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Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Day 5: Saying no to sugary mixed drinks

It's time to stop breaking the promises you make to yourself to eat right, exercise and develop healthier habits. For the next three months, from 05 September 2011 to 05 December 2011, MISSION: INCREDIBLE focuses on getting healthier one day at a time. There is only one rule: do a little more today than you did yesterday to keep your promise of taking better physical care of yourself. Follow that one rule - EVERYDAY - and the changes you see in three months will be incredible.

We're all at very different exercise levels and we all have different weight targets, but it's always nice to know you've got company on the journey. We'll focus on three goals as part of our daily check-in: G1 - diet (the good, the bad and the ugly); G2 - exercise (your physical exercise for that day); and, G3 - healthy habits (things we adopt or learn along the way that help). Join us and leave your comments below!

Days 6 and 7

Football is back and my two favorite teams, the New Orleans Saints and the LSU Tigers both had exciting games this past week. Which brings us to tailgating and getting into the "spirits" of the game. I took a look at the calories in typical tailgating drinks and it wasn't always pretty.

My personal favorite, a Cosmopolitan, can have per drink anywhere from a skinny 72 calories (Ewww!) to over 300 calories (Wow barkeep, that tastes like heaven!).

Fruit juice generally contains around 120 calories per 8 oz. serving, but mixers can have even more, especially if they're loaded with sugar. Sodas have around 150 calories per 8 oz. serving. Tonic adds about 80 calories per 8 oz. serving, but club soda adds nothing to the calorie count.

Calorie count is almost always a rough estimate, but typically a single 1 1/2 oz. serving of 80-proof whiskey, vodka, rum or gin contains approximately 100 calories. Move up to 90-proof and you're looking at about 110 calories, and 100-proof contains approximately 125 calories.

Beer100.com estimates an average domestic beer contains from 120 to 170 calories. Toss back three or four of those and you’re looking at an extra day of exercise just to get rid of the beer calories, not to mention the overindulging we can do with hot wings, potato chips and other tailgating snacks.

I didn't attend the LSU game and the Saints played on Thursday, so I avoided any tailgating pitfalls this weekend, but it was a little boring not watching the games with a crowd. We're taking a baseline weight measurement today, just for the sake of being able to gauge our progress, not for posting or comparing to others.

Here's my multi-day check-in:

G1: Lots of fruit and vegetables added to the diet over the weekend. Foods like cantaloupe, arugula, green and yellow squash went with boiled eggs instead of bacon. I drank orange juice a couple times per day. I did have a slice of pizza for lunch a couple of those days, but balanced it out with fresh pears and peaches and baked tilapia with sautéed shrimp with no added oils, a green salad and cantaloupe for dinner all three days. I also made sure to drink water throughout the day.

G2: Four-mile walks with stretching the first two days, but complete rest on Day 7. I will resume four-mile walks on the track this week and add in yoga and Aerobarre (a ballet-boxing mix) training three times per week.

G3: I'm going to rename Sunday. It is now officially Bun-day, as in "I didn't get off my buns all day long.” I talked to a good friend on the phone and he made me realize that on several Sundays during football season last year I watched nearly 12 hours of football, almost all of it sitting down on the couch. That's going to change this season.
Nicole Moliere calls her couch the enemy, especially on Sundays when exercise takes a back seat to football. (Nicole Moliere - Nicole Moliere)

If you start watching football early on a Sunday by tuning into pregame commentary and carry on until the end of the Sunday Night Football game, that's a long time lounging on your rump. Most of us do not have a top-shelf booty like Serena Williams, so sitting for that long is dangerous. In the words of my friend, Lucia A., “Serena's DONK ain't even playing fair!!”

Got squats?

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By Nicole Moliere  |  01:13 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Categories:  The Root DC Live, Fitness Challenge

 
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