September feels like just the right time to start something new. New season, new weather, new teachers, new clothes, new pencil cases…

It’s time for me to start a new challenge. I am ready to chase my very own Epic Life.

No, this isn’t some weird scheme or cult, it’s just a challenge to take charge of my choices and improve the quality of my health and wellness.

The company I work for, Epicure, is challenging its’ staff and sales Consultants to a 90-day clean eating challenge. They have a program called “Good Food. Real Results.” which outlines a meal plan, tips, advice, and education about eating healthy.

So if you see the hashtag #EpicLifeChallenge on my social media, you’ll know what it’s for.

 

ELC-Day1-LunchToday was Day 1 and let me tell you, I was not at all in the head space to start this journey.

I hadn’t really prepared, shopped, I had only skimmed the guide book, and I was tired and not feeling great.

However…I managed to prepare a tasty smoothie for breakfast, eschewing my habitual stop at a certain Canadian chain that sells my favourite sugar/caffeine concoction. I also threw together a healthy and absolutely delicious salad for lunch topped with chicken for the protein needed to keep me full.

My work day went on and I lived up to my challenge to drink at least two on my big smoothie cups of cold water, that’s 1.5 more than I usually consume in a day, and I didn’t snack at all.

Phewph.

Supper at my parent’s place was decent – lean pork with sauerkraut and fresh corn on the cob. I by-passed dessert and had a nice evening with my Mom (watching So you Think You Can Dance!)

Just a few minutes ago, I finished packing up two salad w/chicken lunches, some grainy bread for a piece of toast if I feel hungry with lunch or breakfast, and two smoothie freezer bags with cut up fresh strawberries and banana. I’m ready. At least for the next two days.

 

Basically, I’ve needed a change for a while now.

I struggle.

I struggle with my weight, with getting enough exercise, making smart, healthy meal choices.

I struggle with not fitting in to the cookie-cutter life that it feels like EVERYONE has except for me.

I struggle with liking myself.

I struggle a lot and I often don’t deal with it very well.

 

So, yes, it’s the season for a change, for something new, for a step in the right direction.

I’m ready to chase after my Epic Life. A life where I stop pretending to like myself.

I’ll be posting every few days about my progress, so stay tuned for more struggle, more pouring out of my fragmented thoughts, but also more victories, more hope, more change.

I can’t even guarantee that I’ll stick with this challenge, but I’m going to try.

I know I’m worth it…though it aches for me to say it out loud.

 

Here I come, #EpicLifeChallenge!

 

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