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FitViews 30-Day Paleo Challenge Journal Prompt #1

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.

Take Inventory

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

FitViews 30-Day Paleo Challenge Intro (Start Here!)

If you want to try Paleo for the first time, to clean-up your already Paleo diet, or for any other reason want to do 30 days of strict Paleo this is the challenge for you!

Join me for the FitViews 30-Day Paleo Challenge. 

The first challenge will start October 1st. The next challenge won't be until January, so consider joining us now and getting back on track before the holidays. Additional dates will be added to this post in 2015.

The Rules

This is strict (I prefer clean) Paleo, so that means: no dairy, no sugar, no sweeteners, no soy, no grains, no legumes, no white potatoes, no dried fruit, no alcohol, no Paleo 'bread' or 'treat' concoctions, and no excess caffeine. 

30 days. No cheat days. No cheat meals.

You ready?

Recommended reading:
My post on What is Paleo?
It Starts With Food.

It may sound tough, but I believe you'll find it completely worth it! You can't imagine how you'll feel at the end of it. Give it a shot. You deserve this.

The best part of being part of this challenge? You'll have the support and encouragement of a group. Plus, as someone who has been Paleo for 3 years, I'll be there to answer any questions and guide you all along the way.

Please Note: I am not a nutritionist, doctor, or any kind of health professional and I am not trying to play one on the internet. What I offer is simply my opinion and experiences with Paleo.

Yes, this challenge is completely free. I am not trying to sell you anything (nor will anyone else in the challenge).

Join the challenge! 

I will be posting challenge posts here on FitViews and adding the links below as I do. I have also started a private facebook group for challenge members. It seems the best way to interact, support, and encourage each other through the 30 days. If you'd like to join please friend me on facebook and ask to be added to the Paleo Challenge group. Please just write on my wall, I'm terrible at answering private messages and don't want to miss anyone! Once you've been added to the group please read the pinned post at the top of the page for the rules and guidelines for the group. (As I mentioned above there is absolutely no selling or self-promotion allowed in the group.)

Who's in? 
Questions? Leave them below!

**More Challenge Posts:

First Journal Prompt

Second Journal Prompt

30 Day Paleo Challenge UPDATE

I fell off the internets.

Life is so crazy (good) right now.

We took a trip to California.

Fingers crossed we'll be moving there soon!

I will be doing the 30 day strict Paleo challenge. With all the craziness I have going on right know I know I need it. Huge thanks to all that left comments, connected with me on social media, and emailed me about it!

Right now I'm working on getting things ready for it. I'll post info the next couple of weeks and am hoping to start the challenge October 1st-ish. 

Stay tuned!