An unprocessed month: Halfway!

As of today, we’re halfway through our unprocessed month challenge. So far its going well. I have caved a couple of times and had my ibuprofen, tylenol and coke combo to fight evil migraines, but other than that, I’ve been staying strong. Its been easier than I thought it would be. The thing that has helped is to say “I don’t eat that” rather than “I can’t eat that”. I have the power to choose what I want to eat. If I wanted to eat processed food, I could, but I choose to eat things that are better for me instead.

I’m really proud of my husband, he’s been doing a great job! He’s popping in to tell you how its been going for him:

Half way through our one month clean eating pledge I am still on track.  I have experienced some ups and downs as I learn to manage my hectic schedule with a new style of eating.  I wish I could tell you that this is an easy process and anyone can do it.  Well, anyone can do it, but it does take planning and commitment.

My greatest challenge has been not preparing a lunch for myself or not packing enough food.  I work nights, so there are virtually no clean food options available during that time of day.  If I fail to prepare enough food or run out of time and do not pack a lunch, I find myself struggling to keep my commitment.  Last night was that night.  I failed to bring a lunch and was left with only the option of a veggie tray, with no dipping sauce, and some string cheese.  I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to hit up a drive through.  I managed to stay strong and it was a valuable lesson as to why you must prepare your food, especially if you work nights.

The only other thing I have found myself missing is desserts.  While we have prepared some of our own clean desserts, at my job people are constantly baking cupcakes or bringing in homemade candies.  From past experience I know they will taste amazing, but they aren’t good for me.  I have managed to ignore my desire, but I would be lying if I said I am not looking forward to next month when I can eat a few of those treats.

The good news is I have experienced many more positives than negatives.  I feel my energy levels rising, I am sleeping much better, have an improved mood and I am losing weight.  I enjoy working out by lifting weights and have been working towards competing in an amateur weight lifting competition.  While my strength has been increasing, I have found it hard to lose weight.  I’ve known my diet has always needed to improve and this month has given me the needed kick in the pants.  My workouts are better and I have lost four pounds in two weeks, which for me, is good.

I encourage those of you who are interested to take part in my wife’s weekly challenges and work your way up to a full month commitment.  Hopefully me sharing my mistakes and struggles will help make your month easier.

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