2.5 min readBy Published On: October 15th, 2012Categories: Features1 Comment on Another 30 Day Challenge

by Alexandra Ryan

Dear Caught in Southie,

Last September, after an extremely unhealthy Labor Day weekend, I committed to doing a 30 Day Challenge – 30 consecutive days of Bikram yoga and 30 days without alcohol.  I completed the 30 days of Bikram, and I made it 29 days without booze (long story).   I felt amazing after the challenge and I even lost some weight.   Up until recently, I have continued to practice Bikram yoga 3-4 times a week.  I also continue to drink.  After another Labor Day weekend, reminiscent of some of my worst nights in college,  I thought about doing a cleanse or some sort of 30 day challenge, but I just couldn’t seem to pull myself together in September.

So, here we are on October 15th, 2012.  I am officially disgusted with myself.   I think I really fell off the wagon back in July and it’s been downhill ever since.  I rekindled my relationship with the snooze button and I rarely get up in the morning to workout anymore.  I have been drinking entirely too much wine and my eating is out of control.  Over the course of last week alone, I consumed the following:

  • Chicken Fried Rice (gross)
  • Chinese Chicken Fingers (5)
  • Crab Rangoons
  • Steak and Cheese Eggrolls
  • Buffalo Chicken Rangoons
  • French Fries with Mayo (lots)
  • 6-8 Beers
  • Grilled Cheese (2)
  • Saag Paneer
  • At least 4 bottles of wine (most likely more)
  • Chicken schnitzel burger and a half of a sausage roll
  • Half of a Cheeseburger
  • Campbell’s Sirloin Burger sSoup (WTF)
  • Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Doritos
  • M&Ms
  • Breakfast sandwich
  • Wavy Lays chips
  • Bagel with Cream Cheese
  • Another half of a Cheeseburger
  • Saag Paneer (this isn’t a typo)
  • Indian Chicken Lollipops (this means fried chicken)
  • Triscuits & Cheese

I know.  I’m gross.  It’s not like I haven’t tried to pull myself together over the past few months.  I eat healthy for a few days, but then the weekend comes and I go crazy.  At work, I eat leftover meeting food.  My co-workers give me scraps because they know I’ll eat anything.  Every day around 3:00pm, I hunt around the office for m&ms, cupcakes, birthday cake…anything I can get my hands on.  Do you see the Triscuits and cheese on the bottom of that gluttonous list?  I stole those out of the communal refrigerator.   I’ve hit rock bottom. 

The only thing I have going for me right now is a Shellac manicure.  I need another 30 Day Challenge.  It is the only thing that will get me on the straight and narrow.  Coincidentally, Bikram Yoga Boston is sponsoring a 30 day challenge that begins today.   I signed up this past weekend.  Last year, I gave up alcohol.  This year, I’m focusing on my diet.  After all, it’s 90% diet, right? 

Here is my 30 Day Challenge:  

30 Days of Bikram Yoga
30 Days of “No Junkfood”

Does anyone want to join me?

Pray for me,


One Comment

  1. Anonymous October 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I shall join you in spirit, and I will poor some cheezwiz out for my homey who can’t be there

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