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Whole Life Challenge Complete

September 13, 2010 2 comments

Well I have to say the sense of complete of this challenge is WONDEROUS!  The Challenge is done although the Whole Life aspect is not over.  I will continue to include all my goals into my daily life. 

I may have some more mini-challenge to come. Or additions at least to this.  I will try to update monthly as to my progress.  Here is the final tally:

  • Eat BREAKFAST every day.  – I have throughly enjoyed all the fun little items that I have had for breakfast.  Yet the best introduction to my morning routine was dusting my coffee maker off.  For the last week I have been enjoying a cup of fresh java.  Also I must provide a second checkmark as I was able to save money as well by drinking my coffee from home.  $1.50/day x 20 days (4 work weeks) = $30 of potential savings!! WoooHooo
  • Take the stairs in the apartment. – I have continue to take the stairs as much as possible.  I do cheat some days when I am super tired.   
  • Take a 30 minute walk each day – Dexter has to be the happiest and well walked dog I know.  He has a internal clock, he will sit and stare at the leash when he knows its walk-time.  Smarty Pants! 
  • No POP!! –  This is still the largest habit I am working dilgently to break.  I can report that my Pop intake is significantly less! I drink 2-3 lt of water everyday. 
  • Drink more water  – YES I do!! (see above)
  • Limit Sugar intake – I have tried to switch to sweetener.  I am not a fan of it.  I have cut as much sugar as possible out.  I drink 1 milk 1 sugar opposed to a double/double now.
  • Eat more fibre (In hopes to ease tummy issues) – I personally consume 1/5 boxes of spinach a week.  Aaron has warmed up to the produce and he is happy when I buy more veggies.  I have also made sure to include the lentils and beans.
  • Pack a lunch everyday! –  Again $$$ saver.  If you would estimate the avgerage good lunch (good=healthy) is about $8/day that is a savings of $160 per month.  I do note that my lunches taste much better as I know what exactly is in my sandwich or soup.
  • Read a book in that time…  –  I did not complete the book.  It is a great book and I plan to have a book review soon!! (Hold me to it)
  • Workout 5 Days a week – I love the gym! I truly enjoy my running on the treadmill.  It is a stress reliever.

Enjoy the Little Things (Check) – Last weekend the girls and I made apple sauce!!!

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Categories: Healthy Cooking, WLC

Update! WLC

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Better late than never…   I have been doing well in work so far.  Training is a still super slow.  Here is the updates for last week:

  • Eat BREAKFAST every day.  (5/5 Days: OATMEAL)
  • Take the stairs in the apartment. (3/5 Days – Knee has been sore)
  • Take a 30 minute walk each day (5/5 Days – Dexter is HAPPY)
  • No POP!! (I only had 1 cans last week Wooo Hooo)
  • Drink more water  (2Lts/day 5/5)
  • Do Yoga 30 minutes 3 times a week (Still No Yoga)
  • Limit Sugar intake (Yes)
  • Eat more fibre (In hopes to ease tummy issues) (Heck YES)
  • Pack a lunch everyday! (5/5)
  • Read a book in that time…  (Still working on EPL, almost done)
  • Workout 5 Days a week (4/5)

Enjoy the Little Things (Check) – Last weekend the girls and I made 60 500 ml jars of homemade tomato <insert item>  – Salsa, Whole Tomatoes, Soup, Ketchup.  So many Maters

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Categories: WLC

Week 2 – WLC

August 30, 2010 1 comment

I have now been working for 2 weeks.  I have been doing well in work so far.  Training is a bit slow.  Here is the updates for last week:

  • Eat BREAKFAST every day.  (5/5 Days: Cereal, Smoothies, Egg Sandwich)
  • Take the stairs in the apartment. (4/5 Days)
  • Take a 30 minute walk each day (5/5 Days – Dexter is HAPPY)

