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90 Day Health Challenge: Week One

The Climb

If you read last Saturday’s post, you know that I challenged myself and anyone out there to take the next 90 days to improve their state of health.  I am taking things slowly and working on only a couple of things a week so I don’t get overwhelmed and give up.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

-Mark Twain

 

A Bad Week to Start

This week was kind of a pissy one for starting a health plan.  Three days into it I had lost 2.5 lbs. only to gain them back with the onset of my monthly cycle; the water weight plumps me up like a dead raccoon on the hottest day of the year (sorry about the gross analogy).  If losing weight was my focus, I would be most disappointed right now for not having any great first week loss to tell you about.  But since it’s not, I’m fine with it.

The Up Side

I did eat a whole lot better this week.  Adding at least a serving or two of fresh veggie/fruit juice each day has perked up my energy.  The sugary snacks took a back seat to apples, celery, and rice cakes.  In general, I believe I cut down on several health-zapping culprits that needed to be put in their place -the garbage.

Water intake was no problem; I love being hydrated.  My mom taught me to love fresh water instead of soda pop.  Thanks, Mom.  I stuck to one cup of coffee on most days and even drank a couple servings of green tea.

The Live Strong Site

I was able to record my food and water intake, as well as my fitness activities on the Livestrong.com website.  Putting it all in front of you like that helps so much.  Knowing what you can eat and how much exercise you need keeps you from backsliding on your plan.  It’s like having a friend that you’re accountable to.  If you haven’t visited the site yet, check it out this week.

The Down Side

I did get a really bad migraine on Monday, one that required a Demerol/Phenergan shot.  The setback on my cleanse was a bummer, but there’s always next week to start again.

I was in a pretty grumpy mood most of the week…just ask my family.  They hate it when I do the “health thing” that makes me crazy for the first week or so.  I’ll be okay, and so will they.

Next Week’s Goals

1.  Continue to drink at least 8 glasses of clean water a day

2.  Continue to record my meals, water intake, and fitness on livestrong.com

3.  Lose the weight that I gained this week

4.  Up my cardio by riding the stationary bike at least 3 times.

5.  Practice my deep-breathing every day

6.  Increase my servings of fresh juices to 2 times a day

7.  Drink green tea every day

Make sure to let me know if you want to join the challenge.  You can be a part of our 90 day quest for better health no matter what your goals are.  Tell us what one thing you know you need to do for your health but can’t seem to accomplish it.  We’ll be looking for your comments this week.  Be well-be beautiful.

Photo by Shadowolf13

About Kellie R. Stone

"I make no excuses for my diverse roles as a Rock Your Feminine Type Coach™ and Branding Expert, best-selling author, and crime thriller novelist. Yes, I do still chuckle a bit at the irony. I kick ass as a women’s biz coach by day and kill off vulnerable fiction characters at night. What the hell, it makes for some interesting dreams. I believe that everyone should pursue their passions no matter how out there they seem to be. One of those pure heart-fluttering passions for me has always been writing. Since I did, indeed, chase my dream of being a writer, I've published two non-fiction books in the self-development genre, co-authored an international best seller, and now I'm finally pushing my much-too-old-to-be-in-the-nest novel out the door and into the world. My whole world is empowering and I adore showing others how to live life unfiltered, whether I do that through the written word or my coaching work. I love my job!" ~Kellie R. Stone

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4 comments

  1. Hang in there Kellie – One day at a time. After we begin to get into a routine, it becomes very easy without any thought. Dr. Terri

  2. Great job Priya! I agree with the whole treat yourself on the weekends thing. You can’t be perfect all the time. I had a family reunion yesterday, so I definitely ate too much of the wrong foods; it was worth it though.

  3. I have been hitting the gym since the past three years but never did anything about my diet. So although I had lost oodles of weight it has taken hell lot of time. Now I am determined to lose more and last week I worked on my water intake. I managed to have at least half a bottle to a bottle of water a day (i.e. a 1 ltr bottle). My diet is always simple in the week while I let myself a little lose on the weekend. So I treated myself to a Pizza on Sunday so that the body remains motivated to lose more and keep hoping for a nice treat again. 🙂

    Priya

  4. Good for you, Kellie! Sorry to hear you had a migraine, but it sounds like you are motivated and really focused. I still have to check out that Live Strong site!

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