Another guest post from my friend Keely!
How many of you have heard of Whole30? It is one of those things that came on my radar about a year ago and very quickly intrigued me. I mean- a 30-day anything pretty much fascinates me. I started a blog about 30-day attempts at things… just sayin’.
I have not done Whole30 myself, but have loved hearing from friends who have tried it. Here is Keely’s experience:
“Never Stop Starting, Y’all.”
Last month, after “researching” it for one day, I attempted a Whole30. I say attempted because I quit after 12 days. I kept Katherine in the loop throughout those 12 days because we had briefly discussed the program and she introduced me to the blog of a friend of hers who was also attempting it. Many of my friends, including Kat, mentioned that they admired the fact that I just jumped in and did it. I didn’t ponder, stew, or contemplate it for too long. That’s because I know myself too well.
After my first child was born, I stopped working and stayed home full-time. My home (at the time, our apartment) became my domain and my job, in addition to keeping the tiny human I had with me alive, was to take care of our space. I was not well-trained. I grew up in a house where my dad griped at my sister and I about cleaning up our rooms until we did a half-ass job which he ultimately redid, up to his Danny Tanner-like standards.
So where did I start? I read every book on cleaning, organization, and home-keeping that I could find in our library. I read, and read, and read…and never did anything. I was filled with great ideas and no motivation to act on. So I knew that if I spent time researching the Whole30, I would probably never actually start it.
So I jumped in and ran on all-natural energy and the comments and feedback of my Facebook friends and blog readers (those are actually the same group, now that I think about it…). My reasons for quitting are complicated. Some of them I shared on my blog, but most of them are personal and messy and spiritual and hard to articulate anywhere other than my journal. I did share that, even though I failed to complete the program, and therefore failed to reach my goal, I don’t feel like a failure. Maybe that’s because I started. I jumped in. I didn’t over think. I didn’t noncommittally commit (and my husband and I are experts at the noncommittal commit).
The tag-line for Kat’s blog is “Never Stop Starting, Y’all.” Our mutual friend, my pastor, Doug, shares that phrase/mantra. Well, he actually says, “Never Stop Starting.” The y’all is my addition and Kat should give me credit for it…
That is one of the most inspiring phrases I’ve ever learned and I use it all the time. Sometimes finishing isn’t enough. Sometimes starting is.
I think that what you learn about yourself is the most interesting part of Whole30, or almost any 30-day attempt at something. I love hearing Keely’s thoughts on her Whole30.
Would you do Whole30? If you did, would you give yourself permission to bail, like Keely did, before the 30 days were over? I think my compulsive nature might compel me to finish…but I’d probably cheat along the way here and there (tarnishing that gold star I supposedly earned). What do you think?