Since I was out of town four out of the first seven days of the first week, this probably wasn't the best time to tackle something like this. I got off on the wrong foot with the exercise challenges, but have managed to get somewhat on track. The diet goals have gone better. Mainly because I already eat pretty clean.
The first week's diet goal was easy, and had three parts. I had to figure out how many calories I should be consuming per day, and figure out how to track them. I was supposed to eliminate fast food (which I only eat once or twice a month anyway), and eliminate caloric drinks (which I gave up years ago).
The second week eliminated diet sodas and flavored waters. (I only rarely drink either of them). I also had to give up processed snacks--including dried fruit (my daily handful of raisins had to go), fried foods (which I only have when I eat out, and then not every time), and white carbs--including milk and yogurt (plain lowfat yogurt is one of my regular breakfast items). I was to substitute whole wheat bread, brown rice, vegetables and fruits for the excluded items.
This week the elimination list included the remaining milk based products, all grains and all pre-made condiments.
Say what?!? This could be a challenge.
I'm proud to say that I made it through the first day without my beloved grains. For breakfast I made a smoothie with banana, spinach, cocoa powder, and flax seed. It felt strange to not set a muffin on the table, too, but I got over it. My lunch always includes raw vegetables. Today I increased the amount, added a serving of beans, and munched on an apple for dessert. My afternoon snack was a carefully-measured portion of almonds. For dinner I made an oven fritatta with roasted butternut squash, and followed that up with a serving with a handful of grapes.
One day down, six more to go. Think I can do it?