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Health and Wealth Challenge: Week 1

Delicate arch trail in Arches National Park

We had so much fun in Moab last month, we’re going back tomorrow!

On November 1st, I started my health and wealth challenge put together by Tonya at Budget and the Beach. Since health and wealth are two of my favorite topics and I love Tonya and her ideas, there was no way not to accept the challenge. The timing is perfect. I try to always be healthy, but I did eat a few too many mini Hershey’s bars from the Halloween cache, and the holidays are always a challenging time for eating well and keeping wealth on track. I’m hoping this challenge will vault me right on through Christmas and New Year’s with so much health and wealth that I just won’t know how to handle it!

I’m sure that my eating and exercise routines are not edge of your seat reading material, but I’m going to try and post weekly or bi-weekly to keep myself accountable. Drum roll for week 1…….

Health: Eating

Starting yesterday, I am on a three day juice cleanse. I did one last spring, and I think it’s a great way to consume lots of vitamins, get rid of cravings, and reset my eating habits.

Unless you’re Gwyneth Paltrow, juicing as your only food source is tough. Last time, I was having to hold my nose to get down the green drinks by the last day. I think there should be a law against how much kale a person can consume, but I guess my liver and maculae will be happy.

It might not be great for wealth, but I did order pre-made juices from Jus by Julie on Amazon. It was much cheaper than some of the other popular cleanses and had free shipping. At about $41 a day, it’s expensive, but this is one of my fruclassity choices. I could make my own for maybe a little less, but  as I sit here choking down finishing my last X-treme Greens of  day one, I know I would stop if I hadn’t already bought three days worth. Besides, Jim is out of town and eating on the company dime this week, so I don’t have to feed him.

Health: Exercise

I already exercise every day unless I have the flu or get trapped in a snowstorm somewhere. Otherwise LDL’s and triglycerides love to come over and visit. Still, there is always room for improvement. Here are my workouts for the week with my normal stuff in black and new stuff in blue.

Saturday: Ran 2 miles. 20 minutes on elliptical trainer. 40 reps on quad, hamstring, and ab machines plus 7 awful minutes of stretching. 

Sunday: 4 miles on treadmill

Monday: Mean Monday Boot Camp

Tuesday: Ran 2 miles. 20 minutes on elliptical. 20 horrible minutes of strength training/ arms and abs.

Wednesday: Spin Class. Walked 1.25 miles while daughter was in dance class.

Thursday: P90X Plyometrics

Friday: 45 minutes on stationary bike. Hike in Moab with kiddo for Field Trip Friday.

I am trying to add more strength and stretching while mixing up my cardio. I really hoped to do more stretching, but 7 minutes is all you get this week.


I have a huge wealth building project in the works right now, but I can’t reveal it yet. I will be posting more next week, so you’ll just have to trust me that it’s something good.

Why Not Join?

It’s too late to join the challenge and be eligible for prizes, but it’s never too late to work on your health and wealth. There was a great post this week at Life and My Finances about how freaked out the world is over ebola but not about the obesity epidemic. Our chances of catching ebola are one in 13 million. Obesity, on the other hand, happens to every one in three people these days. Why not start fighting now? I can say for a fact that it DOES NOT get easier as you get older. Don’t be a statistic. Stop wasting time and get moving!

As for wealth, are you completely comfortable with your money situation? If not, start challenging yourself to add one idea every week to save or earn more. I bet by the end of the month, you’ll be glad you did.

What did you do this week to improve your health or wealth? Can you guess what my secret wealth building project is?

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. I don’t know how you maintain your physical fitness on a juice cleanse. I’ll drink a juice every so often, but I need my carbs to get through the day. I may be tiny, but I eat like crazy 🙂

    • I think having a kid taught me to function when the tank is past empty. Over time, I have become a morning person out of necessity, and I find that I have all kinds of energy early in the morning. Later in the day, it all falls apart.

