Part of my inspiration for signing up for the Janathon was a friend who is doing a Dryathlon (giving up drinking for January and raising money for Cancer Research UK at the same time). In turn, I seem to have inspired Bassman to do a Snapathon (taking a worthwhile - his word, not mine - photograph every day in January). Other friends are having a go at exercising every day, even though they won't be blogging about it. It's all very exciting and motivational.
However, I seem to have gotten carried away with the joy of -athoning and, in an uncharacteristic burst of optimism, have now committed myself to doing the NoMoreCake-athon that I was joking about a few posts ago. I've even expanded the original concept to include not just cake but chocolates and cookies. And cupcakes (that's how seriously I'm taking this).
It seemed like a good idea at the time but, really, WHAT WAS I THINKING??? (Note to self: You were thinking that it might be nice to stop popping buttons off your trousers. And that losing those cake-related extra pounds might benefit your running. And that maybe you would feel healthier and more energetic.) I hate being deprived - even when it's me doing the depriving - and I miss the idea of cake already.
I've decided, though, not to give up sugar altogether; that's much too drastic an action and, besides, there's still half a tub of chocolate Philly to finish. Can't have that going to waste. And I need my TangFastics and Sport Jelly Beans for my long runs. And there's fake sugar in the hot chocolate mix so that doesn't count. And and and...
Yes, there's nothing like ignoring the rules (even when they're self-imposed) to make me feel better!
Janathon Day 3: Gym session consisting of 10 minutes warm-up on the bike followed by leg presses, leg extensions, hamstring curls, side lunges, 2000m/10.5 minutes on the rower, and 10 minutes cool-down on the cross-trainer. And 15 minutes in the sauna afterwards as a treat since I CAN'T HAVE CAKE.
Sugary things not purchased during post-workout trip to Tesco: A six-pack of Cadbury's Creme Eggs, gingerbread men, Tesco Finest Triple Chocolate Cookies, profiteroles, and chocolate cheesecake. Sheesh, I probably burned off more calories wrestling with temptation than I did at the gym.