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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.

  • Jen Christenson April 29, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Love it. Done & done! Water is amazing & pretty much the only thing that doesn’t contribute to my migraines anyways and well I’ve never been able to eat meat, so this week I’m golden. Ok…wait, I do have a confession. So I have to drink this horribly nasty tasting (but healthy) amino acid/protein drink because of my metabolic disorder (sorry can’t trade for water, cause it’s my only protien source) and the only thing that helps the taste without adding tons of calories & sugar or nutrasweet are those “whatever the hell these are” drops as you called them. But honestly, if you tasted the indescribably awful stuff I have to drink I think you’d forgive the offense. 😉

    • karyn April 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Oh, you are so, sooooo forgiven. 🙂

  • Liesl April 29, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I hate water drinking water- boring!! No caffeine! But I’ll try this. I may be the only person on earth who prefers room temp water to cold, frosty mugs of the stuff. Thanks for the challenge, K.

    • karyn April 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      I was right there with you. I totally get it, even if Fave thinks you’re crazy. Tea counts! I like cucumber in there better than citrus, too, for what it’s worth.

  • Shahnnen April 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I got a great present recently– a Sodastream. I drink so much more water now! I love it [and some people add those weird drops but we drink it plain or w lemon, etc] It sounds funny, but I drink easily three times as much water as I used to, and there’s no wasted stuff that goes flat and I don’t have to buy sparkling water and lug it home. It’s a life-changer.

    • karyn April 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      That sounds kind of amazing, actually. Hmmmm… 🙂