Less Than Challenge

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Winter Detox Recap

Like many people, I pretty much forget the meaning of “less than” at the holidays.  I overeat, overspend, oversleep…basically overindulge in every possible way.  So I tend to be big on New Year’s resolutions (which might be why I’m back here blogging, so let’s not knock the process entirely).

I know resolutions are typically total cliches – eat better, exercise more, do productive things, etc., etc.  But I love getting motivated by a brand new year.  And I have every intention of 2014 being the best it can be, since I’ll be tying the knot in six short months!!

If that’s not motivation to get in shape now, I don’t know what is.  And this year, I thought I better take it beyond just cutting a few calories and hitting the gym.  I wanted to truly reset my approach to food and start 2014 in a whole new way.

Enter, the HealthyMe Living “Holiday Healing Detox” – a health program that got me to cut grains, dairy, and all things processed from my diet for an entire week.  And that got me to try my first tastes of kale, cauliflower, almond milk, flax seeds, and apple cider vinegar.  (The vinegar was not my fave, but you can’t win them all, right?)

HealthyMe Living Holiday Healing Detox

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If you know me at all, you know that I do NOT eat like this.  I was in shock when I looked at my grocery cart full of produce at the start of the week, thinking there’s no way I will ever eat all of this.  But I did, and for the most part, I really enjoyed it!

More importantly, thanks to the detox experience, I feel totally inspired to live healthier in the year ahead.  I have been voraciously googling recipes for things I used to buy in a box, and I can’t wait to start cooking my own, un-processed versions of my favorite meals.  I feel adventurous and excited about trying new things.  I even ordered a cauliflower “steak” for lunch the other day (which my former self would certainly have scoffed at!).  Suffice it to say, I am proud of myself, and I truly believe this is the start of something more than your typical New Year’s resolution.

If you’ve ever thought about doing a detox (and here I mean a healthy, structured detox – not a crazy starvation diet), I would highly recommend it.  At best, it will change the way you think about yourself and the food you consume; at the very least, it should introduce you to some interesting new recipes.

Have questions about the experience?  Feel free to ask me.  I’m on a detox high and I’m happy to share!


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The First Fail

It’s been more than a week since my last challenge, which was supposed to be completed in less than a week. And yet, this isn’t a results post…

So here’s what I’ve learned: I am much more judicious with my money than my time.  Continue reading

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CHALLENGE #4: Gatsby Love

Re-read The Great Gatsby and see the new movie in less than a week.

Like the rest of the world (at least the world as I see it), I have total Gatsby fever in anticipation of this week’s movie release. Months ago, I vowed to re-read the novel so it would be fresh in my mind at the theater, but alas I have not yet made it past the first chapter. And so – you guessed it – it’s time for a new challenge!  Continue reading

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Live Below the Line RESULTS

To sum up my Live Below the Line experience in a single sentence: it wasn’t really hard to live on less than $1.50 a day, but it was basically impossible to enjoy it.

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Perhaps you saw the picture of the 65-cent peas I posted on Instagram on Thursday night. Trust me, they tasted every bit as bad as they look. And normally I love peas!

That’s the thing about this challenge…  Continue reading


CHALLENGE #3: Live Below the Line

Eat/drink from Monday through Friday on less than $1.50 a day.

Perhaps you’ve heard that celebrities like Ben Affleck, Sophia Bush, and Josh Groban will be raising awareness (and money) for The Global Poverty Project next week by taking the “Live Below the Line” challenge.  I started reading up on this initiative, and couldn’t help but be inspired. Continue reading


CHALLENGE #2: A Running Goal

I’m a bit overdue in outlining my next challenge, so without further ado, here it is: Run 3.5 miles in less than 35 minutes.

Last week, we finally had the perfect weather for a little outdoor exercise, and I am pleased to say that I took full advantage of it. I headed out for my first fresh air run of the year with low expectations but high hopes, and a new “less than challenge” was born! Continue reading