Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Will YOU take the challenge?

I follow Lazy Mom's blog.  She's funny and witty and has lots of great tips for taking short-cuts.  If you have a moment, I highly recommend her blog.  Today, she's asking all of her followers to join in on the challenge for the month of October. 

We're giving up fast food for the ONE month....and we want you to do it with us*gasp*
So I KNOW my family is not the only one who lets our busy lives take us to the drive-thru far too often!  We're busy, tired, rushed, haven't been to the store recently or sometimes it's just plain easier!

Here are some of the questions that Lazy Mom received when she started this mission....
"Does that include Subway or frozen pizza?"
"Do salads from fast food places count?"

All of those are good questions! 

So.  Here's the deal.  If you'd like to take this month long challenge with me, hubby, oldest and youngest (yes, we're ALL doing it) here's how we're defining fast food... anything that has a drive-thru.  If you can get food from somewhere and never leave your car, it's off the list people. 

I do NOT count Subway as fast food.  If you make careful choices at Subway, you can get a pretty healthy meal.

As for salads at fast food places, here's what I'm saying.... NO FAST FOOD.  Meaning, I'm not driving through a fast food place to get ANYTHING.  Not even a drink.  Nothing.  I'm not spending my money there.  Too much temptation when you're already in line to just grab something else while you're there! 

And what about pizza? Pizza in general is a little borderline, but the pizza that is already ready for you to pick up (i.e. Little Cesar's Hot and Ready)...definitely fast food! 

But here's the beauty of this challenge.  If these rules won't work for you, you can tweak them to fit what's best for you and your family.  Just like anything in life, find what works for you and stick to it.  But I would really love it, if you followed this month long challenge using the same rules we are. 

Besides, here's some side benefits from this challenge you should consider...
1. Weight loss.  Won't it be interesting to see how much weight we lose just by cutting out fast food for a month?
2. More money.  Depending on how much fast food you eat, this could save you big $$!  Can't you feel your pockets getting heavier???
3. Better health.  We all know fast food is bad for us.  We've all seen the documentaries, the hidden cameras, the lack of quality of mass produced food.  So, I'm curious to see if I feel a difference in one month of no fast food.

There will be some pains as my boys are acclimating to this challenge.  They love nothing more than to grab McDonald's or Wendy's for lunch....especially when they are with Grandma and Grandpa.  We'll have to get grandparents on board too (at least when the kiddos are with them.  This is  something that we're going to do as a family for the next month.  All for one and one for all on this challenge.

I'm taking the fast food challenge from October 1st-31st!

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