Day One: Water!
Those who know me, know I love water!
I love water not just in my daily life, but I love it as one of the easiest ways to dramatically change how you feel, instantly.
Today I want to start with water because we want to be reminded how good it feels to actually get all your water in a day, and to hopefully remember this feeling and keep the habit for the week.
In addition, if, over the next few days (and weeks) to come, you find yourself in that “ugh” place of feeling like you’ve overdone the treats, water is an awesome way to kind of flush (no pun intended) away that feeling.
So for today, we are going back to the stand-by rule of:
Half your body weight in ounces of water.
Just a reminder on how this works: if you weigh 150, your goal is 75 ounces MINIMUM.
If you hit that half-your-body-weight rule, you’ve succeeded! More is bonus and I promise you can drink more! I typically drink well over all my body weight in ounces each day!
Another reminder: a giant glass of water before OR after candy can be a game-changer! Try it!
Ideas if you don’t love water
Add fruit or cucumber
Your assignment for today: Make yourself accountable and tell a friend, or share on Facebook and tag me, with your ounces of water today!
Day Two: Mindset
To feel great about your candy consumption (which is absolutely possible), you want to savor candy and know that it’s not derailing you from your goals.
There are three elements to having a healthy mindset around Halloween candy:
1. Recognize why you’re consuming candy. Most candy, save dark chocolate or maaaaybe fruit snacks with some actual fruit juice in them, has zero nutritional value. So, if you’re consuming candy, it is 100% for pleasure. And that’s great! Food should be either fueling your body, or it should be pleasurable (and sometimes it’s both).
2. Understand your intention when you first open that first piece. Is it after dinner and you know you want to have two pieces? Three? Heck, choose four! What matters: decide, and follow through. The most empowered way to eat candy is to decide that you are a grown-up and you want that mini Snickers, and you’re going for it, guilt-free!
3. Self-love and forgiveness. Yes, I am talking about when you overdo it, despite the fact that this whole challenge is about working to NOT overdo it. Why? Because sugar is addictive! One makes you want two! And so you may not do this perfectly. I probably won’t do this perfectly. But when we mess up, the key to getting back on track faster? It is NOT to beat yourself up! Instead it is to acknowledge your misstep, forgive yourself, see if you can figure out where you got lost to make a better choice next time, and move on!
Your assignment: Share with a friend or accountability group- which of these three elements you really are excited to apply, and which you’d like some support and accountability on because you think it will challenge you.
Day Three: What are YOUR rules about Halloween candy?
Empowered and intuitive eating is about making your own rules.
Halloween Candy absolutely has a place in a healthy nutrition plan, and you get to choose where it fits in yours!
Rules are fine, if they are YOURS.
And, just for the record, it’s okay if you break your own rules, especially if you’ve done so in a thoughtful, mindful manner.
So, today you want to decide what kind of rules you want to set for your Halloween candy consumption.
One thing to consider that might help:
What are your rules for your kids? So, how about you attempt to adhere to those? If it’s how you love them, by setting healthy limits and boundaries around treats, why not love yourself the same way?
This is about empowerment, and learning that you don’t need anyone else’s strict plan! You are a grown up, and you get to choose how to take great care of your body, how to feel healthy and clean and lean and strong, and how to enjoy your chocolate (gummy bears, wine, fill-in-the-blank).
Your assignment: With an accountability partner or group- share your rules for your kids and how you permit them to enjoy candy. Do those rules work for you? Or how will you modify them and create your own for you?
Day Four: Want to dive in? Try these three things first and then decide!
Okay, so let’s say you’ve set some parameters around your candy consumption.
Let’s say you have decided your healthy rules are:
One piece after lunch
One piece as a late afternoon treat
Two pieces after dinner
What happens when you feel that Reese’s calling your name at like 1:30 in the afternoon, or 10:00 at night?
If you’re feeling the urge, feeling the tug, finding yourself breaking into the stash, try these three things BEFORE you dive in:
Distraction: Yep, it’s as simple as distracting yourself from the craving. Tell yourself you’re going to clean up the dishes and then decide. You may discover that this one simple “win” makes you feel so empowered, you’re over that craving!
Water: I love to go back to water, don’t I? Chug a big old ice water, then decide!
Movement: Get some endorphins! It doesn’t have to even mean changing your clothes or putting on shoes. Try a couple sun salutations, breathing deeply and feeling the breath cleanse and detox. Try a few crunches or a plank, and see how strong and empowered you feel. Or better yet, do put on those shoes and go for a walk!
After you do one or two or three of these, then you can decide if you really want that treat! And if you do? Go for it, guilt-free!
Your assignment: Share today which of these methods worked the best for you!
Day Five: Movement
As we head into the weekend, this challenge will wrap up, but hopefully the tools you’ve learned and the empowerment you’ve felt will carry you forward and into the holidays.
Today, I simply want to remind of you the power of your workout.
You can use a mini workout to distract yourself from a craving, but a full workout? You’ll feel so strong and clean and lean, you won’t want to ruin that feeling!
And if (or when, for many of us) we slip up and have 13 pieces of candy instead of 3, movement is a great way to pay your body back for that little misstep.
I am NOT talking about trying to work off the calories. This isn’t about punishing your body for overindulging. That’s not healthy thinking and we want to keep our mindset healthy and our focus on loving ourselves, and loving our bodies.
Today is just a reminder that that workout can be therapeutic in so many ways.
When you’re feeling lousy, either from an exuberant Halloween candy indulgence, or emotionally for some other reason, getting sweaty and breathless is a way to detox and hit the reset button!
Today’s assignment is simple: Share your workout! And if today is a scheduled rest day for your fitness plan, then share what you WILL do tomorrow!
Day Six and Seven (the weekend): What did you learn in this challenge? What do you want to keep as you go forward?
Hopefully after the past few days you’re feeling more empowered around all the yummy Halloween candy in your house! It doesn’t have to be spooky, if you are committed to taking great care of yourself and keep your mindset about how you want to feelfront and center!
And don’t forget: even if you do have a slip here or there, you can always get yourself right back on track! Remember to forgive yourself, let it go, and then use whatever method you prefer to reset, from water to movement to just picking yourself back up and starting fresh!
Want to be able to participate in regular challenge with an amazing support group? Check on info on joining Mom’s Running Club here! And remember: we are not all runners! Many of us love running but the bottom line is that we are all moms, and we all want to feel our best!