In September and October, I tried to do No Sugar challenges on a Facebook fitness group. I failed pretty miserably both times. I just heard the statistic mentioned twice yesterday - sugar is 7X as addictive as cocaine. I always feel so much better when I get rid of it completely...it is time for sugar to be banished from my life again! Hopefully this time it will be gone for good.
Yesterday I started working with a new client and was reminded that I am the one that people look up to as a healthy example. I shouldn't be letting my diet and exercise plan get off track and there is really no reason to. I work from home, I run a plant based nutrition business, I have a supportive husband who eats a Protective Diet, I am in a perfect position to walk the walk and lead by example. 100%!
For the most part, I have let the little slips go because they haven't impacted my weight. I easily stay in a 130-135 lb range by being 90-95% on plan with a Protective Diet and hit or miss with exercise. However, I do know my addictive tendencies and my body's ability to put weight on and yo-yo like crazy and I never want to go back there. With this recent hibernation inclination, I can see things getting out of hand and I don't like it.
I am now going on record on my blog challenging myself to get solidly back on track and be a healthful example for family, friends, and clients. I will start with a 30 Day Challenge. I will report in every day. I will no doubt continue on, but the 30 Day Challenge gets me firing on all cylinders and I will be supporting a new client by completing a challenge together.
If all goes well, I will shift my weight range down to the 125-130 range. That is what I wanted to accomplish with my September and October challenges, but it didn't happen. This public challenge on my blog starts TODAY. Here are my goals:
1. FOOD: 100% Protective Diet. That's it. The recipes are wonderful, plenty of selection, Simon & I eat this way anyways. I will stay on plan and reap the benefits. Plant Based. No Oil. No Nuts. No Sugar. No Coffee.
2. EXERCISE: 3-5X per week. Some sort of workout. This can be a short run, a bike ride with the dog, a workout video. Just some form of workout on a regular basis.
3. MINDFULNESS: I will eat my food sitting down at the table with no distractions. Chewing well. Focusing on the delicious healthful food fueling my body and being grateful for it. I will journal if I am having cravings or emotional eating issues. I will share the results of my journaling.
I will report back every day with progress and share as many pictures and insights as I can. For starters, here is a picture of the tostadas that I had for lunch today. Healthy corn tortillas layered with bean dip, a potato/veggie mix that Simon & I cooked up last night, salsa, onion dip, cabbage & lettuce. These were delicious. I had 3 for lunch, sat down, took my time, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I did a 25 minute FIRM workout video and took our dog, Riley, out for a 2 mile bike ride today. It felt great to be active again.
Wish me luck! I will report back on progress tomorrow.