90 little days. Many of you did 100 days of burpees - this is nothing. This challenge is not a lifetime – though we are fairly certain many of you will adopt this kind of nutritional philosophy for life once you see the results for yourself. The Paleo Peeps at the helm of this ship are so freaking excited for each and every one of you, as we know there are going to be some absolutely incredible success stories, and our role here is to help you all be as successful as possible.
Admittedly, the first 30 days will likely be the hardest. You’ll be trying to figure out how to say “no thanks” to the bread basket at the dinner table, or pass on the birthday cake offering at the office birthday party.
This is not to say, “For purposes of The 90, you are not supposed to have a life.” We do want to be realistic here. Following are some tips and ideas to help you in these initial weeks in getting going on The 90 and your path to improving how you look, feel and perform.
Clean out the crack. No, we’re not accusing you of being Whitney in disguise. However, all that gluten/wheat/grain stuff in your house is pretty much the same as crack – and if it’s in your house, you know it’s in your house, thereby increasing the temptation. That bag of Cheetos will miraculously find you somehow if you don’t get it out of the house. Take the Budweiser and Sweetwater 420 to that friend’s barbeque, and bring yourself a nice bottle of Patron. Purge that closet full of pasta, rice, steel cut oats, cereals, etc. Get it all out of the house. Give it to some friends and tell them you’re doing some remodeling – of your body!
Tell your friends and family.Let those you see on a regular basis know you’re taking this silly challenge with your silly gym and BootCamp friends, except this time instead of 100 burpees or pull ups at the end, you might be the winner of the $500 and an even more smoking hot body! Seriously though, if you closet the fact that you’re steering clear of gluten/wheat/crap food, chances are you’re going to end up at one of their houses for a dinner full of crap food. When they see your awesome results, they just might be jealous enough to try it themselves!
Plan. Prepare. Plan and prepare some more. You know you’re going out to dinner with friends later in the week. Look up the restaurant menu, and plan ahead for what you’ll be having. Suggest a restaurant you know has some Paleo options. You know you have a crazy busy week at work coming up, where getting any meals in is going to be difficult. Pack your lunches to take with you the night before. Not only will you save precious $$, but you will also save precious time. Plan your week ahead, and make sure your refrigerator ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS has some kind of protein and good carb in it, and that you always have some kind of healthy fat on hand (Costco has 3lb bags of nuts for about $10 – Trader Joes also has some raw nuts for not too much). If you have absolutely positively no time to cook a single thing all week, save up your pennies and hit the salad bars/prepared food section of Whole Foods. Know you're going to be on a plane for a long time? Eat a big Paleo meal beforehand. Say "no thanks" to those Biscoff cookies.
Share your feelings. Yes, an added bonus of The 90 just might be group therapy. If there is something you’re really struggling with, post it on the blog (Sure, even if it’s GI related). Chances are if you’re having an issue, so is someone else. Or someone else might have a helpful suggestion for you that helped them.
Partner up. If you’re in a relationship, and one of you is doing this, and your partner thinks you’re now the anti-Christ, first see if they can at least find it in their heart to support you, instead of dangling that bagel in front of your face every morning. Then see if maybe for meals when you’re together they might be willing to try this way of eating. Without the support of your partner, find someone in The 90 group who can serve as your Paleo Pal.
Those are just a few of our tips. What are you most apprehensive about in this challenge? What are some ideas you have to pave these 90 days with nothing but success?
Best of luck to every single one of you….YOU GOT THIS!