I have some issues with this “challenge.”
I have to level with you and share that I have a real problem with the following words:
- Natural – What the hell does that mean anyway? Aren’t we all natural, even when we’re not?
- Fitness – It’s kind of a gross word, that for me conjures up images of treadmills and those stupid giant balls people workout on.
- Challenge – The word itself is a challenge, and in an abrasive way. Sometimes we like a good challenge, but most of us don’t like to be challenged.
So why would I call this a Natural Fitness Challenge? Because I only have words to work with here 😉 and because the three words together, kinda sorta almost convey what I am trying to do for the next 90 days of my life. Actually I have 84 days left!
The whole package, aka, stronger & longer lasting.
I have tried–successfully & unsuccessfully–to “tranform” my body in the past. Unfortunatley, even when I did succeed it was short-lived. And something else always bothered me too…those transformations weren’t really about me.
Having only external goals like “I wanna lose weight and have big muscles,” or “the most important thing in my life is that I can wear a bikini this summer,” doesn’t get you to a place where the transformation sticks. I want you to wear a bikini this summer too–I really do–but I want you to be wearing the polka dots every summer after as well.
That’s the thing that has been so different about both my 60 day Raw Food challenge and now this 90 day Natural Fitness challenge, I am focused on the whole package, and I want the change to become a permanent part of me.
Do you want to be healthy?
One of the biggest parts of the package is health. What’s the point of getting super fit but in the process flooding your body with cancer causing artificial sweeteners, meat & dairy full of hormones and antibiotics, and “fat burners” that quickly wear down your nervous system?
And why undergo a trans-formative process that leaves you feeling only more critical of yourself? That’s never healthy.
We live once. We are these bodies, which I don’t believe are separate from us as most of us have been taught.
We can live incredibly with all kinds of savory sensory input and loads of dynamic energy and skin on skin and bellowing laughter, or we can drive around town with cheetohs on our dash and a big gulp in the cup holder with cigarettes burning our upholstery and our lungs hating the world and…you get the picture.
And yeah..I’m dramatizing both realities..we are all somewhere in the middle of that picture…which is right where we should be.
What I did on Day 6:
I am so blown away by how fast you can heal if you get out of your own way! If you read the last couple blogs I mentioned I had to slow down a bit because of a debilitating sinus infection. I rarely get sick, but when i get sinus infections they are serious business.
Gabrielle Brick, who I am a not so secret admirer of, gave me some great advice on how to make my sinus infection “cease to exist” quickly. I used to have month long infections, following her advice it’s almost completely gone in 2 days!
Today I will be going for another strenuous hike since it’s my last day off for a bit and I must be outside in this gorgeous weather (it’s absolute sunny perfection and in the 70’s in Palm Springs).
- 2 glasses of h2o each with a tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar (for my sinuses)
- Juiced 2 grapefruit, 4 oranges, and blended with 2 big handfuls of spinach and some blueberries.
- 2 more glasses of water w/ ACV.
- took a slow hike at a pace that would get my heart rate up w/o stressing my immune system.
- ate a LARA bar on the hike.
- bought a new matcha green tea raw bar at health food store and ate it–so delicious! like a sweet graham cracker.
- made chickpea tacos with spicy mexicn seasonings and lots of fajita veggies: zucchini, carrots, onion, red pepper. served on steamed corn tortillas and with spicy corn on the cob. i skipped the organic sour cream because of my sinuses.
- swallowed 2 big cloves of garlic (immune booster) in a tbs of raw honey (anti-bacterial).
Tomorrow I think I’ll feel good enough to get back to a Bikram class!