We are bit late announcing this, but today marks the 1 year birthday of our website. When we first decided to start blogging about our meals, we made a commitment to ourselves, and each other that this was going to be our “way of life” for good. This was something that we discussed with each other that was empowering, as well as inspiring to us. We wanted to use ourselves, a young (and new) couple, as a source of inspiration to others looking to create healthy changes in their lives. Bill and I had only been dating for two months when we started this website, and within those two months we had already set the ground work for a long and healthy relationship, full of support, commitment, honesty, and love. All of those things we wanted to share with others through our recipes. We wanted to show that it is possible to be 20-something, and to have health be the number one priority in your relationship not just with yourself, but with each other as well. Now of course we wanted to reach out to everyone, all ages, in all circumstances, to provide inspiration for healthy eating and living, and we hope that we have accomplished that.
Today marks one year. The best year of my life (and I think Bill would agree, but he’s off playing the drums somewhere so I am only speaking for myself. Yes, I was a bad girlfriend and had to work tonight instead of going to see my drummer man in action. Sad face.). Anyway, best year of my life. I have whole heartedly embraced this lifestyle, and I am constantly learning, and growing through the whole process (Bill is as well). I almost do not remember the old me. The single me, who ate grains and didn’t eat beef (gasp!). Anyway, this has been, and is continuing to be a journey that I love and appreciate, and I am even more grateful that I get to share it all with my best friend. However, before you start thinking that I shit rainbows all day long, I will add that not all days are easy. Some, like today, are rough. I still have insecurities. I still have days when I struggle with my eating. I still have days when I get depressed, and I still have days when I’m stressed out. This is life. It is being human. It sucks, but it’s real.
Today was one of those days. The one year mark of our blog, and you’d think we’d be celebrating. Instead, I had a frown plastered on my face, a wrinkle between my eyebrows, and tears waiting to escape my eyes at any given moment. The past few months have been great, but rough for us. We have been extremely busy, stressed out, and not getting enough sleep. Not to mention our diets have been slacking. Now, by slacking I mean some alcohol here or there at family gatherings, dark chocolate that may or may not be 72 percent or higher, too much dried fruit, too much snacking, and we may or may not have indulged in dark chocolate topped with kerrygold cheese (Sound weird? Take our word for it and do not try it. It is amazing and you will hate us forever for turning you onto it. For real.).
So today was a meltdown for me. I was feeling frustrated with my eating, frustrated with the poor sleep I have been getting, and stressed about all the work that we have yet to finish in a short period of time. I was a mess, to say the least. Somehow, I don’t know how, but somehow, my wonderful boyfriend always knows when to swoop in and bring me back to reality from my little world of self destruction. I can’t exactly describe the feeling of being in my head, over analyzing everything about myself, feeling awful, and being incredibly hard on myself, and then out of nowhere I hear, “I love you.”. The feeling I can’t describe is the amazement that someone can love me unconditionally, and announce it to me, right at the moment when I am thinking so poorly of myself. That was today. When I finally was ready to open up and let go of the negativity I was holding onto, my knight in shining “i don’t eat crap” shirt swooped in with the perfect hug to take it all away. Being the wonderful, supportive, and loving man that he his, he got out a pen and paper, and wrote down our “plan of attack” for the next month to get our health back on track. And finally, I come to the real purpose of this post…
Bill and I are going to spend the month of July implementing as much of the Paleo/Primal lifestyle into our lives that we can. We are spending this month getting back to basics, and really focusing on good quality sleep, lots of water, lots of sunlight, as well as continuing with our efficient workouts. With that in mind, we want to invite you all to join us!
This isn’t a typical “30 day challenge”. It’s a chance to really take on accomplishing goals you may have set for yourself, but haven’t yet gotten around to really putting some serious effort into. That may be focusing on sleep, playing with your kids more, cutting out caffeine, drinking more water, ditching the shampoo (or deodorant!), washing your face with oil, getting more sunlight, sprinting once a week, lifting heavy, or kicking grains for good. We will be posting our progress to our Facebook page, and we hope you do as well. Comments, pictures of meals, bad hair days, sore muscles, sunburn (hopefully not!), all are welcome to share on our Facebook page. We encourage you to!
Here is a sneak peak of what July will look like for us:
Meals: 3 meals, plus snacks(if desired). Each meal containing quality protein, green(mostly) vegetables, and some fat. We will be mindful of portion sizes, but not obsess over it. The eating times we are shooting for are 10 am, 2 pm, and 6 pm for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Sleep: 8 + hours a night (this is huge for us since we are always up late working).
Exercise: HIIT workouts 3 times a week in the gym or outside (crossfit style, sprints, etc). The rest of the week is walking and playing as much as we can outside.
I (Hayley) have been doing well with the “no-poo” and am going to continue that to see how it goes for the month. I’m really curious to see how my hair adjusts to it all. OCM is going well, and I’m slowly but surely figuring out what home made science experiment will work well to replace my all natural deodorant. Paleo body care all the way!
Here is to a month (and more!) of whole body health. Who is joining in with us?