7 Things Every Whole30er Should Know
Welcome to day one. It’s not just any day – for many of you, it’s the first day of a new chapter of your life. It’s a day you’ll remember and recall to friends who ask, “what have you been doing?!” It’s a hard day and an easy day at the very same time.
As we (the CrossFit Springfield Nutrition Team) thought about just what to post to kick off this Whole30, we just kept coming back to what we wanted you to know, what we would tell you all face-to-face if we could. These thoughts apply to first timers, third timers and thirty-third timers alike. They reflect the struggles and successes we’ve seen with our own members and experienced in our own lives. They are the heartbeat of CFS nutrition. And we hope they resonate with you as much as they do with us.
1. You can do this. Some of you will make it 30 days and some of you won’t, but no matter the actual outcome, as of today every single one of you CAN do this. You can get up every morning and choose a breakfast that sets you up for success; you can be an example of determination and integrity for your coworkers by honoring your commitment; you can reach for the crochet hook or a good book instead of your regular late night snack. You are strong. You are powerful. You are worth it. And you can do anything for 30 days.
2. There is always someone in your corner. If you’re a CrossFit Springfield member*, that’s Robin, Scott and Jen T., Lisa, Jen C., Elizabeth** , all of our mentors, and the 778*** other members of our Facebook group. Whole30ers around the country – and the world – that’s the Whole9 team via their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, all of the Whole30 Forum, and thousands of strangers who are with you in spirit. Wherever you are, whatever you are feeling, you are never alone.
*even if you’re not **though from afar *** at last count
3. There are no dumb questions. Seriously. No one will judge you for the simplicity or “common sense” of your question. We all need clarification sometimes, and if you never ask you’ll never know. You can dig up the answer yourself online or in ISWF, consult the Can I Have guide, ask in the Forums or on the official Whole30 page, throw it out to the Facebook group, ask your mentor – shoot, you can even ask Jeeves. If you have a question, ask. It can only make this easier.
4. If you need help, please reach out. If something isn’t working for you, if you’re struggling, please let us know. We are with you, and we will do everything we can to help you figure it out and fight through, but we are not mind readers. Even if you think you’re the only one having that problem, even if you’re afraid someone will judge you, speak up. Don’t suffer in silence. Let us do what we’re here to do.
5. It’s never a cheat. It’s always a choice. Calling it a cheat makes it sound like a game. It’s not. It’s a commitment. Calling it a cheat makes it sound like an easy way to have it all. It’s not. You’re actually missing out on the satisfaction of seeing this through. Calling it a cheat makes it sound like you’re fooling someone. You’re not. You’re only fooling yourself. Call it what it is – a choice. And when you choose, be ready to accept whatever consequences there may be.
6. Comparison is not your friend. You know that old saying, “Comparison is the thief of joy”? It’s true. Whether you’re comparing before photos, weekly meal plans, end goals, or something more insidious like weight lost, measuring yourself against someone else is a recipe for dissatisfaction. Someone will always be the superstar, or make prettier meals, or have better results. The grass is always greener. It’s a fact. But no one is starting exactly where you are, no one shares the exact same challenges, and no one will have the same successes. This is your story, and yours alone. Don’t let someone else’s story cast a shadow on yours.
7. It is always worth it. Eventually, you will come to a point where you wonder, “is this really worth it?” Is it worth skipping the cake at my daughter’s party? Is it worth being “that person” at the dinner table? Is it worth skipping the wine at ladies night? Is it worth forgoing all the foods you turn to for comfort, celebration or consolation? The answer is yes. Yes, because making those hard choices makes you stronger. Making those hard choices makes you healthier. Making those hard choices makes you better and puts you in control of you. Yes, this is worth it. This is worth it because YOU are worth it.