So I Can Do Anything for Thirty Days

Man, I owe y’all an update. I have a million posts that run through my head on a daily basis – in the car as I drive, at night when I can’t sleep, in the early morning hours when I’m the only one up.

Really, I owe you a post about Vinnie’s one year birthday. The child turned one year old on June 7th (which is several weeks ago, mind you) and NOTHING. In fact, even Bryan asked me that night, “Hey, um, do you even write on your blog anymore? What about for a birthday? I kind of miss reading your stuff.”

That’s really sweet, honey. And I should write about that child. And I will. Soon.

But I have this thing that if I don’t get down on paper, if I don’t make it public and make myself publicly accountable for it, I will ignore the thought and the conviction and everything else that is good behind it.

In July, I’m revamping my life.

Just one month. Thirty days. I need a jump start, and I no longer have the “I just had a baby” excuse.

So! ::clap clap:: For the month of July, I am exercising self-care by:

  • Drinking only coffee (one cup a day, with coconut oil and one packet of sweetener), water, and unsweet tea (with no sweetener)
  • Starting a finishing a book (and I am taking recommendations!)
  • Reading every night with Tony (we started The BFG last week)
  • Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, every day
  • Sticking as close to “clean eating” as is realistic
  • Going to bed when I’m tired

Pretty easy, right? Thirty days! That’s it!

I have had BABIES. I can do ANYTHING for thirty days.

A friend that I went to school with is now a BeachBody coach and she’s invited me to a Facebook group that shares clean recipes, grocery lists, meal plan ideas, and whatnot. It’s actually been a really great reminder that normal people can accomplish this. (Also – has anyone tried Shakeology? I’ve been using Isagenix for the last month for my breakfast, but I’m wondering if I should take the plunge.)(I do really like Isagenix, if you were curious.)

If any of you have any hints, cookbooks, what have you on clean eating for a normal person/family chef, I’m all ears!

Okay, also – I have a business trip mid July, so I’m saying that I may drink something other than coffee or water or unsweet tea on said trip. But I will make a concerted effort to eat clean! (New Orleans, man. You gotta have a hurricane.)(Or four.)

But that’s my plan. Thirty days, with a major kick to my own ass.


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7 Responses to So I Can Do Anything for Thirty Days

  1. Leandra June 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    I’ll be camping out here waiting to see if others chime in with resources. I need a re-do, too. I’ve been having….um…let’s go with the polite term “digestion issues” for some time now and I think I need a food revamp. Clean eating just feels overwhelming to me, though.
    Leandra wants you to read ..Miles to Go

  2. Erin June 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I started a version of “South Beach” this week for a re-boot too…And I’ve wondered about Shakeology…though I know that Food Babe doesn’t like it…but I, too, am curious. Kudos to you–girl, I KNOW you can do this…(btw, love the reading and finishing books too.)

  3. bessie.viola June 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    Can I join in this “take care of self” thing? Because my Darling Excuse is now almost 19 months old, and I am wearing maternity pants today. (I have my period. Am bloated. And yet.) It’s… not cute.

    But YES! Thirty days!! You’ve GOT this.
    bessie.viola wants you to read ..moments

  4. cass June 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    Cheering you on lady. How is that baby a year old? I do not believe this. And I feel you – I could use a reset in July myself. I love this idea.
    cass wants you to read ..This week I will.

  5. Aunt Gee June 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Yay! You should do something for YOU! But I can’t condone any diet that doesn’t include wine…

  6. Jessa June 25, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Sarah, your commitment is wonderful-and you can do it! You will feel so much better! I follow Foodbabe as well. She does not have a problem with ALL Shakeology flavors, from what I know. She was/is concerned about the iron/metals levels in the Greenberry flavor shakes. Let me comfort you by saying that Shakeology/Beachbody took her public concerns seriously. The amount of metals in Greenberry Shakeology are ALL from what is naturally in the ingredients, absorbed from the soil. There is NOT an unhealthy level. Myself, my team leader and countless others have had our levels checked through bloodwork after drinking Shakeo somewhere between 8 months and 3 years, and everyone’s levels have been nothing to be afraid of. So, enjoy! Also, you can buy a sampler pack from my site to see what flavors you like. If you do, please let me know. I would like to give you some pointers and also bring you a shaker cup if you are not going to use a blender! Let me know how your month goes. I am excited for you!

  7. Erica June 25, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    One easy simple dinner that I make a lot is rice in the rice cooker and then roasting a protein and a vegetable. You can make endless combinations, it’s easy, and you could use your csa box stuff. I know a hot oven kind of sucks in the summer but it’s an easy dinner. You can put olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon, garlic, etc on before roasting. This could also be done easily on the BBQ.
    Good luck on your 30 days!
    Erica wants you to read ..New Roof, No Good

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