THE 30 DAY BETTER YOU CHALLENGE * NO EXCUSES JAN 2 – JAN 31
Each person has an individual goal for success, for some it may be to lose 20 lbs and get on a healthy exercise plan that fits into a normal way of life. Others may want to change the way they look at food and to develop a short term goal that may satisfy a need to stick to a resolution. Whatever your mission, whatever your need, this time you have the beauty of reaching your goal together with your fellow Forty Fifty Sexty friends. This challenge is perhaps different than any challenge you have given yourself because we are doing this as a community. It s not just new to you, but it is new to us all at FFS.
There are going to be somethings that work and will fit right into your normal life and then there will be those things that will be a struggle and will require more effort and more patience. Understand that this will not be a piece of cake for anyone and everyone will have difficult days. The good news is that it will not last forever and the more effort you put in, the better your results will be. It is our hope that after this challenge, you will adopt many of the positive changes into your new normal life.
Wherever you are, get in front of a mirror and examine yourself from head to toe, really look! We are going to work from the tippy top of your head to the soles of your feet, so this is the time to compile your wish list of YOU. We are going to deal with hair, skin, eyes, teeth, your body inside and out. Take inventory of yourself, count your ripples of fat, your stretch marks, the dips in your ass and pinch the inch on the side of your waist. TURN AROUND and look at the extra meat under your armpits and make a date with it at the gym! You may as well look at it, especially if you intend to get rid of it! Now take your clothes off because it’s time for naked truth!
Whatever it is, it’s your body and in 30 days you’re going to see an amazing difference. Weigh yourself so that you can gage your progress throughout the month. Some people may opt to take before and after photos and if you plan on really transforming your body, it’s a good idea to do so. First, it’s a great benchmark and will keep you encouraged to not just meet your goal but to push through your goal! Secondly, you will be reminded of the commitment you made and your ground breaking success.
If you’re a real friend you will tell your friends! Send them to the site to check it out for themselves. By telling people you are committing and subscribing to the theory that this will work. By telling people and getting them to join in this challenge to make them better, you will be building not only your support system but your allies in the trenches with you. Think about it… if you had to go to war would you go alone? Who would you take with you to win? Well this is war and to win it’s gonna take an army! Since you have a choice, please don’t bring any weak ass whiners with you. Instead bring the people that motivate you to be better, people that are willing to put it all on the line and the road doggs that aren’t afraid to achieve success and want to see you successful. If you have to come alone, it’s better than dragging a sack of potatoes with you! There will be plenty of people to celebrate with you on the other side, no worries my love.
This is the commitment phase the time to evaluate this entire idea and see if it’s right for you. This is the time to talk with your doctor about making changes to your diet and exercise regimen. This is the time to consider your schedule for the next 30 days to see if you can commit at this time. If you will be outta the country in meetings from sun up to sundown perhaps it won’t work for you right now. Your hair deserves consideration also if you plan on exercising to the extreme everyday. This plan doesn’t necessarily call for ninja warriors but you may want to think about a plan for your tress. I plan on wearing a weave and also rocking a ponytail. Preparation is the key with this whole thing! So you will want to make sure you have your workout gear in order and most importantly your fridge should contain ALL of the right foods and NONE of the wrong foods. Some of us have kids and partners that will not be on the challenge meal plan , but if you can learn how to gingerly sneak your foods in and their foods out, life will be so much easier for you. I am happy to say that the healthy food you will eat should by all means be shared with your family and there is nothing that you will eat that you should apologise for.
This is the I want to know more stage, the time to discover what this is all about. The great news is that this is not a fast or crazy diet and you will not be starving yourself! You will be eating healthy food and exercising. There will be many “NO’s” but just as many “YES’s” Here are the list of items that you may NOT have:
NO red meat (except free range organic lamb)
NO white potatoes or white rice
NO processed juice
NO processed food
NO ice cream or sweets
NO nuts except almonds, pumpkin seeds
NO beans except lentils, black, kidney
*While it is understandable that nearly all foods contain sugar, challenge yourself to foods that contain very little sugar (total of 20grams a day) and add no sugar to your food.
