Hello June

The plus side to living by a lake?

These guys.

He was just chillin' in our driveway the other morning. No big deal. Normally I would have taken him back to the lake, but I figured that's probably where he came from and since he's a big one (and not a baby) he can find his way back if he pleases. And he's big enough to see if he goes into the middle of the road. It's the babies I worry about :( So I just let him be.

He made a bee-line for our shrubs, and started peeing along the way. I haven't seen him since but I think it would be awesome if he wanted to permanently take up residence in the landscaping. Hint hint, little turtle.

So, June 2nd.

There's always something about June that makes me think where has the year gone?! It always seems to sneak up on me or something. I guess since it's the 6th month so I feel like half of the year has already gone by (even though I guess that's technically not until the end of the month, but whatever) and summer starts in June and typically I feel like I've waited forevvverrr for summer to arrive. Although, this year? It's already in the 90's. I know I said that yesterday, but seriously. 90's. In June. We're in for a long summer.

I have declared June my month to STOP making excuses and putting things off -- I am going to do things I've been scared to do or thought I couldn't do or thought it was too late to do... there is no better time than now! If you're not happy with something in your life -- change it! Why wait 'til tomorrow? I would rather look back on my life and say Wow, I can't believe I did that! rather than I wish I had done that!

So first up -- I've been implementing my Paleo-ish "diet" this week. I decided to skip the cleansing diet altogether. Like I said before, I'm not a fan of "quick-fix" diets and although it was "medically based," I still felt like I was setting myself up for failure... only eating bananas all day? Really? Yeah, not really happening. Unless I could eat them in form of banana splits. I need sustenance.

So, Paleo. You've probably seen it popping up all over the blogosphere. At least I have. I haven't read the book, so I don't know the ins and outs of it, that's why I'm saying mine is Paleo-ish. I think the jist of it is you eat what the cavemen ate, because that's what our bodies were designed to digest... meat, fruits, veggies, nuts... basically whole foods... and cut out processed foods, dairy, and bread. This isn't a "do it for 15 days" diet... it's a lifestyle change. So that's what I'm doing. I'm trying to not eat anything that's packaged. So far this week I haven't had dairy or bread. I bought Almond Milk (it's dairy-free!) at the store and surprisingly, I like it!

I know I won't be perfect with this. I'm not saying I will never have dairy or bread or sweets, etc again. For example, this weekend is Morgan's 4th birthday and I already know I will eat some cake. Whatever. I will eat cake and I won't feel guilty about it. If I can stick to this MOST of the time, I think I will be very happy! I already feel much better about what I'm eating! (p.S. I have already lost 2 pounds!) :)

Sometimes when I research nutrition, I freak out.. there's so much to learn and I want to be as healthy as possible... and sometimes I'm like OMG I've eaten poorly for 24 years, it's too late to change now! But it's not too late now. And at least I haven't stuffed my face with Ding Dongs and Big Macs for 24 years. Just lots of processed food... more processed & un-healthy food than I realized (like a lot of that fat-free "healthy" stuff.. not really as healthy as I thought)... bread...dairy.... and not that giving up bread and dairy is right for everyone. It might not even be right for me. But I have decided to try this for 30 days (the month of June) and evaluate how I feel at the end of the month.

Secondly -- sometimes I toy with the idea of going back to school.... even though I've only been out for a semester. And sometimes I wish I had gone a different route originally and I feel like it's too late now (do you spot a theme here?) But it's not too late now! So I am making preparations to go back to school. We will see how this goes.

So my goals for June --
  • follow my Paleo-ish diet lifestyle for 30 days, then re-evaluate
  • figure out a plan for school and DO IT
  • begin training for a MARATHON (yikes -- this scares the bejeezies out of me!)
Those are my 3 major goals. I have a couple other exciting things planned for this month, too! Stay tuned!

What are you going to do this month to better yourself?!

Let's do this!!!

Lynnlife, paleo2 Comments