As I mentioned in the facebook group, you will need a journal for this challenge. Just a spiral notebook, a doc on your laptop, an app on your phone, or a beautiful journal, whatever makes you happy!
I encourage you to take a little quiet time for yourself. Get up a little earlier or stay up a little later if need be. However you can fit it in, grab a warm cuppa something and take a few minutes to write out your responses.
I think it's very important to take stock of where you're starting. How have you been feeling lately? Emotionally, physically, and mentally. Take a few moments and just take inventory in all three areas. We often don't realize just how much certain foods and our eating habits in general affect us.
Take note of everything you can think of. Revisit this journal entry if you think of other things to add. How are your energy levels? How is your sleep? How is your hairand skin? Your joints? How are your workouts going? How's your sex drive and your stress levels? How about your relationship with food? Are you comfort eating, binge eating, compulsive eating, self-medicating with food, not eating enough, eating past full... Do you have any aches, pains, or headaches going on consistently? Are you mostly happy, sad, mad, scared...
Now, I'm not saying this challenge is going to 'cure' anything, but I think it's important to take a hard look at where we are right now. It's amazing what we live with on a daily basis and often barely notice it anymore. By writing it all out you will have something to look back on at the end of the challenge and really see what has improved and what may have been food-connected.
Also, take your weight and measurements. I recommend doing this only once and then again at the end of the challenge. Try to stay off the scale if you can!
One rule for this: no negative self-talk here. No putting yourself down. This is just an honest assessment. Keep it positive and self-loving. :)
What's your why? Why do you want to succeed with this 30 days of clean Paleo? Take a few minutes to write out every reason you can think of.
Make a Challenge To-Do List
Now make your to-do list!
What do you need to do to get ready? Do you need to clear out junk food from your house? (Even if your family isn't on board I encourage you to clear out any foods that are especially tempting to you, trigger foods, etc.) Do you need to go shopping? Gather recipes? Ask your friends and family for support?
List out everything you need to do to set yourself up for success and then go!!
Leave a comment in the FB group when you've completed this! That's just for accountability. This journal is for you. No need to share any part of it with the group unless there is something you'd like to discuss in the private Facebook group. This is about taking care of you.
**Journal Entry #2