Can I get a hallelujah??

Can I get an Amen?

I am ALMOST there.

*Insert Excited Face from favorite movie*


I made it. I have shared pretty much every interesting and new recipe I tried. Here is how I survived…

I had 2 cordial cherries the day before I started. {Don’t judge me- it was cordial cherries or death} My point is– I didn’t follow it 100% the way you are supposed to. I did excellent 99.2% of the time. I may have had a few accidental rule breaks at restaurants but those I cannot control. I did what I was supposed to to the best of my ability. Except the cordial cherries. Oh and that one Dr Pepper. I don’t even drink cokes BUT I had a migraine. It would not go away and I know that for some reason coke helps. I didn’t drink it all though… I PROMISE! My point– do what you can and don’t freak out if you mess up. Move on.

I pretty much cooked what I normally would cook only I modified mine somehow. I’ve said this before but just do what you would normally do. Grill the burgers, make the spaghetti, make the tacos… just use lettuce instead of noodles, or forgo anything but the spaghetti sauce and meatballs. It won’t kill you. It was pretty easy.

I ate lots of snacks! Almonds, pistachios, apples, unsweetened applesauce, lunch meat rolled up… HAVE SNACKS! That’s the HARD part! You gotta eat and if you don’t have a snack handy you will break.

Plan ahead. If you don’t plan ahead then forget it. You can’t just hop in the car for a 3 hour drive and not have an apple in your purse. Or some almonds handy. Whatever it is you gotta be ready for it.

I didn’t give it much thought. What I mean is– I didn’t stew over whether or not to try the Whole 30 for some crazy amount of time. I made up my mind I was going to do it and started it the first day I was home from vacation. Done. Just do it! I jumped in before I went to the store and had bought all I needed. JUST DO IT! If I had spent time deciding when to start it there would have been a MILLION reasons to put it off.

“I can’t start next Monday because we are having dinner with friends that night”

“Can’t start tomorrow because i’m the one in charge of bringing muffins for brunch”

The EXCUSES will kill you. Just. Do. It.

Or don’t.

I don’t know that I lost any weight. If you are wanting to try the Whole 30 to lose weight then get on Weight Watchers. This is NOT about that. Now, that being said, I have read of lots of women who lost weight and may I say “YOU GO GIRL!!!” but for me– I already eat relatively healthy so there wasn’t a MAJOR change here except giving up dairy. {As I type this my mouth is watering– come on Sunday!! I am gonna eat a whole tub of yogurt} What I DID notice was my stomach was not messed up in the evenings as usual. I had more regular bowel movements. [TMI- but that’s ok..right?!?] I never felt “stuffed”, yet I always felt satisfied. [I’m using past tense as if I don’t have 4 more days…]

It’s worth it. Give it a shot. Or don’t? Do what works for YOU! I’m here if you need advice or tips or encouragement. I will do it again one day. But it will be a LONG time from now…

For now,