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It's been 7 days since we embarked on our 21-day challenge to live our healthiest life ever. How's everyone doing in the past 6 days? Have you been drinking lots of water? Have you created your calorie list? Have you worked out your ideal meal plan? Have you sent your ideal meal plan on a test drive? Have you gone grocery shopping? And last but not least, have you had at least 5 servings of fruits/vegetables yesterday?
The past 6 days has been very fun-filled and healthy for me. I haven't felt this healthy in a while - clearing out junk food/low nutritional carbs out of my diet, and ushering in a diet that's full of raw and fresh fruits and vegetables. Here's sharing some of my journal pictures in the past 6 days:
Out grocery shopping - Lots of fruits
Food items I purchased on Day 1 for my 21DHL
A typical day preparing my dinner! (a huge salad of fruits and veg!)
Nuts for the salad - Walnuts/cashews on the left, organic sunflower seeds + pumpkin seeds on the right. I usually take about table spoon of each for my salads.
Dressing ♥ Also my mini-weighing scale I bought years ago to take measurements of food. With this, I have clarity of the quantities I'm eating, vs. just making assumptions. It's good to weigh once to get a sense of the right proportions.
Ingredients: Buttergreen lettuce, button mushrooms, beansprouts, oranges, grapes, walnuts, cashew, organic sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, advocado+garlic dressing and light mayo dressing. I LOVE this. I can go for 4-5 days eating this just fine! Hmm ok, looking at this picture is making me feel hungry...
Eating and checking out all your posts at the forums at the same time ^^
Fruit smoothie - Orange, mango and ginger. I never thought of putting ginger in a fruit smoothie before! After I bought this at the stall, I went to purchase ginger during my grocery trip and included it in my smoothies too. Nice and spicy!
One of my regular snack items - Button mushroom, oranges and grapes. Very nice ♥
Another of my daily salads ♥ Very delicious.
As I had written in my 21DHL journal, after almost a week of having absolute joy eating my raw foods, I find my palate now looking for a different taste. Not cooked food, but different types of raw foods. I realize that's my pattern of behavior with eating - I like to stick to one type of meal arrangement for ~1 week, then the next week I want to change it out for some variety.
So one of the key things I'm going to work on today is to create a variety of different meal plans for different weeks, so I can rotate around them each week. I'm also going to do my aerobics and go swimming later, followed by grocery shopping after that. Will share pictures of my purchases in my journal at the end of the day!
With that, let's now get to Day 7's task!
21DHL Day 7 - 21DHL Day 7 - Review & Plan for Week 2!
While our challenge is set for 21 days, healthy living is for life. It's about creating this healthy lifestyle that will sustain itself in the long term, no matter what happens. 21DHL is meant as a trigger to help you jumpstart your healthy living goals, via a combined platform where different individuals all around the world get together to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Some people might face the problem where they face success with a renewed lifestyle for 1-2 days, then revert back to their old habits and behaviors after that. That's because they see it as a short-term goal rather than a lifelong journey.
It's normal to have disruptions in our diet, exercise and lifestyle goals. If you feel you have "fallen" off the wagon in the past few days, I want to let you know that it doesn't matter. If you haven't been able to catch up on some of the tasks, I want to let you know that it doesn't matter either. Beating yourself up isn't going to help you live a healthier life. The question isn't about whether you met the target for the day or not. The question is whether you have learned from what happened so that you'll get better at doing it. The question is whether you know what are the key actions to take to succeed in your plan moving forward.
So today, we're going to review our past week of 21DHL and plan for week 2 ahead!
Step 1 - Fall in line with the 21DHL Tasks
Review our first 6 tasks for 21DHL. If there are any tasks you haven't done yet, today's the best time to catch up on them!
Step 2 - Review Your Past Week
Review your past week with the 21DHL challenge. Think about your experiences with your 21-day action plan, your intentions when you embarked on 21DHL and your status right now.
Step 3 - Set Your Week 2 Action Plan for 21DHL!
- On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with your health and fitness for the past week (including your diet, fitness and lifestyle goals)? Why?
- Were there any times where you fell off track in your healthy lifestyle goals?
- Lifestyle (Waking/Sleeping times, Other habits like meditation)
- If so, what happened during those times that took you off track? What can you learn from the incidences?
- What can you do differently moving forward in living an even healthier life?
As we move into Week 2 of 21DHL (of 3 weeks), what are your key goals for the next week? Review your 21-Day Action Plan and add on/revise your tasks/goals for week 2 where needed. If your goals are the same, you can stick with what you've written.
Then, write down your key action steps that will enable you to accomplish all your week 2 targets. What are you going to do in preparation for Week 2 ahead? How can you make Week 2 even better than Week 1?
Here are some of my action steps to create a successful Week 2 ahead:
Day 7 of Your 21-Day Action Plan
- Research on raw recipes
- Work out a range of ideal meal plans for different weeks, so I can pick out whichever meal plan I want for the week
- Go grocery shopping and expand my vegetables/fruit selection so I have even more variety
- Stick to my exercise timings - Finish work on time so they don't overrun into my exercise sessions.
What are your 21DHL tasks listed for today? Do them with excellence and report them in your 21DHL Journal! Also, read your group mates' 21DHL journals and cheer them along! Pick a few members' journals and make it a point to post meaningful replies there.
Remember, if you feel a particular member is doing a great job in helping others/you, give him/her a reputation point! Click to his/her profile page, look under reputation, and click "Rate". Then, select +1 and type the reason you're giving this rating to him/her.
Share Your Progress on Day 7!
How's your progress on following your ideal meal plan today? Share with everyone! Let's all kick Day 7 into high gear guys!
In the meanwhile, stay tuned for Day 8's task!