Remember that Time I Started a Healthy Eating Challenge?

Cast your memory back to, oh, about a month ago, maybe a bit more.  I decided I needed to make some changes and clean up my diet.  I wrote a whole post about it, and set out some really specific goals and “rules” for myself.  And then I pretty much never talked about it again.

So, here we are in July, and I decided that I should check back in with my #Chewsday Challenge.  Unfortunately, things didn’t go as well as I’d hoped.  Thankfully, I have some amazing accountabilibuddies (Kim, Kellie, and Lisa) who have encouraged and inspired me to do the best I can, but it’s definitely time to step up my game and re-commit to the challenge.  I want to do another half marathon in the fall, and I’d REALLY like to do a sub 2:30 time.  I think it’s possible, and it will be more manageable if I fuel myself better, and possibly lose some of the extra pounds I’m hauling around on every run.

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So, let’s revisit the original #Chewsday Challenge goals I set for myself:

  • Only one serving of “treat” per day
  • Fruit or veggies with EVERY meal
  • Plan meals–including lunch
  • Lean protein at every meal
  • Snack better
  • No booze on work nights

Taken one at a time, these all seem like really reasonable things.  But all at the same time, it’s kind of a lot.  I think that’s part of the reason I wasn’t as successful as I wanted to be–I tried to do too much, too soon.  So I think this time, I’m going to start with one goal, and add a new one in each week, so that I’ll be cumulatively building my will-power and creating healthier habits one at a time.

So, the goal for this week is no booze on work nights.  I already sort of failed at this by going out for beers and playing horseshoes with my friend Sharon last night.  I may have to take a pass for Mondays, because that’s our usual day for fun activities.  Or limit myself to only one drink.  I’ll have to see how that plays out.  At any rate, I will be focusing on cutting back on the sauce during the week.  I drink a lot of beer, and beer contains a lot of empty calories, so I’ll be very interested to see what impact this has.

If you’d like to play along on the #Chewsday Challenge, use the #Chewsday hashtag on Twitter.  We’re a pretty good time, if I do say so myself 🙂

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27 thoughts on “Remember that Time I Started a Healthy Eating Challenge?

  1. candies & crunches says:

    THat’s a great plan! I find that cutting back on alcohol consumption makes a huge difference. Not only that alcohol dehydrates us, it also slows down digestion big time. Keep it up! xoxo

  2. runsaltrun says:

    I used to be a heavy beer drinker before I got pregnant. After 9 months of not drinking at all it was like my taste for it went away entirely and now I drink wine and occasionally a mixed drink. I will say that cutting back on that would be tough for me too though. I love my wine. A lot.

    • DarlinRae says:

      I know! But I’ve got to cut back somewhere, and I find that when I drink, I don’t sleep as well. I already don’t get enough sleep most nights, and if I’m getting up early to run, it’s a bad situation. I’ll just have to drink more on the weekends! Oh wait, that’s not good either… *sigh*

      • Run Colby Run says:

        I’m kidding. I applaud you. Like standing ovation applause. I myself have been drying out during the week as well. I’m finding that sleep is essential these days. I totally agree with you—I sleep much better sans booze. 🙂

  3. SuzLyfe says:

    I love that version of the Seafood Diet Ecard. I’ve been using it alot! I don’t have to worry about cutting out drinking–I have ice cream instead. But at some point, my body wont have the metabolism it currently enjoys, and I will have to. And that will be a sad, sad, SAD day.

    • DarlinRae says:

      Oh ice cream! I can’t have it in the house, because I would eat it all, constantly. But trips to the creemee stands are a must in the summertime. Vanilla with rainbow sprinkles is perfection.

  4. irishrunnerchick says:

    I do the whole no alcohol on worknights thing too – the only things are drink during the week are water and OJ. I think you’re really smart to start slow and introduce changes gradually. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and just give up on everything. Good luck!

  5. txa1265 says:

    Good luck with that! And I think it is important to set attainable goals – so if Monday is your day, maybe set a 1 beer limit if that is doable, because cutting out totally might just be a recipe for failure.

    We really don’t differentiate weekdays and weekends, but we’re old married people 🙂 But we’re also only good for 1 – 2 drinks anyway …

    Megan (Lyon’s Share) is constantly talking about how small changes are changes, and they all add up. SO I would definitely go with the approach of doing things iteratively and focusing on them one at a time. That gives you time to adapt and greater likelihood of success.

    • DarlinRae says:

      Thanks, Mike! I know small changes add up, and it’s definitely more manageable in smaller chunks. I’m feeling pretty optimistic about things this time around, and excited to see how it goes.

    • DarlinRae says:

      It was really fun! It’s a small local bar that does weekly tournaments, but if you go on Monday there’s no one there and you can play as long as you want 🙂

  6. prettylittlerunner says:

    I love that you at least put it out there! The minute I say I’m on any type of diet/cleanse/detox… I immediately want a candybar and a cocktail bc they come off my lists immediately! Ugh! I can’t wait to read about how it goes… You got this;)

  7. kebe51 says:

    Ummmm yeah, I was horrible last night and had a bowl of ice cream which is NOT paleo which means I should have saved it for the weekend (much like my drinking). It’s so funny how hard something so simple is. But it’s like the instant you say I can’t have it, I WANT IT! lol Oh well! We can do it! Especially because I want to try for a sub 2:30 too!

    • DarlinRae says:

      Dude, so tough. We have a bunch of beer and wine in the fridge right now–I opened the fridge to find dinner last night and STARED at the wine for a good 15 seconds before shaking myself and saying “NO!” Why are the bad things so good?

      But you’re right, we CAN do this! Sub 2:30 club right here!

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