tired or out of it and I know it must be because of the sugar that’s back in my system – time to fix that, right?

I lost a total of eight pounds – this is less than I wanted but I know that I ate way too much fruit in comparison to everything else. During the month of December I was eating clean but not quite up to the Whole30 standards (especially with the holidays), but I’ve lost a total of twenty pounds since November! This is something I am very, very proud of. I have also begun running and my good friend Niki is going to the gym with me two or three times a week and creating a work out plan for me (she’s a college swimmer and is having SO much fun getting me into shape). I’ve been sore but it’s worth it!

I’m planning on sticking basically to the Whole30 guidelines now – so I guess we would say a paleo diet. Dairy isn’t doing well for me and neither is gluten, so I think that’s the best decision! My mom and sister are continuing to do this with me, and I’m enlisting a good friend at school to try out the Whole30 – handing her my copy of It Starts With Food tonight!

I hope that everyone here is doing well and any goals that you made at the beginning of the year will continue to be met!

xoxo Alexandria

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today

marks fifteen days successfully following the Whole30 and my first week back on campus this year.

things I’m excited about:

  • actually maintaining the Whole30 guidelines on a college campus and in a college cafeteria
  • my classes. they’re going to be great this semester
  • eating dried fruit. I had never been a fan but these days I cannot get enough
  • February 2, when I will be going to notjustcoffee and getting a latte
  • the fact that I have nothing to do on Monday
  • my friends
  • finishing the show Friends (one season left!)

the Whole30 has been difficult but as I’ve gotten more and more into it, it has become easier. I don’t have to think twice about denying sweets or things I usually would accept in a moment, and I don’t miss bread at all or feel like I’m missing out on anything (except for chocolate and lattes). this leads me to believe that I will be able to continue with this lifestyle on a less strict scale in the future. I feel better about myself, I feel healthier, and others have noticed as well. mainly I am proud of myself and my accomplishments over the last fifteen days. if you have any questions about Whole30 or have participated yourself, please talk to me! I’d love it.

xoxo, Alexandria

ps I love Ross and Rachel with my whole heart

okay, 2015

here’s my list for 2015, or let’s just say second semester:

  • learn to play the guitar (I took beginning guitar last spring for my art credit, but sadly I didn’t devote the practice time and subsequently learned very very little) and sing more
  • read books! I don’t do this at school, but I know I need to take time simply to myself and that reading is the best way
  • pick a church and become involved – probably with the youth group!
  • stop drinking soda (I have a bad bad bad coke zero addiction)
  • do a Whole30 (starting at the beginning of January) and afterwards, maintain a 90% paleo diet (unless if I don’t feel as good after as I think I’m going to. but I feel like I’m gonna wanna stick with it, based off of what I have learned so far)
  • more activity – I am devoting myself to either working out at a class at my school gym, running (shockingly, I really enjoy running once I get back into the groove), or simply a long walk outside around school (the neighborhood is gorgeous – one of the best in NC)
  • memorize a Bible verse every week – my knowledge from my Christian school upbringing is fading fast
  • keep up a steady devotion – with a partner (Niki wants to so it’s going to work out well for us)
  • continue to pray for everyone in my life and write it down – thinking through my prayers for my family, close friends, and personal situations and writing them always gives me a lot of peace and it is really, really great to go back to my prayers from weeks or months past and reflect on what happened and where my heart was when I prayed that prayer
  • finally, BE NICE TO PEOPLE. I am typically considered a very very nice person and 90% of the time, that is the adjective used to describe me. this, I think has resulted in me sometimes being kind simply because it’s expected of me at this point – not because my heart is in it as much as it should be