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Monday, February 28, 2011

Ok, you know me. I am all about challenging myself to new levels. I have done very well this year so far and I want to see the same results this month. I am going back to a few basics for this challenge and adding in new goals that reflect my recent cleanse and other books I am currently reading. This program was made to meet my needs. You can join along following my exact plan or expand on it and make your own!! Whatever the case may be, BE CONSISTENT!

I am going to blog my results daily along with a few photos of my meals and new finds. I will post the pictures either on FB or as a part of my daily blog. If you are on FB and want to add me as a friend send me your email with your name etc...

March Meltdown Challenge Goals - Nutrition -

Juicing will be a BIG part of my diet for this month. I will be juicing at least once a day. Along with this will be my daily shakes, something I grew to love on my last cleanse.

1. Every morning wake up to drink warm water with lemon and a dash of cayenne pepper. Follow this with 4 oz of RWK Just Cranberry juice and 1 tbsp of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar with a little lemon juice added in.

2. Drink only Green tea, Oolong, Yerba Mate and other teas throughout the day. NO FRUIT JUICES OF ANY KIND. Decaf coffee is ok but in small amounts. Try and focus on getting in at least 4 cups of Yerba Mate or Green Tea every day.

3. Drink AT LEAST 64 oz of purified water.

4. Take vitamins and supplements every morning.

5. Limit dairy products to a couple of times a week. Sources...Organic non fat greek yogurt and cooking with non fat organic ricotta etc...

6. Put down the cheese and walk away. This is my weakness. Goat and feta cheese! Allow myself ONE day a week where I can have a VERY small amount of feta or goat cheese on a salad or such but NOTHING MORE! Do not buy it and it will not be in the house.

7. Bread. Limit myself to two pieces of Ezekiel bread but only on days where I have a long run or a hard workout. In other words, on my rest days, there is no need for bread.

8. Grains will come from Quinoa, Millet, Buckwheat, Brown Rice, etc... If it is white...Do not even touch it and that means white rice on sushi too! ONLY brown rice. Limit myself to only two servings of starch per day. In other words, if I have oatmeal in the morning then 1/2 cup of brown rice for lunch then dinner needs to be all veggies and NO grains.

9. Proteins. I am going to try and get as much of my protein content from plant based foods as possible. I will be looking to lentils and other beans as a source of protein limiting my consumption of egg whites and meats to only a couple of times a week. For meats, I am allowing organic chicken, turkey, lamb, bison and nothing more. In other words, no beef. Fish needs to be a priority. Aim for at least 3 servings a week of natural, wild caught fish high in omegas....black cod, salmon etc...

10. Fats. Simply put, we all need a little but even less than we think! Read the book Eat to Live and what he says about Olive oil. A little is all we need. I will throw in a few almonds and other nuts but again, only on days where I am working out and therefore need the extra fuel

March Meltdown Challenge Goals - Fitness -

1. Run 100 miles for the month of March. I have another HM on March 27th!!!

2. ST through Cathe DVD's 3 times a week.

3. Power Yoga and Pilates 2 times a week

4. USE MY FOAM ROLLER EVERY DAY!! This is a big goal for me. I need to be rolling my ITB more and stretching before my runs. Keep me accountable on this one. Really, I need it!

March Meltdown Goals - Measurements -

1. Lose 6 pounds this month.

2. Aim for another 3 inches lost, overall. Measuring my waist, hips, arms and thighs.

There you have it! March is going to be a success, I just know it!!! My little girl will be turing a year old on April 4th and I intend to be in the best shape of my life on that very special day! I want to look back at her photos of her birthday and know I gave it my all to be my very best for her.

Tomorrow starts day one!

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    I like your strategy. If you ever get a chance I would recommend trying a non dairy source of milk with hemp protein powder, prior to that I have a tbsp of coconut oil. Man that keeps me regular. Like coffee used to. Not trying to be inappropriate but I figure detox and cleansing was meant to do the same thing. I'm not able to digest any other kind of protein powder except for hemp protein.
    3714 days ago
  • A-NU-ME-N-2011
    OK! I like this plan.... I'm going to do this one day... probaly this summertime when I don't have to work and can really focus and do it correctly thank you for sharing. You are doing really good.
    3719 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3135617
    Impressive!!! Oh my!!! That is an awesome Challenge. Keep up the good work!
    3720 days ago
    Wow...this is impressive. Good luck, and i'm sure you'll meet your goal!
    3721 days ago
    This is great. Very specific. I could use more of that. Good luck - you sound like just the woman to do this. I'm going to follow you for inspiration.
    3721 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6978802
    Hi, I love your plan! I would like to track all my goals seriously!!

