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…