Well, I really buckled down during January in my attempt to Detox (as discussed here). My goals were two-fold: Stop drinking Diet Coke and attempt 30 workouts in 31 days.
I'm proud to report that the Diet Coke experiment was a success. I haven't had a single Diet Coke the entire month. I wonder if I had any effect on this:
SmarTrend identified a Downtrend for Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) on January 07, 2010 at $56.06. In approximately 3 weeks, Coca-Cola has returned 3.4% as of today's recent price of $54.13.
As for the 30 workouts, well, I didn't quite get there. Still, 20 workouts in 31 days was pretty good. I slowed down at the end of the month for some reason, but my early momentum gave me the confidence to try something new. I signed up for and ran a 10K in Orinda, CA called The Dam Run. I even posted a pic of the starting point on Twitter.
My time was terrible, but I finished and I wasn't last. The course was cross county, which was new for me. All my previous races have been on pavement. This one took us though single track trails, across soggy meadows and up huge hills. Seriously, I'm talking about hands on the knees, walking and grunting hills. The good news is that the 3.1 mile turn around point was much higher than the starting point, so most of the run back was downhill.
There was another factor contributing to my slow time. Since I gave up Diet Coke, I substituted a lot of sugar drinks. Even though I worked out quite a bit, my weight has actually gone up. I'm not too worried about it. My plan for February is to continue with the same plan. The absence of Diet Coke wasn't as hard as I thought. Now I just need to imbibe more carefully.
Wish me luck.