I got a lot of amazing feedback which is exactly what I wanted. I also talked to my personal trainer and Brett and thought quite a bit about it as well.
In response to those conversations, thoughts, and suggestions, I have decided to make the following pledge for February:
- I will not buy any food that comes in a box or a bag (processed foods).
- I will not eat any fast food.
- I will not eat any pasta, buns, bread, or white potatoes.
- I will bring a healthy snack to work every day.
- I will have a plant and a protein and a glass of water at every meal.
So there you have it. 5 guidelines that seem simple enough to follow, but challenging enough for growth. It isn’t really a diet and it doesn’t really follow any specific rules other than these seem like good ones to me and ones I can actually keep track of. It seems quite unlikely that I’ll ever really give up cheese, but I can probably pick recipes that don’t utilize it as a main ingredient. You can pry my Diet Coke from my cold dead hands, but I could probably stand to skip the cookie after lunch everyday and maybe make some gluten free brownies from scratch (or something…) My goal is to hit that 80/20 mark (ya know, 80% on track, 20% cheating) instead of living in the 50/50 world.
In other exciting news, I’ve found out that I have a pretty significant under-pronation problem (learn more here) that’s been causing the stabbing pains I get in the sides of my lower calves when I run or walk a lot. This is relevant because by the time you read this, I’ll have registered to run a 10 K at the 40th Annual Hospital Hill Run!
This is twice as much as I have ever run at a given time, but I’m excited about the challenge. The app I used for my Couch to 5 K program has a 10 K app that’s designed to be started once the Cto5k program is finished, so I plan to go through them both back-to-back for a 14 weeks total of training. I want to continue to walk laps at the pool and keep lifting for cross training. Anyone care to join? (I’m looking at you KC ladies!)
Just a reminder, “it’s never too late to be what you might have been.”