30 Day Challenge – No Gluten

April 9, 2010 by · Comments Off
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My next 30 Day challenge will actually be one of two challenges I have going on at the same time. I decided to do two this month. All of my previous challenges have dealt with NOT DOING something. This one falls in line with that same challenge. I will have a diet that does not include Gluten which means NOT eating anything with gluten (wheat). My other challenge (Meditate 30 minutes daily for 30 days) will deal with DOING something every day for 30 days.

I officially started on April 6th; thus day 30 will be May 5th. No Gluten will be huge for my diet. Bread, tortillas (my mexican food!) and pasta are items that play large roles in my meals. I believe that this challenge will be my most challenging one thus far and I also expect that it may have a large impact on my health.

Would love to hear from others that have gone through the elimination of gluten from their diets!

30 Day Challenge – No Alcohol – DONE!

April 8, 2010 by · Comments Off
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March 24th marked my 30th day of No Alcohol! It was completed successfully.

Out of all my challenges thus far this year, I thought this would be the hardest. This challenge was definitely challenging but I did find it easier than I had expected it to be.  As mentioned in a prior post, my drinking habits consist of a couple glasses of wine – 5 days a week on average.  In addition to my normal lifestyle there were several extra-curricular social activities over the month that I would have normally had a drink that would have helped me feel more comfortable. Being able to go through these events without this crutch was satisfying. It was satisfying to have made it through these without drinking and dealing directly with my typical feelings of inadequacy while in these types of social settings.  (Something that I continue to work on!)

As far as health, this challenge made very little impact here.  I didn’t have any weight loss however what I did notice was that I was able to sleep much better – deeper really.

Going forward I will be cutting back my intake for two reasons. One, I do believe it is healthier for me both for my physical health but also my mental health and two, as we work to pay off our debt this will definitely help us save some on outgoing expenditures (did I ever mention that we tend to like more expensive wines?)

These challenges have been great for me on different levels.  I have felt that exercising this “will” is good for me.  I do find that I am finding some other impulse activities being easier to slow down and make real decisions around.  So, on to my next challenges!

No Alcohol Challenge

March 2, 2010 by · Comments Off
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No Alcohol – My New 30 Day Challenge

On February 23rd I started Day One of my new challenge — No Alcohol. Out of all of my challenges I think this one may be more difficult than the others. I am not a big partier, full-bottle-wine-glass-1however – I definitely like having a glass of wine. So as of today I am on Day 8 and it hasn’t been too difficult. This last weekend was the first weekend. Friday was a bit hard but after that… it was all good. It is really special that my husband is so supportive of all these challenges as well. With all of them he has either cooked without the item or has gone without as well. Just one of the millions of reasons I love him so much! My history consists of having one or two glasses a wine five days a week on average. I also enjoy a margarita with my Mexican food.

So, the new challenge is on!

30 Day Challenge – No Sugar – The End

February 28, 2010 by · Comments Off
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Although the Blog post for the end of this challenge is a bit late, it is nonetheless successfully over. It ended one day prior to our vacation which explains the delay in posting.

This challenge was not difficult for me. I believe the reason that it wasn’t difficult was because I had already cut out all High Fructose Corn Syrup and many other forms of sugar from my diet. I have not been 100% sugar free (one of my downfalls is ice cream!), but have definitely minimized eating it. While on this challenge I was educated that sugar is thought to be the cause for MANY health issues. A friend of mine sent me a link that lists impacts to our health. This link can be found here.

If you needed any motivation to cut back on sugar, this list will do that for you!

This challenge was shared with a friend of mine and she saw her migraines diminish quite a bit. She is an awesome writer and you can see the blog posts of her experience here. She gave me the recipe for a great dried fruit bar as well as a couple of them to help me curb craving. I did not have any major health impacts (including weight loss). Although I did not find this challenge difficult or overly impacting; as soon as my challenge was over I made my way to the nearest DQ!!

Because I learned so much about processed white sugar I will continue to minimize this in my diet!

I welcome any comments and thoughts you might have on this challenge.

30 Day Challenge – No Sugar

January 6, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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sugarThis is Day 1 of my second challenge.  My first challenge was 30 days with no dairy.  I had to start this one twice to get it right; both times breaking it – not because I couldn’t stand it, but because I didn’t THINK!  After the third start I went the 30 days fairly smoothly without too much pain and cravings.  I have decided to do 30 days with no sugar.  I had one day off between the challenges.  My hubby thought I should do more than just the one day; but I am ready to go and with the reward of homemade TRUFFLES (THANKS TERRI) which broke my no dairy challenge and set me off with some yummy sugar before starting today – I am ready to go!  So, my rules…. this will be no white sugar, no brown sugar, no cane sugar, no corn syrup (I already do no High Fructose Corn Syrup!)    I will allow agave, honey and stevia which are all natural sweeteners.  Again, if I mess up I will start my 30 days over again. 

I am not a HUGE sugar/sweets person, but I also know that there are definitely some things I enjoy; ice cream for one.  I wonder if  there are things that I may run into on this challenge that I eat that have some type of sugar that I have not thought about.  We shall see!  Stay tuned for my progress as I move along! 

One very cool thing — for this challenge, I have a partner.  My friend partnerTerri and I will work together to motivate and support each other through this challenge.  It is always fun to share and this will not only make it fun we both will have someone to call on if we need to have a shot of motivation!

First Challenge – Dairy Free

November 22, 2009 by · Comments Off
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DairyThis is my first 30 Day Challenge. I have decided to do these for a couple different reasons.

I am dedicated to my personal development and want to improve my life in areas of mental, physical, and spiritual health and I know that it takes 25-30 days to create new neural pathways in your brain. Our brains do not accept new things or allow us to change a habit unless it is repeated for 25-30 consecutive days in a row. (Miss one day and you need to start over at one) Jack Canfield refers to a study done by NASA where they gave the astronauts in training concave lenses. These lenses made people see upside down. After 25-30 days of continuous wear their brains would suddenly see right-side up. Their brains automatically swapped the image. However if one of them interrupted the experiment along the way the results were reversed. NASA had some take the glasses off for one day and then put them back on, these individuals had to wait another 25-30 days to have the reversal.

Some of the challenges will be things that I want to see changed in my life. The other things may not be permanent changes I will make in my life but are things that I want to ”try on” – first off it exercises my self discipline and second off I want to see if making the change affects the way I feel.

My first challenge is to go dairy free. No milk or cheese products. I am not going to include eggs in this challenge. I am not going to include items that have 1-2 Tablespoons included in the ingredients – for instance the bread I make at home has 2T butter. Today is Day 3 of this challenge – actually it should be day 7 however on Day 4 of my first run I accidentally – (really it was an accident!!) I ordered a Thai Iced Tea with our Thai food and I was about half way through it when I realized that it had milk in it! ARGH! So – I had to start over at Day 1… It has not felt difficult. I passed up whipped cream on my dessert last night, and butter on my toast this morning – these were really easy.