There’s something about entering a challenge that really gets me going. I told you about the Hometown Wellness Showdown last month. I found it really helpful having an incentive to tracking my healthy activities. We earned points for everything, and every week there was a drawing for prizes. There was also a good support system, and people shared their experiences. While I didn’t win any prizes, I did work out a lot more, ate more fruits and veggies, and, because I was tracking what I ate, maintained awareness of what I ate and didn’t go overboard (most of the time!). I began to gain some discipline, and I even got compliments on my improved figure! There were over 2000 participants, and the top points earner got 888 points. I was in 57th (or 74th, depending on what list you look at) place, with 640 points!
So, as usual, I’ve started slacking off on using LoseIt to track what I eat now that I’m not involved in any of their challenges. But I’m still maintaining awareness of what I’m eating, and trying to get to the gym or incorporate workouts into my day as much as possible. And I’ve kept track of my workouts on DailyMile.
So, with my love of challenges and being kept accountable, and tracking my fitness activities, I’m really excited about the new challenge I just signed up for. It’s the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge!
Cost: $25. Knowing I’ve got some skin in the game will be an added incentive for me. It covers the management of the challenge, a donation to the Salvation Army, and mailing of prizes.
Prizes?!?! YES! There are mini-giveaways throughout the challenge, and bigger prizes awarded to top point earners.
It’s open to anyone! And the challenge is separated by “shoe type”, i.e. what kind of shoe you use more often for the activities you’re involved in:
- Low Profile: 5K, 10K, cardio class master (includes CrossFit)
- Cushioned: Half marathon/marathon/distance biking
- Stability: Half Ironman or more
- Minimalist: Yoga/Weight lifting
I’ve signed up for the “Low Profile” group, since I’ve only ever done 5ks, and usually do less than that on a daily basis. I suppose I could have joined the Minimalist group, since I occasionally do yoga and weight lifting, but we’ll see how I do.
I hope you consider doing this challenge! I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, and it will keep us in shape through the holidays, and we might even win some prizes.
Let me know if you sign up! Also, if/when you sign up, I’d love it if you mentioned that you found it through my blog. Apparently if 5 of you sign up, I get a prize!
Have you ever joined a weight loss/fitness/healthy eating challenge? Have you made your own personal challenge? What are your plans for getting or staying fit through the rest of the year?