The fateful day is quickly approaching. The New Year is looming and once again you’re pondering what resolutions will help you survive another 365 days. If you’re like me, (and a few million other Americans’), then somewhere on your list will be something about eating healthier, losing weight, drinking more water, participating in a physical activity, or possibly a combination of all those things. Unfortunately, once you commit these resolutions to paper, you might get a feeling of Déjà vu as you look over the list.
Let’s face it, you’ve been here before and likely are dusting off the same plan to be “healthier” this year that you wrote up a decade ago and have been rehashing ever since. The question becomes, how do you shake things up? How can you make this year different and do something that will have a lasting effect on your mind and body, which will help you for the entire year and beyond?
I want you to join me over the next two months as I prepare and then take on a month-long challenge of giving up sugar and flour. Let me give you the material I will use, the insights I’ve learned, and the support you can get by a bunch of folks doing the same thing at the same time. Here’s the best part, I’m not going to push some crazy diet fad, gym membership, prepackaged meal plan, or supplements on you because you don’t need it to be successful. I just need you to be open minded and know that you’re capable of taking on this unique challenge.
So who am I and what credentials do I have to ask you for this life changing month? Honestly, I’m just a guy who took this challenge early last year and it so profoundly affected me that I want to share it with you. I’m not a dietician, exercise guru, or life-coach that can dazzle you with a bunch of buzzwords, but I can honestly tell you about my experiences and give you some straight talk on what to expect and need to do to be successful. I can promise you that doing the challenge 100% for one month will positively affect your life in a variety of ways.
Here’s a quick outline of what to expect over the next two months.
- January 1st – You made those resolutions, so get your mindset in the right place to be healthier by eating better and getting a bit more exercise. Go ahead and get started with that while we do a worksheet on our emotional and physical inventory.
- January week 1 – We’ll go through some worksheets on prepping our houses for the no sugar and no flour challenge starting February 1st. Your cupboards should already be moving in a healthy direction because of your recent resolution.
- January week 2 – We’ll get our meal plans in order for the first couple of weeks, which will help us define some shopping lists. We’ll start to let our cupboards dwindle of the processed foods, the flour laden delicacy’s, and items with hidden sugars.
- January week 3 – We’ll do some soul searching on what we want to accomplish from this “test of will-power” that we’ll be undertaking.
- January week 4 – It will be our final house prep and meal planning time. We’ll get the grocery list ready for the first big no sugar and no flour grocery trip. We’ll also start to tell others that we are trying a “crazy one month experiment” so they can marvel at our fortitude and will power.
- February 1st – We begin.
I’ll be here with you as we go along, sharing my experiences at each step. I hope you’ll share your thoughts, fears, and recipes along the way too. You can use the comment section of the blog or the Facebook page for the challenge to share your thoughts with myself and others.
All the best!