Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloweeeeeeen

Halloween eve in Eliot Maine

I'm up in Maine this weekend visiting my sister and celebrating my grandfather's 95th birthday tomorrow.
November 1st means 2 things:
1.I will have been candy free (including tonight)for the entire month as well as cookie, pastry, cake, scone, and muffin free as well.
2. I will be breaking this by having a nice slab of birthday cake tomorrow night.

This doesn't mean I'm going to hell in a hand basket and falling back into my old routine. In fact I invite any of you to join me in a new challenge for November. After putting our heads together, Jen H and I came up with new one. This time you'll be ADDING to your diet instead of taking away. Simple, right????
Here's the details:

You must sign up on the google spread sheet.
You must (try) and post an update daily on the intake
The goal will be to try and consume 5 servings of either fruit or vegetable in
it's purest (or close to) form.
Example: A muffin with cranberries or a slice of banana bread doesn't count
Ice berg lettuce, cucumbers, celery don't count either. :-)
The challenge will start November 5th and end December 5th. Stay tuned for the
new google spreadsheet coming soon.
The idea is, instead of filling yourself with empty calories you will be compelled to get you daily intake of fruit and veggies which will hopefully fill you up and discourage mindless eating of M&M you will regret later!
Lastly, I want to thank all of you for you personal messages and responses concerning Margaret. It's very special to know in a world full of despair, violence and hate, people can come together and show sincere support to someone they've never even had contact with yet display genuine concern and a sense of personal connection. It's made a long sad week for me personally a bit more bearable.


TriGirl Kate O said...

I'm so much better at fruits and veggies than baked goods. Sign me up!

Jennifer Harrison said...

E, OF course I am in on this one too! THANK you for organizing it all! :) Jen H.

Pedergraham said...

That sounds like a great challenge. Want me to make the spreadsheet? Hope you had a good time in Maine. Is that the sister with the son who is a rad mountain biker?

Melissa said...

Hi there! I've been reading your blog (found it from Jen's blog), and I totally want to join in on the next challenge. In fact, I had a date with a friend last Friday and we were discussing this same topic...fruit and veggie consumption.

Pedergraham said...

Here is the spreadsheet. I hope I got the instructions right.

Molly said...

OK, count me in for this one. I just need to figure out how to sign up :)

Andrea said...

Liz posted this on her blog so here I am! Ready and willing to take this challenge.

I've been practicing and I think I'm ready. ;)

Molly said...

Sorry, questions already! Can we clarify what 1 serving would be? :)

Jen's Journey said...

Great challenge! Empty calories are evil...ha! I had to remove juice from my diet as I found I was drinking so many calories, then I switched to water and it made all the difference.

Thanks SO much for your supportive comment on my blog! I have a LONG journey ahead of me in 09, but it is going to be exciting!

If you have a space open....I am up for the challenge :)

jen xx

Trigirlpink said...

Fruits 1 piece of fruit (the size of a tennis ball)
1/2 cup cut up fruit, raw, cooked, frozen, or canned (looks like 7 cotton balls)
1/4 cup dried fruit
3/4 cup 100% fruit juice

Veggies 1/2 cup cut up veggie, raw, cooked, frozen, or canned (looks like the bulb part of a light bulb)
1/2 cup cooked, canned or frozen legumes
1 cup leafy greens
3/4 cup 100% vegetable juice

GZ said...

Okay, I am in. Not sure I agree with the cuke part though.

Go Mom Go said...

Lurker here...

I am going to join in as well.

Thanks and what a great challenge. Small steps will make all the difference and this is one that I need to make.


Melissa said...

I know I'm late to sign up, but just found a link to your blog on GO MOM GO's blog.

I'm wondering if V* Fusion counts. You get a serving of a fruit and a veggie. I only drink one a day.

If not, that's cool.

Melissa said...

Oops, that was supposed to be V8 not V*. :-)