Another 30 Day Challenge
by Alexandra Ryan
Dear Caught in Southie,
Last September, after an extremely unhealthy Labor Day weekend, I committed to doing a 30 Day Challenge - 30 consecutive days of Bikram yoga and 30 days without alcohol. I completed the 30 days of Bikram, and I made it 29 days without booze (long story). I felt amazing after the challenge and I even lost some weight. Up until recently, I have continued to practice Bikram yoga 3-4 times a week. I also continue to drink. After another Labor Day weekend, reminiscent of some of my worst nights in college, I thought about doing a cleanse or some sort of 30 day challenge, but I just couldn’t seem to pull myself together in September.
So, here we are on October 15th, 2012. I am officially disgusted with myself. I think I really fell off the wagon back in July and it’s been downhill ever since. I rekindled my relationship with the snooze button and I rarely get up in the morning to workout anymore. I have been drinking entirely too much wine and my eating is out of control. Over the course of last week alone, I consumed the following:
- Chicken Fried Rice (gross)
- Chinese Chicken Fingers (5)
- Crab Rangoons
- Steak and Cheese Eggrolls
- Buffalo Chicken Rangoons
- French Fries with Mayo (lots)
- 6-8 Beers
- Grilled Cheese (2)
- Saag Paneer
- At least 4 bottles of wine (most likely more)
- Chicken schnitzel burger and a half of a sausage roll
- Half of a Cheeseburger
- Campbell’s Sirloin Burger sSoup (WTF)
- Breakfast sandwich
- Wavy Lays chips
- Bagel with Cream Cheese
- Another half of a Cheeseburger
- Saag Paneer (this isn’t a typo)
- Indian Chicken Lollipops (this means fried chicken)
- Triscuits & Cheese
I know. I’m gross. It’s not like I haven’t tried to pull myself together over the past few months. I eat healthy for a few days, but then the weekend comes and I go crazy. At work, I eat leftover meeting food. My co-workers give me scraps because they know I’ll eat anything. Every day around 3:00pm, I hunt around the office for m&ms, cupcakes, birthday cake...anything I can get my hands on. Do you see the Triscuits and cheese on the bottom of that gluttonous list? I stole those out of the communal refrigerator. I’ve hit rock bottom.
The only thing I have going for me right now is a Shellac manicure. I need another 30 Day Challenge. It is the only thing that will get me on the straight and narrow. Coincidentally, Bikram Yoga Boston is sponsoring a 30 day challenge that begins today. I signed up this past weekend. Last year, I gave up alcohol. This year, I’m focusing on my diet. After all, it’s 90% diet, right?
Here is my 30 Day Challenge:
30 Days of Bikram Yoga
30 Days of "No Junkfood"
Does anyone want to join me?
Pray for me,