Yesterday marked the first of 10 days in the "Pull a Hard 10 Challenge" issued by Dawne. The challenge was inspired by Dawne's daughter, who was encouraged to 'pull a hard 10' while competing in the Ontario Erg Championships. This instruction from her coach lead to a fantastic result.
This isn't about moderation, or making small changes that are sustainable for life. It's about giving it your ALL for a short window of time in order to boost performance.
For me, this means:
1. Getting back to a disciplined meal plan: 1500 calories per day. Period.
2. Drinking water: 10 glasses per day. Drinking water also means NOT drinking diet soda.
3. Exercise like a crazy mo-fo.
4. Blog it.
I can say that Day 1 was a success. Let's review the components...
1. 1500 Calories
This was hard. So very, very hard. This should be a huge wake-up call, because it probably means I have been eating waaay too many calories lately.
Breakfast: scrambled egg w/ whites on whole grain toast, banana, coffee
Lunch: greek salad, rice paper tuna wraps with basil and veg
Dinner: delicious halibut meal courtesy of Rachel Ray recipes! :)
Snacks: fat-free chocolate milk & dill rice crackers
2. Drinking Water
I just barely managed to get in my water. All I could think about today was diet Coke. Totally addicted - gah!! I didn't give in.
Three solid activities today: zumba class, one-hour hike with the dog, lifting arm weights until I felt a good burn.
Wow. I am pooped today. And now I have to do it all over again. :)