When Did Exercise Become My Idea of a Vacation?

[beach feet photo]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 EasyWhen 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!



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  1. It took a while, but I’ve finally come up with my 30 day challenge: All of my lunches and dinners will be made entirely of foods that I buy at my local farmers market. I excluded breakfast from the challenge because I’ve never seen oatmeal at a farmers market and if I don’t get my usual oatmeal in the morning, I get cranky!
    .-= Veggie Runnr´s last blog ..Cucumber Water =-.

    • Wow that sounds really hard! But that means it’s a good one. I’d love to do something like that, and in the summer it might actually be doable. I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you.

  2. I JUST got back from HHI! I hope you guys enjoy all of your time there! Where are you staying? We stayed at the Marriot Grande Ocean…love that place- we go every year.
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Hilton Head 09′ =-.

  3. I’m glad you’re having a good time! Sounds like a pretty active time too, but that’s not a bad thing… Vacation doesn’t necessarily mean eating with abandon and lounging around all day!
    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..Celebrate the day! =-.

  4. I’m re-thinking my 30 day challenge… that no sugar and no flour thing is HARD!!! REALLY HARD. I had no sugar and no flour for 4 straight days and then on the 5th I decided it wasn’t what I wanted. I enjoy the sugar too much to give it up. What a cop-out! But I’m going to change my 30-day challenge to something that makes me feel good and happy rather than just a straight sacrifice of something I enjoy so much. Good thing I had a jump start so I could change my mind before it began! I’ll check in tomorrow with my new challenge- I’m going to give some serious thought to what motivates me and makes me smile!

    Sounds like a great vacation- have fun!

    • I like some sweetness in my day too. What I decided a while ago was to make my own sweets so I know exactly how much and what kind of sweetener I’m getting. You can alter many recipes to lessen the amount of sugar (and fat). Also, I look for healthier versions of traditional recipes. So I do things like have a healthier version home-made banana muffin instead of a sugary, preservative-laden store bought pastry. I also keep some chocolate raisins around for when I need a chocolate fix. Finally, I’ve learned to moderate my intake. Perhaps these steps are not a perfect solution but they do allow me to keep a little sweetness in my day!

  5. After Boston, I think you should definitely do a triathlon! They are a ton of fun! Marathon training is great but I feel like I’m in much better shape when I’m training for triathlons as compared to just running. Mixing it up really decreases boredom and potential for injury. As they say…”just tri it!”

  6. Hooray for the Thrive Diet! I don’t think there’s any way to read that book and NOT be inspired.
    .-= Amber Shea´s last blog ..Blueberry cornbread muffins =-.

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