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

We’re all at very different exercise levels and we all have different weight goals, 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 - exercise (your physical exercise for that day); G2 - diet (the good, the bad and the ugly); and, G3 - healthy habits (things we adopt or learn along the way that help).”

And since we’re posting this a day late. Here’s what I did on day one and two:


Ok, I know today was a holiday, but a leader has to set a good example. So, while the rest of you were getting your Labor Day grub on, I was up at the crack of dawn giving my shins and arches a rude wake-up call on the walking track in City Park. Yay me. Here we go:

G1: 1.5 miles this morning and 2 miles this evening, most of it at a walk; I’m going to have to up my stretching game because my legs were screaming. But a good workout nonetheless.

G2: The good news is I didn’t feel very hungry today at any point, which helped me keep my portions in control. The bad news is I had grits and bacon for breakfast (with calcium fortified OJ, though), and Cajun rice for lunch and dinner. There was a big peach thrown in there at some point, and two of those tiny, Halloween-sized snicker bars, plus lots of water. More balance tomorrow, folks.

G3: A year ago I lost thirty pounds in six months through a combination of giving up fast food (except for low-fat Subway sandwiches and salads with balsalmic dressing or other low-fat dressings), exercising at least three times per week and significantly increasing my fruit and vegetable intake. I’ve kept it off, and even lost a couple more pounds in the interim. I’m going to try that formula again, this time increasing the exercise to five times per week.

Join us for the journey.

Nicole P. Moliere is a freelance writer and founder of the upcoming blog, Woman|Victorious, a resource aimed at helping African-American women and girls discover their greatness and become the heroines of their own lives.