30-Day Challenge: Asthma, Allergies and Kick-Starting Fitness 2013
Let's see, where was I? Oh yeah. I was slowly making zig-zagging headway with various elimination diets regarding my various allergies and autoimmune issues. Also, there was some recent talk behind the scenes about skaters and their training and/or weight loss goals for the upcoming training season. All of the above, plus a couple of 20 minute flat skating sessions this week that left me gasping for oxygen, has prompted me to try my own 30 Day healthy eating Challenge. I'm hoping to make it past day 4 this time.
I tried doing a Whole30 in January, but gave up after 4 days. The one I have devised for myself is a lot less strict and would allow plain old sugary stuff for any long skates I might work my way up to within the next month (*snort*). Speaking of which, my 30 Day Challenge will coincidentally end on the day of the next 72 Miles for Freedom skate on the Silver Comet Trail. At this point I don't have it in the budget to take part but I haven't totally ruled it out yet. Never mind that I can barely skate 6 miles and it's hardly likely that I can work up to a breezy 72 within 30 days, even if it is only on the trail and not piedmont-hilly.
Getting oxygen into my lungs and bloodstream seems to be a problem so I have taken milk and cheese out of the diet for the next 30 days (as I slurp down my last mug of hot cocoa). I'm already wheat, grain, soy and legume free, so everything is going to have to be home-cooked and preplanned, which is the hardest part, frankly. I am still going to allow myself some plain corn chips here and there, so not technically grain free, if corn is considered a grain. I know it's probably GMO'd to pieces by now, but this 30 Day Challenge needs to be doable.
What has me stumped is why I never fail to fail by day 4 of any kind of abstinence regimen. Here are the guidelines I devised for myself this time around ("Progress, not Perfection", as they say in Al-Anon):