It feels like every single person I know is on the Whole 30 diet.

Every time I hear about how day 26 is going, without carbs, sugar, or pizza, my eyes bulge, and I feel sort of bad – about myself – and of course, for them.

It’s the second month of the year and I haven’t changed a thing. My eat more veggies and less ice cream diet still hasn’t kicked in, my time management skills still haven’t returned from winter vacation, and my sometimes negative attitude is still sticking around as a constant stage five clinger.

I’m a Whole 30 mess, who is about to turn 30, and who sometimes feels like change is the hardest thing to do.

I can’t change my ways on a whim.

I can’t change them because it’s a new year, new month, new item on my to-do list. I seem to only change when I’m desperate, fed up, yearning to prove myself wrong. I change only after I’ve had pizza, 16 times in one week, and the gnarly stomach ache just won’t budge.

And I’m okay with that. Because we all have things to work on, and so we must work on them only when we’re ready.

If you’re eyeing the calendar, realizing the first month of the year has been lived, and you haven’t changed a thing, I’m asking you to give yourself a pat on the back.

I’m asking you to remind yourself that it’s okay to go at your own pace, start when you want, work hard when you feel like it, and rest when you need to. It’s okay to learn the hard way. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to only get serious about an old New Year’s resolution the month before a new year is about to arrive. It’s okay to be a mess. It’s okay to do Whole 30. But it’s also okay to not.

It’s okay to use the first week of February as a starting point to doing things differently. And if you do, do it.

I am here cheering you on.

Love always,
Jen Glantz

I’m Jen Glantz. I’ve been a published writer for over 13 years, spilling my words into magazines (ranging from style to scuba diving), newspapers, websites and even this one time, a speech, for someone who didn’t speak a word of English. What drives my words, my site, my writing, is the power of relating to people. I find that many people, especially young girls, feel so alone and quite often they feel embarrassed. I want to shatter those feelings! I want them to read what I write and understand that it’s okay to be a little outside of the box, but most importantly, that it is okay to just be who they are.

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