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My Latest 30 Day Challenge

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams LIfestyles Realty

I posted this on my other blog over at Wordpress. I've been there for a while, usually yapping about more personal stuff. I have copied and pasted from one blog to the other, and one day, I'm sure I'll learn how to do that with the click of a button. If you'd like to read some of my blogging, go to http://healthhomesandharleys.wordpress.com. Here is the blog I posted today..........


When I began this blog, I was on a mission to lose 30 pounds in 30 days. That was April 2010, and I did lose 30 pounds in 30 days. Well, 29.5 pounds in 30 days, but it was still a success. Today, a year and a few months later, I’m happy to say I’ve kept 15 of those 30 pounds off, and have done pretty much nothing to do it, too. I don’t remember the last time I lifted a weight or even got myself going faster than a walk. Oh, I think about it all the time, but usually something better comes up, like a round of Assassin’s Creed, or work, or a ride on the hog.

I enjoy doing little 30 day things like dropping weight, changing eating habits, not swearing ( which usually doesn’t last 30 minutes ), so this time I came up with a new plan…To not eat any processed foods for the next 30 days. None. At all. In a house loaded with processed foods, living with a family addicted to anything that comes in a bag or wrapper. Our junk cupboard is more full than our crisper. But, I’m on another mission.


So, for the next 30 days, I will not eat anything that I can not plant, pick or kill, yet I have no intentions of planting, picking or killing a damned thing. That’s what my grocery store is for, and I learned many years ago the proper way to shop for food in a big box store. Stay on the outside of the store and avoid the aisles, for those of you that don’t know the tricks. The outside of the store is where all your fruits, veggies and meats are, all your healthier foods. The aisles is where all your canned and packaged processed foods are. Don’t believe me? Check it out the next time you’re in. Kim still doesn’t understand why Diet Coke is right smack dab in the middle of the store, but it is right next to the water.


Earlier today, I headed into the fridge to plan my attack, and to try to set this mission up for success. I took all the produce out and chopped it up, putting it in air tight containers for ease and convenience. I have some mangos, a papaya and lots of oranges on the other side, ready to be consumed. Like anyone else, if it isn’t easy and available, I’ll scramble to find something that is, like a tasty bag of salty Lay’s chips.

So, here I go again. So far, so good. Lunch was rice, kidney beans, chick peas and green onions. I’ll be making home made salsa to add to that tomorrow. Dinner is looking like it will be the rest of the salad, maybe topped with some tuna. The one thing I will do, though, is add a teaspoon of vinegar and oil with herbs to give my veggies some flavour. And, as far as snacks go, I’ll let you know how I made out with that one tomorrow ;^)”

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Good luck with your latest challenge--my downfall would be not having a piece of chocolate or small sweet treat every day!  If I only had myself to cook for--it would be more vegatables, less meat, less actualy cooking, especially during hot summer months.

Jul 04, 2011 10:36 AM
Alex Gurchin
Keller Williams LIfestyles Realty - London, ON

Mary - All it takes is a little commitment, a game plan and some determination for 30 days. I always look 30 days ahead and look back to see how good I feel. It's only 30 days ;^)"

Jul 05, 2011 01:12 AM