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Hello, and welcome to week 3.
When I was a kid, we were huge fans of the Dr. Demento’s Christmas Album. We listened to it obsessively every year, and one of the tracks was a sketch from a Canadian comedy show that featured Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as two goofy Canadian guys doing their own version of The 12 Days of Christmas. During the song, there’s a moment where one of them says “Hello, and welcome to day 10.” What is the point of this pointless story? There isn’t one. That’s just the voice I hear when I type “Hello, and welcome to week 3.” You are soooo welcome for that detour into my crazy little world.
Week 3, kids! By this time, you are hopefully getting comfortable eating off of smaller plates, and you’ve hopefully had some heart to hearts with the fam to make sure you’re all on the same team. I’d love to hear how that’s been for you, if you feel inclined to comment!
This week is another pretty simple one – don’t worry, the challenges will get more difficult as we go, but keep in mind that our goal is to make small, slow, sustainable changes – no quick fix dieting here. These are permanent swaps, so we aren’t going to rush things. That said, this week is a Swap for Water week! To play, swap one of your beverages per day out for plain old water. Usually have a soda at lunch? Water. Usually grab a Diet Coke as a midday thirst quencher? Water. Orange juice with breakfast? Try good old fashioned water! Late morning coffee break? Grab a glass of tasty tasty water.
I used to hate drinking water, so I get it if this bugs you. Try it with cucumber, or lemon, or mint, or just really, really cold! Add some fresh ginger or peppermint to some hot water to make tea! (I will count unsweetened tea as water, here, kids. Cheat away.) You only have to swap out one daily beverage for this challenge, so decide which one it will be (you know your usual habits) and commit! I’d recommend not forgoing your morning coffee on this challenge, because I’d like you not to hate me and your life.
IMPORTANT: No Crystal Light or other weird droppy business in this once a day water beverage. Add anything else you want to your water, but no chemicals and no pure sugar. Fruit? Yay! Herbs? Yay! Whatever the hell this stuff is? Booooooooooo. Box of shame for you.
“But Karyn,” you say, “I don’t really drink anything but coffee during the day.” Cool. Add a glass of water. “But, Karyn,” other you says, “I already drink a crap ton of water and nothing else at all save for a nightly glass of wine that I cannot willnot forfeit!” Word. You’re done here. Skip ahead to the Go-Ahead Challenge.
Swap one daily beverage out for water. Keep eating off of your shrunken plates. Have a real, homemade cookie if you can get your hands on one. Because I said so.
Go-Ahead Challenge: Two vegetarian days. Don’t worry, I’m not going to make you stop eating meat or animal products all together and live off of juice or anything like that. But this week, try having two full days where you eat no meat at all. Bonus points if you eat actual vegetables instead of meat, but it’s early yet. Do what you can. Two veggie days! Go forth and carrot.