I did it! Our organization’s annual Fitness Challenge is in the books and under my belt. As both a participant and one of the organizers of the Challenge, this month was full of all things nutrition, exercise, knowledge, and accountability. I’ve only participated once before, but since I love to read and happened to recommend a book to the leader of the 2016 Challenge, my name was brought up during the planning stages for this year’s event as someone who could take the reigns and make it happen. Reading takes you places, people!
For the month of January, we committed to exercise 180 minutes a week, follow a nutrition plan of our choice (I added some qualifiers to ensure it was sustainable, measurable, and nourishing), read one of four books that were vetted by yours truly, and be accountable once a week to check in with our progress. Those who completed the entire Challenge win a gift card and enter into a grand prize drawing for an iPad mini. Motivation and incentive always help.
Week One: 215 minutes
Week Two: 203.5 minutes
Week Three: 180 minutes (this was the week of the crazy storms, my husband traveling, and the surprise anniversary getaway, which might have contributed to the fact I barely reached my goal)
Week Four: 202 minutes
I read QBQ! which is a short but powerful read. My thoughts on the book can be found here. The other options were The Power of Habit, Food Rules, and The First 20 Minutes. There are so many books on wellness and nutrition out there, but one of the qualifiers was that they needed to be available in Spanish and English. One of the blessings of living in a bilingual community is seeking out resources that everyone can access. These four titles fit the bill and provided quality information on various aspects of how to live a fit life.
I am definitely glad I participated. I am also glad I had a hand in organizing the Challenge. Any chance I get to spread my “gospel” of alternate nutrition to the masses…mwahahaa! At least I didn’t force this book on people…they may have run away screaming! Haha!
Now time for some lay-it-all-out-there truth telling: I have been dreaming of chocolate cake and cheeseburgers for about three weeks now. My nutrition plan was no added refined sugar, no refined grains, and no eating after 8:30 PM. For the entire month. My body feels great and I’m proud to say I made it all 31 days. But let’s just say I’ve been scoping out the best bakeries in town and have solid plans to hit them up ASAP tomorrow. As one of my favorite fitness ladies says, one day of indulgences won’t side track a healthy lifestyle, just like one day of nutritious eating won’t give you a six pack.