    And my daughter was born on April 4th too! She will be 2 this year!! Cannot wait to tone up and be good by her birthday!
    3721 days ago
    Good luck! I know you can do it!
    3722 days ago
    Love your plan!!

    One of my girls was born on April 4th as well!
    She is turning 11! The time sure flies!
    3722 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/1/2011 11:13:30 PM
    hope you have a great month jen!
    3722 days ago
    I love reading your blogs and about your goals/challenges. Somehow March snuck up on me and I didn't remember to make a new challenge, you are so inspiring, I have to go make one for myself!

    3722 days ago
    can't wait to see how this month shapes up for you :) .. you are definately an inspiration!!!
    3722 days ago
    Jen, these goals are very reasonable and seem like they will be a challenge, but not burdensome to stick with! I LOVE millett! It's so awesome! And my only complaint about the brown rice on sushi is that they charge extra for it! I HATE when places make it more expensive to be healthy. Don't get me wrong, I will still pay for it, but it irks me!

    I am alllll about the plant based proteins! Do you have a pressure cooker? Dried beans taste so much better than canned and cook in anywhere from 20-60 minutes without pre-soaking in the pressure cooker! Also, yellow and green split peas cook quickly on the stove top for some yummy goodness!

    3722 days ago
    great challenge...!:0 way to go.....YOU CAN DO IT!! just curious...what supplements do you use?
    3722 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1317623
    I'm going to go check out Eat to Live. In all that I have read, we really need to up omega 3 fats. I have made an effort to really try to get as much as I can from 3's as opposed to 6's. From what you read what percentage of one's diet is supposed to be from fats?

    I think I will write out my goals for the month as well and have it be a "March Meltdown" Challenge for me. I am in a Biggest Loser Challenge and have my final weigh in the first Saturday in April. I think checking in with you will help keep me focused to stay on track all month long! :O)

    Thanks for setting the bar so high! If you believe it, YOU can achieve it! You Go Girl!! :O)
    3723 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/28/2011 10:48:53 PM
  • no profile photo CD8752472
    Great challenge! I strive for the same nutritionally with one exception ... I can not give up goat or feta cheese ... emoticon ... it would be too painful!

    I know you can do it!
    3723 days ago
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    3723 days ago
    I get most of my stuff from Whole Foods Market. There are websites out there, but I am not sure of any specifically other than Sunfood or Vitamin Shoppe.
    3723 days ago
  • no profile photo NEWYORKORCHIDS
    Is there a specific website where you get your organic materials, or are they at a store near you? I live in the middle of nowhere. :-)
    3723 days ago
  • HAPPY92003
    I have never been a person who makes challenges for myself, but I have been reading about your challenges on Spark and FB for a couple of months...and I think you have finally inspired me to do one:D Hopefully this will keep me accountable and get the scale moving again!!

    Great job on your success so far!!
    3723 days ago
    Good for you for switching it up and doing what works for you! I wish you much luck with your new plan!

    I just bought some chia seeds today thanks to you. I'll start sprinkling it on oatmeal or on my tbsp of peanut butter on my nana. Just have to remember to check my teeth afterward. *insert seedy smile here*
    3723 days ago
    Sounds wonderful Jen!! We have been juicing way more too! As well as daily shakes. I think you will be amazing, although I already think you are!!!
    3723 days ago
    Yes, the challenge is something for myself, give by me!
    3723 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3054111
    First I’d like to say that I LOVE that you LOVE challenges- because I do to! Sometimes I’ll even give myself challenges just for kicks!

    Is your “Challenge” one your giving yourself?

    Wow, 100 miles!!! That’s fabulous!!!!! And such a great goal!

    Good for you on all your March goals! I guess I should get my march goals up now! :)

    3723 days ago
    Wow...great motivation. Too vigorous for me at this stage, but has encouraged me to "up" my regimen.
    3723 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1425027
    Your dedication and will power is amazing! And I'm sure your healthy eating is paying off in your strength, running successes, etc. WAY more than just your weight loss!!!

    Keep going!!!

    3723 days ago
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