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Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Blog, Life |

My Advocare Health and Wellness Challenge – Day 15

My Advocare Health and Wellness Challenge – Day 15

A Day of Looking Back…and Ahead

For some of us, yesterday was a day to be away from work and reflect on someone in our past that had a profound impact on our society.  The degree to which we looked back upon the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. varies from person to person, but the opportunity was there.  This was the first year I have worked for an organization that observed this national holiday, so the time off was nice.

Of course, I had no trouble finding plenty of things to fill it with.

I did get the chance to have lunch with one of our friends who got us started on the Advocare 24-Day Challenge.  It was good to visit about their experience (they started off the year with the challenge as well), share ideas and favorite foods/snacks, and just catch up a bit.  One of the things my friend mentioned was how much freedom you are able to experience when you develop the habits of a balanced, healthy lifestyle.  Most people associate establishing good nutrition with ridiculous restrictions.  But it really isn’t the case.  Its as much a matter of perspective as anything else.  And when you are living a balanced lifestyle, you can go out to eat and not worry about what you order or whether or not to have dessert (unless you eat out all the time!), because you know that 90% of the time, you are feeding your body well.  And the reality is that it only takes a few, intentional adjustments to move from unhealthy eating habits to healthy one.

On a side note, another thing we talked about was how the Challenge can actually save you money.  If you eat out frequently, you’ll find yourself doing that less during the Challenge.  Its easier to stay on track when you’re preparing the food yourselves and you really know what’s in it.  And if you’re a family of any size, you’ll end up saving money that month, even considering the cost of the Challenge itself.

That’s something to consider.

Looking Ahead

As for looking ahead…in an earlier post I mentioned one of my goals related to a specific date: May 18.  Since this is the year I turn 40, I wanted to do something related to health and fitness that I had never done before.  My original idea was to participate in sprint triathlon.   Then I got into the pool.

Let’s just say we’re putting that goal on hold.  Maybe in the fall.

Another friend talked to me about his experience with the Spartan races.  They have a Spartan Sprint that is “only” four miles of running and obstacles.  I thought, “Why not?”  So, on May 18th we will be running the Spartan Sprint in Burnet Texas.  You should come along.  It will be a fun experience.

I hope.

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