All good things are worth the wait. Even weight loss. And to keep my weight loss goals reasonable, I'll be following All You magazine's 11 Week Reality Checked Diet. Each week has a very sensible, very do-able goal to get healthy and get in shape - and lose weight slowly (the right way). So, I'm inviting you all to join the challenge with me - even if you aren't trying to lose weight, these are great goals for a healthier life. Anyone who completes the entire 11 weeks (and leaves me a comment on the final week's post) will be entered into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card to use on whatever you like (a new workout dvd, some healthy snack, some new jeans because you lost some weight...). Slipping up is ok, but you need to honestly attempt each goal. And yes, I know, 11 weeks is a long time to wait on a giveaway - but as I said, good things are worth it :D So, here we go!
Week 1*: Pick the Right Foods to Slim Down
This week's challenge is all about forgoing the junk in favor of 'real' whole foods. So we're giving up the candy and cheese puffs and nitrate-full lunch-meats and chowing down on fruit and cheese and whole grain bread instead. It also includes choosing healthier versions of natural foods - i.e. brown rice vs. white. And watch your beverages! This week is a tough one for me since, as I've previously confessed, I'm crazy for pasta lately. I've planned lots of rice-heavy dinners so I don't go totally carb mad - wish me luck!
*I'll be starting most weeks on a Monday, so this will be a short one