2012 is the year I’m not only going to continue building my healthier, clutter free life, but I’m going to build a healthier me! It isn’t about losing weight, but hopefully I will lose weight along the way. It’s about being healthy. Eating better, living better, and exercising. Please join me! Every week there will be a challenge here on this webpage and you can keep everyone up-to-date on our Facebook community page. Share what you want to share, support others, and move towards a healthier you!
Week 9 – Ok, I’ll be honest, I am STILL struggling with drinking water. I’m drinking too much milk and so is hubby. So I’m continuing with the challenge to drink more water. But this time I have a new plan. I’m going to carry 8 quarters in my pocket and every time I drink a full glass of water, I will put a quarter in a jar. I have decided with my money I would really like a grain mill, so I’m going to do some research, find the one I want and then put the name of it and the cost on the jar. When I have enough quarters to buy it, that will be my reward for drinking the water! It is going to take a while, even if I drink 8 full glasses a day, that is only $104 a year, but one day I will have my grain mill!
Week 8 – You are doing great! I’m proud of you for sticking with us week after week! This week’s challenge is to eat healthy snacks in between meals. The idea is to keep the blood sugar level steady, instead of having it rise and fall which can lead to weight gain. Because we are eating healthy, I’m not too focused on calories at this point, I just want to make sure our blood sugar stays level and everything that goes into our mouths is as close to nature made as possible. Great snack ideas are grapes, raisins, nuts, carrots, celery, a banana, or an apple.
Week 7 – It’s time to mix things up. Did you know when you eat the exact same amount of calories a day or do the same exercise routine every day you can plateau and not lose weight? Yes this challenge is about being healthy, but part of being healthy is being at a healthy weight. This past week my husband and I plateaued after losing a good amount of weight. So this week’s challenge is to mix things up. Change your calorie intake day to day, change the exercise routine!
Week 6 – This week’s challenge is to schedule your workouts! It is so easy to run out of time and just not do it. I have decided that 6:30 to 7:30 each morning is my time to workout. Whether I go for a walk, do yoga, Sweat to the Oldies, or hula hoop, that hour is my time to do it! Find your time and pick your activity and let’s get healthy together!
Week 5 – This week’s challenge is to try one new healthy dish! It can be simple or it can be elaborate. Try to include veggies that you may not have tried or maybe one you thought you didn’t like. I would love to hear what you tried! If you like, make a blog post about what you tried and include a recipe! Link it up at this week’s post.
Week 4 – My family has almost completely eliminated all forms of corn from my menu. But I’m leaving it up to you to read and decide what is best for you, but I’m hoping you will at least eliminate anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup in it (aka corn sugar). This week the challenge is to add more water and more movement! Previously I asked for 5 extra minutes of movement a day, this time I didn’t give a number, just more!
Week 3 – In short this week’s challenge is to careful read the list of ingredients in each of the foods you eat and watch for the word “corn”. Every time you eat a food that contains corn (doesn’t matter what type of corn), write it down. Please watch this week’s video for the best explanation.
Week 2 – Great job on keeping track of what you ate. I know how hard that can be with a busy schedule. This week is a replace, add, and add week. What does that mean? We are going to replace one unhealthy food with a healthy food or replace one unhealthy habit with a healthy one (use last week’s food diary as a guide). We are going to add one glass of water each day and we are going to add 5 minutes of activity each day!
I’m going to replace a candy bar with an apple, some raisins, a banana, or other healthy fruit I have fresh in the house. I have already started working on drinking more water, but I’m going to add one more glass each day to what I normally drink. As for my activity…. right now I walk everyday, I’m going to add 5 extra minutes each day to my walking time.
For more ideas or further explanation, please check out this week’s video!
Week of January 1, 2012 – I’m so glad you are joining us! My husband and I are determined to make this year a great healthy one. Each week I will post a challenge that he and I are doing and hope you will do along with us. This week’s challenge is to write down every single thing you eat and drink. If you sneak a cookie, write it down, if you drink 3 glasses of water, write it down. Write everything down. To start making healthier choices, we each need to know what we are already doing. You don’t have to share this list with anyone, so be honest. If you prefer to record it online, I like the site SparkPeople. Weekly food log as a pdf file or Daily food log as a pdf file.