Ok, maybe not a failure, but at least a setback. And to be fair, I do have a valid reason. A couple of them, actually. Let me explain.
I blogged yesterday that while I've increased my walking/jogging mileage greatly in the last couple of months, the weight still wasn't coming off, so I was going to make a concerted effort to cut back on the junk food (easier said than done when you're a true carb addict, but I digress). That part of my resolution still stands.
Later in the day I learned about the Whole30 program, which is much more strict and cuts out just about everything except fresh meat, fruits, and vegetables with no added anything. Convinced that this is what I need to do, I went on record with a second blog post about Whole30 and was going to start it this morning.
After some voracious reading about the Whole30 plan last night, I realize that starting the full plan today isn't the best idea for me. I have several foods in my house that I thought were on the Whole30 list of acceptable foods, but I was wrong. Money is more than tight right now and I can't afford to not eat this food that I already have, at least the stuff that's barely been opened. I'm still going to get rid of the true junk food (no candy, cookies, etc), but will finish eating the small amount of cheese I have, and the big bag of frozen breakfast sausage patties I just bought a few days ago. I just can't afford to replace those items right now with something that is on the Whole30 list.
I thought the sausage patties were going to be ok, but the ingredient list does show a small amount of sugar. The Whole30 plan doesn't allow for ANY cheating whatsoever, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, so I'm doomed before I even start. They recommend you plan ahead before starting the program, and get rid of things that aren't acceptable, and stock up on those that are so that you're ready to go on Day 1. I'm not ready. Rather than say I'm going to start today and then lie about it (which won't do ME any good, which is the goal here), I'm going to put it off for a few days.
So my new resolution is to avoid the really bad stuff altogether, but finish up some of the stuff that might not be so bad, yet isn't allowed on the Whole30 plan. I might not wait until the whole bag of sausage and every loaf of bread is gone, but I'll see where it goes. I won't have any extra money available until later in the month to stock up on the good stuff, but will be able to pick up a few necessary items in the next few days, so I'm going to do a modified plan for now and pick a firm start date when I reevaluate what I have in my cupboard and freezer.
I really want to follow the plan exactly as it's designed for the full 30 days, and if it takes pushing back Day 1 for several days or a week, so be it. I don't want to set myself up for failure right out of the gate, and I want to be true to the Whole30 program's design.
I did throw away the rest of the chocolates I got yesterday, though. Go me!
(I won't tell you how many were left, however).
~ Marie Anne