September 25, 2014

Doing my Thursday Thang...

Happy Friday Thursday friends! It’s my Friday though, so you all can be a little jealous, I’ll allow it.

Let’s get to business.

Thursdays are for updates. Updates on fixing myself and updates on how this good ol’ 50 day no booze challenge is going.

I wish I had some fabulous poundage number to throw at you or an old pair of jeans I now miraculously fit back in, but I don’t. To be honest I haven’t seen a lot of changes in my body (boooo).

However, I have felt a lot of changes and surprised myself.

First off my pits and tits hurt something awful today – thanks bench press. I don’t think I’ve been sore there since, well ever. I like being sore. I crave being sore. It means I did something good for my body. So there’s that.

Second, I went on my first outdoor run since probably April. I was dreading it. I thought I wouldn’t make it far and the pit/tit ache wasn’t helping as they bounced along with me… but it was AMAZING! I made it more than a mile without stopping to walk! On my first run getting back into things that is unheard of.  UNHEARD OF PEOPLE.  It felt so good to just run. The fact that my legs kept moving and I could still breathe even after the corner where I usually stop to walk made me ecstatic. Apparently whatever I have been doing at the gym, paired with volleyball all summer has helped me stay somewhat in shape. Win!

Lastly I really held my own this weekend when it came to the Sober ‘till October challenge. I went to the college football tailgate here in town to meet with some friends. I could barely imagine going to a tailgate without having a beer, but I knew I had to try.  If I can’t handle that sober then I’ve failed this challenge already.

So I bought myself a large diet cherry limeade and we headed over. Sure I wanted a beer. But do you want to know what was even better? The response I got when I told people about my challenge. In fact I surprised myself just as much as them I think. I had to take a moment to think about it, but I realized it had been 28 days since I had any alcohol. A whole month! Not only did I get wows from others, I sort of wowed myself! I’ve made it a whole month now and it really hasn’t been all that hard. Since I didn’t drink the two days before the challenge the total non-drinking days now equal 31. Get some!

Sure I am really excited for October 15th to roll around so I can have a pumpkin ale. However I can’t get over how pleased I am with the challenge so far. No slips, no huge temptations. I just feel empowered. I know it’s not a big deal – lots of people don’t drink at all. Well good for them. But for me, meeting my goal (and exceeding it I’ll admit) feels great. 

Here’s how the rest of my personal challenge is going:
** Gym sessions – 2-4 a week consistently!
** Runs – 1 really stinking good one!
** Volleyball (which counts as a workout) – Big tournament last weekend! And games every week!
** Weekday healthy, packed lunches consumed –Tons. I haven’t eaten out at work in 3 weeks!
** Healthy Recipes blogged – A few. See here and here and the re-post here.
** Alcohol consumed - ZIP
** Cheat days taken –?  Still my weakness. Weekends are tough.
** Soreness – Pectorals and Glutes/T-bands
**Sleeping - Better than I have in a really really long time! Damn those pets who wake me up though!

Overall I am feeling happier and healthier. I wish it reflected a little on the beer gut over here but I know in time I’ll get there. Three weeks and four days till the wedding. It’s crunch time!

Make sure to check in with Blake too to see how her Sober ‘till October challenge is going!

How’s your fitness journey going? What do you think about not drinking for a whole month or a whole 50 days? Anyone else wish lifestyle changes had instant results? I do!!!

PS - installment #2 of Eurotrip will be up tomorrow. You won't want to miss it!

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  1. You go girl!!! Keep it up. I really need to take a drinking break, it just sounds sooooo hard to quit completely but I know I would feel so good and surely drop some lbs. too:)

  2. Whoa girl--get it! That would be sooo hard for me. I love craft beer sooooo much. It would definitely be a test of willpower, though. Maybe I'll get around to trying it one of these days. :P

  3. I haven't seen much change in my body either, but I have seen a huge change in how energetic I am and how I just overall feel better. I'm starting to miss beer though!!

  4. look at you kicking ass! I'm so impressed!! I am failing at my goal to get to running a whole mile without stopping, but I have been walking about a mile each day, so I think that's probably better than the couch!

  5. Get it girl!!
    Also, aren't arm pit aches the weirdest? I get them from pushups and it's still weird to me that pits can get sore.

  6. You are doing amazing! I know it is hard to not focus on the clothes or the scale, but once you start feeling it on the inside everything on the outside will start matching. Great job on the staying sober, also. It used to be one of my weaknesses, "Just one drink" and then I'm calling a taxi, but I have found that the best way to better yourself is to converse without alcohol. Keep going!