For the last couple years, Adriene (Yoga With Adriene) has led a 30-day yoga challenge in January. This year, she’d doing a 31-day challenge, and it has come at a perfect time. One of the big things I need to do for my ankle is to stretch and loosen my Achilles tendon and the surrounding areas. I specifically asked about yoga, and I’m good to go as long as I modify any pose that hurts or puts pressure on my foot. Add to that yoga’s ability to help my PTSD and mental health, and I think this is the perfect January challenge. I don’t know that I’ll complete all 31 days – we have a couple events scheduled this month, including some travel – but I’m going to attempt to get a good chunk of it done, and aim to fully complete it.
This month I’m working on lowering my insulin levels, especially after the sugar-filled Christmas holiday. For my challenge, I’m cutting out sugar and flour this month. I’m not going to worry about small amounts in things like jerky, ketchup, or salad dressing. I’m also allowing a few exceptions:
- When I’m traveling and have limited food choices, I just need to minimize flour and sugar as much as possible.
- I’m allowed a measured tablespoon of honey in my yogurt, though the bulk of sweetening should be done with fruit.
- Each night, I can have one small piece of chocolate. (Because I’ve never been good with all-or-nothing deprivation!)
I hope these two challenges together will help me recover from holiday eating and get me back into a regular routine for fitness without hurting my ankle. Wish me luck!