I know it’s totally made up, but I la-la-love the feeling of ‘fresh start’ on New Year’s Day… a new calendar and 12 months laid out before us on the ground like the yellow brick road. What lies ahead? Adventure! Predicaments! Triumphs! Friendships!
If you’re thinking about making some lifestyle changes, now is a great time to do it – there are lots of resources RIGHT NOW to help you. A little support can go a long way toward helping you stay on course. Here are a few of my completely biased recommendations:
Melissa and Dallas at Whole9Life are starting a new Whole30 cycle on January 1. You can read all the details of the Whole30 program here – and I encourage you to invest in yourself with the Success Guide. It includes lots of detail that really helps fine-tune habits and give you an extra boost of motivation, and it costs less than dinner for two in a restaurant!
Nerd Fitness: 28-Day Challenge
I really love the tone and attitude over at Nerd Fitness, and the blogger Steve has a fun 28-day workout challenge that incorporates facets of role-playing games into the mix. It’s nerd-tastic! Plus in addition to fitness goals, he encourages participants to include a more general life goal, too. Love that! Get all the details here.
If you’re not ready to go Whole30 yet, you can do yourself a ton of good by eliminating gluten. You can get all the details at GlutenFreeJan.com – and check out this post on Robb Wolf’s site, too. I’ve been receiving the gluten-free emails for a week or so, and they’re really great.
Food Renegade: Caffeine-Free 30 Day Challenge
Caffeine is still a bit of a mystery – some people swear by its ability to provide an extra boost during a workout, while others suffer from sleeplessness and soaring highs/crashing lows if they drink too much (ahem). I kicked caffeine about three weeks ago, but to keep my commitment going strong, I’m participating in the Food Renegade’s Challenge. I want my energy to come from real sources like quality calories and quality sleep. Hello, chamomile!
So… what’s happening around our house? Some big stuff is going to transpire… get psyched!
On Dave’s side of the world…
On Monday, January 3, he’s starting his first Whole30 and on-ramp at CrossFit Austin, plus lifting heavy stuff once a week and running on Saturdays. I’ve also heard rumors of new musical ideas and a kickass online business that might be born in 2011.
On my side of the world…
On January 1, I’m starting a Whole70 which will take me through Dave’s birthday on March 12. I was feeling so good on days 31-38 of my last no-cheat stretch, I just want to see how I feel if I go longer. Not because I must, but because I want to. I’ll be continuing with my 3X a week class at CrossFit Austin, too… plus lifting heavy stuff once a week and running on Saturdays. And two habits that are going strong will continue: minimum 8 hours of sleep per night and no caffeine. I’m also working on a cookbook and new web site to be a companion to this one, so look for new recipes, new meal ideas, and (WOOT!) cookbook news soon.
What are your “best version” plans for the New Year? It’s OK with me if you call ‘em goals or resolutions or schemes or to-do items… or if you don’t have any specific plans at all. Just drop a few lines in the comments and let us know what you’re thinking about 2011.
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