I’m excited to have a guest blogger, Sara Y, today. She was the winner of our last Health and Habits Challenge! She not only got going on some great healthy habits, but won a Subway Card, a Fitness Card, and a Massage! There’s a new Challenge starting January 6…stay tuned…we’d love to have you! Thank you, Sara, for your insights!
Day 1 of the challenge was, well, a challenge. Getting all those fruits and veggies in was a challenge the first couple days, until I read in the forum that some participants were making green smoothies. I bought the ingredients to make one, and tried it the next day. Hmm – I have to say it wasn’t bad, but not quite as sweet as I was hoping. Day 2 of smoothie making was a little better, but still not impressed. Advice given to me from someone who makes smoothies regularly was “drink the smoothie within 1 hour of making it.” This was probably the best advice for me. Instead of making 2 days worth at a time and keeping in the fridge, I made 1 each morning before work. I loved that having a smoothie for breakfast every morning filled me up, and also helped me get my fruits and a veggie serving for the day. It is so much easier to eat healthy all day long when the day starts out right.
I love water, so making sure that I drank most of my water before 3pm was the biggest focus.
I have kids that love sweets – so I had to keep things in the house for them to eat. I bought sweets that wouldn’t tempt me, and didn’t have a problem leaving them alone.
It was hard to pass on the sweets the first little while, but after about a week of passing on the sweets, I found it empowering to know that I COULD pass on them, and I really didn’t even miss them.
Carey was nice and allowed 100 calories of sweets per day, so there were a few times when I would have a small bite of something because, let’s admit – I am human, and love sweets.
I liked the accountability partner or team mate communication that was encouraged daily. It certainly helps to have someone you know you have to answer to.
Overall, I learned that I can be healthy, as we all can, if we set our minds to it. Everyone has a bad day, but the phrase “tomorrow is a new day” kept me going! – don’t worry about what you did or didn’t do yesterday, wake up in the morning with a positive attitude and start the new day!
Thank you to OC Physical Therapy, Robin’s School of Dance, Cypress Massage, and Hair on Hickory for the generous donations to our Challenge winners!