My 68 Day Challenge; The Whole30

To successfully achieve a goal you should spend 80% of your time in planning to ensure that the 20% you spend executing can be done with excellence.  Planning on successfully completing the Whole30 program I started my planning by reading the book It Starts With Food.

After reading this book, with an open mind, I believe that adjusting your diet for 30 days can make you feel better, sleep better, think better, and perform better.  If you want to lose weight, that is an added benefit.

It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected WaysIt Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways by Dallas Hartwig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is absolutely fascinating.
To those who gave it very skeptical reviews, I ask . . .why did you buy this book in the first place? Did you not read the description first?
I will be gifting this book frequently.

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I’m doing the Whole30 as part of a great program sponsored by my employer The 68 Day Challenge.  It’s open to the public.  Check it out!

Sofa to 1/2 Marathon in 65 Days Part 4


You can do this!  Starting is the hardest part, but I promise it gets easier.

If you miss a day the best thing to do is forgive yourself and get back on track.  It’s OK to miss a few.  Just don’t miss most.  If you are sitting at work and you skipped your morning run try to get in a brisk walk on a break.  Find a hallway or a staircase and get your heart pumping.  You don’t need to break a sweat to be doing something great for your body.  Just get moving.

If 5 days of running is too monotonous for you, then mix it up with a Freakin Fabulous Friday.  Get in 30 minutes of your favorite exercise. Swim, bike, lift, go to a group fitness class.  Here’s what Runner’s World says about adding cross training to your routine

“It builds strength and flexibility in muscles that running doesn’t utilize. It prevents injury by correcting muscular imbalances. And the variety prevents boredom and burnout.”


This week: (days 19-25)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 3 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 3 miles
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 7 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

A peek ahead to next week: (days 26-32))
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 4 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 3 miles 
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 8 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

Sofa to Half Marathon in 65 Days Part 3

We can all find a million reasons why we can’t exercise.

The Oscars kept me up too late
I have bad knees
I am too busy
Can’t breathe
It’s too cold
I don’t have good shoes
I don’t have cute clothes

All you need is one good reason why you should.  
Here’s mine

This week’s training: (days 12 – 18)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 3 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 2 miles
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 5 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

A peek ahead to next week: (days 19-25)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 3 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 3 miles
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 7 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

New Year’s Grateful-utions

We’ve already had our first snow with a little “stick” here in Michigan.  It’s one thing to see a few flurries.  There is new meaning when you wake up and see snow caps on rooftops.

Snow means winter is coming.
Winter coming means Christmas is coming.
Christmas coming means New Years is right around the corner and New Years means . . .
resolutions.
The time of year when we all resolve to be better us’es.  (yep, I made that word up).

As  2014 comes close to an end do yourself a favor.  Before you consider making a list of everything
you need to improve upon in 2015 make a list of everything you are awesome at.

Are there things we could do better?  Sure there are. And, do you know what?
There always will be.
Instead of focusing on all of your shortcomings take the time to be grateful.
Reflect on all of the great things you have,
great things you have done,
greatness you have seen.

Don’t begin the year beating yourself up and making resolutions that may not even be realistic.  Begin the year loving yourself with a personal inventory of all of the goodness around you.
Spend the remainder of 2014 building on your gratitude list.  At the end of each day ask yourself

What made me happy?
What made me laugh?
What am I most proud of?
What did I try for the first time?
What lost treasure did I rediscover?
Who did I help?
Who helped me?

If you want to find happiness in 2015, first find gratitude.

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