The other day Erica sent me an email with the status of the challenge she proposed to herself. It may inspire you. Here's the exact email.
I just wanted to update you on the progress of my new healthy lunch goal. I wanted to share because the results are seriously better than I could have ever anticipated and I'm so excited about it.
I started bringing my lunch or getting salads and some sort of protein from the cafeteria. Sure, I am saving money, but that's not the best thing that's happening. I find that when I eat a healthy lunch (in lieu of heavy or carb-y restaurant food), I feel SO GOOD for the rest of the day. I do not get tired. This means no feeling like I'm going to fall asleep by the end of the workday, and no desire to take a nap before class. It also means that my performance in workouts is better. This floored me. Last night, I was the first one to finish the Crossfit workout and that never happens to me. I didn't get tired or feel like I was going to puke at all. I was like "wtf is going on here?" It allows me to work out harder; it's amazing.
I also find that eating a good lunch sets a healthy precedent for the rest of the day. If I know my lunch was really healthy, I have no desire to fuck up with restaurant food or unhealthy snacks later.
So in short, I am AMAZED at this simple step I've taken and the chain reaction it's had. I didn't expect it. I mean, I knew intellecutally that diet was a huge part of the equation, but I was minimizing it because my own on-the-run eating was bad. This is the best change I've made for myself since I decided to "get healthy" in the first place a year and a half ago!
Excellent work Erica!