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Day 1 of the “Celery Test”



I totally subscribe to the theory in everything there is a lesson and if we learn from it, we are moving ahead. Yesterday I had to admit openly to a huge disappointment where I allowed my weight to interfere with living my life the way I want and planned. Kevin and I decided last February we wanted to walk the Camino (500 miles across Spain) and chose September 2015 as our start date. We started off strong with training by doing our section hiking of the California Coastal Trail. We were building up stamina and gradually increasing the mileage we were able to walk. Started chronicling our journey on Judi’s Hike for Health and were having a blast. What I was not doing was putting as much focus on my healthy eating and not losing the weight I needed to be able to do the Camino. We were doing a long dry section in San Clemente/San Juan Capistrano and I became dehydrated and had to quit that day and was very scary. Kind of took the wind out of my sails and spooked me. Our walks tapered off, got shorter and then faded out. I created a Walking Monthly Challenge Group on Facebook to motivate myself and still was not the kick in the booty I needed. And as the saying goes, time flies…. And this weekend, 2 weeks out from when we were scheduled to leave for Paris to begin our Camino, I had to admit we were not in the shape we needed to be successful and had to cancel. I knew it was coming and just had not admitted it out loud.

Last month we attended our annual Summit (convention) with Beachbody in Nashville, TN. Ever since the first Summit back in 2007 I planned to be at my ideal weight by the next one. December 15th, 2016 will be my 10 year anniversary of being a coach with Team Beachbody and as Kevin pointed out, it is just not acceptable for me not to have reached my healthy goal weight. “Unacceptable” Today is August 16th and there are 495 days until December 16th, 2016 and have committed to a plan to take positive action toward reaching my ideal weight by that date. Counting today as Day 1 and today I am completing Week 1 of my 21 Days to Vegan Challenge and have been eating so great for the past week with 14 more days to go. Very proud of Kevin and I. He has been such a trooper doing this with me and he even ate beets for dinner last night .

There is a great book called The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen which illustrates what is basically the compound effect. No one action determines a long term outcome, but the same action continually repeated does. One salad won’t make you healthy and one burger won’t give you a heart attack. However that choice repeated daily over a one year period will have an impact. The author shares there is no neutral choice. Every action takes us closer to or further away from our stated goals. In Start With Why, Simon Sinek calls it the “celery test.” If you are working on your health and your shopping cart is filled with cookies and chips you don’t pass the celery test. I will be tracking my own celery test on my I Like Judi Finneran Page for the next 495 days.

And we have scheduled our Camino for Sept 2016!

Teaching Healthy Living,


{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Carol Warnock August 16, 2015, 8:13 pm

    Kevin is a great guy and loves you very much but who is going to be the accountability partner – you know the out spoken kick Judi in the butt person? I have this feeling he is too nice….

    • Judi Finneran August 16, 2015, 8:53 pm

      We are really into this and he is holding me accountable. Plus I have a challenge group going and there are 5 of us in there together!!! xo

  • Milly August 17, 2015, 1:03 pm

    This truly hit home! I just happen to have celery(which is a better choice ) & a renewed spirit. Love your style!

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