Challenges are for schmucks… this here thing I’m about to undertake is an OPERATION! An operation of epic proportions… okay, that was wayyyyyyyy overly-self-importantly dramatic, Whitney… tone it back 17 notches. This “operation” is first and foremost for me and me alone… I need it… and I need to not gain 5 bajillion pounds over the holiday season this year. I say that because I am well aware that even though I’m extending this out to anyone else who may want a little bit of a push/accountability factor, I may well be the only one interested in committing to said operation. And since this shindig is for me first and foremost, I’m fine with that! So, if this ain’t your cup o’ tea, no big deal. I won’t be offended!
That said… I did a little bit of brain wracking over the weekend… more than usual… which just so happens to be negative 8 billion on most non-work weekends. What I came up with is a simple 4-pronged operation… kind of like a fork!!! Oh my laws… a FORK… and you EAT with a fork. How exciting is that analogy! **crickets** No one?
The 4 prongs are simple: Cardio, Weight Lifting, Food Logging, and Mental Health. Let’s break it down by category.
Cardio = 5 Points
The requirement is that you need to do some form of cardio for at LEAST 30 minutes a day 3 days a week. If you accomplish said goal by the end of the week (weeks in this joint will be Monday to Sunday) you get the full 5 points! If you only do 1 or 2 days… you get 1 point per day you do it. Easy.
Weight Lifting = 5 Points
Requirement here? At least 2 days a week of some form of weight lifting activity… whether it be via a DVD, at the gym, at home… blah, blah, blah… If you do 2 days’ worth of weight lifting per week, you get the full 5 points! If you only do 1 day… you get 1 point.
*** If you’re doing it at home and you need some routine ideas, check out this site: GPP Fitness! Lindsay highly recommends. I think the guy who runs aforementioned site posts a new weight lifting routine each day… pretty good ideas up in that joint!
Food Logging = 5 Points
I’m not putting any calorie limits on this thing. You could eat 500000000000 calories per day (though I’d HIGHLY recommend you rethink that method before you start it) and it wouldn’t matter as long as you logged your food! Accountability for what you eat is MUY IMPORTANTE! The requirement here is you need to log everything you eat for at least 5 days per week to get the full 5 points! Otherwise, it is 1 point per day. The reason I’m not putting an emphasis on calories is because this is the holiday season after all. We’re all human and we will all eat things that have a lot of calories at some point throughout the season. The point of this challenge is to not GAIN weight. Maintenance is key… losing is awesome… but maintenance is goal.
*** If you need a free and extremely easy way to log food via computer or smart phone (my phone is too dumb to have apps), do not hesitate to go join MyFitnessPal… FREE, easy, FREE, and did I mention FREE?
Mental Health = 5 Points
This one is going to be up to you. You should pick at least one thing that will help you mentally (because this thing is a full package deal). Ideas for those struggling to come up with something:
– Prayer/Meditation daily
– Writing in a Journal
– Random Acts of Kindness
– Weekly Community Service
– Get 8 hours of sleep per night
– Reading scriptures/positive books
Just a few of the many possibilities. Pick one, pick how often you will do it (has to at least be weekly) and then if you accomplish said mental health task you get 5 points! If you do not accomplish said task, you get ZERO points!
Extra Credit = 1 Point Per Thing
If you’re one of those go-getters who want to get a big ole fat jump on the competition, you get extra credit points for pretty much anything you do extra… 1 point per extra thing. So, if you exercise/weight lift more than 3 days per week, 1 point extra per day. If you log your food more than 5 days, 1 point extra per day. If you pick another mental health item to accomplish weekly, 1 point extra. Get it? SIMPLE!
Once a week, maybe on Mondays since this started on a Mondee, I will post an accountability blog post wherein you can check in with how many points you mastered that week and/or explain to us how you want to move in with Richard Simmons and his fanny pack. No one judges up in this here joint!
Whomever has the most points at the end of the shebang gets a $30 gift card to either Amazon or Wally World and an extra homemade knitted/crocheted good (which I haven’t exactly decided what will be yet). In the event of a tie, I will draw a name randomly. Also, if I’m the only one participating, it’s easy to randomly draw my name! 😛 Funny how that works!
This OPERATION goes from November 5 through December 30, 2012!
Question of the Day: Do we have any takers? If so, please post the mental health choice you picked and sign your name in blood in the comment section (okay, not blood… I have a germ issue!)