I know. Everyone makes healthy resolutions in the New Year. Eat healthier. Exercise more. Walk 10,000 steps a day to put that shiny new FitBit to work.
I’m not much of a resolution maker. I believe if you want to make a change, you can do it now, whether now is January 1 or May 15 or August 30. There’s no reason not to start now.
Having said that, January 4 marked the start of a couple of healthy resolutions for me. Or rather, the start of two challenges. I lead a generally healthy, active lifestyle, full of barre classes, a few cardio sessions a week, and a mostly clean, mostly gluten-free diet, but everyone can use a little challenge now and again. Besides, its good to shake up the routine.
Like most of us, I succumbed to the holiday treats and goodies. I think that’s okay. It’s the holiday season. Enjoy yourself. What’s life without a little something sweet pr a glass of champagne? Then, I went to New York. And when one is in New York, one must eat. After three weeks of more sweets and heavy foods than I normally eat, I started the Arbonne 30 Days of Living program for the third time.
To be clear, I don’t sell Arbonne. I wasn’t asked to rave about it, I’m not making a penny to write about it, and I didn’t get anything for free. But I really do love their detox program. It cuts out gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol, caffeine (!!!), and a few other items, but allows you to eat real, whole foods. Their protein powder is the best I’ve had, and I even like their detox tea. And the fizz sticks. God bless those little sticks of powder. That’s the only way I make it without coffee.
For the month of January, I’ll be forgoing things like wine and coffee in favor of protein shakes, healthy lunches, and clean dinners. While some do this program with the goal of weight loss, I’m doing it to reset my body after all those New York hot dogs and Christmas hams. Today is day 5, and I’m starting to feel the effects of eating well again. You really are what you eat.
Although I did realize too late that my soup had corn in it at lunch and corn isn’t detox friendly. Ah well. Win some, lose some.
Our studio’s winter cor.[e] challenge also kicked off on January 4 – 30 classes in six weeks. It sounds “easy” until you realize it means averaging five classes a week for six weeks. I’m at the studio all the time, whether I’m teaching or taking, so I probably average that many classes a week anyway. This week, I’ve taken classes Monday-Friday, as well as taught several times. I’m going to own this core challenge. Not that I’m eligible for the prize at the end!
While I’m not making any crazy healthy resolutions for 2016 aside from continuing to do what I’ve been doing, I am enjoying the challenges January is bringing with it.
Now, who wants to place bets on how many days I make it without coffee? The first time I did the Arbonne detox, I made it 21 days. The second time? 19.
Here’s to lots and lots (and lots) of peppermint tea for the rest of the month.
Have a cup of coffee and/or a glass of wine for me this month, will you?