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  • No POP!! (I only had 1 cans last week Wooo Hooo)
  • Drink more water  (2Lts/day 5/5)
  • Do Yoga 30 minutes 3 times a week (Still No Yoga)
  • Limit Sugar intake (Yes)
  • Eat more fibre (In hopes to ease tummy issues) (Heck YES)
  • Pack a lunch everyday! (5/5)
  • Read a book in that time… Maybe 2 (Still working on EPL, almost done)
  • Research joining a gym – JOINED THE GYM!! I worked out 3/5 days last week!!
    • Enjoy Green Monsters after each workout

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Categories: WLC

Week 1 Complete

August 23, 2010 15 comments

I started my new job last week and well I did fairly well with my goals:

  • Eat BREAKFAST every day.  (5/5 Days although I did get breakie at work 2 days last week)
  • Take the stairs in the apartment. (Can’t at work, alarms will sound) – (3/5 Days – hurt my knee on a hard workout)
  • Take a 30 minute walk each day (5/5 Days – Dexter is HAPPY)
  • No POP!! (Big one for me to break) (I only had 2 cans last week Wooo Hooo)
  • Drink more water  (2Lts/day 5/5)
  • Do Yoga 30 minutes 3 times a week (No Yoga)
  • Do lengths 3 times a week (No Swimming yet –  although I am now cleared with my shoulder)
  • Limit Sugar intake (Yes)
  • Eat more fibre (In hopes to ease tummy issues) (Heck YES)
  • Pack a lunch everyday (no lunch at the office) (4/5 – had lunch out on friday although it was a greek chicken wrap with a greek salad! Super Yummy)
  • Enjoy the small things!  (Went to visit the family and had a great time with my little sister)
  • Read a book in that time… Maybe 2 (Still working on EPL)
  • Research joining a gym – Signed up for a 7 Day Free Pass to Premier Fitness… I am going to go in today!!!

Great Giveaway!!!

Giveaway put on by Rita at www.gigglybits.com!   Or more appropriately, a scavenger hunt to get a blog giveaway.  I have two heart rate monitors.  A Garmin beauty that was my goal weight present and I also have my Polar F11, that happens to be pink.  I no longer use my Polar and for about 8 months it has been gathering dust.  Until now 🙂  In the spirit of de-cluttering my life, I’m gifting my old heart rate monitor to a reader who can put it to better use than I.  Sorry boys, it’s incredibly girly, but wives, girlfriends? Heck you can wear it under long sleeves, I’ll never tell!

I call her Fizzy (but of course, renaming is alright) and she looks like this, fabulously awesome child not included, however you will look as badass as she does wearing it:

If you want to check out a new one on Amazon, just click the picture and you can read all about your possible future favourite workout buddy!

But there is a catch of course.  This is a crazy expensive HRM even if I have sweat on it a bit (actually, I sweat 90lbs onto it so I’m sure it’s depreciated a lot, or is that good karma?!) If you would like to be entered in to win this bad boy, you’ll need to follow the instructions below:

1.       Follow the link below to the first blog.

2.       Contained in that post will be the words: Password Letter: F  — followed by a link to another blog.

Update No Password Anymore… Just Comment on the blogs!!

3.       Leave a thoughtful comment on the blog, make note of the letter, and follow the link to the next blog. You can’t win unless you have a comment on each blog!

4.       Repeat, comment, letter, link.

5.       Repeat this until you are linked back to this page. There are 7 other blogs to visit.

6.       Once you have all the letters (Capital letters please!), in the order they were linked, (they DO NOT spell anything) enter them in the password box here: POLAR GIVEAWAY PAGE 

7.       Leave one last comment on that page just saying hi, or holy crap that was a lot of commenting.

8.       There is an additional way to enter detailed on the POLAR GIVEAWAY PAGE page as well.

The contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada only because I am going to cover the postage myself.

I no longer have the instruction manual (because I threw everything away!) but it can be found here. All other information can be found on the Giveaway Page.

Let’s get started, here’s your first link:

The Incredible Shrinking Girl

P.S. If you are doing this hunt any other day than Monday, August 23, you will need to look for Monday’s post to find your letters!

