This week's SUMMER 5% Challenge is to eat all healthy food.
I LOVE it when a good plan comes together. I am only two pounds from my lifetime achievement weight, and with the help of our 5% challenge, I know I will reach my goal this week!!! Woo Hoo!
It is now so much easier to cut out the Bad foods and habits from my diet I know I will succeed.
What a feeling!!!
When I think back, that after 53 years of bad habits like smoking and eating anything I wanted, could it now be so easy for me?
I know for sure I would not be at this level of fitness and health without Spark People. Changing habits is HARD work and I believe we all need help and encouragement. From the very start, I tracked my food and fitness, ran the reports and made small changes for improvement. Something that really spurred me on initially was earning my 25 daily Spark Points. I read the nutritional and fitness articles and became fascinated to learn about how to keep my Heart Healthy numbers, cholesterol, sodium, fat, so forth, in line. Over time, I've learned how to eat high fiber, and reduce my daily sugar intake to non addictive levels ( under 10 teaspoons a day ). Much of my adult life I drank between six and 12 sugary sodas a day, let alone what I ate!
During last Winters 5% challenge, I made a commitment to eat a Paleo style (Caveman) diet for the 8 week challenge. It was a huge change to the way I had always ate and the secret was, I told myself it was a game. DH played along and we developed "Survivor Caveman". We have a small budget and also only (for the most part) eat no legged or two legged proteins. So the "survivor" portion of the game began! We added beans and rice to our Caveman diet. For most of the two month period I ate no bread or dairy. I had never gone more than three hours without bread let alone a whole day!!! The first three days were the hardest. As part of our game, DH suggested that we also try at all costs to resist going to the store. While we get fitness minutes riding our bikes to the store, the almost daily habit needed to be broken. We stocked up on staples and made it last as long as possible. To underscore how FUN our game was, we still play almost everyday. It changed our relationship with food. It stopped us from being self indulgent in our eating habits. I employed MOM (mind over matter). I told myself , “the challenge was for a short time, and couldn't I do anything for a few weeks?”.
We are still on the healthy living continuum, learning new ways and foods all the time. We are teaching ourselves with the help of the internet how to truly be happy and well!
Using MOM is a like exercise. I have found the more you work it out the easier it gets. It has made us more positive and creative in our lives.
Since a picture is worth a 1000 words they say, here are some MOM examples from around our house.
Our former living room, turned purposeful:
Our current living room:
A better view:
I know I can give up junk food for this challenge. I look forward to it!!! How about you? Can you give up a bad habit or two for the week? MOM and I believe you CAN!