Okay, I realize this is a LONG post, but PLEASE --- TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT ALL before asking questions! THANK YOU!!!! XOXOXOXO
I am bringing back one of our FIRST challenges that this team had at just about this SAME DATE. It was the WEEKEND WARRIOR CHALLENGE. You've got a leg up being that this challenge will begin WEDNESDAY (1/21) and ALL POSTS IN by MIDNIGHT EST on MONDAY (1/26) That means Sunday night, really!
This is NOT A DAILY POSTING challenge. Read through the goals and checklist and WHEN YOU ARE DONE, post your results.
HERE IS YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT:
WEEKEND WARRIOR CHALLENGE
This is a WEEKEND Challenge. You have from today until midnight Monday (1/26) EST to post your results.
Okay, I'm a vendor stocker at the Commissary.
First thing I did when I took over the (8!!!) accounts I got was to pull EVERYTHING off the shelves and check the dates. I was HORRIFIED to find that some meds, INCLUDING KIDS cough syrup (!!!) was expired by TWO YEARS! Which only tells ME that the previous stocker never DID 'front' the items. (to pull the 'older' product to the front, and the newer is suppose to be placed in the back)
I was told by the grocery manager that EVERYTHING in the store has an expiration date.
SO, here's my challenge to YOU. (You'll need a paper and pencil so you can REPLACE necessary items.)
Go to your medicine cabinet. Pull EVERYTHING out. CHECK FOR A DATE. Sometimes it won't be 'regular' dates. Sometimes it's what they call Julienne Dating. AND, not ALL makers use the SAME Julienne dating SYSTEM! Let me tell ya, I got an education on JD's!
Also, SOME of those dates are expiration dates, some are manufactured dates. If you can't understand the date, CALL THE 800 # listed on the container and ask THEM to decode the date for you. They’ll do it. They're pretty nice about it. ANYTHING that is outdated, THROW IT OUT!
Next, go to the BATHROOM - look at the dates on your toothpaste, deodorant, shave cream etc.
PANTRY CLOSET - Check the dates on those cans. I had a can of some veggie that was THREE YEARS outdated - something that had moved with me from Florida to Georgia - and TWO moves in Georgia, for pity's sake! Especially check dates on items you buy in 'bulk'. When those items go 'on sale' its probably because they are going out of date! CHECK YOUR SODA POP too! NO KIDDING. Once they outdate, they start going 'flat'.
*SPICES - YES, they have dates, too! SOME are SUPPOSE to be REFRIGERATED - read the labels and see if you can be the first to post a spice that YOU didn't know was suppose to be in the fridge!
Your fridge - get in there and pull all those condiments out. SHOCKER! WOW!
FREEZER and DEEP freezer. Lord knows the last time you pulled everything out of those deep freezers! I'll bet someone's going to find WHITE ground beef in there!!!!
Here's a link to the LIFESPAN of meats in refrigeration/freezer: hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/HGIC3523.htm
And remember to consider the amount of time the stuff sat in the STORES freezer as well as the WAREHOUSE! There should be a PACK DATE somewhere on frozen meats.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT THIS MISSION, here is the template to use:
Medicine cabinet - check - how many items were expired????
Bathroom - check - how many items were expired????
Pantry closet - check - how many items were expired????
Spices - check - how many items were expired????
Refrigerator - check - how many items were expired????
Freezer - check - how many items were expired????
Deep Freezer - check - how many items were expired????
How many TOTAL ITEMS did you have that were expired?
Which item HORRIFIED you the MOST and WHY???
And finally, how many of those items were non-essential - something you weren't probably going to use ever again???
This is a weekend challenge. HAVE FUN!
Not only will you get rid of outdated stuff, your HOUSE WILL BE CLEAN! LOL!!!!!!
Oh, did I mention ... you're going to be doing a lot of back-and-forth walking …?
Some info. on SPICES:
*Fresher spices provide more flavor! To make sure you’re getting the most flavor from your spices, it is recommended to replace them after a certain amount of time.
Ground spices (nutmeg, cinnamon ) … 3 years
Whole spices (cloves, peppercorn) … 4 years
Herbs (parsley, sage) … 1-3 years
Most seeds (anise, celery, fennel) … 4 years
Poppy & sesame seeds … 2 years
Extracts (almond, lemon) … 4 years
(except PURE vanilla which has UNLIMITED shelf life)
Seasoning blends/mixes (taco seasoning, Season-All) … 1-2 years
Except for Black Pepper, McCormick spices in rectangular tins are at LEAST 15 years old.
If you see “Baltimore, MD” on the McCormick label, the spice is at LEAST 15 years old.
Check the color of your spices. Make sure they’re still vibrant. If the color has faded, chances are the flavor has faded as well.
Rub or crush the herb or spice in your hand. If its aroma is weak and the flavor is not apparent, the it’s time to replace it.
Store spices in a tightly-capped container and keep them away from heat, moisture and direct sunlight. Replace lids right after use. Avoid storing spices and herbs over the stove, near a dishwasher or sink, or near a window.
All Schilling products are at least 8 years old.
GOOD LUCK to those who wish to participate!!!!
WHY I started this particular challenge:
Weight loss and a healthy lifestyle go hand-in-hand. By 'PURGING OUT' outdated, useless items from your home, the rooms you LIVE in most, you are taking a step in the PURGING OUT of YOUR body as well. Think of your body as the different areas I had you clean.
And the items I'm talking about here are those expired/non-essentials.
The medicine cabinet - your head. All the meds you DID NOT NEED --- the thoughts of yourself that YOU DON'T NEED.
The bathroom --- (did you know you spend 1/3 of your LIFE in here?!?!!?) to cleanse yourself (I know, in more ways than one!!!)
The freezer --- the things you 'hold on to' (ie - leftovers that will NEVER get used!)
The pantry --- the 'quick fix' area. USUALLY you're 'goodies' are in there. That's where you head for the 'emotional eating', the 'binges'. You don't NEED that anymore. You're on your way to HEALTHIER lifestyles!
The refrigerator - especially the condiments. Items that you rarely use. Items that you buy on 'impulse' or for one time uses. STOP the impulse. Have a REASON for those things and USE them. STOP the excuses for WHY you can't - you're reason? BECAUSE YOU ARE 'WORTH'!
The Spices - your 'dreams' of what you will become. Don't go after the dreams that will NEVER happen (for example, *I* will NEVER be a TREE or a BIRD, so why DREAM IT.) Go for the REALISTIC goals. Go for the 10 pounds, then the next 10. Go for a 10 minute walk, then next week up it to 15, then 20. Eventually you will jog or run. Your life is full of small accomplishments - accomplishments that you should reward yourself with - the SPICE of life.
BONUS QUESTION: TO BE POSTED ON YOUR FINAL POST *PLEASE*!
Which spice should be refrigerated and WHY?
“Spring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning …
It’s a chance to redefine yourself, to remember who you were or aim for who you want to be."
* Have you had your water today???*
"Change Nothing, Nothing Changes"
| current weight: 163.2