If you were with me last year around this time, you might remember a little self-imposed challenge I did here called the All About the Numbers Challenge. I was discouraged by the number on the scale, so I decided to turn the focus on some numbers that made me feel empowered. So for the 40 days leading up to the “big” American food holidays, I set out to focus on things like improving my plank time and eating a certain number of fruits and veggie servings instead of focusing on what the scale was saying.
The challenge was a big honkin’ success for me. I managed to hit all of my 10 goals, my focus was taken away from scale and I had some healthy momentum going into Thanksgiving. I truly believe that the challenge helped set me up to have a healthful holiday season. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I celebrated, ate and drank in moderation during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. I mean, heck, we even had a planking competition at my family Thanksgiving last year!
I would really like to repeat that empowerment and healthy momentum again this year. So, we’re gonna do it again, friends! It’s time for a sequel.
Thanksgiving Day is exactly 50 days from today (can you believe it?). Last year I did a 40 day challenge, but I’m starting a bit early because I need this challenge now. My motivation to be healthy has been seriously lacking as of late, and a little bit of a jumpstart (in the form of this challenge) is exactly what I need. Plus, Babyface’s family is coming in next week, and when the Johnston clan is together, the Johnston clan can drink and eat with the best of them, so it’s good to have a challenge to motivate me to make good, healthy choices (while still enjoying myself, obviously).
As far as the number-y goals go, the idea is still the same—focusing on the “good” numbers in my life—but some of the goals are changing from last year. Ready, Freddy? Here’s the plan:
And for those of you that would prefer not to read it in obnoxiously-colored graphic form, here’s the good ole text-based list:
- Log 2000 fitness minutes.
- Walk or run 100 miles.
- D0 a plank-a-day for 50 days.
- Eat 250 servings of fruits and veggies.
- Eat 75 meatless meals.
- Drink 500 (eight-ounce) glasses of water.
- Go 25 days without eating any added sugar.
- Complete 20 random acts of kindness.
- Go 50 days without stepping on the scale.
And just like last year, I’m going to give myself a big, juicy reward if I check off all nine goals. Normally I like to keep my goal rewards pretty small—a new shirt here or a new bottle of nail polish—but since this challenge has so many different aspects in so many different areas of my life, I figured a success deserved a hefty prize. So if I successfully hit all nine of my goals, I’m going to give myself a $200 shopping spree at Target. And that $200 is not to be spent on boring necessity stuff like food, toilet paper or dish soap. I’m talking full-on $200 splurge! Two-hundred buckaroos worth of sparkly nail polish, gaudy jewelry and throw pillows. Woohoo!
And it’s all or nothing, friends, so if I miss just one goal by a bit, no Target spree for me. And dude, I want that shopping spree so it’s on like Donkey Kong.
And just because everything is more fun when it’s wrapped up in a nicely-designed chart, I put that five years of design school to use and whipped up a chart for easy check-off-ery.
I’ve hung the chart on the small corkboard right next to our back door. I want to make sure I see it each and every day. It’s there as a constant reminder that I’m working on a challenge, and I need to get to gettin’!
If you’re interested in playing along with me, I’ve posted the chart for download. Share it, print it, email it, use it!
And if you’re interested in keeping track of my progress, I’ll be posting weekly updates to my Facebook page with how I’m doing. And then, of course, I’ll post a wrap-up here once the challenge is over (and hopefully with lots of photos of my Target shopping spree swag).
Wish me luck!