Well, I did it. I challenged myself to give up Starbucks cold-turkey and I did it. I haven’t been there since I issued the challenge, and I’m pretty proud of myself for that. So proud, in fact, that it actually feels good.
That good feeling got me thinking. What if I issued myself a new challenge each week? A healthy living challenge, like the no Starbucks challenge. If I could continue the old challenges while incorporating the new ones I could make some real progress.
Oh sure, these are things that I should be doing all the time, but the fact of the matter is that I don’t do them. Honestly, I was living a much healthier life back when BulgingButtons began than I am now. I don’t even want to think about trying to button up that red shirt you see at the top of the page. I have a feeling those poor buttons would pop right off.
I do like challenges, so here’s the challenge for the upcoming week: eat fruits and vegetables every day. That shouldn’t be too difficult, once I stock up on some. Maybe some baby carrots to dip in hummus and some apples to slice up. Oh, and it’s tangerine and orange season, so I might pick up some of those too, along with a couple of pre-made salads for lunch. I can do this!
If you’re someone who finds they don’t get enough produce in their diet, try it with me. Munch on some grapes or serve up some squash. Maybe add some peppers and onions to your marinara or better yet, try a veggie stir fry for dinner. I’d love to hear your ideas. Here’s to a healthy week.
January 19, 2015 at 6:32 am
I’ll join you on this!! I’ve been back on the “healthy bandwagon” and its really hard. One thing I did last week was make lighten up mac and cheese that I saw the The Chew. It uses 3 cups of squash that you blend. My boys had no idea and they ate it like it was the regular version. (They won’t eat squash if I make it, btw) You’ll have to check it out.
Good luck to you on this challenge and congrats on the first one!
January 19, 2015 at 9:41 am
Hooray! I love having company on these little challenges. Glad the boys like it. Thanks for the tip. 🙂
January 19, 2015 at 7:03 am
I need to give up crackers. It’s not that I eat soooo many. It’s that I eat them, and they are one more salty/crunchy I don’t need in my life. Between the sodium (which is my biggest food problem) and the empty calories, I can do better I think. I did basically give up alcohol this month. Again I don’t drink a lot anyway. But if each drink is 100 calories, and I give up 5 drinks a week (pretty much everything), that is 7+ pounds a year. It was surprisingly easy, which was reassuring in itself! 🙂
Good luck with the fruits and veggies. It’s one more habit, and once you’ve made it, you won’t even think about it much anymore. I buy big bags of frozen berries, only thawing a couple of cups at a time. Then I have a couple BIG spoonfuls on my cereal or in my yogurt. Makes it easy to add a little more high-quality fruit.
January 19, 2015 at 9:43 am
Excellent tip with the berries, thank you! Yes, these small changes add up. I’m with you on the empty calories. I’m trying to substitute them for things that actually provide me with some benefits, you know, like fiber or vitamins, lol. Thanks for chiming in, Melanie. 🙂
January 19, 2015 at 10:56 am
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January 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm
Thanks for the reblog!
January 24, 2015 at 7:13 am
You’re welcome and have a nice weekend!
February 1, 2015 at 12:15 pm
You’re welcome and have a nice Sunday!
January 22, 2015 at 8:45 am
I bought a ninja master prep recently and started making green smoothies. I thought they’d be disgusting but they’re pretty good!!! I’m not a fruit eater and discovered papaya at my local Wegmans. They diced it and put lime juice on it. It was delish Who knew!!
January 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm
The papaya sounds good, but I’m not sure I’m sold on the green smoothies, lol! 🙂
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