Hi there, #patriotpushups #12er #fitblog #fitfluential friends.
January was an interesting month for me.
I started out super strong. I hit the gym almost daily and on days I didn’t get to the gym I worked out at home.
I participated in the #12er challenge (formerly known as #12in12) and challenged myself to drink nothing but green smoothies for the entire month of January — that’s right, 31 days of green smoothies morning, noon, and night. This was inspired by the film Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (which you can watch for free on Hulu.
I was also interviewing for a pretty awesome new position at a place I worked in 2007/2008 that I really wanted.
I attended Entrepreneur Magazine’s Growth Conference where I met up with a friend and had one of the best conversations I’ve had in a really long time which inspired my February #12er challenge.
I want you to know that I am a conference, training, and workshop junkie and any opportunity to attend or participate, I’m there! If it’s free that’s even more awesome.
And I went to Las Vegas to help some friends out and I registered voters (I’m a huge fan of civic participation.)
So, where to begin?
Let me give you an update on my #12er challenge of 31-days of green smoothies:
I worked really hard on this challenge. I even took my blender with me to Growth Conference. I did really well in those first few weeks. I added seeds, nuts, quinoa, and avocado to some of my smoothies to get healthy vegan/vegetarian sources of fat and protein in my diet.
By Day 15 I was feeling a little weird and began noticing some coordination and balance problems but I was down almost 20 pounds.
Yes, I was down almost 20 pounds in 15 days. All those green smoothies and working out were paying off, I thought.
Day 17 I felt sick in my shower. The last thing I remember is a weird sick feeling in my stomach, like I was going to vomit. I woke up on my shower floor. I don’t recall how I got down there or how long I was out but that had never happened to me before. I was terrified.
Day 18, I tried to continue with my green smoothie challenge despite my body’s pleading with me not to.
By the middle of the day after talking it over with a friend who told me that I’m not a failure for not going hard and that I can still have one or two green smoothies a day but recommended I eat food, I had my first piece of solid food in 2012.
It was really hard to not feel like I’d failed but I literally would’ve been doing more harm to myself if I’d continued with only green smoothies.
So, I had to modify my #12er challenge to include more food.
I’d eat tuna steaks with vegetables or chicken breast served in a collard green wrap and drink smoothies filled with berries and spinach or kale.
I’m down 16 pounds overall for the month of January, I’ve completed 6,349 Push-Ups.
The most important lesson I’ve learned this month is how to switch gears when I need to take care of myself and that I can indeed do 6,347 Push-Ups in 29 days.
Oh! I got that job I was going for. So, I’m moving to Chicago! Since my 24 Hour Fitness membership has expired and I couldn’t find one in Chicago, I need to find a gym in Chicago! Anyone want to help me out?
So, that’s my January story.