Just to recap where we are and create my own version of “Currently…” I have this post up today!. If you haven’t joined us on the mission to better health in March then consider this your invitation. This isn’t hard and will put you ahead of the game for scantily clad spring and summer 2k17 *ha ha ha* I crack myself up!
Drinking: Water, hot tea, unsweetened tea, coffee with your choice of SMART additive (almond milk, soy milk, skim milk, stevia) You are also allowed a four ounce glass of red wine per night! WOO HOO!
Eating: You have not been limited except for giving up pasta. So that means I’m going to limit you again, well not really, but I am going to advise you that the challenge now includes RAW eating. Try to make one meal a raw plate or all snacks raw. Raw vegetables (tomatoes, snow peas, cucumbers, carrots, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms…..EAT RAW! Also, remember that fruits are OK but they generally have a really high sugar content. Go for blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, a banana, and melon. Also, time to up your fish intake – and it better not be fried, Southern Sisters! Baked, broiled, and pan seared are our friends. Remember to pull for the salmon and tuna!
Exercising: Oh boy have you had it pretty easy! And some of you like it while others have been like – more activity, please! The first challenge was for your to up your walking game. Stop being sedentary and start getting your legs moving – as much as possible! Fitbit buddies get online and join me! This week we started working on our strength with the simple task of planking for 20-30 seconds two times a day. Time to add to the mix of walking and planking! I went to Pinterest to get you a Tabata exercise that I think will fit everyone pretty well. This is for you solo girls, before dawn work out warriors, and those of you who do not have a gym membership slash do not want to sweat in front of anyone but yourself.
Set your phone for 20 seconds and pump up the volume on your favorite upbeat music. Next week you will get more physical challenges. This one should do us all well for a few days as we include it in our stepping and planking.
Other: Yesterday you started the challenge of getting in 7.5 hours of sleep a night. If you are a good sleeper who can get in more than that then kudos to you!!! (Also, please share your own secrets with me!) Sleep is key to good physiological function and keeping ourselves on our trek to reaching our health and fitness goals. When you sleep your body repairs it’s self and since you’re asleep you are not tempted to over indulge in anything like chocolate (guilty, here, me, this girl!) The other perks? Clarity of mind, better attitude, lower chance of catching any of those viruses and bugs going around.