Sunday, March 27, 2011

hard 10 - day one

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.

3. Exercise
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. :)


  1. Rae, you are doing great. It really is just one day at a time. I have been pushing hard too! It is daunting looking ahead. I realized recently, I can only look at today. Do what I have to do. Next day....same thing. Can't look at the whole picture. If I don't feel like exercise, I say, "Just do it for 10 minutes". Next thing I know, my whole work out is done.

    Keep focused!

  2. Congrats & wahoo! :D Deb

  3. You are doing an awesome job! 3 things of exercise plus a kick butt eating plan :)

  4. I am so proud of you!!!! The fact that you're pooped means you really did pull hard. Thanks again for designing the badge...I love it. I might erg one day for exercise just to see what it's all about.

  5. Oooooh, that Diet Coke is the hardest thing for me as well. I refuse to have it in the house now cause I know I would drink that instead of my water. I did try to give it up entirely, but it just didn't work out so now I have 1 maybe 2 a week if we are out and about.

    Good luck the with rest of your week, but you sound as though everything is under control. I am sure you will have a great food and exercise week.

  6. Good job on day one!!! Getting started is hard, but you've done it. I'm with you and we're gonna do this!

    Thanks for coming by my blog. I'm following you now too. Keep up the great work!