By Jacque Reid, Editor In Chief

They say it takes 28 days to wipe out or create a habit.  Well, I’m giving myself 90 to get to my healthy best.  I already live a pretty healthy lifestyle that includes working out and watching what I eat, but I am not where I want to be.

So yesterday, I kicked off a personal goal of focusing on my health and fitness for the next 90 days.  I also included mental health because, come on, that is the make or break factor with any ambition.  What is also helpful is a little help from our friends, so I invited my social media crew to join me on this quest.  I am also recruiting just about everyone I know, because who doesn’t need to be their healthy best?

Each day I am going to post some encouragement on my social media, as well as some useful tips.  I will also be posting my personal progress here.  Day #1’s tip was to drink more water.  Sounds basic, but if you are like me, then you too may live many days as if you were a camel in another life.  I just forget about the aqua on many days.  So getting more water into my body is a top goal for me with this challenge.

In addition to the water, I have a long list of goals I’ve set for myself during these 90 days.  Since I grew up as an athlete, I still have that mindset when it comes to health and fitness.  So keep that in mind if you plan to adhere to my plan.  And I am not an expert, so  you should probably consult a doctor if you are going to do anything you are not used to.

With that said, here are my goals for this 90 Day Challenge (I am following the 3-1-2-1 diet program, so my food plan  includes 2 cheat days a week:

*Cardio at least 6 days a week. 45 min each day

* 2 days a week with my trainer

*30 day push up challenge (for 1st 30 days)

*30 day sit up challenge (for 1st 30 days)

*Upper body strength training 2 days a week

*Lower body strength training 2 days a week

*Abs 5 days a week

*Drink more water

*No fried foods

*No beef, no chicken, no pork

*Alcohol.. just on the weekends

*No white food… bread, rice, etc.

*No deserts

*Eat breakfast everyday

*No carbs after breakfast

I am certain I will alter this from time to time, but the point is to get started to not to quit.  Let’s do this!