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Safety in Numbers

Posted Dec 30 2010 9:59pm

30 Aug

I’ve completely changed the way I eat over the past two years. Mostly the people at work don’t have the same eating habits as I do and that’s been fine, sometimes I get sad when a big group goes out for Qdoba or pizza. I love being social so in that way clean eating has been at odds with that part of my personality. I’ve learned over the years to bring my own lunches from home so that I don’t get tempted by greasy and salty food. Any time I give in it makes me feel bad (physically) later in the day.

Luckily I now have two office mates, Amanda and Donna, who are also into eating well and fitness. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about that. You see, my whole life I’ve been kind of a lone soldier. Mostly I workout by myself, I cook by myself, I’ve trained for triathlon by myself, I clean by myself and I am very effective at doing things by myself. But it gets a little lonely doing everything by yourself. (And  I have a boyfriend whom I spend a lot of time with, but I’ve even managed to isolate the two of us from larger groups).

So what are the benefits of doing things in a group. For starters any amount of heads are better than one, in this case we have three. We’ve come up with some wonderful ideas in sustaining our healthy living lifestyles. We’re running the Hot Chocolate 15k together, we started a running club at the office and we created team potluck lunches where everyone  makes something from scratch and brings it in to share.

Last week we had our first running club and our first potluck lunch.

Running Club
This first running club took place last Wednesday and it was just the three of us. We all ran together for 30 minutes along the gorgeous Chicago lakefront. Here’s our first photo:

Running club

Amanda, Donna and Me

I’m going to post a photo of us every week so that everyone can see our progress. We’re since invited some more people in the office and some friends to running club, so I think this week it’s going to be a bigger crowd.

The First Culinary Club Potluck Lunch
There were 10 people that made something for the lunch last Friday. The theme was ‘seasonal.’ We asked everyone to prepare something using a single seasonal fruit or vegetable. Here are some of the highlights:

The table spread

The table spread

Bruschetta and dip

Bruschetta and dip

Berry salsa with cinnamon pita

Berry salsa with cinnamon pita

Spinach salad with chicken and spicy pineapple dressing

Spinach salad with chicken and spicy pineapple dressing

Homemade custard with berries

Homemade custard with berries

Daily Actions, Day 7
• Logging my food intake everyday — done
• Doing my workouts and logging them everyday — done
haven’t logged the runs, starting this week
• Getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night — done, almost every night except for two nights
• Ask at least one person per day one of two questions: –  I did not do this over the weekend, starting again today
What are your dreams? What do you like about your life? What are you grateful for?

In addition to the daily actions I will take some other miscellaneous actions:
(These won’t get a check mark until I do them later in the month, but I’m keeping them here as a reminder)
• Host a ‘Clean’ dinner party at my home once a month — Hosted 1st party Sunday 8.29
• Get a Sub Max test
• Clean two closets
• Paint bedroom walls

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