I'm feeling pretty good. Just a few things to share, and then I'll post my update for week one.
Officially, I failed the 75 Hard Challenge. Friday, I forgot to take a progress pic, and I was so busy that I did not get the full gallon of water. Unofficially, I am going to stick with it because I am doing well with the diet (still no fast food, no sodas, and no alcohol), the two 45 minute workouts, and the 10 pages of reading every day. I'm just not going to stress myself out if I forget to take a pic or if I do not drink a full gallon of water. I may recalibrate some habits and routines and try again later.
Since I mentioned books, I won a giveaway from Inspired Legacy, which is a men's ministry and podcast, specifically for fathers. The book was Stephen Mansfield's newest one, Men on Fire. The book is a really powerful call to action for those of us who identify as men to step into our value and purpose as men. Mansfield feels that men who do not know who they are are the most dangerous kinds of men. "Men who do not know who they are and who do not understand the power of noble manhood and the duties of a righteous man are terrorizing our age and destroying themselves." He makes the very valid point that most of the atrocities in our nation today (violence, sexual assault, etc.) have been committed by white, middle-class, and often "Christian" young men. I like the direct writing style of the book, but as I read it I recognize that I know some men who would be put off by this. However, Mansfield makes a good point that men need to stop placing blame, take ownership of their mistakes, and band together to fix them.
I'm still running trails three days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. My buddy Rick is running a 100 mile race in November, and I am going to pace him for the last 18 miles. It will be the longest trail run for me ever, even though my measly 18 will be nothing compared to his awesome 100. But it is located in the New River Gorge, one of my favorite regions of the state. The last 18 miles is mostly uphill with a climb of 2,890 ft.
So I'm doing okay. I also started watching Lovecraft Country because it seemed appropriate with Halloween coming soon, and I really enjoyed the book and have been looking forward to the show. If you've seen it, comment with what you think of it so far. I just started the second episode.
Week 1 Update:
woke up before sunrise every day except Sunday
said the Lord's Prayer every morning, as well as a prayer of gratitude
took the dogs outside while barefoot and shirtless; most mornings it has been about 45-50 degrees F, which is just cool enough to prepare me for much colder exposure to come later in the season.
took cold showers, which are getting even cooler as the nights and mornings get colder
trail runs are going great; my gps isn't accurate, but I am relying mostly on how my body feels during and after the run
eating a lot of almond butter lately; I also had a pumpkin strudel muffin for breakfast, and I have been drinking cocoa made from cacao powder and sweetened with honey
my wife made chili this weekend, which I consider to be an excellent fall meal, perfect for cool evenings; in the winter she makes vegetable soup
virtual conferences with students are becoming more frequent and more productive
still taking daily walks around campus, trying to get creative each time and mix it up a bit; some days I listen to podcast, some days music, and some days just the sounds of my environment
still trying to drink a lot of water but not stressing about if it is a gallon or not
reading Men on Fire
been getting to bed by 10:30
I leave you with this: