I have struggled with becoming active again after our baby was born last summer. I also was having a hard time finding the motivation to prepare healthier food for me and my family. I decided to call my wonderful friend from college, Becca, about my frustration. She is such a good listener, and I was feeling much better after our conversation. A few days later, she called and invited me to participate in a fitness challenge with her. I was hesitant at first, but after looking over the rules of the challenge, I was in!
Here I am on the first day of the challenge!
The challenge was very motivational for me, and everyone in the group was so supportive. I had my share of imperfect days, but overall, I made some great lifestyle changes. A huge change for me was eating 3 servings of vegetables a day. I'm really good about having fruit in the house, but vegetables don't show up at our table very often. Because points were at stake, I did my best to ensure I ate 3 servings each day, so sometimes I had them for breakfast! Eventually, I even started to crave brussels sprouts! Who knew? :o)
Here is a link to the challenge if you'd like to put together your own group:
Here are some things about the challenge that I think really helped me:
- It was exciting to think that I could win a cash prize!
- No counting calories!
- The accountability of checking in each week really helped me stay focused.
- I loved earning points for each healthy thing that I checked off. Maybe I didn't get my exercise points one day, but I could still get 5 points for eating all my veggies and 5 more for drinking 8 glasses of water.
- An added bonus of eating so many veggies is that I felt full all of the time. I didn't have such a strong desire to eat sweets like I did before because there just wasn't enough room. LOL!
I am so happy that I participated in the challenge!
I am signing up for another one next week!