Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Labor Day Challenge

I know I'm a day behind on blogging, but I was recovering from my debaucherous birthday weekend :) More on that later.

Now, the Labor Day Challenge...hmmm...well as always I aim to get in shape...however this time, we're gonna attempt optimum health. So this entails several different phases of cleaning out and up the bod.

Phase 1 will be a healthy detox using natural aids of flaxseed oil, cranberry juice (100%) and lemon juice. I'm going to cut out major gluten, dairy and of course all processed foods for the first two weeks and really concentrate on healthy/organic fruits, veggies, and proteins. I know I can eat these things without incident.

After the first two weeks, I will continue to use natural supplements and start adding back the dairy and some of the grains (Phase 2)....I've got to figure out which one is giving me stomach aches and bloating...I had an episode last week when I started eating basic carbs again and I was in miserable shape, all curled up and fetal with stomach cramps...and that bloated, overly-full feeling continued throughout the weekend, even when I hadn't had anything to eat....so yeah, we've got some work to do to see what has been causing such odd effects.

Then Phase 3 will be the set way of eating once we've figured out what my reactents are and the bod is running like a well oiled machine. During all 3 Phases, we will continue to do the 30 Day Shred with other work-outs mixed in, ranging from yoga to interval cardio to weight training...I plan on keeping it mixed up and shocking the body as much as possible to keep it constantly growing and changing...besides, it'll keep me from getting bored. This is going to be a tough challenge...especially all the pre-planning, preparing the food and getting together the supplements. I plan on starting Week 1 next Monday 8/4/08 so that I can get ready properly...no half-assed attempts here.

I guess you see that I've been writing we, that's because the new roomie Carmine is going to do this with me. He's excited about getting in mad shape and having a healthy bod to show for it...so it'll be really nice to have a partner in this. Something's got to be said for those who keep us accountable, and a big thank you goes out to all you out there in blogland for that :) LOVE YOU FOLKS! You're the best blog friends a girl could have *sniffle, sniffle*

Ok, so now back to the research and accumulation of info for my crazy challenge goals. Look for the bday party update once I get the pics for show and tell.

Have a great day!
-Bex

5 comments:

MizFit said...

show and tell :)

and FAB about the new roommate being in as well.

my healthy living is going far better/easier now that my husband is on the wagon ;)

Miz.

Mark Salinas said...

Nice site....your journey is inspiring! :)

VeganOperaDiva said...

Yes, please tell K.V. to beware. Like I said in the post, however, she DOES have a cult-like following... so apparently, SOME people like it. I would never put up with that crap. Keep me posted (on her behalf) on how it ends up going.
can't wait to catch up!! I'll be back Saturday! Yay!

Courtney said...

Hey!
I've been going thru tummy issues, too! Do you think cutting gluten and dairy will help? I'm almost at my wit's end with this.

Courtney said...

Thanks for your comments about celiac! I'll check it out. I just know that my tummy issues aren't normal for sure. :)