Not bad for a fat girl

Healthier Living Challenge Number 3


I started with the Starbucks challenge, and it worked. I still haven’t set foot inside a Starbucks since I decided to go cold turkey (and no, I didn’t go through the drive-thru either!). That’s two weeks without those delicious (calorie laden, expensive) drinks. I hardly even shake as I drive by anymore, either.

Then last week I laid out the fruit and veggie challenge. Granted, it wasn’t very specific, but that’s okay. For me, it meant increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in my diet by mindfully eating them every day. I did that too. Not a day went by this past week that I didn’t eat my fruits and veggies. Could I have eaten more of them? Certainly. But I could have eaten less, too, and I choose to concentrate on the small victories.

In the past week I’ve consumed the following: tomatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini, crookneck squash, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, celery, apples, tangerines, oranges, a tangelo, pineapple, spinach, lettuce, and raisins. Do raisins count? No? How about craisins? I had those too. And you know what? They were good. All of them.

So what to do about next week?Diet_Coke_with_Lime

1. Stay out of Starbucks (it’s getting easier and easier)

2. Keep eating the fruits and vegetables

3. Cut down on soda (or, to be true to my roots, pop)

OUCH. I can’t believe my fingers actually typed those words. I love soda. I drink soda every day, usually more than one a day, so my challenge is to drink no more than one soda on any given day. This will be difficult! Still, I think it will be a good challenge, and one that will benefit my body and wallet. Even though my soda of choice is diet, it still can’t possibly be good for me, and it definitely costs more than water. It’s a win-win situation, and a challenge I’m ready to attempt.

Are you with me on this one? Anyone else want to cut down on soda this week? Join in and we’ll drink our water together.

Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the grown up son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

5 thoughts on “Healthier Living Challenge Number 3

  1. GO YOU!!! You’re doing great, really inspiring. I never got in the habit of drinking the stuff, so don’t have it to give up. (YAY!) I had a pretty bad food day today, a lot lower on the nutrition list than usual. So… tomorrow I’ll try again. All you can do, right?

  2. Good for you. I love that the challenge was to add more, but you didn’t give yourself a specific amount. For me, that was key because I didn’t feel like I had to meet a quota. Good luck on this one. I’m not a soda (or tonic, from my neck of the woods), drinker. I maybe have 1/2 glass of diet coke with dinner so I’ll have to think of different challenge for myself. I love following along with you! Makes little changes so much more doable!!

    You are doing awesome!!!

    • This soda challenge is tougher than I thought, but like the others I’m sure it will get easier as time goes on. In the meantime, boy would I love a soda. So far I’ve stuck to my guns, though. I’m so glad you’re playing along! Keep warm and snug.

  3. Pingback: I Drank Two Sodas and I’m Not Ashamed to Admit It | BulgingButtons

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