The flexibility assessment when as I thought; I still can’t touch my toes. Improving ones flexibility can’t be done in one month alone. It takes a few to get the muscle fibers limber enough to see a large improvement.
Now on to this months activity, Pull Ups. Apparently I’m terrible. I can only manage 1 pull up. Thankfully I’m better than Pyle.
To train for this I will be utilizing the 20 Pull-up Challenge workout. I’m not sure how well it will work but we will definitely see.
No, no my will hasn’t given out at the end of the year. I’ve been busy working on next years plan and I’m sure you didn’t want to hear me complain about not eating meat again for another month.
Next year I switch things up a bit and focusing on improving the body with physical influences. I will attempt to improve my fitness level in the most common areas measured. Each month will begin and end with an assessment of where I am to see if there has been any improvement. Also at the beginning and end of the year, I will be doing a full assessment to see how I have changed throughout the year.
New this year will be videos, pictures and maybe audio at various times. No one really wants to watch me eat but since this is now a physically challenge, the results can been seen. I will now let you in a little further to see just how my will is tested.
If you’d like to join me this year be my guess. Encourage others to join you, to encourage you or to try it for themselves. See you in January for the assessment.
That’s how my lists used to look. Now I can only get one item on that list freely and one item carefully.
After a quick inventory of my personal food supply I realized there’s nothing I have that fits the bill. I had to go out and shop all over again. No problem since I love to eat so armed with some knowledge from the internet about vegan friendly foods and ingredients I was on my way to stocking the shelves. Thanks to the people at PETA for giving me a good start on what I could eat off the shelf. They don’t have a complete list but they do have enough to get you started. They seems to have a handle on the animal not animal thing.
Wegmans, The Fresh Market, Giant and Sam’s Club all contributed to my first nights spoils for a total of $101.06. A typical food budget for myself so I wasn’t too concerned there. The experience however was not one I enjoyed.
First thing to do with any product is to read the label. I often laughed at these people who are in the way at the store reading labels for what seems forever as I try to pas. But now, I’m one of them. I actually felt pretty stupid trying to figure out if I could eat something because of an ingredient. A few times of whipping out my phone to search the internet got to be pretty frustrating. I’m sure the people who say me figured it was my first time.
Next was the endless circling to try to find something I could eat and trying to create a balanced meal plan for the day. Being an runner doesn’t seem to be easy while doing this but I was certainly getting a workout.
I was able to score some vegan cheese made of rice, Boca Burgers and some wheat bread that was “safe” to eat. Paired with some spinach and tomatoes I was ready for my first meal as a vegan (other than the salad I ate at lunch).
And then there it was, my first bite. It wasn’t the worst thing I had ever eaten but it certainly wasn’t the best. I was robbed of the flavors I used to enjoy and replaced with this. And I have to do another 30 days of this? It’s going to be a long month…
It may have been for Dick Van Patten and the gang but not for me. In case you’re wondering what I mean, let me show you;
"Eat after 8 and gain the weight."
"Don’t eat after 8 and you’ll lose the weight."
It rhymes so it must be logical right? I mean come on, Shakespeare and Shakur both do it. Even though there is no evidence that it harms or hurts, people often believe this rhyme as rule. But if that were the case, all of our mothers would have broken backs.
Not eating after 8 will prove to be tough some days. Sometimes I don’t make it out of the gym until 7:30 PM! So in interest of following the letter of the law, no food can be consumed after 8 PM until morning and such food should be considered breakfast.
I’ll admit to some late night snacking so hopefully by the end of the month I’ll have that habit under control.
On the no red meat note, first red meat was beef jerky because it was convenient. Tomorrow is the Broad Street Run here in Philly, a 10 mile race to benefit cancer. You can believe there will be some red meat consumed afterwards.