Have you ever wondered why human beings have this need to start new things on a Monday, as opposed to a Wednesday, or on January 1st as opposed to January 12th (assuming of course that January 12th isn’t a Monday)?
I guess there is something about the way we are wired that is drawn to the orderliness of beginning on the first day of a new week or the first day of a new year. I remember when I gave up smoking cigarettes thirty years ago, I picked a Monday to quit. I didn’t even think about picking any other day. I just knew – Mondays are the only days you can begin a new habit.
I have decided in 2016 to do something different. To jump start going back to eating healthy after a month of eating rich casseroles (sweet potato pecan casserole, pineapple bread pudding, corn pudding . . . ) and decadent desserts (pecan pie, pecan pie, and then some more pecan pie), I have decided to do the following:
Go on a clean eating cleanse for seven days. For seven days I will give up all sugar and processed foods. I will eat only whole foods: veggies, fruit, whole grains, and lean protein. I won’t eat any fish because fish is gross. I won’t eat any dark chocolate because dark chocolate is also gross.
Up my regular 30,30,30 exercise routine that I start every New Year to 60,60,60. With the craziness of the holidays, I have a tendency to slack a little bit on my exercise routine. I work out only 3 or 4 days a week instead of my normal 6 or 7. I rationalize this by thinking that I have all those gifts to make and wrap, food to cook, and cards to make, that I can’t possibly find the time to work out. For the past several years I have started the new year with a 30,30,30 promise to myself: I will work out for at least 30 minutes, for 30 days, and those days have to be 30 consecutive days. This year I will up it to 60. Which will be hard because 60 minutes on the elliptical machine seems like an eternity.
Start both of these things on January 3rd. It’s a Sunday. Why Sunday? Because Monday is complicated because it is a work day, and I need to make sure I have planned my lunch meals ahead of time. I will spend Saturday working on a menu for the week and going grocery shopping. My menu planning will take hours because I will be using Pinterest and will have to weed through all the recipes I know I won’t be able to do. For example, I know any attempt to make baked eggs in a red pepper will end up looking like the photo on the bottom:
So assuming I am coherent and able to communicate after the week is over and I went an entire week with no sugar or Dairy Queen, I’ll let you know how it went.