The challenge

OK, so this whole 30-Day Challenge thing started something like this:

My honey and I were chatting about diets, self-deprivation, and all other things sucky, when he posed the following question:

“If you actually did everything “right” for one year (exercised, didn’t drink, ate well, etc….) do you think you would you actually feel better, or would you still be missing all of the “wrong” things that you love in your life?” Would you feel enlightened and happy or would you spend your days in misery and your nights dreaming of cheeseburgers and martinis?

It got me to thinking, and hatched the idea for a little experiment. For 30 days, starting 1/20/09 (Obama can’t get *all* of the attention), I am going to do the “right” things… or at least some of them. Ground rules are as follows:

1. No booze
2. No caffeine (ow, my head…)
3. No red meat
4. No fried foods (yes, this means french fries… and could very well be the downfall of this experiment)
5. No sweets
6. 3 servings of vegetables per day (minimum)
7. 1 hour of exercise per day (30 min yoga/30 min cardio)
8. 15 minutes of meditation every morning

I will apply these rules to my life every day for 30 days. It’s kinda like a less extreme version of the experiment documented in Super Size Me, without the alarming increase in cholesterol levels (I hope… you never know though, it may turn out that I am allergic to health).

I will be blogging the experiment here if you are interested in checking in on my daily progress and observations.  And I invite you to join along in the fun.  The more the merrier (or miserabler – depending on how things work out). You can use this list of rules or make up your own… Just post your rules on this site so that I can hold you accountable too!

OK, let’s do this!  Wish me luck (and my honey luck cuz he’s the one that has to live with me!)

P.S. I am still looking for a fun name (as opposed to “The month of no joy” or “30 days of suckitude”). Send along any ideas you may have…


5 responses to “The challenge

  1. I’m almost ready. I haven’t eaten quite enough grease yet and I still have a half bottle of booze to polish off before Tuesday.
    Your rules are my rules except for the Yoga thing. I may have to substitute 30 minutes of weights for that.
    I have Jury Duty starting the 21st. If I’m miserable the defendant may pay for it.
    Last Meal – I’m thinking a full rack of baby back ribs, baked beans, slaw, fries and a pitcher of lite beer to wash it down.

  2. ooh.. the jury duty will be rough, but at least it will change up your schedule a little bit. Sometimes that helps. I don’t have my yoga video yet, so I am going to have to be creative with the exercise stuff to start.

  3. We’re in. Our only exceptions are venison (the other red meat) and Earl Grey Tea. Oh, and we are starting tomorrow, 1/21. To Happy Healthiness (boy, this beer tastes good, does that count as a grain serving?)

  4. Sweet!! You guys were *really* quiet… I was beginning to wonder. So far, I am just really tired and a little cranky. Hope your first day goes better! 🙂

  5. Let see if I can get this comment to make it on. Day 1 I was cranky during my golf game because that is when I look forward to “happy hour”.
    Day 2 was better but I did have a headache most of the night . One thing I didn’t mention is that I have added trying to be in bed by 11:00 I haven’t made in yet but getting closer

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