I'm going to do it again

What am I going to do again? A Whole30 and a "no-buy" month. Why? Because I still need practice.

My diet has improved since doing my first Whole30 in January 2015. But things are slowly creeping back in, like cola, candy, bread, and other less healthy things. I've started going to the gym. If I'm working hard physically to change my body and to become stronger, I need to make sure I'm getting the right fuel for optimal results. No brainer. Also, even though it was tough at times, I never felt as good overall as when I was on my Whole30.

The "no-buy" month is also an area where I need more practice. Old habits of buying without thinking are creeping up. I've made a few purchases that I regret and that I can't return (some because they were final sales, or because I washed the clothes and removed the tags, or because I procrastinated and missed the return date).

I only have about 3 or so more months before I move to a smaller apartment. I want things to be drastically pared down by then for the move to be less expensive, quicker, and so that I can get a much smaller living space than the one I'm in now. Although last time I did end up buying a pair of shoes a few days before the month was over, I consider it a success.

I've been doing fairly well with minimalism. You may have read about all of the things I got rid of in a couple of previous posts when I did the 30-day minimalism game. I'm still a little surprised when I open kitchen cupboards and see a few empty shelves, and when I look at my linen closet and see a small and neat assortment of towels, face cloths and sheets. I also have an empty dresser in my room and the items in my vanity have been pared down quite a bit.

So when am I starting this? Well, I was going to wait until June 1st since June is a 30-day month. But even though I need to prepare, I don't want to wait that long. I will therefore start this Saturday. I plan on attending the Saturday morning general conditioning class. Then I'll make sure to fuel myself with only nutritious food from that point on. Well, I'll also start with a good breakfast before going.

As I said, I need more practice in these areas. So I will keep doing Whole30s and "no-buy" months until I don't feel the need to do them anymore. Who knows, maybe the second round will be all I'll need to make these habits more permanent...

Tiny update on tiny habits: Still making my bed. Still doing the smoothies (although these will have to stop during my Whole30), and as for wiping down the counter every day, I don't find it's necessary. I can do it twice a week and it's sufficient. So Wednesdays and Saturdays are my days.

May 20, 2015 - Amendment: I've decided to start the Whole30 and the "no-buy" month on Monday instead. We have a family supper for my nephew's birthday on Sunday. It will just be easier to start after that. Looking forward to it!

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