SO…I probably should have written this post before 9:21pm on the night of the first day of the challenge but here you go. Better late than never, right?
Today I started a 14 day “Healthy You! Challenge” (also known as #healthyouchallenge if you’re on Twitter). It’s all based on this book:
And just in case you’re curious, I did receive a free copy of this book, but have no other incentive to write this post. Well, that’s not entirely true. My friend Ellen works for Dawna Stone so obviously I’d like to see the book do well, but there’s no financial gain in it for me.
But if you open the first page of the book, you’ll see ME! Well, at least my testimonial.
I actually took this two week challenge earlier in the year when Ellen sent me a draft of the manuscript to review. And every word in that testimonial is true. After the two weeks I dropped down to a number I haven’t seen on the scale in a LONG time. I’ve put a few pounds back on over the past few months, but am still at a number I haven’t been at in a while. Pretty amazing.
The whole idea of the 14 day challenge is to “jump start” your healthy eating. And that is exactly what I needed then, and exactly what I need now.
It’s amazing how quickly “eating healthy” can morph into eating 3 mini Snickers bars without blinking. (Please tell me I’m not the only one being heavy handed with the Halloween candy inhalation this year.) Every once in a while, I need to hit the “restart” button and get back on track. This book helped me do just that a few months ago. I’m hoping it will again over these next two weeks.
The challenge gets you back on track by eliminating something from your diet each day. Today, Day 1, it was eliminating all refined sugar. I don’t think I eat too much sugar until I find myself gazing longingly at the candy dish at work or mindlessly reaching over for half of my son’s graham cracker. It’s amazing how much sugar I eat without even thinking about it.
I’ll try to keep you posted on my progress over these next two weeks. This time I’m actually not as interested in a number on a scale (I’m still 6 pounds below my pre-baby weight), but I’m more interested in focusing on what I eat and how it affects my body. I’ve been dealing with some pretty crazy abdominal pain lately that my doctors haven’t quite been able to figure out. I’m hoping by being conscious of what I eat, I might be able to figure out if there is some food “triggering” the pain – or at least rule that out as a potential cause. I’ll keep you posted!
Be honest…how much sugar have you had today? I’m guessing it’s more than you realized!