30 Day Healthy Challenge – Take 30 Days and Take Control of Your life
Summer is almost here, and today, I’m sharing 40 ways to get bikini ready for your next beach vacation.
Bwahaaaaa, no. That is not remotely what we are talking about today. Today we’re chatting about a 30 day healthy challenge. Summer is almost here, and now is the easiest time of the year to work on a healthy mind shift when it comes eating and exercise. Fresh produce is in abundance, and in the next 30 days you’ll see a mix of delicious spring veggies (peas, asparagus, and ramps), as well as fresh berries, and cherries. Fun fact – here in Washington, they think it will be one of the best cherry crops ever. I cannot wait to make an idiot of myself while eating as many cherries as quickly as I can.
It is easy to make resolutions to new health in January, but so very hard to stick to it when fresh produce is months off. In June you can’t swing a cat without hitting piles of delicious fruit and veggies. And since I believe in an easy win from time to time, why not take advantage of the summer bounty to make a paradigm shift towards health? A 30 day healthy challenge can help you CTL + ALT + DEL your old habits.
Also, why would anyone swing cats around?
I am not someone who thinks that clean eating shouldn’t involve butter, milk, wheat, or some sweets. The Whole 30 plan never makes sense to me, because some people are totally fine on any of the banned foods. Why not trust your body to tell you what it needs? We all know we don’t need Doritos. These next 30 days will be about listening to what your body is trying to tell you.
So, let’s get started. Let’s make a plan, stick with it, and do it together! I’m a firm believer in the philosophy of “you do you”, so the “rules” for this challenge are entirely of your making. To be deliberate and work with intention, I am encouraging everyone to set five goals for themselves. Those goals could be daily, weekly, or even for the month.
- Average 16,000 steps for the month of June. I love to walk and work outside, but with my schedule I can’t do those things every day. Most days I get over 14,000 steps, but some days I am stuck behind a computer for a few hours and 12k steps is considered a win. Looking at it as an aggregate is a better plan for me.
- Include two fruits at breakfast, a full serving of veggies at lunch, and half of my plate at dinner must be full of veg.
- Drink 72 ounces of water. I’m a water fiend, but since I left a desk job, I am not as deliberate about drinking it. Bennett is only nursing twice a day now, so it’s not like I am constantly parched from producing a bunch of milk. There is no thirst like a nursing mom thirst.
- Consume only one sweet per day. I love sugar, and need to make sure I don’t let it get out of control. And yes, licking the knife after I spread Nutella on Jack’s pancake in the morning does count as a sweet. And yes, I put way more on that knife that necessary, just to get an extra amount.
- Do 50 sit ups, 50 push ups, and 50 squats, twice per day. I’m thinking first thing in the morning, and before bed. I feel strong and mostly fit after having Bennett, but could use some toning up in certain areas. I think this plan will get me on the right track. Fun fact: I used to be in NJROTC and was a push up and sit up master. The mile and half run was a struggle for me, and I was almost always close to failing my PT tests because of the sit and reach. It’s hard to touch your toes when you’re 6 feet tall at 16! 🙂
To get myself motivated, and stay accountable to my five goals, I’m taking these three steps:
- Meal plan. Meal plan. Meal plan. Ugh, I know, you hate it. But knowing what is for dinner and having healthy options around can go a long way to making sure you stick to your goals. For me, this includes having veggies and fruit cut up and ready to go in the fridge for when snack cravings hit.
- Using a water bottle instead of drinking out of a glass. We have a plethora of Liberty Bottleworks around the house, and I’m going to make it a goal to drink four of them a day. Liberty Bottleworks are the only US made metal water bottles, and they’re made right here in Washington State. They also hire a ton of veterans. This isn’t an ad for them; basically I just think they’re rad. In addition to water, I’ll make a batch of sun tea every few days to change it up.
- Posting weekly updates here. You all don’t let me get away with BS. 🙂
A 30 day healthy challenge is better with a friend(s), so I encourage you to join us! If you’re participating, please leave a comment with your own give goals. I’m looking forward to following along with everyone’s 30 day healthy challenge.