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2/21/19 10:28 P

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emoticon This Challenge has been moved ... to the Challenges + Hints & Tips Forum.

NOTE: Jeanette and Em, please copy/paste your progress form to the Challenges + Hints & Tips Forum. Thanks!

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2/19/19 5:17 P

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A. What is your goal for the challenge? I want to eat at least 50% vegan to cut down on the animal fat in cheese and eggs.

B. Why are you inspired to take The Challenge? I want to lose weight and be healthier. I know I will be more apt to follow through if I make myself accountable.

C. Posted a blog today! Dates:

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2/19/19 1:14 P

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ok! moving it over there!!!

Edited by: LETSGOPLAY at: 2/22/2019 (09:00)
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Phase 2-158-153
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Phase 8-128-123 (goal=127-123)
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” -Dean Karnazes


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2/19/19 12:57 P

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The Calling All Vegetarians and Vegans 30-Day Meatless Challenge!

~ Watch your progress! Return for daily updates. Copy/paste this form, use "edit my post".

A. What is your goal for the challenge?

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2/19/19 7:30 A

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emoticon I'm in!
Sounds like this will work well with the pantry challenge too!

~Em~
Weight goals=
Phase 1- 164-158
Phase 2-158-153
Phase 3-153-148
Phase 4-148-143
Phase 5-143-138
Phase 6-138-133
Phase 7-133-128
Phase 8-128-123 (goal=127-123)
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” -Dean Karnazes


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2/18/19 6:35 P

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Sounds good to me! I have been a vegetarian since 1977 and often have vegan meals, too. I need to improve on my food choices. (Eat less sugar and free fat.) I am interested in starting the challenge this week. Will make a menu plan and write down anything I need to pick up at the grocery store tomorrow.

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2/18/19 6:14 P

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Calling All Vegetarians and Vegans is calling you!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an ongoing Challenge. Join this Challenge at anytime: the beginning of a new month or whenever you are ready to start The 30-Day Meatless Challenge!

NEED HELP? Visit the Team discussion areas to share your questions, thoughts, and experiences with the Team.

NOTE OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT & THANKS
Stepfanie Romine, a SparkPeople writer (and vegan), introduced this challenge idea for March 2012. The following words are hers ... but as a slightly shorter, modified, and edited version.

emoticon The 30-Day Meatless Challenge! Are You Taking the Challenge?

Many of you have questions regarding The 30-Day Meatless Challenge! It's simple.

The "Meatless Challenge" allows for some flexibility in your food choices. Meatless means vegan and vegetarian meals.

If you're already eating vegetarian or vegan meals, use The Meatless Challenge to make improvements to your food choices. Some suggestions:
• Make this a gourmet experience. Try new recipes. Taste new ingredients or cooking methods.
* If you're a vegan who doesn't have much experience cooking, take a month to get more comfortable in the kitchen.
* Track one of the key nutrients vegetarians and vegans need to watch. Check your calcium levels, plan to boost your iron intake, or ramp up your Omega-3s.
• Keep your sweet tooth in control. Challenge yourself to smaller portions or less-frequent sweets if that's something you struggle with.

If you're new to meatless meals, start small. You can define meatless however you please; we are not here to judge! If you're someone who says you could never stop eating meat, we're not going to pressure you to give it up. It's your decision. You might like the idea of Meatless Mondays, or you could decide to take one month to eat no meat and more vegetables and whole grains. Some suggestions:
• Make this a 7-day challenge.
• Start with one meal a day. Breakfast would be an easy place to start, as would snacks.
• Embrace the part-time vegan method. Mark Bittman calls himself a vegan until dinnertime. Others say they're weekday vegans. Choose a plan that will fit your life.

So what's the next step?

* Blog about your experience as you go along. Share your tips, the changes you observe in your body, and your new favorite recipes on your SparkPage. Tell us a blog was posted by returning here and leaving an update on this thread.

* Plan your goal(s).

* Check in every day and share your progress on the Meatless Challenge thread. Complete a week? Celebrate on your SparkPage and give yourself a gold star emoticon

* Support challengers along the way!

Example goal ideas:
1. Take a month off from mindlessly eating sweets after dinner.
2. Enjoy a greater variety of favorite easy to-keep-on-hand healthy snacks.
3. Increase protein intake if you eat enough protein but usually end up in the low end of the range on the SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker. Eating protein aids in satiety and can help you stay fuller longer. If you sometimes struggle with hunger levels then try reaching for protein-rich snacks to help.
4. Add more nuts and seeds to your day.
5. Eat more portions of beans.
6. Find new recipes to try. How about trying a tofu dessert? Or tempeh for dinner? Maybe, a post-workout smoothie with an exotic fruit, seasonal greens, and added brown rice protein powder?

Are you ready to start The 30-Day Meatless Challenge?

* Step 1
A. What is your goal for the challenge?
B. Why are you inspired to take The Challenge?

* Step 2
A. Return here daily for a progress check-in. emoticon emoticon
B. Blog on your SparkPage. Share your passion for plant-based eating!

Edited by: ECOAGE at: 2/21/2019 (22:03)
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