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Happy New Year - new challenge

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year to all my Spark friends.
Today is the beginning of the 30 day challenge, led by Mel (MELTEAGUE - see her blog). Last month it was exercise, this month it is food. I know I need to get my eating back on track, having gained nearly 5 pounds since the beginning of last year. Turning 50 is NOT an excuse, even if it probably didn't help...
So this morning it was time to face the ugly truth, step on the scale (up a little after last night's party) and get the measuring tape out. Oops... half an inch extra here and there, not good but at least I have a baseline.

One of the foods to give up with this challenge is coffee.. that is going to be a hard one as I drink at least 2 mugs (12oz) of coffee a day. On the bright side - it said coffee not caffeine! So this morning I brewed a pot of English Breakfast tea instead. Less caffeine than coffee :)
I know from previous experience that going cold turkey with caffeine can cause major headaches, so the plan is to switch to tea and than gradually to de-caf.

The real challenge for me is sticking to my meal plan and not nibbling between meals. Being accountable here should be a huge help! I know it worked with the exercise and the habit stuck - I feel stiff and achy if I don't start my day with a yoga session and (almost) feel guilty if I don't add a SP video :)

Good luck everyone!!
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    so glad to have you on board! Well done for getting the hardest day done, day 1!
    It will get easier from here on in!

    1994 days ago
    Oooh coffee that is a big one. Good luck with your challenge. You can do it.
    1994 days ago
    Great start to the new year and good luck with the challenge during January

    1994 days ago
    I am a horribly finicky eater, so meal plans that other people make don't work so well for me. Good luck on your challenge.
    1994 days ago
    Good luck to you on your challenge! emoticon emoticon
    1995 days ago
    Happy New Year. emoticon emoticon
    1995 days ago
  • DAWN14163
    My body feels better for not drinking coffee - but I couldn't give up my Earl Grey! Good luck with the challenge.
    1995 days ago
    And a very Happy New Year to you as well.
    Guess what? I lucked out even with going out for pizza yesterday and am at goal of 109.5 which is 2 pounds less than the same day last year. I am going to look at my weight each day of what it was last year on the same day. I like the challenge that you are going to do as I know how well you did with the exercise. I know you can do it. And you are so right about the caffeine, it will definately give you a headache if you try and stop too quickly. I have mostly been a tea drinker and drink two cups per morning of either English Breakfast or Cinnamon.
    Best of everything to you!
    I will be watching you do well in the challenge.
    1995 days ago
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