One of the touchstones of Whole30 is that you announce your participation to your friends, family, the known universe as an accountability measure. Because once you announce it, you’re on the hook. And I have to tell you that for my first few rounds of Whole30, that was 100% successful. I could tell my husband and family and friends what I was up to, and that was sufficient for me. Until it wasn’t sufficient for me. Since my daughter’s January birthday, I started so many rounds on a Monday only to stop by Friday night and then convince myself that It’s OK you can start another round on Monday… and I think you can tell where this is going.
I’ll admit to being a slow burn consumer. Every once in a while, I’ll see something that I absolutely need to have – and there’s a great family story about that which I’ll share another time – and I won’t hesitate in those instances. But for the majority of my purchases, I’m a slow burn. Slow to consider, slow to research… I want to make sure that if I’m investing my time and energy into something, it has my attention. And even once I have it, I’m slow to let it go! And this was how the Fed and Fit Project came into my life.
I’ve followed Juli Bauer for a while now, and I’ve made several of her delicious recipes (some multiple times!). Her effervescent personality is infectious and warm and funny and just what I need when I feel a little out of sorts (and just a heads up: her vocab can be a little blue so if you’re a little sensitive to that, um, fair warning?). Plus, her puppy, Jackson, is just too adorable.
Seriously, if you haven’t made her Slow Cooker Paleo Jalapeño Popper Chicken Chili, you’re missing out. Unless you’re allergic to peppers… and then I feel bad for making the recommendation. Sorry.
And sometime last year, she teamed up with Cassy Joy Garcia for the Fed and Fit Project. And even then, my interest was piqued but no commitment was made. Cassy seemed fun and interesting, but I had sold myself on Whole30 and thought Why would I need to do that when I have Whole30? Ugh, I don’t need that.
We believe in the cosmic chessboard in my family, where certain things align at certain times, and I just happened to be on Cassy’s Instagram at the right time.
And there was the Fed and Fit Project.
Something that day compelled me to click the link and learn more. And something that day compelled me to click YES and go all in for the July 2017 Accountability Group. And now that I’m officially on Day 2 of the Fed and Fit Project, I figured I would share with you four reasons why I’m trying it out.
1. I needed more accountability.
Clearly, my personal brand of accountability wasn’t working. I kept finding excuses to stop and restart, which isn’t really good for me (or probably anyone!). I kept falling into old traps that weren’t serving me well. I was cranky. I was tired. I felt bloated and icky. And I needed more accountability.
In all fairness, I’m paying for this accountability. I needed to make the investment into the Fed and Fit Project which I’m viewing as an investment into me. This may not be the best fit for everyone, but it’s the best fit for me right now.
2. I wanted to try something new, something positive.
I’m learning more and more about mindset, how our thoughts impact our worldview. In all honesty, my worldview right now has been a little dour. I’ve had a fair share of hits recently, and I feel like I’m not really coming up for air on my own. Cassy is so bubbly and personable, and she’s what I’m really drawn to right now. The tough love from Whole30 was absolutely what I needed when I found the program, and the positive approach of the Fed and Fit Project is absolutely what I needed when I found this program.
3. The Fed and Fit Program allows for a margin of error.
When I did Whole30, it was no holds barred. You’re either in or you’re out. Again, something that I absolutely needed when I found it. The black-and-white approach was appealing to me. And since that time, I’ve discovered a little more grace. A little more leniency. And that doesn’t necessarily lend itself well to a successful Whole30 round.
Cassy and her team are upfront that mistakes will happen, and that this is a normal part of the process. We just have to give ourselves the gift of forgiveness and permission to work through it and find out why.
And here’s a quick, perfect example of how that’s already started to work for me. I recently had to stop at a gift shop to pick up something to eat – I didn’t plan out my meals and snacks that day – and the choices were pretty limited. But because of that gift of permission from the Fed and Fit Project, I was able to choose the “on plan” foods and feel empowered by it. Not bossed around. Not shamed. Just the best choice for me in these circumstances. And all things considered, they were pretty tasty!
4. I can get honest about my metrics.
Cassy and the Fed and Fit Project team talk about your success metrics, your starting weight, and various measurements. And once the 28-day program is complete, the “after” numbers are really your “during” numbers. Because hopefully, this kicks off a lifestyle change that will last for, well, my life, and this way of life will always be my during. So there is no after.
Plus, I’m allowed to check in as the 28-day program goes along, which was something prohibited under Whole30. Which I understand. Completely! But for me, not checking my metrics as a plan progresses is akin to hiding in shame. You know how you sometimes don’t want to check your bank account balance because you don’t want to see the number? That’s my relationship with the scale right now. If I don’t step on, I’m hiding from that truth.
So sure, there’s probably work to do there… but let’s be totally honest and not hide. Right? Right. And so if I’m going to be totally honest and not hide and yadda yadda yadda…
So there you have it. There I have it! My foray into the Fed and Fit Project. I’ll be posting here and on my Instagram (and maybe other platforms but I haven’t committed yet) as I mosey along. Maybe some recipes. Maybe some successes. Who knows?
And enough about me waxing poetic about taking care of myself! How are you taking care of you today?