UPDATE FROM CHALLENGE #1 & #2
Last week I challenged myself to drinking more water and getting more sleep. Simple, yet very hard for me! I have to say I drank MUCH more than I usually do and the pitcher idea sure did help. I can really tell a difference when I don’t have enough water (headaches, tired, super thirsty at night). Sleep…this is really going to take time getting used to. I somehow managed to stay awake till 12, but did have two nights I was in bed before midnight…score! I think Beckham is going through a growth spurt because he let Ryan and I sleep in till 9:15 on Saturday and 9:45 on Tuesday. It was awesome! I’m down a couple pounds, but I had a stomach bug on Sunday through Monday, which was the cause of the weight loss. I must continue these two habits though…there are so many benefits to water and sleep.
This week I’m touching on food. I hate watching what I eat, but it’s necessary to be healthy! I won’t always do two challenges, but I figure these challenges are easy enough to combine.
Fit Challenge #3: NO MORE SODA!
I’m not a “2 diet cokes a day” kind of girl, but I do enjoy a refreshing carbonated beverage a couple (or more) times a week. I keep reading more and more scary things about soda and the harmful effects on your body. It’s just not worth it. I’m trying to veer away from artificial sweeteners and chemicals in general. Eliminating soda is a great start! Side note: To veer away from artificial crap in general, I’m going to try drinking almond milk in my coffee instead of creamer and Splenda. I’ll let you know how it tastes.
Fit Challenge #4: DRINK ONE SMOOTHIE A DAY
I love my meals to consist of tangible food, not pureed in a blender, but I do LOVE smoothies. My goal is to replace my lunch with a protein smoothie chalk full of fruits and veggies (okay, just spinach). It’s easy for me to eat a healthy breakfast, but after that, it’s usually whatever my body is craving. I figure if I replace lunch with a smoothie, I’m still getting proper nutrients and it’s low calorie. If my workouts start back up, I might have the smoothie after my workout instead. We’ll see. I’m not going to starve myself, so I will just have to listen to my body. Click on the picture for my favorite smoothie recipe!
I already feel better with more sleep, more water, and healthier food choices. I’ll let you know how no soda and more smoothies makes me feel this week!
Fit Challenge #3 – Eliminate Soda and Artificial Sweetener
Fit Challenge #4 – Drink a protein smoothie each day (replacing lunch this week)
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