Portion Patrol: 33 Day Challenge

Am I the only one who grew up in a house that had a “snack closet”? I remember being super popular in middle school just because my parents stocked the house with the most awesome snacks. After school, my friends would look forward to getting back to my house because they knew Fruit Roll Ups and Cosmic Brownies awaited their arrival. But that wasn’t all, Gold Fish, Graham Crackers, Oreos, Dunkaroos, Pop Tarts and a whole plethora of chips to choose from with any kind of dip you could possibly hope to dunk them into. Am I the only one craving Dunkaroos right now?

I come from a family that doesn’t eat to live, they live to eat. Snacking is a constant practice and when you finish a bag of pretzels, no need to worry, we are stocked with back up! My dad seems to have a bottomless pit for a stomach where he can clear not only his dinner plate but also the rest of what my mom and I can’t finish. Don’t get me wrong, the guy looks great and has the metabolism of a baby cheetah. But unfortunately, he didn’t pass those genes on to me. This means I need to actively keep myself on track living at home with people who genuinely enjoy eating.

The worst part is, is that my family wasn’t well educated on the new realities of nutrition. My mom is convinced that if it says the word “healthy” or “low fat” on the box, it can’t possibly be that bad for you! But with a little education and guidance she’s starting to realize that the worst part about those words, are that they are written on a box in the first place. The majority of the food we consume should not be coming from boxes or cans. Fresh, raw food is the best kind and there are no tricky words that are used to convince you of this. The marketing is in the color, the flavor and the natural goodness! My mom has gone from Lean Cuisine Connoisseur to Meal Prep Maiden so don’t make excuses! If she can improve, so can you.

It’s February 17th, which means I have 33 days until I turn 24. And what’s a better way to seize this little window of opportunity than with a health challenge? I’m consistent with my workouts but this challenge will be centered on my eating habits. I hope to become more regimented in the kitchen allowing my body to finally show off all of the muscle I’ve been working so hard to build. I’m going to document my progress here on the blog and keep an active log with the application “My Fitness Pal” because calorie counting has proven to work for me in the past. Feel free to add me (halpydays) on the app as your friend so we can work to motivate each other to stay on track! I will also be using my fitbit to track my daily activity and rest. Having a wearable on seems to act as a friendly reminder that the stairs are always a healthy alternative to the elevator and if you don’t move for a while it kind of makes you feel obligated to do that extra victory lap post coffee break around the office.

Today's diary log was a success! I stayed within my calorie budget and drank 96 ounces of water.
Today’s diary log was a success! I stayed within my calorie budget and drank 96 ounces of water.
In addition to these goals, I also aim to complete 5, 60 minute workouts a week.
In addition to these goals, I also aim to complete 5, 60 minute workouts a week.

I am weighing in today at 118 pounds with 18% body fat. 15-20% BMI for a female is considered the athletic range. So I am right in the category I would like to stay in. My goal is to weigh in at 114 lbs., a weight that for me takes consistency and true portion control because it’s really crucial cutting at this point. That’s a goal of dropping 4 pounds, representing my 4th year in my twenties. The hardest part for me will probably be controlling my wine and chocolate consumption but the beauty of my challenge is that I am not necessarily depriving myself of the foods I enjoy, I am just simply choosing the healthier options and monitoring my portions more effectively. I will also be in taking a significantly greater amount of water because a bad habit of mine is to snack when I’m only actually thirsty. The water rule, also known as the 8×8 rule is to drink 8, 8 ounce glasses a day, totaling 64 ounces. But since I am super active and want to hydrate extra to help cut my hunger, my goal is to drink 96 ounces a day. That’s more like the 12×8 rule. I carry a 32 ounce Nalgene bottle with me so I am challenging myself to drink this bottle a full 3 times.

33 days until I turn 24 and I plan on brining in this year as the best version of myself as possible. I’ve never been happier and I’m at a point in my life where I’m energetically exploring all things that captivate my interest and have been actively pursuing my passions. It’s time to get focused and to hit the weight and maintain it. Who’s with me? I look forward to seeing you join me on my challenge at My Fitness Pal and by your feedback and comments here on the blog! May the portions be ever in your favor!