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Healthy Challenges Update – A Slug With a Cold

I bring you this update with a belly full of ice cream. I’ve been on a sweets binge lately, and it’s not good.real

I’ve also been kinda sorta sick for about a month now, and it’s making me feel a lot like a slug. Yes, I’ve been to the doctor, and he thinks it’s viral, but it just keeps hanging around. UGH. So I just keep hanging around and waking myself up at night coughing and sniffling and then I feel like a zombie during the day. The whole thing is rather unfortunate. And annoying. And getting OLD.

As I was feeling sorry for myself, it occurred to me that I haven’t really been keeping track of my challenges, so maybe it’s time to revisit them. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Stay away from Starbucks – Generally still accomplishing this one. I did have a week a while back where I went more than once, and that got me to go cold turkey again, so overall I haven’t been there much in 2015.

2. Eat more fruits and vegetables – Hmm, not so great, but not so terrible. I used to go days on end without any produce passing my lips, but now I generally try to have at least ONE fruit or vegetable a day. I know it’s not much, but it’s still better than nothing. I need to work on this one.

3. Stay away from the drive-thru – Overall I’ve done well with this one too. I’ve gone through a couple of times for a quick breakfast, but not nearly as much as in the past. We’ve been making a lot more meals at home and not eating out so much, so this one is pretty much a victory.

4. One Soda per Day – Most of the time I adhere to this one, but sometimes I don’t. Most of the time, though, I do. As the weather gets warmer I have to make sure that I bring enough water bottles to school, though, because I get really thirsty!

5. Move More – Fail. I’m a slug. A couch potato. A lazy butt. I don’t want to exercise. I don’t want to get outside and enjoy the gorgeous weather we’ve been having. I want to stay in bed and read, or better yet, sleep. UGH. Must. Shake. This. Cold.

So there you have it, some successes, some failures, and a lot of stuff in the middle, as usual. What are your challenges, and how are you doing with them?


Week 4 Challenge – Quitting the Drive-Thru

Drive-ThruWell, so far, so good.

I still haven’t set foot in Starbucks (or gone through the drive-thru) since I issued myself the week 1 challenge. I still have managed to eat fruits and vegetables every day since I issued myself the week 2 challenge. And I survived an entire week of drinking no more than one soda per day. In fact, yesterday I didn’t even have one.

I like these challenges. Each one gets easier as time goes on, which is really the point. Hopefully they’ll become habits, replacing the poor habits I spent years developing and honing.

Of course, just because I’ve been doing these things doesn’t mean that all of a sudden I’m living a fit and healthy lifestyle. My sweet son was the first to point out that simply skipping Starbucks or passing on a soda means nothing if I pull into McDonald’s for a shake instead. Which I did. Once. So that leads me to the week 4 challenge.

I don’t even want to type this one. I’m afraid I’ll fail. But I won’t know until I try, and I won’t try until I issue the challenge. So… the week 4 challenge is to stay out of the drive-thru. Any drive-thru. Even if it’s only for my son. If we want fast food that much we’ll have to park and go in to get it. I don’t see that happening often, but I’m not ready to swear off fast food entirely.

Wish me luck this week. It means that I have to plan ahead for breakfast. That’s where I usually trip up. We rush out the door feeling like there’s no time to eat, but then I zip through BK, which takes just as long as breakfast at home would have, and for less money and significantly fewer calories, not to mention sodium and fat grams.

I can do this. Of course I can. I’m Wonder Woman. I’m powerful. I’m strong. I’m hungry. I’m off to find some breakfast and head to work. Let me know if you’re joining me this week in boycotting the drive-thru.