Mini Health Challenge Week 4 | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Natalie on October 29, 2012

The final week of my mini health challenge starts today! I hope you are all ready.

First, I must say that I have really enjoyed doing this little challenge, and I am really looking forward to the final week.  For me, it’s going to be the hardest week of all, but I love proving to myself that I can do tough things.  Especially when I know it is good for me!

Before I move on to the details of week 4, I want to do a re-cap of week 3.  The added goal for week 3 was to consume only whole grains.  After this week, I realized how great of a goal this really is, because it knocks out most desserts and snack foods.  I have been trying to consume only whole grains for quite some time now, so I didn’t feel this was too much of a challenge UNTIL…the weekend.

On Saturday, I spent most of the afternoon wandering around a great neighborhood in the city with my mom, brother, and my little baby girl.  It was recommended to us to try a famous bakery.  I knew this was going to be trouble for my little challenge.  So we went to the bakery and I made the decision to get a Swedish cookie that was, most definitely not made with whole wheat flour.  I am confessing this to you not because I feel ashamed, but because it brings up a really great point.  What do you do when you are trying to follow a health regimen and you are out with friends and family?

For me it was an easy decision.  Going to the bakery was an experience I didn’t want to miss out on.  I don’t get to spend a lot of time with my mom and brother these days, especially in a fun area in the city.  So I had the cookie (and a bite of theirs), and didn’t even think twice about it!  But this didn’t mean I threw all caution out the window.  From that point on, I continued on with my health goals.  After something like this, the most important thing you can do is just jump right back on.

As for the other goals for week 3… For exercise I did 2 group fitness classes and several long walks.  For the cruciferous vegetables, I had 2 servings of roasted broccoli as a side dish one night, and lots of kale (both in juices and a braised kale dish that is delish).

On to week 4. The FINAL week! Are you ready?

NEW GOAL for week 4:  no desserts or added sugar.  This means no sweets of any kind or any sweeteners (sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave, etc..).  

This is going to be tough for me because I have a sweet tooth!

As an additional challenge for myself this week, I am also avoiding alcohol and caffeine.

Total Goals for week 4:

  • no desserts or added sugar *bonus-no alcohol or caffeine too
  • when consuming grains, consume only whole grains
  • eat 3 servings of cruciferous vegetables
  • exercise 150 minutes

Whew! This is going to make for a challenging week, but I know I can do it, and I know you can too!

How is the challenge going for you? Leave a comment in the comments box below the post.

Wishing you health and happiness,


Marilyn October 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

I am with you! Went off the path a little, but I am ready to jump back on. Not having my morning coffee will be hard. This challenge includes tea also doesn’t it?

Natalie October 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Just caffeine. So decaf coffee or herbal tea would be fine! I am still having white tea in the morning. It’s very high in antioxidants and low in caffeine. White tea is delicious. If you haven’t tried it already, I recommend doing so!

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