Taking the Whole Life Challenge

Posted by on May 22, 2009 | 12 Comments

Maggie at Say Yes to Salad has proposed a Whole Life Challenge, an opportunity to add one healthy new habit into your lifestyle each day. I wasn’t sure if she meant pick a different one each day, or just pick one of them and do it each day … so I will improvise. Since I might be cheating a bit with a few of her items (I already stick to organic greens, for example), I have built on her suggestions to create a customized “Challenge” list.

  • Drink More Water – Start each day with a nice big glass of filtered water with lemon or lime. There is no better way to start the day, but I always forget.
  • Get Walking – Add 20 minutes of walking to my exercise routine. This could be around the neighborhood, treadmill-style if the heat is overwhelming, or simply doing some stairs!
  • Adventure New Meals – Try at least 1 *new* meal recipe each week – can be for lunch or dinner. Hmm, I may even shoot for 2!
  • Soak Up Some Vitamin D – Get at least 20 minutes of unadulterated sunshine per day.
  • Add Green to My Morning Smoothie – Eeek, green, my biggest beverage fear. I can’t do the green oats, but I will go for the morning shake.

No worries, I won’t bore you all with my daily log, but will let you know the results. I think this idea is fantastic. Just picking one thing a day takes away the overwhelming nature, but allows you to make real, lasting strides. I encourage you to join Maggie’s challenge too! Use her list, my list, or make your own choices toward a healthier lifestyle and try to do just one thing per day!


For those of you who read this post about getting healthy, I shall reward you with some giveaway links and a note that I have some great recipes coming up on the blog very soon, and a fantastic giveaway starting on Tuesday that you won’t want to miss. Here are some fun bloggie giveaways going on right now …

Have a fun Memorial Day Weekend!

Comments (12)


  1. Maggie says:

    This sounds great! It’s very customizable. I’m going to try to do all of my things every day, but as long as I follow most of them I’ll be happy. I’m so glad you’re joining! The water is definitely a good challenge – I think everyone would benefit from that.

  2. RunToFinish says:

    I have been doing something similar to this, but knowing others are on board may help me do even better!

  3. Andrea says:

    Your list sounds very sensible and do-able. The water is a hard thing for me to remember but I’m going to try harder. But the green smoothie? I don’t think I can manage that. I’d rather consume my favorite green things on a plate!

  4. coco says:

    love your vitamin D’s challenge! so cute! 😀

  5. pam says:

    A big glass of water is hard for me first thing in the morning. Coffee – yes, water – no. But I drink plenty through the day. Good luck with this challenge!

  6. ttfn300 says:

    start with baby spinach and add a banana… you won’t taste anything but banana!!! 🙂

  7. Shellyfish says:

    green smoothies are so yummy – you just need to try it! I just had a green post-run smoothie of : water, half a green apple, 2 kiwi, spinach leaves & a little protein powder. You can sub oj if you like sweeter…you must try it!

  8. Lexie says:

    I like the idea of the challenge! Now I need to come up with a list I can stick too!

  9. Sophia says:

    I’ve been reading about MAggie’s challenge too! Good luck at yours!

  10. Kailey says:

    good luck with your challenge!! i really need to try those green smoothies

  11. […] weeks ago I pledged to join in on the Whole Life Challenge, created by Maggie at Say Yes to Salad. And, I am happy to say, that while I didn’t do a […]

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