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 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 - 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!

Day 2

Day 2 and my alarm clock goes off at 5:30 this morning. I get up, turn it off and rush back under the covers. Then my own nagging words begin to repeat in my head, "When we say we're going to exercise, we must. When we say we're going to eat right, we must. When we say we're going to go after our dreams, we must." So I got my slacking ass up and headed to City Park for a two-mile walk.

Lots of my friends checked in with great goals and real-life aspirations, like Kyle, who said, "I've got to beat my 9th grade son in a 400m run, and go shirtless in public without shaming him." Funny, but oh-so real!

And Stephanie is setting the bar high: "My goal is to lose 29 pounds by my 29th birthday, which is at the end of October. I started in August and so far have lost 9 pounds! Today I did 3 miles on the track (walk/jog) then went walking/jogging with some friends through the neighborhood - 4.5 miles. I have been using My Fitness Pal to count my calories and that has really helped me be conscious about what I am eating. I know it is late and I probably shouldn't be eating right now, but I just got in from my workout, so I am going to eat one grilled chicken leg with mixed vegetables. I feel good though!"Way to go, Stephanie!

Here's my check-in:
The weather has gotten cooler here in the Crescent City, so the walkers, runners, cyclists and roller skaters were out en masse at the track! It felt great to be out there with folks!

G1: Couldn't resist the bacon and grits again this morning, but I did add in a big peach and some fortified orange juice. Tomorrow, bran cereal (Fiber One), fruit and a couple of boiled eggs.

G2: Two miles this morning and two more this evening on the track. I did about twenty minutes of stretching both times and my legs and lower back felt loads better afterward. Right now I'm averaging about 20 minutes per mile, so those count as two 40 minute walk workouts plus the 20 minutes of stretching, totaling about an hour each. Well on my way to reaching and exceeding my goal of five workouts per week.

G3: Went to the grocery store this evening to grab more fruit and ended up having a great talk with the butcher, Chris. I grew up watching my parents buy meat almost exclusively in large, prepackaged amounts, so it is new for me to consider buying smaller portions directly from the refrigerated counter. But it's great because there is a lot of variety there and you can get just enough for one or two meals. I struggle with portion control, so this is a big win for me.

Look for a great baked tilapia recipe and some tips on portion control tomorrow.