Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Whole23 and 30 days of no alcohol

The ever so lovely and straight-forward, no bullshitting Norma is doing a Whole30 starting on May 1st.

Wonderful news for me, since I planned to get back to paleo on May 1st, as well! It is always nice to have a support system.

I didn't want to do the Whole30 since it doesn't allow alcohol (wah!) and I do like a drink or two. But Norma so kindly told me to "woman up!" and go thirty days without alcohol.

I am going to jump right in and do it RIGHT NOW - no alcohol for 30 days. Which frees me up for Memorial Day weekend where Chris and I are having a romantic mountain weekend full of hiking, sleeping in lean-tos, AND a fancy dinner or two in nearby towns to celebrate becoming Adirondack 46ers. I will feel no shame about having my first drink in a month on that weekend.

So here we go.

April 22nd - May 23rd: NO ALCOHOL

May 1st - May 23rd: Abbreviated Whole30 (23!)

May 1st - ???: go back to living 95% or more paleo!

I am pretty excited. I've got a wedding dress fitting on July 7th. A month of no alcohol and strict paleo will get me back into the good habits I had last summer. And then I can easily maintain my goal of under 125 for the wedding dress :)

Also, the next big step will be once I HAVE gotten fitted for the dress, I then have to strictly maintain that weight for two months until my wedding. So lots of really good motivators for me (vanity is a huge motivator for me - my health is REALLY great right now, so I feel no shame in saying that, hahaha).

So yay! Yesterday was day 1 with no alcohol - and I was tempted because our new roommate offered to mix up cocktails. Chris and he had one and I declined, just sitting and talking about his trip. Day 1 - win. Day 2 will also be a win. :D 

The new roommate is getting settled in and used to our huuuuge and rough-housing dog, heh.

Okay, I slept late, got to get on the move with breakfast and dog walking and errands before work!

Namaste, my friends.


  1. I might join you guys on this. My challenge would be to get rid of almond butter and eat more raw veggies for 30 days. Almond butter has been creeping in more and more often the last couple of weeks and is not a good snack choice for me. I also tend to cook most of my veggies, which is fine, but I know that I'm losing some of the nutrients of raw veggies. And without almond butter to snack on, maybe I would crunch on more celery or something. :)

    Giving up alcohol was a pain in the ass for me at first, but now I'm at the point where I don't miss it at all. I was even at a CrossFit party the other day and everyone was drinking. I was having a fine & dandy time without it, so I skipped. This is coming from the girl who used to have a cocktail or a glass of wine (or several) nightly. You can do it!

  2. I had mostly abstained from alcohol for a while, but doing the Whole30 and have it be an absolute no-no is interesting. I really wanted a beer this weekend after doing a bunch of yard work. Making the choice to not drink for 30 days is good though. You're going to feel even more amazing by the time Memorial Day weekend hits.

  3. A dress fitting, squeal!! Question - how close are you to Lake George? Is that where you're taking engagement/wedding photos? Lake George is one of my favorite places ever. :-)

    1. We are about an hour from Lake George! I love it there, too!!

      But, actually, Chris and his family have had a cabin up in a little town in the Western Adirondacks near Old Forge for generations. We are getting married there and doing engagement pictures up there, as well :) Same general scenery, though - pretty lakes surrounded by forests!

  4. Good stuff! Glad you all are joining in on the Whole30. Awesome. I will cheer you on.

  5. Hmmm, give up alcohol for 30 days, eh? Gal, you're making me think... and those thoughts are pretty positive ones.

    I might just look into this Whole30 business more. My first task though is to cut down my daily 'snack' nut intake. Nuts may be low(ish) carb, and real food, and good fats, but too much of any good thing gets me headed right into dangerous territory. Don't want to go there!