So if you are friends with me on Facebook, you probably know that I’m working on my own personal May Challenge. I decided that I just need a little kick in the pants to get back on track on my healthy living journey. So, with no travel plans for May (that’s pretty unusual) and no major life events happening I decided to make May my challenge month. My original goal was to do it for all of May. Then I decided that Memorial Day might be too difficult so If I could just do 21 days (that’s what they say it takes to make a habit, right?) I’d be happy.
Here’s what’s on my plan:
1. Yoga EVERY day.
2. NO ALCOHOL.
3. Healthy eating.
4. Go back to WW.
5. Drink lots of water, take all my vitamins, etc.
Well I can say that I’m on my 10th day…and I’m feeling great. I’ve gone to 90-minute intense yoga classes every day so far. (Well, one day I went to a level 1 class and that wasn’t so intense…but it was a great stretch.) I made it through Cinco de Mayo/Derby Day without drinking. And aside from two work lunches where I allowed myself to eat not-exactly-the-healthiest-lunch…I’ve been eating really well. And I lost 2 lbs the first week.
Now I’m thinking I might actually try to stick it out for the whole month. (Or maybe I’ll just give myself a small reprieve on Memorial Day weekend…we’ll see.) I’m also thinking about adding a juice cleanse in to this challenge. I found a few hard core ones that deliver the juice to your house each morning…all you do for 5 days is drink 6 juices a day. But it’s $350 for 5 days and I’m not really sure I want to spend that much money NOT to eat anything. Ha. I’ve been trying out some juices at Whole Foods and now I’m considering doing a partial juice cleanse with green and beet juices for breakfast and lunch and just fish/chicken and veggies for dinner. Danielle is going to do it with me so it will make it easier at work.
Pictures above of my dinner last night (that Essential Greens one is really tasty) and my breakfast this morning (Super Green is much more like a smoothie…apple and mango and pineapple).
Oh, and my dorky May Challenge calendar that is surprisingly very motivating. Yes, I am a 15-year-old girl trapped in a 39-year-old’s body. But my friend Ralph posted this on my Facebook page yesterday and it’s really true. Seeing it marked off on a calendar makes you want to keep going to fill the calendar up. Anyway…that’s my silly little motivating tool.
I’m sleeping better, I’m more productive during the day, and I feel great. (I do wish I could have some wine. Haaa.)