DJ Research has been considering initiating a health challenge among his social sphere. He's tentatively calling it "Health Week Challenge" (which I actually coined and I realize is not very creative). Basically he wants to challenge himself and his friends to actively engage in one healthy activity--be it physical, educational, dietary, emotional/psychological (i.e. stress)--for one week.
This is not completely uncommon for the DJ and I. We will sometimes impose little challenges on ourselves; for instance, we challenged ourselves to become "voracious readers" and last year we both read over 30 books (a big jump from a few years ago when I just read 6 books).
So the DJ is tossing ideas my way as to what his "Healthy Week Challenge" challenge might be:
DJ: I was thinking I could try to run 100 miles in one week.
Me: You realize many would argue that puts too much stress on the body, and thus would be the opposite of healthy.
DJ: Yes, but I really want to do it.
Me: Well, I think its a great goal, and I think you could totally do it! Maybe not next week, but with smart training, I know you could totally run 100 miles in one week. Thats an awesome goal!!
DJ: Thanks! I was also thinking I would try to get 8 hours of sleep a day for one whole week.
Me: WHAT?!? Are you crazy? Thats insane! You mean 8 consecutive hours? For 7 consecutive days? Thats impossible! Are humans even capable of such a feat?!
Clearly priorities are a little messed up around here. And clearly I need more sleep.
Getting enough sleep is exceptionally vital to good health, but it is oh-so-difficult to do. I would love to blame it on the fact that I have young son, but honestly, Nugget is a champion sleeper. 10-12 hours a night is the norm for him I'm just such a night owl, I can't go to bed before midnight.
Despite my night-owl tendencies, getting adequate sleep would not be the biggest challenge for me. My challenge would be in the kitchen. Because I H.A.T.E. cooking. To be completely frank, "cook one meal every day for a whole week" would be really difficult for me. I hate cooking that much.
So we'll see whats in store for both of us once the "Health Week Challenge" rolls around. Hopefully I'm on vacation that week.