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 12, 13 and 14 were a diet and exercise rebound from last Thursday’s Lay’s potato chips and M&M’s debacle. Over the course of the weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), I got in lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, including peaches, carrots, squash and spinach. Some really great citrus was on sale this past week, so I enjoyed that as well.

Red beans and rice are a New Orleans cliché, but we really do eat them all the time. They are just that good, if you know what you’re doing. In addition, they are a significant source of fiber, especially if you can wean yourself off of white rice and migrate over to brown rice.

Even suggesting brown rice instead of white is heresy around most dinner tables in the Crescent City, but here at Mission: Incredible we know that long-term health has to sometimes challenge habit and tradition.

Which brings me to a tease for tomorrow’s blog entry: we’ll visit several of my friends who, just like you, are confronting habits and traditions that have led them to less than optimal health.

We’ll talk about issues such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, diet and exercise challenges for folks in our generation (that 30-45 year-old range), and new habits you can develop to look and feel more confident in your own skin.

Here’s my check-in:

G1: I’m starting to get my dairy in again through yogurt in the mornings. I’m loyal to Yoplait and love their endless flavor variety. I rarely drink sodas or eat junk food, so there was none of that this weekend, but I did have hot wings on both Saturday and Sunday while watching college and professional football.

If you ever get to visit New Orleans, you must try a place called McKenzie’s Chicken-In-A-Box in Gentilly near Dillard University. The red beans and rice are off the chain! I broke down and got some Saturday, but I balanced it out with lots of fresh fruit and veggies, though.

G2: Friday and Saturday I did my normal four miles on the track plus stretching and Aerobarre, and Sunday was a total rest day. Up until now, I’ve been exercising regularly (5 to 6 times per week), but it hasn’t been really goal-driven or focused.

Truth be told, I’ve just been trying to get through it. But starting Monday, September 19th, which is Day 15, I’ll begin a more concentrated and goal-driven regimen that targets specific areas.

G3: These first two weeks of Mission: Incredible have been great. I’ve learned a lot about myself and truly enjoy the feedback and check-ins from group members and those of you out there from other parts of the country. Keep it coming. We’re all in this together.

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