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My Whole30 Experience: Days 1-5

First off- why Whole30?

I’ve been a pretty healthy eater for about 3 years now. I work out 6 days a week and am overall happy with where I am physically. I eat fast food maybe twice a year, indulge in a soda every couple months, and try to limit my pizza intake to very rare occasions. I’m NOT one of those girls who can eat bread and cheese and pasta every day and stay looking fit, even with my level of exercise. It ain’t gonna happen. 

But even though I thought of myself as a pretty healthy eater, I knew that I wasn’t getting the proper amount of vegetables and healthy foods in my diet. I was good at cutting things out, but not so good at putting them in.  And let’s not even get started on alcohol…

Better yet, let’s do. My husband and I loooooove an after dinner cocktail. It’s our hobby! And we have a blast. There’s nothing I love more than plopping down on the couch with him, under a blanket, sipping my vodka/soda/lime, and watching The Office. But why did I feel the need to do that after every dinner? (Because it’s fun! That’s why! But it’s not healthy…and not so fun every morning.)

Cut to Whole30. I’d been hearing about it from friends for awhile and had done a little research. No dairy, no grains, no added sugar, no alcohol. Okay. I can do this. Then I started reading a little bit further. It’s not really about cutting things out (although you do that), it’s about changing your meal patterns and your relationship with food. 

For a long time, I thought I had a great relationship with food, and that’s because it used to be much worse. Back in college and a few years after, I had little to no control, and I think that largely had to do with my lack of exercise. These days, I know when to stop eating, but I’ll be the first person to grab a few handfuls of tortilla chips or melt some cheese on something when I run in the house starving.

Whole30 focuses on eating specific types of meals, three times a day. (More if you exercise.) Without snacking. You fill up on the right types of foods during mealtime, so you don’t need to snack. I’m not an expert, so I’ll leave it to you to research the specifics of Whole30, but I do want to share my victories with you, just in case you decide to take the plunge and try it yourself.

So I’ve decided to share my experience as well as my NSVs (Non-Scale Victories) every five days. I’m on Day 5 now. Here we go:

Day 1: Woke up feeling charged and ready to go. Shopped for groceries and meal prepped for the week. Dinner: Buffalo Chicken Casserole (SO GOOD.) Tip: Cut up all your veggies on Sunday and put them in tupperware so you can just grab at mealtime. Hard boil eggs. Crockpot lots of chicken breasts.

Day 2: Woke up with a major headache. Looking back, I think it was a sugar withdrawal. Disappeared by the end of the day. Felt great at night! Dinner: Spaghetti Squash with Whole30 compliant Marina and Homemade Turkey Meatballs. Drank kombucha in a wine glass!

Day 3: Another major headache. It only lasted through the morning! I was kind of grumpy after dinner. I think it’s because I usually have a drink or a snack to look forward to and now I don’t. Realizing my emotional connection to after-dinner treats runs strong. Looking forward to kicking that habit! Dinner: Steak, roasted baby potatoes, roasted asparagus. 

Day 4: No headache! Yay! I was great all throughout the day and then my dragon came to play before dinner. My poor husband. I never knew the true definition of hangry until today! I was soooo determined not to go to bed hungry that I added diced, roasted sweet potato to my dinner on a whim. It worked! Went to bed (at 9:30pm, lol) full. Dinner: Steak fajitas (no tortilla) and roasted sweet potato.

Day 5: Woke up today feeling pretty great. I had a big breakfast and lunch and am currently sipping my black iced coffee! Sidenote: iced coffee currently gets me through the afternoon snack time. I hope by the end of the month, I don’t need it. Dinner tonight: Boneless Buffalo Chicken Bites, homemade roasted potato fries, raw broccoli, carrots, celery and Whole30 compliant Tessamae’s Ranch. 

NSVs: My dry, dry, dry skin is only a little dry right now! My face is barely peeling. Someone told me today they noticed my skin was better. I have SO much more energy when I teach Pure Barre. I almost fell over today after the thigh section because my energy level was so high. Ha! I’m already less bloated. I notice that my lululemon pants fit better. I bet I’ve lost a couple pounds, even though I don’t really weigh myself. I see more tone in my arms and abs. I’m getting more sleep.17194079_10101267557157758_730999981_o

FYI: For lunches and breakfasts, I stuck to the Whole30 recommendation of a protein (egg, compliant sausage, chicken, salmon, meatballs, etc), a fat (avocado, guac, olives, ghee, olive oil), and tons of veggies. The Tessamae’s Ranch came in very handy with raw veggies! I also ate a lot of leftover dinner meals and used hardboiled eggs and the turkey meatballs for my pre and post workout protein.  La Croix and kombucha have been great at night when I feel like I need a fun drink. Hoping to kick the kombucha desire at night and stick with La Croix only, for the most part. That’s it for now! I’m going to post my day summaries, recipes, and NSVs every five days. Feel free to reach out to me personally if you have more specific questions.

xoxo,

Shayla

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Buh-Bye, Bridezilla.

It’s true. After my family threw me a beautiful shower, full of genuine love, I had a full-on panic attack. You can ask my maid of honor. I was ashamed to admit it to my mom, especially, but the entire two hours of gifts, and love, and games, I was tortured with thoughts of uncertainty: Are the guests happy? Am I funny enough? Are they bored? Have I thanked people enough? Do they really love me? 

And then it hit me: I’m going to ruin my wedding day for myself, my future husband, and all the people I love, if I don’t do something about my anxiety.