  2. My girlfriend and I ran a 10K last year, and it was surprisingly easy with very little training. This year we have our sights set on the 25k, which equates to 15.5 miles. Definitely nothing to sluff off. To make so I am capable of finishing this race, we are starting our training about 4 months early. In the past 3 weeks I have run over 45 miles. Plus, I cross train in the pool and by lifting weights. It feels great to work out and it helps us look amazing at the same time. There’s nothing like a battle against Father Time.

    • That’s great that you have a healthy hobby to share. If I don’t get my exercise in, I totally feel like crap. It’s a good addiction.

  3. Thanks for the fruclassity plug, Kim! 🙂 WOW – you are an exercising machine! BTW, the juice gets easier to down as the days go on. When I’ve done those in the past, I actually start to crave it after about a week, LOL. But those first days on the green juice are ROUGH. Best of luck to you on the challenge. I’m not joining Tonya’s challenge as we’re doing the organization challenge this month, but I am working on continuing the weight loss I achieved in October by continuing to eat healthier.

    • I’m not sure I’ll ever crave the green drinks, but this time the cleanse did seem to be easier than the first. I think I might actually try to make a green drink a few times a week just to get the nutrients.

  4. Great job on the workouts Kim! And I’m looking forward to hearing what the wealth portion is that you’re up to. You are so right about what people are freaked out about and what they SHOULD be freaked out about. No one seems too concerned about those chronic issues which slowly kill you over time, like weight, smoking, poor eating habits, stress, etc. Hope week two goes great for you!

  5. Congrats on pursuing this! I’ve had a pathetic number of mini candy bars since Halloween. We only had one trick or treater (our next door neighbors kids) so we have a ton of candy left over.

    • Mini candy bars are so tricky because you think you can have just one, then you have another, and another. Next thing you know, you could have had a whole candy bar instead and been in better shape.

  6. I did a smoothie fast 6 months ago with amazing results, since then my weight has crept up slowly but still I have kept 10 pounds off. I am now starting a new one but not as crazy strict as I was before to get back at my goal weight!

    • I think if you do things like that every so often, it sort of resets your appetite and you don’t want to eat as much junk as you did before.

  7. I’m doing Tonya’s challenge too. Sounds like you started off with a good week. Good luck with your wealth project!

  8. I’ve never done a juice cleanse/fast but I’ve always been fascinated by the concept. I’m super impressed with your everyday workouts–nice!

    • My family history for health is not very good, but no one has really tried that hard either. I’m trying to beat the odds.

  9. I have tried some of the health juice and there isn’t enough vodka in the world to get me to drink the greens. Whomever decided Kale was food should be evaluated. Maybe its just so many have jumped on the Kale wagon in the past few years and I have had enough of it. My congrats to you though for staying so healthy.
    On another note I also love Moab. The town and surrounding Arches National Park and Canyon Lands is high on our go-to list. It has gotten a little expensive to stay there in the past few years though.

    • Kale is a very nasty food! We love Moab and can do it in a day trip, but we enjoy it more if we can stay a couple of days. We always camp because the hotels are expensive during the most popular months.

  10. Thank you for being a voice of reason when it comes to Ebola. People are nuts! Flu/obesity/diabetes are much scarier to me. I’m doing Tonya’s challenge too!

    • Good luck on the challenge. The thing that makes me so scared about obesity is how we are just getting used to it and it becomes the norm. I remember when I first started working 14 years ago, we had one patient that I would classify as extremely morbidly obese, and it all made our heads turn when she came in. Now it’s no big deal because there are so many who are like that.

  11. Wow, every day you have a mode of exercise to do. That’s really great that you have a plan. Never forget to stretch before and after exercise. So excited to see the results.

  12. Wow Kim, that’s fantastic – I’m doing the challenge too, but after seeing yours and Tonya’s efforts after week 1, I’m feeling a little less proud of my own efforts :). But as I said to Tonya, what I did this week was better than my average week, so at least it’s progress!

    You’ve given me some extra motivation to have a better week this week though! And your wealth building projects sounds exciting, can’t wait to hear more!

    • I wouldn’t compare yourself to anyone else. Tonya and I are pretty hard core when it comes to working out, but we’ve been like that for years. If you’re just starting, any improvement is wonderful.

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