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It Starts with Me

I am moving into my last few days of Whole 30 – today is Day 28!!!!  Even though this is my third time doing it, this is the first time I have read the book “It Starts with Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig.  (The link to buy it is at the end of this blog or you can also get it at the library.)


The basic premise is that many of your physical AND mental ailments can be alleviated by REAL, WHOLE foods.  Nothing processed.  Nothing with dyes, preservatives, added chemicals, etc.

It’s simple really.  What you put into your body affects every part of your body – from your emotions to your hormones to your mood to your organs to your blood to your microscopic cells.

It makes sense, then, that it starts with food – with what you choose to put into your mouth.  It starts with that very first bite.

The previous  two times I did the Whole 30 it was for the challenge…for the thrill of completing that last day…for the mental strength it took to say no to the birthday cake at parties, the buttery bread rolls at the restaurants and the Mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks (“No thanks, just a black coffee for me.  And no, I don’t need room for cream”).

But I’ll be honest with you, that wasn’t the reason I did it this time.  This time, I did it because moving across an ocean, to Germany, has really kicked my butt.  I started eating junk.  I mean, like serious junk – cookies, muffins, bagels, crackers…that kind of thing.

I also dropped my exercise routine – ya know, the one where I was working out 6 days a week and feeling SUPER good – strong and confident.

I knew that eating that crap was making me feel like, well….crap….but it was super hard to stop.  I also knew that not exercising was making me feel like crap.

I needed a really good kick in the pants.  I needed to get my act together – to find my energy again, my motivation, my WHY.  I needed my mood to improve and FAST because taking care of three little kids by myself in a foreign country while my husband travels every month is NO joke.

And…there it is…my WHY – it’s my kids…it’s my husband…it’s my family.

So, you see?  It starts with ME.


whole 30 me

If I want things to change, I have to be the one to do it.

And thus…I started the Whole 30…yet again…because I know that it does all of those things – boosts your mood, your energy, helps you sleep and cleans out your system.  (Losing the last few pounds of the baby weight was just an added bonus)

Just as it starts with ME, it also starts with YOU.

What do YOU need to change?

What do YOU need to do to help yourself?  To be the best version of YOU that you can be?

It starts with ME…and now I want it to start with YOU.

I am going to provide you with some links where you can get more information AND I am going to include a few of my favorite Whole 30 recipes  BUT first –  I’d like to ask you to SHARE this blog post and comment on it!  I want to hear from you!

Links for more information:

The Whole30® Program


My Favorite Recipes:




Shame On Me

Shame on me.

Shame…shame…shame on me.


As I sit here and write this, I’m shaking my head at myself because I know better.  I really do.  And yet…

And yet…

I still had to learn the hard way.  Or, should I say – I had to remind myself the hard way.

Let me explain.

It is easy to get caught up in the hype of new trends-especially diet trends…especially when one of your guilty pleasures is scrolling through Pinterest.  And then there’s Facebook too.  You know what I mean?

And it seems like everyone is posting their before and after pictures and photos of their  food they are eating and it looks delicious and they are posting new recipes and they are talking about this new product they are using and they feel amazing and they have lost all the baby weight and if you just try it you can feel and look that way too.

I’m talking about ketones and the Keto diet.  (Google it if you aren’t sure what I am talking about)

Now, before I go any further, I would just like to say that I am not, in anyway, bashing these products, the people who take them or sell them.  That’s not my intention at all.  They seem to really work for some people.  Some people seem to be getting great results and that is awesome!

I am just sharing my experience, what I’ve learned and how it affected ME.

So…I decided to give it a go (even though my husband told me not to.  I rarely listen to him the first time around).

I was so excited when the ketone supplements came in the mail!  I ripped open the package and immediately made myself a ketone drink.

I was so ready to feel the surge of energy and the mental clarity that so many raved about.  I was ready to lose the last 10 lbs of baby weight that just seems to be hanging on no matter what I do.

BUT guess what?  I ended up feeling like crap.  Like serious crap.  I was nauseous, couldn’t think straight, had a pounding headache and was completely exhausted.  I was so exhausted that I sat my kid in front of the TV (which I hardly ever do) and took a nap because I just couldn’t function.

My friend said I was  probably just dehydrated since ketones are a diuretic.

“Okay,” I thought.  “I’ll try again.  Maybe I need to drink more water.  Maybe I need some salt.  Maybe it’s just my body adjusting to this new stuff.”

Day 2 – I still felt like absolute sh*t.  My brain was all foggy.  I had no energy.  It was hard to eat because I was nauseous.  It was SO hard to take care of my kids.  I thought – I probably shouldn’t even be driving them around right now.

My friend gave me some more suggestions about what I needed to do while I adjusted… but I just couldn’t. I didn’t make it to Day 3.   I couldn’t go another day feeling like that.

And just like that – I learned my lesson.  AGAIN.  Because I already knew better.


Yes, I am a BeachBody coach.  Yes, I talk about eating clean and healthy and drinking Shakeology and exercising.  Yes, I tried Ketones because I thought they could give me an extra boost.

BUT guess what???  There are NO quick fixes!  There is NOTHING out there that can do what healthy eating and exercise can do.

This is my third kid.  It will take me longer to lose the rest of the weight.  It will take me longer to get my body back.

I have to be patient.  I have to be KIND to myself.  I have to REMEMBER that eventually, it will come – the results I want…the results that I have been working hard for…they WILL come.