01 Nov

Holiday Health Challenge 2011

It’s time again for the Holiday Health Challenge!

Last year from November 20 to January 1 I did my first ever 6 Week Holiday Health Challenge. I committed to journalling my food, eliminating sugar, increasing my physical activity, and few other small challenges for myself.

The purpose of the challenge is to prioritize my health during a time of the year when healthy living begins to fall to the wayside in favour of parties and sweets and drinking. I want to maintain healthy habits throughout the holiday season, and maybe making some new ones.

Rather than waiting until January 1st to make resolutions after all the holiday gluttony and lethargy, I will stop the unhealthy behaviours before it starts so that I can wake up in a new year as a healthier me!

Do you want to start 2012 with vitality too? Then join in!! Come up with a list of healthy habits that you want to maintain for the 50 day challenge and run with it.

50 Day Holiday Health Challenge Details

Start Date: November 6th
End Date: December 25th (Christmas)

Check In: I will post updates to the blog every Sunday to let you know how I’ve held up in the challenge for the week.

Samantha’s Healthy Commitments:

1) Keep a food journal

Write down food intake, food group, and how I felt. Pay attention to protein and make sure I’m getting enough.

2) Eliminate processed sugar

This will be difficult, especially given the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies that I’m taking part in. I may end up allowing myself one dessert per week (which is still a hell of a lot less than what I’ve been eating).

3) Floss my teeth every day.

I always include this one in my challenges because otherwise my teeth may never get flossed.

4) Start the day with lemon juice and water

I have let this one fall to the wayside lately. Maybe because I’ve been sleeping in later and later each day?

5) Run 150 miles

Not consecutively, of course. I’m not insane. I want to run 150 miles over the course of 50 days.

6) Squat 155lbs for 5 reps

Right now I can do 150lbs so I don’t think adding 5lbs is unreasonable over 50 days.

7) Make my walks with Bagigis 5 minutes longer

I just want to add 5 minutes to my daily walks with the dog to get a little extra exercise.

8) Take all my vitamins

I have been prescribed vitamins by both my doctor and naturopath that I notoriously forget to take.

I would love if you would join in and spread the word!

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6 thoughts on “Holiday Health Challenge 2011

  1. Pingback: Fitness Friday: Holiday Health Challenge 2011 | Simple Moments

  2. Kudos to you for making steps for a healthier lifestyle during the season when many people go the opposite direction! I think #7 in particular will make Bagigis very happy – I think I’ll try that with Maddies and Bonnie, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I did this last year, and it was amazing! After the holidays, whenever any of my friends were complaining about how much weight they had gained (and now had to lose), I just had to maintain!

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