Do or Do Not Challenge: Week 11

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Wow!  Week 11 already!  This is when we’re far enough into this thing — this lifestyle change — that willpower may be flagging.  We may be starting to feel we’re in a bit of a rut with our eating and exercise habits.  This is the time that I hope even those of who have been following quietly along or who haven’t joined in at all will stick your two-cents’ worth in about…at least for challenge #1.  Are you ready?

1.  Share one of your favorite healthy recipes. If you’re like me, you’ve found some new healthy favorites — but you may also be getting to the point where your new favorites may be starting to morph into “the same old, same old.”  So, I hope that lots of your will share one of your favorite healthy recipes, either in the comments or by linking to it.  Then, I challenge each of you to find a new-to-you recipe that someone else has shared and try it.

Here are two of my very most favorites:

  • Spaghetti squash with grilled chicken (I marinate mine in low-fat Italian dressing — Good Seasons Italian dressing mix, except I swap the amounts of oil and vinegar, using 1/2 cup of vinegar and only 1/4 cup of oil.) and baked zucchini sticks

2. Add to your regular workout routine exercises designed to increase your flexibility.  Cardio is absolutely necessary to losing weight and strength-training is the perfect complement, helping to build muscle and burn more fat, but flexibility training offers a host of benefits all its own.  One surprising thing that I’ve discovered, as I’ve lost weight, is how much flexibility I actually have.  I can only imagine how much better my flexibility will be if I start working consciously to improve it and I really think that it will improve my overall body function and bone and joint health.

Consider yourself challenged!  And, please, don’t forget to share one or two of your favorite healthy meals and/or recipes.

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  1. So, I haven't been following your challenge (just found your blog in the last few days). BUT I just made Asian Meatballs (Recipe from Gina at skinnytaste.com) They were fabulous!!! The actual recipe is linked up on my blog!

  2. Hi, Laura. I'm glad you found my blog. I *love* Gina's recipes. I don't think I've found one that I haven't liked yet. The best part is, the whole family loves them.

  3. Ok, let's see, a good recipe…

    Fruit and Nuts Parfait

    1 cup cream cheese (I like the whipped kind)
    1/2 tbsp stevia (to taste)
    1/2 cup macadamia nuts (cashews also work)
    1/2 cup berries

    1. Mix the cream cheese with the stevia, stir until combined and set aside

    2. in a cup/mug/glass spread 1/3 of the nuts. Then layer some of the cream cheese mixture.

    3. layer some berries on top of the cream cheese and then add another layer of cream cheese. Follow with another nut layer and keep going until you fill the cup.


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