Ever since Lauren completed her Bikram 30-Day Challenge, she’s been planning her next one. Not necessarily Bikram, but a 30-day challenge to push herself and make her a better, healthier person. She settled on a combination of things and this time, I’ll be taking part as well. Time to get serious about the final 7 weeks of training.
- Start running (this will span 8 weeks as she trains for her first 5k)
- Exercise/Yoga more frequently
- Limit dining out to less than once a week
- No fast food
- No pop
- No alcohol (including wine and beer)
- (possibly) one week of solely vegetarian meals
And this all starts on September 1st. Oh crap, that’s tomorrow. We have so much to get in before midnight. See, that’s one of the major downfalls of plans like this. The days following up to a challenge like this, we will eat and drink horribly. We had Wendy’s last night, I had a Coke at lunch, and I suspect some drinks will be in order tonight. Hopefully we don’t overdo it. I don’t want to feel like all I did was reverse the damage done these past few days.
So Lauren is doing her first 5K in October. I’m excited for her and I hope she enjoys it. I haven’t decided whether I will be running with her or cheering her on from the side as the Detroit Marathon is the weekend before. I gave her an 8 week plan by Hal Hidgon to follow, so she starts Monday. So we have a few days to find her some running shoes.
I don’t think I’ll be increasing my frequency of yoga, but Lauren bought a Groupon for Yoga Shelter to try some other forms besides Bikram. I’ll try and focus on some core exercises.
The diet thing isn’t really that hard for us. In fact, except for our moments of weakness, we already adhere to this. Lauren already cooks meatless Mondays. We rarely get out food anymore; its just too expensive. And pop is only a treat in our house.
I can see the alcohol being a little challenging in social situations, but its nothing I haven’t done before. I used to go to bars every weekend (and some weekdays) with my friends and get nothing but a stale cup of coffee. I felt a bit like James Dalton in Road House, only way less bad-ass.
Speaking of beer, New Belgium is now in Michigan! Stores started carrying bomber bottles this past Monday. Soon it will be available on draft and eventually in 6-packs. I’ve already had Fat Tire and Shift, but I’m excited for some of the others, like Ranger IPA and their Trippel. And what luck, Fairway Drugs in my old stomping grounds is holding a free beer tasting tonight! I’m hoping to make it out there and have a few tonight before my 30 days of sobriety begins.