Good morning and happy Saturday everyone! Hope you’ve enjoyed the first two guest posts. I’m checking in from Hilton Head Island, on our third day of vacation. And so far, so good–I’ve been neither sitting on my ass nor eating lots of steaks and chickens. In fact, quite the opposite. There is an amazing network of bike paths here, so we’ve done all kinds of riding around the island. Our runs have been great–shaded, no cars, and lots of gorgeous foliage. I never thought these words would pass through my lips, but I’m actually looking forward to my 17-mile run tomorrow morning! And when we haven’t been running, we’ve been playing tennis, swimming in the pool, hittin’ the beach and attacking that stack of books (more about this in a minute). And as for this crazy vegetarian diet of ours, Erin’s family has been more than supportive, eating (and even cooking) meatless meals with us. We had orzo with citrus-cooked vegetables last night, and on the first day we had one of my favorite classic Italian dishes, trenette with pesto, potatoes, and green beans.
I finished reading Thrive; you can consider me totally inspired! I’m convinced that if I want it, there’s a way of eating out there that will provide me with more energy than I’ve ever had, enough to really go after the things I want in life. Because cooking is such a passion of mine, I’m not ready to go full-on raw food vegan, as the book advocates doing. But the upcoming 30-Day Challenge (only two days until it officially begins!) provides a very convenient opportunity to make a commitment to something that I might not otherwise have the initiative to start, so as part of mine I’m going to start delving into some Thrive Diet recipes. But I’ll come up with a specific challenge to post, along with all of your inspiring challenges, on Monday. And more on Thrive in a later post.
Why I Want You To Do A 30-Day Challenge
If you haven’t committed to a 30-Day Challenge yet, please, at least consider it. It’s the perfect amount of time to make a change, to get out of whatever box you’re living in. It doesn’t have to be permanent–mine wasn’t. I’m drinking coffee less than before, but I haven’t given it up entirely, nor do I want to. The point is to try something new, and let’s be honest for a second. If you’re not trying new things, looking for opportunities to grow, then really, what’s the point of pulling yourself out of bed every day? How much longer are you going to tell yourself you need to quit smoking or putting crap into your body? Or lies like “One day I’m going to start _____,” whether it’s cooking, road biking, rock climbing, whatever. You know, the thing that lights you up when you picture yourself doing it. A 30-Day Challenge is the way to start it, now, without overthinking it.
Ok, I’m not sure how my vacation check-in post turned into a pump-up session, but it did. Maybe it’s the coffee talking. The coffee that, oh by the way, Erin and I biked four miles each way to get this morning, only to have most of it spill out on the way back! But what do you know, I pumped myself up! I’m going to pull another book out of the old stack, head to the pool, and start on Triathlon Swimming Made Easy. When did this become my idea of a vacation? But all I can think about is that as soon as this pesky qualify-for-Boston thing is out of the way, there had better be something new to step in and take its place. I mean, god forbid I achieve a goal and be satisfied with what I’ve accomplished, right?
Alright, back to fun in the sun! Then tonight it’s off to Savannah, for a nice dinner out and a ghost tour. Spooky!