I told Jenn that I would take her 21 day habit challenge, and my chosen challenge is that I’m going to attempt to run every day for 21 days. Minimum length is 1 mile for it to count, so that means it’s less than 10 minutes a day (though of course I will hopefully do more). Treadmills will count, ellipticals won’t. These are my criteria. However, I’m taking today off. Monday is a much better day than Sunday to start a challenge like that, don’t you think? I’m in my running clothes but am lounging around and don’t feel like running. I think today I would wish I hadn’t run (okay, that’s a total lie, but it makes me feel better about myself).
To up the ante and make up for my blatant laziness and procrastination, I’m adding another challenge for the 21 days, this one for my diet. I’ll discuss this in more detail on Thursday as part of Take It And Run Thursday, but suffice to say I reached my goal weight (actually, a pound below!) and then ate a ton of crap and am right back where I started. My new 21 day diet habit is not to cut meat (though I probably won’t eat a ton of it, because I’ve started to really enjoy vegetarian dishes) but to cut what I’m going to call “processed carbs.” Anything that’s what I’m going to declare a “processed carb” is off-limits, except in the two days before a marathon. On those days I will allow myself one meal each day with those kinds of processed carbs. After a marathon, I will let myself have one treat (most likely a cookie or donut). Otherwise, flour products and the like are banned from my diet. To clarify, I’m using “processed carb” to mean oats/grains and anything made with flour (except when I use a bit of flour to thicken a sauce), so breads, pastas, cereals, etc. Potatos will be allowed throughout the challenge, but I doubt I’ll eat them that often.
All right, off to bake chocolate chip cookies today and start this nonsense tomorrow!