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In honor of the 5th anniversary of Let's Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama is challenging everyone to #GimmeFive and set five goals for leading a healthier life. Always up for a challenge, I decided to join the fun and set five healthy goals for myself.


1. Veggies with every dinner—no excuses. Do you ever look down at your dinner plate and, in the crazy rush of getting dinner on the table, realize you totally forgot to add something green to the plate? I'm embarrassed to admit it, but that happens every once in awhile at my house. I'm challenging myself to do a better job at keeping quick, easy veggies on hand so the most important part of the dinner plate doesn't go forgotten.

2. 50 push-ups daily. The humble push-up works your arms, chest, and abs—no gym or equipment required.

3. More whole grains, less refined. Whole grains are delicious and there's no excuse anymore not to choose whole grains more often, even for pasta or while baking.

4. Meal plan. When I don't plan my meals for the week and shop ahead of time, I make poor decisions (cough, Chinese takeout, cough). That's why my family is going to start using the Cooking Light Diet. I'm not trying to lose weight, but I would like help planning healthy, well-balanced meals that my family will love. This may seem like a shameless plug, but I know the folks who create the recipes and the meal plans for the Diet, so I know without a doubt that the recipes will work, be nutritionally sound, and will taste fantastic. On top of all that, having my meals and shopping lists better organized each week will work wonders on my stress levels—and that is definitely healthy.

5. Move more! Another confession: I exercised (much) more last year while I was pregnant than I do these days. Not anymore! I recently purchased a package of my favorite fitness class, the Bar Method, and I'm determined to get off my butt and into class 2-3 times a week.

Alright, Hunter Lewis, I'm passing the #GimmeFive challenge on to you!