I find that as the challenge nears, I am becoming more excited and much less apprehensive. I have finished my menu for Week 1 and made my grocery list. I searched my favorite recipe sites for healthy recipes and was pleasantly surprised at how many I found. I will grocery shop for staples on Sunday, and for fresh produce throughout the week. I am excited to shop at some new places and was very happy to see the wide variety of healthy foods my regular grocery store stocks in their health food… Read more
Added by Jami Franz on December 31, 2009 at 8:11pm —
I've never really had to exercise, please don't hate me. I have problems of my own. When the gals get together to form an exercise/diet/get healthy support group I'm always left out. So, I'm 40 and I've never really exercised. This makes it very hard to keep a goal commitment. This year I want to make sure my heart is getting the attention it deserves and I need some flexibillity. If I don't get on it now...when will I? Anyone out there in a relative same boat want to create our own support… Read more
Added by Curry Newton on December 31, 2009 at 6:56pm —
I went to one of the bigger grocery stores in my area that I knew would have some of the suggested items for the Action Plan. I about had a heart attack at the prices for stuff though. I did buy some brown rice. All the rest was crazy. Almond butter ranged from about $9 to $15 a jar. Depended which isle it was in. Same jar, same brand, different isle. ??? Talk about marketing. Agave nectar was in the same price range for a small container of it. Looks like I will have to be very careful about… Read more
Added by Katrina Tylee on December 31, 2009 at 5:24pm —
I am excited to be part of this! In general I eat pretty healthy and exercise daily. I have never done a detox before and am at the age where I definitely need a metabolic boost. I am a little concerned about being able to do the detox paert of this while keeping up with a full time job and three kids. Also, I am on a very tight budget and do not have a juicer so I am concerned about being able to find the correct detox liquids at a reasonable price. Any suggestions? Read more
Added by Laura Salvati on December 31, 2009 at 1:17pm —
Well--- its about that time!! Clearing out the old to prepare for the new! Some of us may have some apprehensions about Diving In so quickly after the holiday Feast-Fest, but you know- there is no better way! Your body needs a break, and lets face it, so does your mind and your lifestyle. Last year the Challenge stretched a long 6 weeks, and for those of us who actually made it through we can proudly say there have been some lasting benefits. I… Read more
Added by Sara Fernandes on December 31, 2009 at 1:00pm —
I am excited about a new start. I am cleaning out my frig. and making my shopping list so I can get everything in place for the new year. Hopefully my husband will join in... if only a little here and there. He may not go for the detox but a bit of healthier eating and a little walking is a great start. Off to the kitchen to make sure everything is ready.
Added by Shona Mohr on December 31, 2009 at 12:23pm —
This is my first time ever to blog, but the new year is about new beginnings and I really do want to begin some new things in 2010...and most importantly keep going throughout the year. There, I've said it and so now I have to do it.The weather outside is frightful (meaning a lot of rain here in Florida), and after all it is the last day of 2009, so I would like to wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous new year. Enjoy seeing the old year out and and new year in however you wish, just be… Read more
Added by Cheryl O LeDoux on December 31, 2009 at 10:58am —
I’ve been reading the other blogs and I’m amazed by the diversity of women here. There are so many hopes and fears expressed, so much courage in putting yourselves out there. This is also my first time blogging, and in particular, exposing myself through my writing is truly difficult for me, so I'm glad to find such a supportive place in this community.
There’s something wonderfully synchronous doing this challenge not just at the start of a New Year, but at the start of a new… Read more
Added by Audris Wong on December 31, 2009 at 10:00am —
Why is honey under the "refined Sugar" category?? Honey is NOT refined in nay way. It is straight from the bees with nothing added or changed in any way. The molasses IS refined and so isn't the stevia granules and the Agave. So what or why was honey added to the do not have list? It is very healthy for you- in small amounts. (Only purchase unfiltered and/or raw honey. or from a beekeeper. No the mass market stuff)
Added by Faith Venier on December 31, 2009 at 7:23am —
Okay so I decided that it is time for a positive change in my life. I have been stuck in a funk and now it's time to get. I realized that the only one standing in my way is myself. I am so afraid of failure but I need to set a good example for my children. If I do not take care of myself first How will I be there for my kiddies. So I am giving this whole body action plan 100%. So good luck to everyone. :)
Added by Jessica Esquivel on December 31, 2009 at 5:32am —
Today I just Measure how fit I am... not very well, but the two points that I'm bad on is not terrible.
