Sound like good goals all around, ladies.
So here's the low-down on the new Challenge.
PM BakingNath if you would like access to the Google Doc for tracking your points.
LET"S DO THIS!!!! HEALTHY LIVING CHALLENGE
Starting Monday, January 13th, and going for 8 weeks (i.e until Sunday, March 9th) we will be starting up a new incarnation of The Challenge. Below are daily guidelines to follow for those who want/need structure. A Google Doc will be available to track points earned on these daily tasks. If you already have a special diet your follow, or if you want to follow your own guidelines or points system, or if you just want to hang out and gab with us about your own journey to healthier living, then climb aboard. We're in this together
Follow these guidelines for healthier living. Try to achieve 10 points a day.1)
Sleep 7 hours per night (naps can take up the slack). You get a point for a full 7 hours.2)
Exercise at least 20 minutes per day – every day. This can be as simple as making lifestyle changes like parking at the far end of the parking lot and walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or doing a couple sets of squats at your desk between work tasks. Or you can do a full-on workout. Just as long as you get yourself moving more. Push yourself, even if it’s just a little, outside of your norm. It all adds up! The goal is to accumulate at least 2 – 2 1/2 hours of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week. You don't have to do it all at once. Choose a variety of activities spread throughout the week. You’ll get a ¼ point for every 5 minutes of activity you do that challenges you physically each day. Do a full 20 minutes (or more) each day to get a full point.3)
Drink a minimum of 4 cups of water per day. Keep in mind, as the Challenge goes on, this will be adjusted higher to get us all hydrated like the beautiful flowers we are. Let’s get a solid hold on 4 cups per day first. You’ll get a ¼ point for every cup you drink. Drink 4 cups, get a full point (note: 1 cup = 8 U.S. fluid ounces = approx 237ml.).4)
Green is good! Eat 6 servings of fruit or vegetables each day. You get ½ point for 3 servings and a full point for 6 servings (note: a ‘serving’ is approximately the size of your fist).5)
Remember when your mom used to tell you “drink your milk, dear” – well nothing’s changed. Dairy is still important to a healthy body. Women aged 31 – 50 are recommended 2 servings of dairy products a day.
Get a ½ point for each serving you consume per day.6)
A treat now and then isn't always a bad thing. But they stop being “treats” and start becoming “threats” when we overindulge in them. Eat no more than 400 calories per day in “indulgent foods”. You’ll get a point for every day you are master over your cravings.7)
Take 20 minutes of “ME TIME” each day. Nourishing your soul is just as important as nourishing your body. Read a book, write a poem, talk to your BFF, surf for Rob P0rn – whatever makes you happy. No half points here - you'll get a full point for 20 minutes or more.8)
Finish eating all meals (and snacks too!) by 10pm. Manage this and get a point.9)
During this round of The Challenge your 9th point will come from your efforts at self-improvement. We all have something we want to work on that will improve our health, enrich our lives, or help make us happier. The New Year (and a new Challenge) is the perfect time to tackle this head on. This will be a Challenge-long project. You set the parameters for how you’ll award yourself points each day/week/month. The end of The Challenge doesn't have to be your finish line, but it could be. Since this is YOUR project only you can define it. But deadlines do help us achieve results – so set a goal for the end of The Challenge to either complete your self-improvement project, or to achieve something along your journey to success. Share your self-improvement project with the rest of us on The Challenge thread – we’re all here to cheer each other on. If the details of your self-improvement project are too personal to share, tell us your timeline for whatever benchmark(s) your want to achieve. We don’t need to know your deep and darkest to be able to cheer you on. We just need to let you know that we’re here to help you on your journey!10)
WILD CARD – this will change each week. A creative task that will keep The Challenge exciting! Wild Cards might be a daily or weekly task. Points will be detailed in the Wild Card description each week.KEEP FIT AND LIVE HEALTHY
________________________________Wild CardsWeek 1:(Jan 13 - Jan 19)
: Hello, I'm Edward Cullen, I didn't get a chance to introduce myself last week.
Some of us have been at this for a while, while others may be joining us for the first time. Either way, it would be great to know you better. Tell us anything you’d like to share with us – your name, where you live, which “other” member of the Wolf Pack your secretly dream about, where you hunt for mountain lions. Whatever. Besides whatever personal deets you choose to share, this week’s Wild Card task is to tell us about your personal self-improvement goal for this Challenge. You get all 10 points for the day when you share this with us!