Day 1 of the 6-Week Challenge

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

As I was in line at the convenience store with 30# of ice and a few extras, I had NO hands free to reach for the change I had dropped. Carefully balancing the ice, I was just reaching down to get the change when a clerk came over and said, "I can get that, I'm younger than you!" I looked into her face, wrinkles and all, surrounded by grey hair pulled back in a pony tail and I wanted to just throttle her! Just HOW old do I look??? Honestly, it struck a nerve in this ol' body of mine. Made me think, which can be dangerous at times!

I'm not overweight for my age, but I have age spots, wrinkles, etc. Thanks to my delightful hairdresser, the greys are totally out of sight. But, when you add it up, I fully look my 56 years. Do I mind that? Not really! I'm very much alive, gave birth to 3 children and through the years, this body has served me well! I'm thankful for it, lumps, sags, and all!

BUT Maybe, just maybe, it's time for a change! Maybe I need to "kick it up a notch". . . . hmmmmm. Where to begin???

Then I looked at my email and saw a challenge for a healthy holiday season. Do you think? Could I make all these changes??? Eat a large salad every day? Oh, yeah! I can do that! Eat a large serving of dark green leafy veggies everyday?? Well, maybe . .. sure! I can do that! Mushrooms, onions? Yeah, I like them. How about 1 cup of beans/day? Hmmmmm. . .. . not always a favorite, but I do love lentils! and 3 fruits! Sign me up for this one! (All part of a challenge at, the author of Eat to Live)
Then came the tough part . . . .
Refrain from . . . . . . . . .. . . refined flour and sugar and all artificial sweetners. Oh my goodness! Don't we use lots of that in cookies, pies and the other goodies we love at this time of year?????? Yeah, I think so.
I could never give that up, could I???
HAH! That's a red flag, isn't it??? i'm addicted to those empty but deadly calories.
Guess it's time to start some new holiday traditions.

I signed up for the challenge.

I made it through dinner last night without bread. had a big salad. Snacked on carrots and an apple.

Down .6 lb. this morning. Not that losing weight is a huge thing, but I sure don't want to gain any.

What I really want to lose is the headache that hits most afternoons while I'm in the office. The body aches that greet me in the morning and recently have enjoyed my mornings so much that they're sticking around for the rest of the day! Yuck! Those I want to lose. I also wouldn't mind if my skin glowed a bit and the age spots would take a hike! Possible? I think so!

So, oatmeal for breakfast. No sugar. No sweetner.

Apple for snack.

Beans, brown rice and veggies for lunch. Banana for dessert.

Can I do this? Not sure. But for now, I'm certainly going to try, and actually, it's tasting pretty good!
I think I may be able to do this!!!!

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    You can definitely do it. Oh heck yeah. Look how great it's working out already?!!

    Woo Hoo!!

    3817 days ago
    emoticon Love this blog and love your attitude!

    As for the headaches, mine meant away when I gave up artificial sweeteners and MSG. Could be yours are triggered by foods too. Spark has a notes section at the bottom of the food tracker. It might help you figure this out if you noted what days you have headaches.

    Best wishes for your journey!

    3818 days ago
  • LORTHOM2001
    yes u can do it. I know it, i feel it, i hear it, i see it and i claim it for you!

    Now I cannot wait for that praise blog of yours that says, "Yes I did it!"
    3818 days ago
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