Wholesome Choices: Getting Started

Did you set any goals for 2012?

Maybe you took the “who do you want to be” challenge offered by our local Mom blogger, Rachael.  Maybe you decided to take care of your skin in 2012.  Maybe you took our “pledge local” challenge.

Or maybe you took on something of your own – to lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking, pay off some debt, go on date nights again, learn a new hobby, or find a new job.  Whether you make a formal commitment or not, I think the first of the year is always a good time to look at ourselves and our lives and see how we can make ourselves better.  But the trick is then evaluating each month to see if we’re on track.

I must admit, I’m good at setting goals but not good at always evaluating and sticking through them. One of those goals has been a constant for me over the last three years.  I’ve been on a steady challenge to become healthier – that includes a lot of things – losing weight, eating more wholesome foods, and staying fit with regular exercise.

That challenge for myself has influenced a lot of decisions for myself & my family.  I regularly purchase grass fed meats, milk, & eggs from local farmers so our at-home cooking can be as healthy as it can be.  I exercise 6 days a week.  And I just signed up for bread making classes – so excited about that one!

But I’m still a busy mom and often times have to eat on the go.  I still have kids that love to eat dinner at McDonald’s and play on the playground afterwards.  So what do we do then?  I try to stick with the 80/20 rule.  Do really good 80% of the time and not so great 20%.  Sometimes that varies to 90/10 or 70/30 … but we do the best we can.

So why am I telling you all this?  I’ve just been given the opportunity to partner with McDonald’s on their “Wholesome Choices Blogger Program”.  Over the next four weeks, I’ll be sharing my own tips and ideas for making wholesome choices in my every day life.  And hopefully you can translate some of those to your life as well.  Or better yet – share with me some of yours & I can learn from you too!

So, stick around and hopefully we can help each other over the come weeks!  In the mean time, follow McDonald’s Atlanta on Twitter @McDonaldsATL and check out their website for real-time promos, meal ideas and how to make the most of your McDonald’s experience, especially when it comes to nutrition.

Disclosure Language:
McDonald’s partnered with bloggers such as me to participate in its “Wholesome Choices” Blogger Program.  As part of that program, I received compensation.  They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used, and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. McDonald’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

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