These (5) foods can be eaten anytime, any amount:
W – A – T – E – R Watermelon, Apples, Turmeric, Egg Whites, Red Cabbage
These are the foods that you may have:
Vegetables – Raw, uncooked (no corn)
Protein – (if possible organic) eggs and chicken, fish, shrimp, turkey, free range organic lamb, avocado,
Oatmeal (Steel Cut)
Whole wheat pasta
Seasons (if you must use salt make it sea salt)
Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs)
Amino Acids (Braggs)
Coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil
Beverage of choice is water hot or cold
Dark Chocolate (up to 4 squares a day)
There may be other healthy foods that are not listed above, use your discretion when adding those items to your meal plan.
****TWO WORDS THAT WILL MAKE OR BREAK THIS CHALLENGE FOR YOU****
Get your food from the market, cut your veggies, separate your fish, chicken, lamb wrap individual serving sizes, put things in containers, season your food. You will want to put turmeric in everything. Write out a weekly menu so that you know what you will be preparing each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Substitute bread with lettuce wraps or sushi Nori seaweed sheets, have your lettuce clean and stacked like bread! Enlist the help of others in your family so they understand that you are serious and perhaps want to join you.
REVERSE YOUR MEALS
You will be using the Reverse Your Meals concept outlined previously on this website under Wellness. You can read that Post for better understanding, but essentially you will be eating your biggest meal in the morning for breakfast and your lightest meal in the evening for dinner. You will use your palm of your hand as a guide for serving size and you will want to incorporate at least (2) W-A-T-E-R items in each meal you eat. Turmeric is the secret weapon and should be used in as many foods as you can.
TIPS AND IDEAS
A scoop of Collagen powder to your morning OJ or smoothie is an absolute game changer for your hair, skin, nails, joints and bones. There are many brands that can be found in your local health food store. Neocell Super Collagen ranks very high with its ingredients and its benefits and it is tasteless and odorless. This can be just the thing that you need to give your 30 Day Challenge that extra kick!
1 cup of hot water
2 tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tbs. Lemon
1 tbs. Honey
1 tsp. Turmeric
This tea combination is awesome and you should have it at least once a day, it will assist in your daily elimination process.
MEAL AND SNACK IDEAS
Avocado stuffed with sauteed shrimp, bean lamb patty rolled in lettuce, tuna wrapped in seaweed sheet, tomato diced with onion, cilantro and avocado, sauteed chicken over zucchini squash pasta, egg white stuffed avocado, veggie omelette, cucumber slices soaked in red wine vinegar, butternut squash soup with lentils added, fried apples in coconut oil and agave with steel cut oatmeal, watermelon smoothie with agave and almond milk. roasted red and gold beets brushed with olive oil and sea salt, tuna or sardines stuffed in endive lettuce, muddled watermelon cucumber Ice cubes
This is the exercise plan that will help you burn and melt the fat off your body, get your heart rate up and tone as you lose. Each person has different exercises that they like and if you like it, you will do it. The idea here is that you try to workout at least 25 minutes a day, but if you want to see better results shoot for an hour and mix it up. Here is where you want to also get in as close to 10,000 steps a day. You can go to the Fitness section of this website to read previous Posts ie. Walk n Talk, Spinning is Winning, Squat your Way to A Kickin’ Ass Butt, Dancing Your Way To A Healthier You, all will provide you with great ideas and tips for exercising. Find an area in your home where you can get a good sweat going and find fitness classes on Demand that you can do if you can’t get out or go to the gym. The key is to break a sweat and get your heart rate up. Don’t overlook stretching! Your muscles need to be warmed up and prepared to be worked so take time to stretch out and breath life into your muscles.
Note: If you haven’t worked out in a while you will want to start off slow with walking and graduate up to more time and distance. There is no rush, “Rome was not built in a day”, just the fact that you are doing more today than yesterday is a success.
THE FFS COMMUNITY
Since we are doing this together and this is the focus for the month of January we want everyone to get involved and get active. Send us your progress, your pics, food ideas or suggestions that you have to make the process easier for a fellow FFS friend. Continue to come to the site to see new Posts in all Aging Sexy categories that will help you in your transition to be the best version of you! Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day especially when working out. Spend time breathing in good thoughts and exhaling out the negative. Don’t put yourself in compromising situations that may tempt you to back slide. Challenge yourself to find new healthy foods and new ways promote a healthy lifestyle.
Happy New You!