One Week Down!

August 24, 2009 at 4:36 am 21 comments

One week down…three to go! Congratulations to all of you who are participating in the Green Smoothie Challenge of 2009! I’ve been hearing great things from the trenches…weight loss, increased energy and clarity, and kids joining in! Great things are happening…because of green smoothies ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep it up!

After the first week, you have probably started to figure out where your weaknesses are. Focus on those this week and overcome them. For some of you, it’s the no sugar thing. Continue to cut them out of your diet, and have a “plan” for those times that you do crave them. Don’t just stand there helplessly…FIGHT those cravings! First of all, if you still have candy and soft drinks in the house…GET RID OF IT! Give it away to your friends who don’t want to be healthy! If it’s there, you will eat it. Don’t kid yourself. I find that a cup of hot tea works wonders, or even just drinking a big glass of water. You can also fill that craving with a sweet fruit like watermelon or berries. The less sugar you consume, the less you will crave it.

For some of you, it’s the exercise thing. You just cannot find time to fit it in no matter what you do. But I guarantee you that you will find time for things that you are passionate about…whether it be keeping up with friends and family on Facebook, sewing/knitting, reading, watching TV, etc. Look at your day and figure out where your time is spent…and then carve out 15 minutes of that time to BE ACTIVE. Go outside and walk around the block 4 times. Do some stretching before you go to bed at night. Start small, document your journey, and keep moving forward.

Even if this first week was really hard and you only did one smoothie all week, go into this second week with renewed determination. Be gentle on yourself, but stick to the challenge.ย  It’s worth it!

Photo: This is my fabulous friend Heather
who is due with her 8th baby TODAY!
Can’t wait to hear the big news Heth!
You can read her hilarious blog here.


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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Marissa  |  August 24, 2009 at 3:17 am

    I just found your blog through Making Home. I agree with you on so many issues. I read and was a bit iffy to try a green smoothie. But they are really good!

  • 2. Our Green Nest  |  August 24, 2009 at 5:51 am

    I just wanted to jump in and say that I totally agree about people making time for what’s important to them! People always say “i don’t have time for…” when really everyone has time, they just spend it doing something else (watching TV, surfing the internet, shopping, sleeping, etc. etc.)…It’s all about priorities! Anyway, have a great day!

  • 3. Kara  |  August 24, 2009 at 6:03 am

    I just have to say that this week is making such a huge difference in my life. I’ve struggled for YEARS with healthy eating habits, exercising, and somewhat of an addiction to fast food. Although I’ve eaten out twice in the last week, I only ate badly ONCE. Other then that I’ve stayed on track. I’ve had a smoothie every day, and I’ve exercised every day. I had started on my way to a healthier life during my pregnancy, but in the last 3 months postpartum I’d began to eat out again, not exercise, etc. This ‘challenge’ has gotten me thinking, and because I am blogging about it, I hold myself accountable (so do my readers.) I’m really changing the way I THINK about food and exercise. My husband has joined in on the exercise, the green salads, and even some of the smoothies too!

  • 4. rokuban  |  August 24, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Last week went great for me..thanks for your inspiration! I have to admit though that I made a trip to Starbucks on Friday. I had a terrible headache and sometimes a particular drink knocks it out. I ordered an Iced Decaf non-fat mocha latte…I know, I know…not only is it loaded with sugar but I drank cows milk even after watching your video about the puss. YUK! Anyway, it is not the end of the world and, fortunately, if did not make my headache go away so I won’t use that excuse again. On a brighter note, I lost another pound of baby weight this week! Thanks to you and everyone who is taking part in the challenge!

  • 5. Leslie  |  August 24, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I am loving the smoothie challenge so far. 2 big smoothies a day is no problem, yesterday I even found myself craving one.
    Sugar is my downfall, but I know I have had less this week due to paying attention to what I eat. No sodas at all! I ate banana and apple chips when I craved sweets.

  • 6. tera  |  August 24, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I have been LOVING my green smoothies every day. My 2 year old cannot get enough of them. That has been the best thing yet!!! I make my pot of coffee in the morning but after a few drinks I find myself pulling the blender out earlier and earlier. I’m hoping that before the 30 days is over I wont be making that pot of coffee.

    I had a question about how green your smoothies are. They are so bright green and mine are pretty dark, almost a brownish green. I’m putting SO many greens in, I dont think that is the problem.

    Do you have an explanation for the difference in color?
    Thank you Sarah!

  • 7. kimberly  |  August 24, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Okay, that’s so funny, I took one look at the photo and thought WOW that looks like the Laundry Pile girl…glad you ID’d her so I wouldn’t think I was losing my mind!

    We’re due today too…but only with our fifth!

  • 8. Noelle  |  August 24, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I love the smoothies and was really suprised at how I would crave them each morning when I woke up. (good sign I’m thinking).. regarding the working out, after YEARS of struggling to stick with a plan I finally made the decision to work out in the AM before walking the dog, work etc. I’ve been able to stick to this for a year and its great. I start my day with something for myself and I also get it out of the way. I know this might not work for everyone but it has definately helped me. This way I have no excuses I just get up and go (although its not always as easy to roll out of bed as I would like!)

    I love reading other peoples stories and motivations! Really helpful to keep me on track.

  • 9. cavewoman  |  August 24, 2009 at 11:38 am

    My good news:
    Gaining energy and have lost 5 pounds.
    I’ve signed up for a water aerobics class ( 2X a week), and this is helping to rehab my injured knee.

    I’ve also signed up for a volleyball team ( 1X a week), and I walk or bike at least 30 minutes on the other days.

