On Jan. 2nd we began the ten week healthy challenge with 341 people. Each has been contending with their own goals and using their own tools and methods for implementing healthy changes. I have no idea how many participators are still following along since healthy commitments are tough to stick with. I’d love to hear an update on how you’re doing in the comments below.
As the organizer of this challenge, I’d like to say I’ve been perfect. I haven’t. I’ve stumbled along the way with vacation, illness, parties, fits of baking & tasting, etc. But I’ve still managed to drag myself to the gym at least a few times a week and I feel so much better about myself when I do. What’s different about this challenge than other goals I’ve set is that I’m still got something I’m working toward. I’m definitely still very much in the midst of this challenge and am committed to making healthy changes in my life. It will take longer than ten weeks, I know. I’m okay with that too. Change doesn’t happen overnight. It does help to think about what my motivations are.
10 things that are keeping me motivated:
1. Summer vacation: It’ll be on the beach. Bathing suits are miserable when you’re feeling pudgy.
2. High School reunion: Need I say more?
3. How I feel after a workout: Pumped up to continue this journey.
4. My mood: Lets face it, I’m more fun to be around when I feel good about myself.
5. My jeans: The cute ones are making an appearance again.
6. 5K race: I’m working toward running my first race in April.
7. My husband: He’s eating healthy & exercising too. Yay!
8. The scale: I’ve lost 8 pounds
9. The California sunshine: Makes me want to go outside & be active.
10. Julie Van Rosendaal: This woman is amazing. Not only was she the originator of the BlogAid cookbook, but she also lost 165 pounds in a normal, healthy manner. Read her story HERE- it’s a fabulous article.
I hope you’re able to find some motivators to keep you going too. As Julie says in her article, she made exercise non-negotiable. Having had friends who could not opt out of chemo or radiation or dialysis if their schedule didn’t permit it or if they were having a rough day, Julie decided to schedule exercise first and no longer complain about it. What a great concept!
I can’t leave you without a recipe, can I? Here’s a wonderful soup that I had around the house all week. It was filling and nutritious for lunch, especially with a good chunk of whole grain bread dunked in it.