By Cassie Johnston
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If you’ve been around here a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of self-imposed challenges. Being a goal-oriented, competitive person, making healthy living into a game (that I can win!) every now and again really seems to help keep me on track. In the past, I’ve done challenges to build healthy momentum going into the holiday season and help build up my strength after training for a half marathon. I’m not always 100% successful, but the challenge format always does always light a fire under my bum, and I’m a big fan of anything that gives me an extra dose of motivation.
With summer right around the corner, I figure now was a great time to set myself up with a challenge. Summer can be so full of commitments and obligations that I can really struggle with making sure to take care of myself during the warm weather months. This summer is going to be different! I’m going to challenge myself to turn the focus inward and make this the healthiest and happiest summer I’ve ever had. And, go figure, just in time for my big three-oh birthday!
Enter the Super Summer Challenge!
From June 1st to August 31st, I’ll be focusing on me. In regards to this challenge, that means dividing my overall health into two distinct areas I’d like to work on: body and mind. For each of those two categories, I’ve made a list of dozens of tasks (plus a few that overlap). For completing each task on the list, I get points. The goal? Get 10,000 body and 10,000 mind points before Labor Day.
Some of the tasks are super simple and have low point rewards (like getting 10 points for doing a plank). Some will give me a lot bigger rewards, but they’ll be little more difficult or time-consuming (like getting 500 points for taking a whole day off from social media). Since we’re all individuals, you’ll also have the option to make your own custom point lists to have a more customized challenge.
I created this challenge for me, myself and I, but, of course, I would love if you guys played along! And to make it even more enticing, I’m partnering with my good friend, and professional health and fitness coach, Coach Krissie of Committed Coaching to lend a hand! Yay!
For free, Krissie will be sharing her expertise in motivation, goal-setting, and self-reflection during the challenge. And, if you’re looking for a little more umph!, Krissie will be offering extended coaching services for a fee that go hand-in-hand with the Super Summer Challenge. You can always participate in the challenge for free, but if you need the extra push of an adorable birdie with a Southern accent on your shoulder gently motivating you to be great, Krissie is your girl!
Krissie and I have a lot of fun plans to make this challenge great (like a peer-to-peer accountability partner system and lots of pretty, free printables). We’ll be launching the challenge sign up this upcoming Thursday, May 23rd. Keep an eye out for that post with more information about the challenge guidelines, printable downloads, and how to sign up for accountability partners and Krissie’s extended services.
Oh! And start thinking about what rewards you’ll set for yourself throughout the process. Think big! This is a long challenge (all summer!) and if you’re successful, you should reward yourself handsomely. I know I am! More on that later in the week.
Have an awesome Monday, friends!
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I actually think I do better in the summer than the winter simply because the longer days, nicer weather, and abundance of fresh produce make it feel like less work to exercise and eat healthy!
I’m still very much looking forward to participating your challenge though!
Awesome, I’m totally in!
LOVE this idea!! Can’t wait to sign up!
Woohoo!! I was in after the first paragraph and DOUBLE IN when I saw you’re working with Krissie! I’m working with her My May Self Care challenge and it’s been truly awesome. To anyone on the fence, I truly recommend going to the extra effort with Krissie.
WOOHOO!!! This sounds awesome. I am so in.
I am so thankful that Heather posted this on her Twitter! This sounds like an amazing challenge! I can’t wait for Thursday to learn more! Excited to discover your blog, now off to explore it!
I love this idea!! I’m always up for a challenge, so this is right up my alley.
Quick question, what program do you use to make your print-outs? They’re unbelievably cute!
InDesign and Illustrator! :)
Awesome!! This is something I definitely need this summer.
I am definitely up for this! Thanks for getting it started!
So excited for this!
This is great! I was starting to plan something like this in my head. Trying to start Paleo to help with my autoimmune issues, and run a 5k run in sept, and have a goal weight loss of 20 lbs but sept 1st. eeppp, sounds like a lot, but I truly think that each helps me get to the 20 lbs of weight loss. can’t wait to hear more about it.
Your handouts are beautiful! You would be wonderful in a corporate wellness setting :)
Love this idea, Cassie! Your documents are always so cute and fun. Can’t wait to hear more info on Thursday! I love the dual focus on body AND MIND. <3
This is exactly what I’ve been looking for, it is much easier for me to get motivated in the summer because I’m not fighting he urge to hibernate.
I am so doing this. Count me in!
I swear, you read my mind sometimes. I don’t know if you know that you’re doing it (it’s a bit of a mess in there, sorry about the dust, glitter, cobwebs and cat fur) but whenever I need a kick-in-the-pants about something – you’re there with it. Whether it’s healthy eating and the fact that I’m really only cheating myself when I cheat on my food values, or on the self care issue. I’ve been putting so much of myself out to the world lately that I haven’t been taking the time to balance -my- needs with the needs of everyone else and it has been tearing me apart… and along comes this challenge, which looks to be just what I need to regain that balance between mind and body, self and external, in the summer where I regain my independence and move back into the world as an adult.
In case of tl;dr: OMG I’M EXCITED ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE BECAUSE YOU’RE MY BRAIN BUDDY.
Love. Need. Ready.
I am definitely in, but… is it okay that I’m a little scared? :)
I’ve tried doing challenges like this before and only wind up depressed because I end up not following through (the evidence is all over my blog). BUT. I need to get more active. I need to get outside more. I need to get into some better (if not perfect) habits.
Anyway! Excited to try, at least. Maybe your pretty pretty print-outs will help motivate me. :D
The great thing about this one is that you’ll be able to customize your challenge to fit for you. So if you can’t run 100 miles at a time, you can give yourself a challenge more fitting of you, you know?
Also, it might be worth it to shell out the small fee to work with Coach Krissie’s accountability services. She’s great at helping folks follow through!
Sounds perfect, then, and I’ll definitely look into Krissie’s services if that becomes an issue again this time around. :)
Excited for tomorrow!!! :D
Let’s get this party started! I love these kind of things! Challenges are my favorite!! Can we start right now!!
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