Challenge 2.0 Winner

Six (long) weeks ago Janet, “Karen”, several other poor souls, and I started the second round of our 2012 challenges.  Janet chose grains, cardio, strength training, and food journaling.  I chose fruits/veggies, steps, strength training, and grains.  I think everyone agreed taking two weeks off before the third round was a great idea; I think a couple of us almost perished from the grain challenge.

I think the hardest one for Janet was the five servings a day of whole grains, especially when she realized that one serving equaled 16 grams of whole grains.  Yes, you did the math correctly, that’s 80 grams per day.  The hardest part was eating whole grains when she was at work in California.  Not many restaurants stock up on whole grain items. 

I don’t think Janet could have done it without Subway.  She would order her usual ham and turkey on 9 grain bread, have it loaded up with fruits and veggies, and order a side of Sun Chips; lots of whole grains in that meal.  Cereal was also a big helper; Frosted Mini Wheats have 46 grams per 21 biscuits.  That’s almost three servings!

I have to say, I found the grains easy.  I just ate cereal and Dave’s Killer Bread and I was good to go.  I’m still having issues with the fruits and veggies.  Those are still hard for me.  I did discover how good asparagus was sautéed with garlic in olive oil.  Yum!  Asparagus is now one of my favorite veggies.

Janet and I battled, while supporting each other, the whole 6 weeks and neither of us missed a day.  Can you believe that?  Janet can do it easily, but I actually made it 6 weeks without wimping out.  I was sick a little bit during week 2 or 3, but managed to slowly walk my way to 11k steps every day.  I’m glad it wasn’t week 6.  13k is an awful lot of steps when you are sick…or healthy for that matter.

So, I can honestly say I (co-)won Challenge 2.0 for 2012.  Even though a lot of the time the challenges drove me crazy, I must admit I can’t wait for the next round.  The challenges…well, challenged me to eat better, move better, and think about what I was doing on a daily basis.

I’ve lost 12 pounds since I first started “Karen’s” challenges and I feel and look a lot better.  I’ve been paying attention to my vitamin/mineral intake and that has helped with my energy level.  It’s amazing the difference losing only 12 pounds made to my health, but I’m glad I lost them rather than gaining 12 more.  I would’ve had to have traded in my jeans for a muumuu. 

Sunday April 8 was the last day of the challenge and the following day I had 4k steps and ate squishy white bread and poptarts.  When “Kreig”, who’s an amazing personal trainer, sent me my daily workout reminder, I conveniently forgot to reply.  I didn’t move much on Monday.  It was heavenly!  Apparently, I only do what’s good for my body if people are watching me and paying attention.  Good thing I have Janet on the weekends.

Book update:  MaryEd sent the manuscript back and said as far as she was concerned it was done.  I don’t know what to say; I’m nervous, excited, scared, and exhilarated just at the thought of putting my name on a book.  JJ Wallingford’s first book.  How does that sound?  Sounds good to me.

Now keep in mind we did pay MaryEd for her work, but she really liked it and thought it would make a great first book.  I hope she’s right.  I like it but I’m horrifically biased and I know it.  I had planned on getting it out the 28th of April, and I just might make it.  I know it will be out within the month.  Oh, here come the butterflies in my stomach again!



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