Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fall and Festive Fitness Challenge

Fall colours are coming to an end. Here is an iphone dump of some of the fall I captured during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Mom always has the house decked out for holidays, Thanksgiving being no exception. 
This was our Thankfulness Tree.

Typical college student response. 
Mine was a no-brainer.
Nothing beats the colours of Fall... NOTHING! However, end of Fall colours means one thing in my books, Festive Fitness Challenge!!! Thats right folks it is here.

Festive Fitness Challenge
(aka "getting skinny for Santa")

Who can join?

Anyone and everyone! The more the merrier.

What is it?

1.) Change something in your diet.
eg: No eating after dinner, adding snacks during the day, giving up soft drinks... etc. 

2.) Do something active 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes.
Some people may already be doing this and may want to increase to five times/week or pick a new activity like Zumba or swimming. 

When is it?

Nov 1 - Dec 15th
We always start the night after Halloween. Get your last fill of candy and then set your sights on better health.  

Why do we do this? Six years ago it dawned on me that everyone has something they want to change about their health: be it their lifestyle, their fitness or their eating habits. This made me wonder... what stops them? I think the number one answer is motivation! We live in a society of distractions. We may recognize we need a change, however, life gets in the way and we often say "I'll start tomorrow." The problem is tomorrow seems to turn into the next day and the next day and so on. The solution? Well there is no easy solution and if I knew the solution I would probably be filthy rich. So each year we get together for just over a month before Christmas and make purposeful changes to our diet and lifestyles. Changes can be small or big, depending on what you feel up for. 

1.) Sign up by liking this page Festive Fitness Challenge. I would love it if you would post what you will be giving up on Facebook so that we can encourage eachother. 
2.) Write down your goals and put them on your fridge, bathroom mirror, or kitchen cupboard, somewhere you will see them everyday. 
3.) Get friends and family to either join with you or support you in your challenge. Try to have other people you see on a daily basis join with you. Being accountable increases your chances of success in making a lifestyle change. It is hard to keep self control when your partner, friends or family are munching away on goodies beside you. 

I will try to keep posting health tips and recipes throughout the challenge. If there is anything you want me to write about just let me know. 

4 DAYS to start day!!! Here we go. 

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