This year, I didn't make any New Year's Resolutions. Instead, I was inspired from a TED Talk by Matt Cutts to try something new for 30 days. I called it my 30 day challenge instead, in which I had 30 days to do something that I feel will better my body, soul, and mind. I liked the idea that it slows down time, and it forces you to do something that you've already been wanting to do, within a certain time frame. I felt like 2012 had just flown by, and I was determined to make 2013 count. For the month of January, coinciding with 99% of the world's New Year's Resolutions, I decided to work out for at least 30 minutes every day of January. I had missed a couple days for when I had to go to LA for a weekend, but other than that I was pretty good, and I FELT really REALLY good. A friend told me that if I kept something up for 21 days, it would become habit, and I felt that it was true. My 30 day challenge flowed into February.. and March.
Side note: February's challenge was to read for at least 30 minutes everyday, which was kind of a fail because my workouts left me so tired, I knocked out after reading one page of my book (which is an AWESOME read btw, can't wait for the third book to come out). March's challenge was to practice using my left hand for 30 minutes everyday. I was good for the first few days, and once again, my workouts got in the way, not that I minded really.
And although I was working out consistently, I wasn't fully watching the food I was eating. It's March now, and while my current (and past) 30 day challenges kinda got pushed back due to my workout schedule, I decided I needed to take a step further to improve my strength and just improve my overall health. I started following some people on instagram (follow me here) who inspired me to be more fit and healthy, and last weekend did a Costco run and bought all the essentials. I've been eating a lot of lean proteins (ground turkey, chicken-although i seriously despise chicken unless its fried.. go figure), lots of greek yogurt and low fat cottage cheese, and just eliminating processed foods (most of them anyway) from my diet. The thought of having to prepare and ::gasp:: COOK, my own meals used to bother me, but I realized it really wasn't that bad. And when your mind believes... your body follows.. or something like that. I've been really happy so far with everything, and it's not as hard as I thought it would be. I do get a little irked when people ask about my "diet" because I don't consider it a diet - it really is a lifestyle change. I'm allowing cheat meals every now and then, but for the most part, I try to be very conscious of what I'm consuming.
So here's to continuing on this journey of eating clean, eating lean, and being healthy and happy!