Friday, September 16, 2011

It's On!

I'm doing this thing with a couple of friends called "The Challenge". The rules of the challenge are pretty simple:

  • No Fast Food
  • No Fancy Coffees
  • No Dessert
  • No Alcohol M-Th
  • 3+ Servings of Fruits and Veggies Per Day
  • Drink an 8oz Glass of Water Before Every Meal
  • 20 Push-ups/day
  • 50 Sit-ups/day
  • If you exercise 30 or more minutes, then you can add in one of the prohibited items on that day like say a bottle of wine (or perhaps just a glass, the quantity is a little fuzzy for me and I'm not rushing to clear it up).
  • If you are successful with all of the above, then you get a star for the day.
  • The person with the most stars at the end is the winner. 

After a summer of food and wine, I thought taking on The Challenge would be a great way to reign myself in and get back to some basic healthy habits. I also thought it would be pretty easy for me cuz: 

  • I only eat fast food under duress on road trips when there is no other option. Check.
  • I like my coffee black. Check.
  • I likey my sweets, but should be able to forgo them and there's always the possibility of adding dessert back in with exercise. Check.
  • It's time to cut back on the nearly nightly wine consumption Scott and I had going all summer, and it's only M-Th, plus there's the exercise add in option. Check.
  • I am all about fruits and veggies. Check.
  • I mostly drink water anyway. Check.
  • I teach indoor cycling and am pretty fit so the exercise stuff shouldn't be a problem. Check. (You cannot add in more prohibited items by exercising more though, I asked :-(.)

Somehow I'm not racking up those stars like I thought I would. My biggest struggles have been with the wine and the water. I have actually not given myself a star for a day when I exercised and didn't even add in sweets or wine, but forgot to drink a fucking glass of water before dinner. If I'm not going to get a star, I would much rather go down in flames. Like the days where I haven't gotten the 30 minutes of exercise in, it's 4 o'clock, the kids are working my very last very frayed nerve and I decide to chill a bottle of wine and try to wait until Scott gets home to open it. At that point, when I know I'm not going out for a 30 minute jog, it's a Tuesday and the wine will be getting drunk, I can throw out the push-ups and sit-ups for the day and consider some dessert as that star is an all or nothing situation.

I don't actually know how my friends are doing on their star count, but I'm pretty sure they are kicking my ass. I am going to keep on keeping on though. I like the concept of The Challenge. I like that is about healthy habits rather than counting calories. Feel free to steal and use it for yourself. However, if you do decide to do the challenge, I have a cautionary tale for you: 

One day, while in the shower, I realized that I had forgotten to do the sit-ups and push-ups while still in my workout gear. I decided to do them after I got out of the shower- naked. I highly do not recommend this. If you must do this because someone has a gun to your head, I implore you to keep your eyes fixed to the ground. Do not tilt your head down and check out what's doing. I may never recover from what was happening with my boobs and stomach. Maybe at age 20 before children this would have worked out alright for me?? Add 19 years and 2 kids to that equation and it's a sad sad state of affairs. I will never get in the push-up/plank position again without being clad in spandex. Probably best to play it safe and cut out all naked exercise.

I'm off to chug some water so I can have my breakfast. I'm getting a star today, I can feel it! Also, it's Friday aka "a drinking day" so just because I'm already plotting which bottle of wine to open tonight doesn't mean I'm doomed. TGIF baby!

Peace & Love :-)

1 comment:

  1. Oh, honey... naked sit ups? You poor, poor thing. Naked exercise is never pretty, even when your 20. Don't beat yourself up over that.

    If you want to get what happens to your boobs and your stomach out of your mind during sit ups, just hang over a mirror and check out what happens to your face when you're riding cowgirl. I made that mistake about 5 years ago and I've taken extraordinary measures to never be seen face down or from below again. Ever. EVER.

    As for the challenge... I think I'm going to do it with myself. Since I have no friends. And might as well eat worms and shit.

    Missed your blogs!! Glad you posted today :)


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