So.. This are my results:
I'm good... less than 85 (I have a good heart).
Not so good... I'm have my left hand a little injure, so I just could do 15 push-up (Average).
I complete the test... so GOOD.
All my years as a runner make me flexible as a piece of… Read more
Added by Cristina Andrea Riquelme Rebolle on December 30, 2009 at 8:21pm —
I read a comment by a fellow action plan member that she was conerned about staying committed to the cause to the end. I too share this concern. I am an educated women with plenty of common sense...why do I have such difficulty staying with a program until I reap the rewards?
It seems to me the patterns of my past have been to go all out...gung ho and all....then fizzle until I just seem to quietly quit. I wonder why this is so? Am I afraid of actually succeeding? That is an… Read more
Added by Robyn Hoffman on December 30, 2009 at 8:02pm —
My family is very supportive and have been with me on my journey since May for each of us to become more healthy. My husband and I found ourselves bogged down with life and realized we were no longer living - just going through the motions. We have drastically changed the way we live and look forward to the new year to continue on and make our new experiences become lifelong habits. My only excuse will be myself - if I let the things I know are not healthy seep back into our family it will. I… Read more
Added by Danelle Drake on December 30, 2009 at 6:45pm —
I'm new to this site. I like the idea of a healthy eating and excercise plan that is driven by actually eating. What I don't understand is why dairy and gluten are considered bad for you. Anybody know? I realize there are those people who are allergic to said items so this makes sense for those people to avoid the items they are allergic to. But why do the rest of us need to? As far as the detox is it just that these foods are harder to digest? What about the rest of the… Read more
Added by Katrina Tylee on December 30, 2009 at 6:13pm —
So I have signed on to the detox. I have done them before, with success.
Keeping up with it is the hardest part.
I now see where and how the middle age spread happens. After losing my (out of the house) job in Jan 09. I focused full time on my Graphic Design business. Now with all the things that encompasses running a business, being a volunteer, Mom and wife, I think a detox is a good thing to jump start a renewing of my person.
I am a bit curious how so much liquid diet will… Read more
Added by Faith Venier on December 30, 2009 at 2:26pm —
Being on a limited budget at the moment, I am going to need to call on creativity and my pantry of spices to match my diet with the suggestions from the Body and Soul Action Plan. Luckily I do have some pantry staple resources to fall back on such as wild red and black quinoa and lots of exotic brown, red and black rice. I have tons of dried spices, so that will help with diversifying flavors ethnically.
The biggest hurdle I… Read more
Added by adriann on December 30, 2009 at 12:35pm —
Well today I braved the icy sidewalks to sit at Starbucks and work for awhile. I finally made it in through the door to find it filled to capacity. I ordered a small coffee to go, lugging my heavy briefcase back to the car. En route I sloshed coffee all over my cashmere scarf and gloves- choice language ensued. (it happens- alot)
I went down the street to another coffee shop, found the last lone seat to work and ordered green tea. The Starbucks is still in my car- it has bad… Read more
Added by Patti Sawyer on December 30, 2009 at 12:15pm —
I'm the youngest of five. Three of my siblings are sisters. All three are diabetics. I do not want to be the 4th so I'm determined to take charge of my health this year. I've always loved reading about nutrition and preventative medicine. What I haven't always done was the consistent follow through.
This year, I've created a document with goals to be printed out weekly. I will place a copy of this in a spot in my home where I have no choice but to be reminded of thse… Read more
Added by Carolyn Moorman on December 30, 2009 at 11:37am —
Since I have a lot of free time now, and not as much starting January 4th, I've been doing some preparing for the Action Plan ahead of time.
I bought a juice extractor. I've been spending a lot of time looking at different brands, models and reviews. I finally decided on a Waring Pro juice extractor. I bought it at Target for $60, but it also came with a free $10 gift card. I believe this offer goes until January 30th, if anyone else is interested. Thus far, the juicer seems to be… Read more
Added by Erin Collins on December 30, 2009 at 12:18am —
I have never blogged, or put myself out there on the internet. I feel that trying to connect with people will probably be my saving grace thru this challenge though. So, here I am!
Added by sarah oliver on December 29, 2009 at 10:40pm —