    Sunday is truly a day of rest.

    So far, so good!

    I’m going 50% raw, and am trying to grow or buy my foods locally as much as possible. We’ve signed up for an organic CSA, and I’ve cut back on my meat and dairy—-but it is still a part of my life.

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’m starting to feel better overall and I”m grateful for your blog posts. (:

    Wish I could access/watch your vimeo videos. Looks like there is lots of good info there. Maybe my computer system can’t handle the HD?

  • 10. Shannon  |  August 24, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Okay, I’m feeling put to shame by all the folks who are just loving the taste of their smoothies. I really can’t bear mine. I have tried different ingredients in different proportions and I just can’t come up with anything that is palatable, let alone yummy. I couldn’t drink mine yesterday, just couldn’t bear it because the spinach flavour was too much for me (I have come to terms with the fact that I’ll never be a raw spinach girl) and I still haven’t got the hang of making it thin enough in consistency.

    I wonder if it has something to do with not using bananas, since I don’t like them I have left them out but perhaps that makes a negative impact on the final product. Any suggestions on how to get a better tasting smoothie? I’m trying mango, ginger, and lettuce (something nice and mild) today so I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  • 11. Menden @ Skinny Menny  |  August 24, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I’m loving the green smoothie challenge! I think I may have gotten one of my friends on board too…I made her one last night, and she emailed me this morning to tell me she had another one for breakfast! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Fortunately, I don’t really have a problem with cutting out the white sugar, except for my addiction to chemical laden fake coffee creamer, lol. I managed to cut that out of my diet this week, though!

  • 12. sherri  |  August 24, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I’m so sad! My blender broke this morning. My kitchen is now a green mess. I guess I will be re-starting the challenge on Friday (payday) and going an extra week ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  • 13. Karri  |  August 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I am really loving the challenge! It’s motivated me to get back on track after some spring turned summer weight gain and I’m seeing immediate results of feeling better and healthier. I;m having my smoothie for dinner since that’s my worst time for cravings and it’s worked wonders for me. No more mindless snacking at night. Even took a nice long run today with energy to spare afterwards, I think I’m hooked! Good thing it’s so good for me! I blogged my meals for today, if anyones interested:

  • 14. Nic  |  August 25, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I’ve thoroughly been enjoying my daily green smoothies, and I’m SO SO SO proud to announce that I haven’t had a Diet Coke (or ANY soda) it started.

    I’m starting to find myself craving them, as well as my salads, and much less dairy and bread-stuffs. This is AWESOME!!!!!

    Part of me thoroughly enjoys watching my husband gulp a smaller one down as though he’s chugging car oil, but does it because “it has to be good for him.” LOL!

    I’ve been exploring adding more greens – parsley, kale, etc. I added way too much parsley today and actually had to pour that one out. *ack* However, a few sprigs in there are just fine! As is the kale. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Of note – I purchased an Almond Joy to have a cheaty-snack while the husband and I had “movie night” over the weekend. It’s still in the pantry!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t even wanted it. Instead, I had a bowl of granola and organic/humane vanilla yogurt.

    Better choices, better choices….

  • 15. Tammy  |  August 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Sara, what do you think of the Garden Greens Essentail Greens drink mix? I know it is probably better to get the nutrients from natural sources…(I plan to once I get paid so I can buy all those fruits and veggies) but I have some Essential Greens in my cupboard right now….

  • 16. Davy@IncredibleSmoothies  |  August 25, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I’ve been drinking two green smoothies every day – have been for almost two years.

    The exercise thing is hard. It’s hard to be motivated to work out after a long day. My wife and I schedule it, and we block that time off every day so that nothing can interfere with it. We don’t answer the phone or anything. We work out for 30 minutes and then relax, have dinner and enjoy our evening. We’ve found that it’s best to just schedule it and get it done. Do it first thing in the morning or right when you come home from work. Just do it before you talk yourself out of it!

  • 17. Kristen's Raw  |  August 25, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    YAY for green smoothies! Today I made a quart of green smoothie with water, pineapple, orange, banana, cilantro, and parsley. My husband and I both LOVED it! YUMMY!!!!


  • 18. balancejoyanddelicias  |  August 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I wish i could join you on this amazing challenge if i were in US. But I’m looking forward to do it when I go back in two weeks and I’ll encourage my parents to do it with me too!
    I’m sure I’ll have questions for you by then!
    good luck to everyone who’s participating now! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • 19. Heth  |  August 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Hey! That’s me!

    Looking forward to kicking into gear with the smoothies post-birth. Now that we are home, I guess I have to quit eating pumpkin bars from the hospital cafeteria. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You’ve got a great thing going here Sare.

  • 20. Tammy  |  September 1, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    After seeing all the glowing comments, I have to wonder what is going on with me. I am a coffee drinker and have noticed a decresed desire for it, but I think I am getting caffiene headcahe. Also, i have been wondering…with the smoothies…I realize getting greens is good but isn’t it adding a ton of calories with all the fruit? I’m not sure if the headaches I’m experiencing are from no caffiene or low blood sugar, after drinking a smoothie with all those fruits high in natural sugars? Am I supposed to start feeling better with these smoothies? I have also been trying to cut back on processed foods and have cut way back on my sugar intake (from the usual candy fix I have) and i just feel so bloated….not drinking enough? I’m so confused…

    I’m definately interested in the health benefits of raw foods…but do I need to give it more time?

  • 21. tera  |  September 1, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Tammy – I have been having some of the same feelings w/ headaches, not feeling full, bloated, etc. I thought it was just me…


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