I just finished 2 weeks of my Whole Life Challenge.
Yoga… At the beginning of this challenge I was practicing yoga sporadically, and I felt like I had lost the passion that I used to have. Even through the first week of the challenge, I didn’t really take the yoga part seriously. Yes, I was doing 10 minutes of yoga or yoga stretching every day, but it didn’t mean anything. Finally, on Monday of this week I did the video that got me into yoga in the first place – 20-minute buns & thighs by Tom Morley (exercise tv). This was the yoga that I loved. This brought back memories of running with my dad and trying to teach him yoga afterwards (when he visited back in November). Memories of falling over when attemping warrior 3. Memories of gaining the strength and flexibility that I needed to be a yogi. Memories of finally being able to complete the routine with ease and enjoyment. I got back my yoga, and I flowed on my own yesterday and today. Today I set the timer for 30-minutes (5 more than yesterday), and I didn’t look it until it beeped just as I was done cooling down. This challenge gave me back my yoga.
Walking… When we moved into our new apartment we gained access to a gym room with treadmills. Treadmills can tell you your speed, your incline, how far you’ve gone. I’d never had access to this information, and I became obsessed with going farther, going faster, and competing with myself. The first week of the challenge I continued with the treadmill. But I also took a long walk outside. Then this week I walked to and from the post office, about a mile away. Then I walked around the block. Then I walked around a different block. And now I don’t want to walk on the treadmill anymore, I want to be outside, soaking up that Vitamin D that I missed so much this winter. This challenge gave me back my walking for relaxation and enjoyment – not walking for the numbers.
New meals… I’ve tried several new dishes over the past two weeks. I’m not completely out of my rut, but I’d expanded my diet a little bit. Yesterday I made this yummy dish for lunch (along with some rotisserie chicken):
It was about 10 organic garlic cloves (no joke), crushed and chopped, sauteed in olive oil, along with two of the cheap eggplants that I got on Tuesday. I topped it with this cool new organic ketchup (fruit sweetened) and lots of parmesan. Okay, this is not really a new meal, since it’s just a twist on my ketchup/parmesan obsession, but I wanted to share it. The bigger issue is…
Organic… This was fairly easy, as I just had to buy organic greens. I ended up getting organic spinach from Costco ($3.49 for a pound box – I went through about 6 in the last 2 weeks) and I got my organic romaine at Han Kook, the Korean grocery ($1.99 for 3 heads). It wasn’t hard for me to find ways to buy organic cheaply. If Han Kook is out of romaine, I don’t get it and I just eat more spinach.
Green oat bran… Of course this was a breeze. I love my green oat bran.
What did the other participants think? Go look:
- Readers: Gaby, Clare
- Cindy @ A Sparkle A Day
- Yasmin @ It’s a Wrap!
- Elise @ Hungry, Hungry Hippie
- Heather @ Heather Eats Almond Butter
- Alisa @ One Frugal Foodie
- Hil @ Blueberry Hil
- Junghwa @ An Apple A Day
- Vani @ Fit For Free
- Brooke @ Brooke’s Ball Buster
- Tanya @ Girl XOXO
- Elizabeth @ Health and Happiness
- Jessica @ The Dainty Pig
- Julia (my sister!) @ Garbanzo Girl
- Lara @ Thinspired
- Jess @ Have Faith
I’m going to keep up these challenges through June, but I might not post updates quite as often. I’m going to add some more to the list:
- Drinking water before bed
- Using pantry items every day
- Breathing and thinking before making decisions
- Cleaning/organizing (5 minutes) each day
Thanks for following my challenges!
I was talking to someone today about this recent challenge kick that I’ve been on – she was asking about why I did it and if it worked?
If you say your goals out loud and if you write them down you are so much more likely to follow through. Get a buddy and tell him/her what you want to do. You’ll have someone to hold you accountable, and you won’t want to let him/her down. I could have kept my challenges to myself, but I don’t think I would have stuck with them for as long. Publishing my goals motivated me to succeed. I think that these 2 challenging weeks were a success, and I owe it to my readers and the other participants.
Have a wonderful weekend. Only 4 days until my Mom visits… (Yikes, gotta clean and organize.)