My healthy eating game is generally pretty strong. It helps that I honestly do enjoy things like fresh veggies and nutritious soups, but hey, I’m human — and there are times when I’m just as likely to reach for that second slice of late-night pizza as the next girl, even though my hunger was satiated halfway through the first piece.
Now, although I’m generally a fairly clean eater (nights when I overdo it on pizza notwithstanding), I’ve now gone through the FBG 10 in 4 Challenge program twice, and both times, I’ve been truly taken aback by how enormous a difference just a few relatively small tweaks to my daily eats can make.
(And, hey, if someone who already lives and breathes the Fit Bottomed life can drop a few pounds [and see visible results!] with the program, you think maybe it might help you with your healthy habits? Now’s the time to check it out as the 10 in 4 Challenge registration just opened two days ago!)
Wondering what some of those little tweaks looked like? Here are three things I focused on that really made a difference in my life.
1. Veggies first. I work from home. My office is literally 30 steps from my kitchen. Hell, sometimes I work from my kitchen counter. So, snacking is extreeeeemly convenient — which can be a bit of a problem if I find my pantry stocked with less-than-nutritious options. One of the things we focus on in 10 in 4 is snacking on veggies before reaching for any other type of snack. Simple? Yep. Effective? Oh yeah.
2. Portion sizes. It’s not that I don’t know what a portion size should look like, but sometimes it’s really helpful to have a visual to reinforce those sizes. Some of my protein portions were getting a wee bit big, and when can we not use more veggies on our plates, right?
3. Nixing alcohol and sugar. Cutting down on wine and desserts isn’t all that hard, but cutting those items totally out? That’s not a road I really want to go down alone, but being a part of the 10 in 4 Challenge keeps me motivated (and holds me accountable), which makes it ever so much easier to make healthy choices. I don’t want to let my community down!
What’s really cool is that there are a lot of different aspects to the 10 in 4 Challenge, and while these were some of the biggest takeaways for me, other women named the community interaction, or the focus on hydration, the meal-planning support, or the encouragement to increase their daily exercise as the most important aspect of the program.
So! If you have a few pounds you’d like to lose, or if you just want to clean up your habits and make a healthy lifestyle a true way of life, go ahead and check out the 10 in 4 Challenge (and do it by Friday, as registration closes Friday night!).
Got questions? Drop ’em in the comments or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to help you determine whether this program is right for you! —Kristen