My Girl Z
I don’t really know how long Z and I have been friends and I’m not exactly sure how we formally met but I thought she was pretty cool and I love her sense humor. She gets me. One day we just started hanging out and the rest they say is history.
One thing I do know is that we are gym friends (although we no longer attend the same fitness facility). Our circle of friends came together from a love of Zumba and while our Zumba crowd has thinned and I no longer teach, Z and I have remained friends through it all.
Now that you’ve got the background history on Z and I’s friendship, I wanted to tell you why I think she is pretty incredible. Z might not think so herself, but I think she is pretty influential. At least she’s influenced me. Without telling anyone except for a small handful of us, Z decided to start the Whole30 program. If you don’t know what that is, you need to read the book It Starts With Food. It is a game changer. Anyway, Z took it upon herself to just one day decide to take the plunge. She had her mind right and was determined. She cut out grain, dairy, seed and vegetable oils, corn, white potatoes, soy (and soy products), added preservatives, and all added sugar (natural or not). If she came out with us to the movies, she brought Whole30 approved snacks. If she came to dinner, she previewed the menu and determined what she could have or made arrangements with the kitchen. She was dedicated and I admired that.
At work, coworkers tried to tempt her with food but she stayed firm which is one thing not many of us can really do when faced with free cookies, cupcakes, and chips. But here is the thing with Whole30, if you “cheat,” you literally go all the way back to Day 1 and Z decided it wasn’t worth it. So she simply just said no. In the end, she lost 22.5 pounds in 30 days which is pretty incredible. When she told all of us how good she was feeling and all the great things that came from the program, she inspired a group of us to give it a try. Not only did she successfully complete her first Whole30 program, but she’s pretty much adopted this way of eating. It’s a lifestyle now and a great one at that.
Z is a fabulous cook and I love having pitch-ins with her. It’s truly motivating to have someone there for you as you embark on a similar health journey helping you with recipes and food ideas. She has been great. So thanks, Z! This shout out goes to you!
Check out Z’s blog here.