Monday, January 31, 2011

January Check-Up

Why does January always seem so long?  Probably because of the weather.  But weather aside it has been a very good month, health-wise.  Rob and I have not had any colds or flu (thank you juice, low sugar, exercise and vitamin D!) 

I wanted a true picture of how my month went so each day I jotted down a little note on my daily calendar, whether I've eaten a treat with added sugar, an alcoholic beverage, juiced or exercised.  Here is a snapshot of my January...

Fresh juice~18 days
Exercise~15 days
Restaurant food~ 1 day
Indulgent treats~ 1 day (Afia's baby shower, a slice of homemade cake I made)
Alcoholic bevvies~ 1 day (New Year's Day)
Days of no/very low added sugar~ 28 days

I made a promise to myself to really focus on healthy eating this month in addition to go easy wine and treats.  It's nice to see in black and white that I kept that I achieved those goals.  Dried fruit and dessert tea with milk has become my go-to treats this month and has kept me very satisfied.  If you have a World Market nearby pick up a canister of the Republic of Tea's Cherry Chocolate Cuppa Romance Tea.  To. Die. For. 
I've completed up days 8 and 9 of the training program today which was shoulder, biceps and triceps and interval training on the treadmill.  Zumba tomorrow, which is going to kick off a fantastic February!

In other news, I'm hoping my new glasses are ready to pick up later today.  They are so cute, I'll be sure to post a picture.  And I didn't forget about the food porn, I'll get that up later in the week.

How are your health and fitness goals coming along?  I'd love to see you post your January check-up in the comments!


  1. Over the month of January I ended up losing 4 lbs. Not too shabby. I had hoped and expected more, but when it comes down to it, I made good progress.

    Glad to hear your Janurary went well too!

  2. I'm in the same boat as Ellie - I lost about 4-5 lbs in January. I'm relatively content with my loss.

    Dessert tea with milk is indeed just as good as dessert! I discovered quite a few I liked this month - and now I'm interested in trying out the one you mentioned. I seem to recall you don't go for artificial sweeteners, but do you use anything like stevia or agave syrup in yours? I do use a bit of Splenda in mine, but just enough to bring out the flavor.

  3. Congrats to both of you on your progress this month! Lisa, my sweet tooth has shrunk so much that I use a just a bit of stevia in my tea. I'm not keen on agave, I've read some studies that compare it to HFCS, so I just leave it.