P.P.S. This is an undertaking of some coordination and precision with so many blogs in different time zones, etc. Having never attempted a blog scavenger hunt before it’s going to be interesting to see how it works.  Thanks in advance for your patience!

Categories: Healthy Cooking, WLC

Day 1: WLC Update

August 17, 2010 4 comments

I am glad to see that there is another WLC participant.  She does not currently have a blog although is posting her goals on Twitter!! Great Job Stephanie

What I ate Monday Breakfast: Overnight Oats Snack: Fiber1 Bar Lunch: Eggs salad on whole wheat with carrot sticks and hummus Snack: Cheese and Crackers Dinner: Pasta (oops)

  • Make a Meal Plan for each week: completed plan (Will be posted later tonight)
    • Mid Week Goal: Follow Meal Plan!! 
  • I will also not eat any carbs for dinner or afterwards.
    • Dinner: Protein and Veggies – Monday (Opps had pasta, I was zonked) Plan for dinner tonight – Tuesday (Grilled Chicken, Sautéed Lentils, and Broccoli)
  • I will try to cut out eating after 7. Monday (Check) Tuesday (TBD) 
  • I will swim lengths three times a week. I will also do yoga 3 times a week as well. Monday – no swimming or yoga, did do the stairs and took dex for 30 minute walk)
  • Drink 2 Lt of water a day! Monday drank about 1.5 lts

NOTE: If you do not have a blog or do not want to post goals just drop a line on twitter with the hash tag #wholelifechallenge or comment on one of the posts.  I would love to here of your progress.  You all keep me motivated!!!

Categories: Healthy Cooking, WLC

What a reason to be healthy!

August 16, 2010 4 comments

The Whole Life Challenge begins tomorrow. I am happy and ready to do this. I have a lot of motivation to have my but kicked into gear, because

I am ENGAGED!!

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My main goal this week is to ratify my meal plan. I will eat 5 meals a day. Breakie, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner.  As well to cut out the mindless eating and snacking because I am bored.

This weeks goals:

  • Make a Meal Plan for each week
  • I will also not eat any carbs for dinner or afterwards.
    • Dinner: Protein and Veggies
  • I will try to cut out eating after 7.
  • I will swim lengths three times a week. I will also do yoga 3 times a week as well.
  • Drink 2 Lt of water a day!

I will update throughout the week of my progress.

Looking forward to beginning tomorrow! Off to prep Breakie (some Overnight Oats) and packing lunch.

( I will tweet about the Whole life challenge.  If you would like to participate you can on twitter as well #wholelifechallenge)

Categories: Healthy Cooking, WLC

The Whole Life Challenge 2010

August 12, 2010 1 comment

For any and all who followed before I had done the Whole Life Challenge back in June 2009.  Well lets say I fell off the wagon.  Given my current state with the potential of having Crohn’s or IBD I will be revamping and restarting the Whole Life Challenge.  I intend to have this last for me for 1 month (to start) or 4 weekly posts with how and what is going on with my challenge.  I hope to continue after wards. This challenge will begin on August 16th (the same day I start my new job).

Some of my changes:

  • Eat BREAKFAST every day.
  • Take the stairs in the apartment. (Can’t at work, alarms will sound)
  • Take a 30 minute walk each day
  • No POP!! (Big one for me to break)
  • Drink more water
  • Do Yoga 30 minutes 3 times a week
  • Do lengths 3 times a week
  • Limit Sugar intake
  • Eat more fibre (In hopes to ease tummy issues)
  • Pack a lunch everyday (no lunch at the office)
  • Enjoy the small things!
  • Read a book in that time… Maybe 2
  • Research joining a gym

Please feel free to join in!! Comment on your own progress on your blog and link back to the week your in.  I will be having weekly posts to show you how I did the week before.

  1. August 22th 2010 (Completion of Week 1)
  2. August 29th 2010 (Completion of Week 2)
  3. September 5th 2010 (Completion of Week 3)
  4. September 12th 2010 (Completion of Week 4 and  WLC)
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