Happy New Years to everyone!!! The year 2012 is going to be a year for everyone to get fit and healthy- so, I have a challenge for you! I know it can be overwhelming trying to get rid of all the bad stuff at once, so, I will give you a new challenge each month to eliminate from your diet. I will also give you a fitness challenge each month. Do you accept this challenge? I hope so!!!
Your nutrition challenge this month (each item you eliminate is not just for the month, but to be carried on throughout the whole year and hopefully forever) is to get rid of everything with high fructose corn syrup. I know you are probably thinking that I'm starting you out with a huge challenge, but, I am here to tell you it is possible. Go through your pantry, cupboards, refrigerator and freezer and start reading the backs of those packages to see what you need to throw away. There are so many substitutes available now that are free of hfcs, so if you need help trying to find an alternative to a favorite food, let me know and I can make some suggestions.
Your fitness challenge this month is to workout at least 20 minutes each day- 5 days a week. We will start slow and build up. You don't need to join a health club if you can't afford it- you can do it right at home! Here's your first workout: Do 1 minute of lunges, followed by 1 minute of squats, followed by 1 minute of jumping jacks, followed by 1 minute of push ups (on your knees if you need to- challenge yourself though), followed by 1 minute of abdominal crunches. Repeat this circuit 3 more times for a total of 4 times through. If you need a little more challenge hold dumbbells while you are doing the lunges and squats. If you have been exercising already, do this circuit 5 times instead of four. Or you can do jump squats instead of regular squats. You can always make a workout harder or easier.
So, who's in? Let's make 2012 the year you took control of your nutrition and fitness!!