So November is here. The time of year I usually hibernate on the couch watching football and stocking up on my Doritos and pizza for the year. So far I have been somewhat successful at not allowing this to happen..I said somewhat. I have actually been eating fairly clean this week (actually had a spinach smoothie which tasted pretty darn good) but had some setbacks. (mostly the funsize variety)
Therefore I am embarking on the 30ish day challenge to get me through November. Everything I do is ish..I'll be there at 8ish...I weigh 200ish..my run time? an hour or two ish...swam 2000 yards ish (or maybe 500). And that is part of my problem..I need to just do..and not doish? How many tacos did you eat? ..umm 5ish...
It will start Saturday November 3 and go through December 8. November is a bad month for a number of reasons..the weather is colder, thus I can start wearing sweaters and sweatshirts to hide my girth..it starts off with 8 lbs of candy in the home from Halloween... Football is on five days a week..its dark out...Thanksgiving..holiday parties..and the list goes on. November and December also tend to be extremely stressful work months.. All of this adds up to weight gains of 15 to 20 pounds during the holidays the last two years which starts Jan. 1 off on a bad note.
The challenge for me is simple..I will blog my workouts and nutrition everyday. I know from past experience that I am more apt to perform if there is a negative or public humiliation involved rather than a perk or positive. I am also aware that I can't "make small sustainable" changes like everyone preaches. You can have one can of soda a week...yeah..that ain't happening. I either kick the habit completely or the one soda will very quickly turn into ..one container of soda..maybe a two liter..maybe a half barrel. I also need to get back in the habit of logging my workouts and nutrition..I have been terrible the last two months. Jen is about ready to kill me over this... Another thing I know about me is that I am a creature of habit..both good and bad and 30ish days is enough to establish new habits.
Once I get the ok from coach I plan on putting a race on the schedule for this time period. Just something simple. Maybe a 5k. Need to see how much fitness I have lost since I have had yet another foot injury. If it keeps up I see a trip to the ortho in my near future. I am also going to talk with coach about throwing in some fitness tests in the next week or two ..just to see how low my starting point is..run..bike..swim...bench press etc..
I have also been told by my wife if the 30ish day challenge is not completed successfully (according to the standards set forth by coach) I will lose a space in the garage for one of my bikes and possibly a bike. Now that hurts.
UPDATE - Coach just told me I am doing the Chilly Cheeks Duathlon on December 1. Better register. I think my wife will also register ..just to beat me.