Every once in a while I'll feel some unexpected motivation creeping up inside me. Sometimes the motivation is towards productivity, and if I catch ahold of it, I can be unusually productive (until the motivation wears off). Sometimes the motivation is focused on being healthy, and if I respond to the urge to be more healthy, I can often make a positive life-change.
So, here I find myself. I'm eating some delicious dark chocolate, but I still feel driven to be more healthy. And I'm really going to do it. I always have some kind of health goal, but this one's more serious than most.
Starting August 1st, for a year I'm going to only have one dessert a week. I've been having too much sugar lately, and I want to stop. Here are my rules: I can save up desserts, or even borrow from the future, just so long as by Aug 1, 2014 the desserts add up to 52. That way there are no excuses (I'll also give myself three free days to use whenever I want, like Christmas).
Andrew, my mom and sister are all doing the goal together. I am putting it here so it's public and I'm accountable. Ask me how my goal is going anytime this year :)
To give us a concrete goal to work towards, Andrew and I are working to earn me a bike. We have a bike trailer, and Andrew and Abraham have bikes, so we'll be able to go on family bike rides and take advantage of all the great trails in the DC area!
The first four days of the goal (Aug 1-4), Andrew and I will be doing a more serious cleanse, inspired by Dr. Christopher's Mucusless Diet. No sugar, dairy, meat or gluten. I will also be starting every day with a green smoothie, and a cup of water with a tablespoon or two of good apple cider vinegar, a bit of raw honey, and a quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper. What a way to wake up! Call me strange, but I actually kind of like it. And it does clear you out!
Most of you probably keep a stricter diet than this, but if not, want to join me? Any health goals you're already doing or plan to do?