You see, wedding planning, or anything else for that matter, didn’t cause my anxiety. I did.

When I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, I realized that if I didn’t give my opinion, my friends wouldn’t be mad at me. The second I stuck up for something or said how I truly felt, inevitably, one of my friends would get mad.

“Well, easy. I just won’t be my full self.”

And that’s where it began. Since then, I’ve constantly worried about my life and what other people thought of it. I have told myself that if I am truly honest and truly vulnerable, that other people won’t like me.

The uncertainty about how other people will feel on my wedding day has been my focus. But the reality that I might ruin one of the most special days of my life has created a shift in me: I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.

As the universe would have it, I ran into a woman named Dr. Kay Corpus. She’s using a holistic, integrative approach to help me get to the bottom of my anxiety and figure out what’s really going on.

I’ve made a lot of progress in our first two sessions, and as the wedding day approaches, I’m feeling calmer and calmer, which I think is a good sign.

I wrote this blog simply to tell you that if you have anxiety, if you fear the unknown, if you worry about what other people think, if you have thoughts that make your back hurt, your chest tight, or give you headaches…YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

You have the power to change your life. You have the power to set yourself free. It’s what I’m attempting to do right now, so that I can open myself up to a peaceful, fulfilled, authentic existence.

My wedding day is going to be a beautiful, uplifting, spiritual day, full of the love that Nick and I share. And it will be, because I will resonate those things from the inside-out.

I hope you’ll reach out to me if any of this resonated with you. Anxiety can be a very isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be.

Lots of love,

Shayla

PS. While you’re planning the gorgeous details of your fabulous wedding, don’t forget to focus on the gorgeous details of your fabulous inner-being. 😉

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Life Hack: Make Space for Greatness

Recently, I did work for someone over the course of about 5 weeks and didn’t get paid for it. In fact, the person told me he doesn’t have the money to pay me at all or ever.

Upon hearing this, I was infuriated. It felt wrong. It felt bad. I was pissed.

We all encounter situations that are Less-Than-Desirable. It’s not what we planned; it’s inconvenient. It throws us off our alignment and balance. It’s part of our human experience.

But the above mentioned experience taught me that I can look at a Less-Than-Desirable circumstance and let it help me create a vision for What It Is That I Want.

When I chose to “let go” of that job and the fearful thoughts I had about losing payment, I created space for something more desirable. I made a conscious choice to say out loud, “the money will replace itself” and “money finds me.” They are affirmations that have served me well over the years, and I trust them, which is what makes them work.

Within 48 hours, I found out that I had a lump sum of money coming to me from an unexpected source that was over half  of what I was owed by my previous employer. Not only that, I was unexpectedly offered another gig. And I have ZERO doubt that the rest of the money will be made up shortly, with no extra effort needed on my part.

It’s really incredible what can happen if you simply let go of thoughts or circumstances that aren’t serving you, and create a space for what does. That takes a lot of trust, I know, especially when it’s a source of income. But I firmly believe the things you REALLY want lie in the space that is currently occupied by the things you don’t.

One of my favorite things to do is look for evidence in my day-to-day life that proves that the more I trust it, the more the universe supports me. Have you ever decided to trust and let go? Were you taken care of? I’d love to know.

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I NEED to stop saying this.

I NEED a new car.

I NEED to find a partner.

I NEED to make more money.

I NEED to workout tomorrow.

We all NEED so much these days, don’t we? I know I do.

But guess what? The more we repeat that mantra to ourselves, the more we acknoledge our lack of.  Repeating that simple word over and over throughout the day sucks the energy right out of our intentions. We’re actually less likely to make that thing happen because we’re recognizing and affirming our void.

You may NEED to get to the gym next week, but what if you started telling your friends that you are EXCITED to get back to your workout routine? What if you said you will really ENJOY eating fresh fruit for breakfast tomorrow morning? Maybe you are feeling GIDDY about the possibility of meeting someone new this week. What if you found it THRILLING to imagine finding a job that allows you to travel and afford to buy groceries for a stranger whenever you want?

It may feel funny and fake at first, but if you continue to retrain your thought patterns, you might notice you start to really believe the positive affirmation. 

TRY IT: 

Fill in the blank and say out loud: I NEED __________.

Repeat that 10 times.

Now rephrase: I’m so EXCITED to ____________.

Repeat that 10 times.

Did you immediately feel like what you want is more possible?

What is that you are EXCITED to accomplish this week?

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Accept Uncertainty!

Do you ever get that feeling? You know the one. You wake up and all of a sudden there’s something heavy in your heart. You can’t focus. There is just something wrong. You are worried about something. 

Most likely that something is nothing more than uncertainty. What will happen with my career? Can what I love be taken from me? Am I enough? The defining factor here being that NOTHING has gone wrong, but we’re spending entire lifetimes worrying about it!

The best way to move past this feeling is to surrender to it. Yup, I said it. You gotta give in! You don’t know what’s going to happen next month or next year, but you can search for the goodness in what you know now. What makes you feel good when you think about it? What delicious things are you absolutely sure about? When we learn to deeply accept that we can’t control the outcome, we are freed. We are free to enjoy what we have and the mystery of life that is unfolding before us. It’s exciting, isn’t it?? What will happen tomorrow? Who will you meet? You have so much life to live! When we stop viewing life as something we need to figure out and instead begin to appreciate the journey, the weight is lifted.

I choose today to focus on TODAY! I am going to live in my happiness and choose thoughts that make me feel fabulous. Will you?

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