Monday, February 1, 2010

Do Or Do Not Challenge: Week 5

Is anybody still with me on the Weekly Challenges?  Tell me you're still out there.  We're getting to the part where the initial excitement is starting to wear off the and the reality of the scope of the commitment this journey is going to take is starting to set in.  Don't quit!  If we just keep moving forward, we can reach our goals.

How did you do with last week's challenges?  If you had a successful eat out challenge, I'd love to hear about it.  I've got a few place where I know I can have an enjoyable meal for under 500 calories, but I'd love to have some new ideas to tuck away for future reference.

Let's get to this week's challenges...

1.  Change your cardio routine this week (and next). I read an article on the Apex (bodybugg) site that said you should change your cardio routine every other week in an effort to avoid those infamous plateaus.  I will be posting more on my experience with that this past week in tomorrow's post, but for now, I'll suffice it to say that it does work.

If you've been walking, switch to an biking (exercise or actual bike).  Maybe you've been biking and you'd like to try the elliptical machine.  Whatever you've been doing, switch it up, both to avoid the plateau and to avoid boredom.

2.  Find two or three healthy breakfasts that fit your lifestyle.  All that you've heard about breakfast being the most important meal of the day is true.  Eating breakfast jump starts your metabolism and helps you avoid overeating at lunch.  Sometimes, though, our morning are crazy and we don't have time to think about breakfast.  Find something that you enjoy that is easy for you to prepare each morning.  Some of my favoirtes:
  • A bowl of Honey-nut Cheerios (not necessarily the top choice, nutritionally, but one of my faves and not bad enough that I feel guilty.
  • A bowl of Special K with sliced banana.  Even the new Protein Plus variety, which tastes like shredded cardboard on its own is good with a banana.
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal (quick and easy in the microwave)
  • Boiled egg and a piece of fruit
What are some of your favorite healthy breakfast choices?


9 comments:

  1. Hey I'm still with ya girl on the Do or Do Not Weekly Challenges...so keep 'em coming! Here's the link to my Do or Do Not Challenge from last week...http://makingoverme.blogspot.com/2010/01/do-or-do-not-challenge-week-4.html (I had a great meal at Panera for just 310 calories!)

    and I'll have one up in the next few days for this week...I think the 'switcheroo' on the exercise routine is needed for me, now that I've gone two weeks with negligible loss...I'll let ya know how it goes!

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  2. I'm just joining on the weight loss thing this week. :) I do a banana for breakfast every day too, either with a bowl of cereal or a Z Bar. I will let you know how things develop.

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  3. Mami -- Yay! I'm glad to know I'm not alone. Switching up the workouts (and one other small change) made a huge difference for me this past week. More on that tomorrow when I post my weigh-in.

    I thought I saw your challenge post last week, but maybe I didn't. I'll have to stop by and see what you had at Panera. I love their chicken salad and their broccoli-cheese soup, but I'm guessing that's NOT what you had for 310 calories. ;-)

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  4. Yay, Noodle! It's probably not too late to get in on the challenge, if you'd like. I can't wait to hear how your journey goes.

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  5. Hi! I make a green smoothie every morning for breakfast. They are quick, easy and super super nutritious! I find I have so much more energy when I have my smoothie first thing in the morning!

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  6. I am still with ya too. I didn't do the best this last week But I am still trying. I am going to change up my working out by adding in my stationaly bike this week.

    My favorite healthy breakfast is some plain yogurt with some fresh fruit (I love good peaches in the summer) but strawberries are great too. and I usually drizzle a tiny bit of honey on the top for more sweetness if needed. you could add some granola as well. yum!

    Oh and I have been loving the green smoothies as well!

    keep those challenges coming and I will try to keep up :)

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  7. @ Deanna -- Fresh fruit in the plain yogurt sounds delicious! I'll have to try that. We usually just buy the yogurts with the fruit in them, but I bet the fresh fruits are yum.

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  8. HI! I'm still on the journey...my FAVORITE healthy breakfast as of late is this: 1 1/2 cups rolled oats with 1 tbsp natural pb & 1 tbsp pure maple syrup! YUM! It's like a cookie in a bowl! I eat it with skim milk...:) I need to switch up my exercise a bit too! Thanks for the push!

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  9. Finally got my Week 5 Do or Do Not Challenge post up! Here it is: http://makingoverme.blogspot.com/2010/02/whole-lotta-randomness.html

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