Here’s what we came up with: daily exercise, drink enough water and avoid refined sugar.
After we agreed on the three things, which took all of three minutes, we asked each other if we actually did them daily.
Ah, cruel reality.
Now, we’re pretty good at walking the talk here, but when push came to shove, we couldn’t truthfully say that we did all of these things daily.
Enter the 28-Day Challenge.
Starting Friday, Oct 25, 2013, for the next 28 days, Dr. Tara, Dr. Shelby and Dr. Kendra are committed to:
- Exercising daily for a minimum of 30 minutes. This can be any type of exercise–walking, running, yoga, working out, classes, biking–so long as it is sustained. And no, you may not do 60 minutes one day and have it count for the next day. Each day is a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Drinking the appropriate amount of water daily. What is the appropriate amount of water? We’ll be using the benchmark of half of your body weight in pounds, in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you’ll need to drink 75 ounces. With 8ozs to a cup, that works out to 9.4 cups. For every cup of diuretic (aka caffeinated beverage) you need to add an extra cup.
- Avoiding processed sugar, which means refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Fruit is good. Honey is good. Maple syrup, agave, stevia–all good. Just none of the nasty white stuff. Muffins? Not good. Pop? Nope. The little Halloween candies? Definitely not. If it has “sugar” in the ingredients list, it’s out. Period.
Want to join us? We encourage you to do so! Tell your friends, your mom, your hubby–take them all along for the ride and let us know how you do. Look for regular blog posts on our progress. We’ll be posting where we’re having trouble and tips for success along the way.
Just 28 days might be all it takes to create your new habit!