Reader 30-Day Challenges
Wow, my innocent query “What change do YOU need to make for the next 30 days?” has inspired quite a few of you to join me in this challenge! Here’s what we have so far:
- I’m giving up coffee
- Christine is starting the Core Performance Essentials program, a fitness plan that I really like
- VeggieRunnr (from Veggie Runnr) is giving up cheese (and has encouraged her readers to take the challenge! See her post about it.)
- Holly (from The Healthy Everythingtarian) is going to reduce the amount of coffee she drinks
- Colleen and Joel are giving up soda
- Jeffrey is going big and giving up soda, alcohol, chips and cookies!
- Krys (from Two Vegan Boys) is giving up coffee
- Katherine (from A Runner Wife’s Life) is giving up dessert
- Pete (of guest post fame) is giving up all caffeine and running a 5k
- Angie is giving up all red meat, pork, and poultry, and exercising 3o mins/day (wow!)
- Laura is going to walk a mile and run four flights of stairs each day (change doesn’t have to mean giving something up)
- My mother is going to limit herself to 1200 calories per day (I really need to get her eating plan together so she can stop this self-torture!)
- Nicole (from Goddess of Everything) is giving up emotional eating, and mentioned this challenge on her blog
A lot of good is happening here, people! I started three days ago, VeggieRunnr started when she aborted her plans for pizza a few days ago, and I’m not sure if the rest of you have started. If not, why not make your official start right now? Don’t wait! How many times have you heard someone say “I’m not smoking anymore after this pack is done”? If you have to wait, then you don’t really want to change. Start now! Need extra motivation to stick with it? Brag about your blogosphere fame by showing this post to as many people as you can, so that you’ll never hear the end of it if you wimp out on your commitment (“Share on Facebook,” hint, hint)! This is the way to make it a “must,” not a “should.” And for you stragglers, it’s still not too late; just leave a comment with your 30-day commitment and I’ll add you to the list.
I’m doing just fine without the coffee, though of course I still crave it. I’ve been drinking loose green tea, which (according to my extensive and official internet research) has about one-eighth the caffeine content of coffee. And trust me, I don’t drink nearly as much green tea as I did coffee, so my caffeine intake is a tiny fraction of what it was. Hooray for change! This morning I had my tea with some Wasa crispbreads and almond butter.
Eat ‘n’ Run
Erin and I made smoky black bean and cheddar burritos with baby spinach last night, our first repeated dinner since I started this blog over two months ago. This approachable meal was one of the first that a lot of readers tried, and everyone who makes it seems to love it. Especially with those toasted pepitas!
Interestingly, someone commented that the tortillas I used back then actually contain lard, which, in addition to being an animal product, has the virtue of being disgusting. This time I bought lard-free (actually, vegan) Nature’s Promise Organic Whole Wheat Tortillas. Their ingredient list is so much shorter than that of any other tortilla brand I saw. I love Nature’s Promise stuff! And it’s the Giant organic store brand, so it’s cheap too.
I went for an easy seven-mile run on the trail yesterday, foregoing my track workout since my half marathon is Sunday and my knee doesn’t need that kind of abuse. It felt tight for the first minute or two of the run, but after that everything was completely fine. In the spirit of taking it easy, I didn’t bring a watch, iPod, or heart rate monitor. Unplugging once in a while is good for the runner’s soul.
I must say I’m getting nervous about my race on Sunday. I suppose it’s because I just haven’t logged in that many good runs with all the rest I’ve given to my knee. And I really wonder how it’s going to hold up to my pushing it hard over rolling hills for 13.1 miles. Or how I’m going to hold up. I worry about overestimating my fitness level and going out way too fast. But that’s just how I am; I can’t pace myself for anything less than a personal best. If I’m not shooting for something great, then I’d just as soon stay in bed on Sunday morning.
The Kickstart Plan includes:
- A 7-day meal plan, built around the foods worth eating every single day
- 14 of our favorite recipes that pack in the nutrition, taste great, and are easy to make
- Focused on simplicity and speed, to minimize stress and time commitment