January 2010 Healthy Challenge!
Did everyone enjoy the holidays? A little too much? If you are like most of us, you've probably walked on the wild side of your diet for a few weeks and you're ready to get back on a healthier path. Spring is right around the corner and we're going to help you fell good as you shed your layers.
This month's challenge is going to be a difficult one! And I mean that in the most caring way possible - but understand, if it weren't difficult, you wouldn't see results.
This month's healthy challenge is designed to help you get back on track to a healthy lifestyle.
The goal of this month's challenge is to raise your awareness of how you're eating and if you're exercising, and if you are trying to lose weight, this month's goal is a 4 lb loss. You might not think that's a lot, but over a six month period, you'd lose 24 lbs and be ready for summer!
Dates: January 4, 2009 - January 30, 2009
Each member is required to weigh in once each week and post your status. We won't do anything embarrassing, like asking your actual weight. But we are setting a goal of a weight loss of 4 lbs this month if you are trying to lose weight, and if you are not actively trying to lose weight, than the goal is simply to raise your awareness.
Each member is to exercise 5 days each week for between 20-45 minutes. If you have not exercised in the past, you can start with 5 mins of walking, and increase your walking by 5 minutes every 3 days of exercise, but please check with your physician before starting any exercise or diet program, this one included.
Nutrition - Each member is to try to maintain a 1200 calorie/day diet which is low in refined sugars and simple carbohydrates. If you need some advice on eating plans, please visit our 6 week exercise program forum or post in our Nutrition forum and we'll be happy to help you!
Exceptions: Each member is allowed two exceptions to be used as you wish - any reason - two days this month. Oops! The brownies got you! No problem! Use a day!
What constitutes exercise? Anything that gets your heart rate up! Walk, dance, ride a bike, walk around the mall, do a Richard Simmons tape! Just move!
Can I do only part of the challenge? Sure, but you won't win that way.
Member Responsibility: We trust our members. Our challenges work on an honor system, however you will be required to check in to our Healthy Challenges Forum every other day and share how you are doing. Tell us if you stumbled, and if you were able to turn it around, how you achieved it.
Support: Want to play but afraid you might not be able to keep up? Does it sound silly? If you are worried about not being able to reach your goal, that's what we're here for! We'll support you the entire way - every step! If you think the challenge sounds silly, then please give it a try! We would love to have your positive inspiration helping others!
We know you can do this!
Once you succeed, bigger goals will seem much easier to accomplish.
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