Michelle in California Posted February 22, 2017 Share Posted February 22, 2017 Hi everyone, My name is Michelle, I am married with a 16 year old son and I live, teach and work on a college campus. To be specific, I live in a dorm (in an apartment in the dorm) with my family and act as a sort of "dorm parent" for 120 students, freshmen to seniors. This is mine and my family's last year at this job (we've been at it for 6 years, our first 5 years we were responsible for a freshman dorm - very intense). My dilemma is this: because of the nature of where I live and what my responsibilities are, it has been very difficult to control my food. I am expected to eat in the dining hall (which makes it hard to control ingredients), provide both social and educational events in the dorm for my residents and attend events with other "dorm parents" on campus. It often feels that I have no control over my food and environment because of this job and how it often revolves around food/snacks etc. We are moving in June off campus and will, at that point in time, have complete control over our food and environment (so excited about this!). I should also say that I have, in the past, tried to do a similar sort of cleanse of my food while doing this job on campus and it almost always doesn't work due to the pressures to provide the food and participate in events revolving around food. There is also the issue of the fact that my sleep cycle is often interrupted with emergencies or noise in our dorm. As a result, I have put on quite a bit of weight in the past 5 plus years and I am anxious to get back to a healthier state of being. In about 40 days, I will be attending my niece's wedding back in my home state. What I'm wondering is if any of you have any advice/experience/support to offer regarding WHEN I should begin The Whole 30. My choices seem to be -- 1) start right away (as soon as I clear my cabinet) and work really hard to do what I can to control my food environment in preparation for being at a wedding; or 2) wait until we move away from the campus where I won't have to be constantly faced with all of the food I don't want to consume. I worry that if I choose option 1 and fail (yet again), I will be completely disheartened. But I also worry that if I don't choose option 1, I will always have some reason as to why I can't start eating the way I know is best for my body and my health. Any suggestions? Thanks so much and I really look forward to being an active member of this forum! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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