The time has come to set a goal.
I realized this as I enjoyed one of four family Christmas gatherings last weekend.
The reality is this: At this rate, no way, no how will I be able to get through the holidays AND be fit for my beach vacation a few weeks after.
Beach vacation = bikini = worst timing of the year.
Yes, that’s right. In January, I’m going on a beach vacation with Mr. Right. This is our first big couples vacation in four years – we are very excited! It’s also the first big vacation we paid for without going into debt – double exciting.
When we booked the trip, both of us were committed to staying in reasonable shape through the months of November and December.
The problem is, instead of progress, I’m heading in the opposite direction. The love handles are getting more handly. The stomach pooch, more poochy. These are physical reminders that I’m not taking the best care of myself.
None of this is happening because I’m eating healthy foods and exercising. On the other hand, this post isn’t about depriving yourself to get skinny. Like Tammy said, being thin is not the only way to be accepted in society.
I could tell you the obvious, like:
- avoid eating 10 Christmas cookies in a row
- say “no” to that second glass of Merlot and
- give away that tempting bag of Halloween candy.
But that doesn’t work for me.
So like I said, I’m setting a goal.
Before I go on, did you hear? I just wrote 50,000 words of my novel in 30 days. Which is why I’m using the same NaNoWriMo goal philosophy to get in shape. That kind of motivation really worked for me.
So here’s my goal – and a challenge to my readers.
Starting Tuesday, December 14, 2010.
For 23 days and nights.
700 minutes of fitness.
That’s just 30.5 minutes a day. Or 60 minutes one day, skip the next. Or however you want to add it up.
Until January 5, 2011.
How this challenge works
Use the hash #23fitness to see how others are doing on Twitter and brag about your minutes.
Update your Facebook status with your minutes each day so others can “like” it and cheer you on.
Reach your 700 minute goal however you chose – there are no rules. Just make every minute count – get your heart pumping, even if it’s just a little bit.
Ways to spend your minutes
- jumping jacks
- ice skating
- jogging in place
- you name it
- you get to decide
How to fit in fitness
Yes, I realize there’s a lot to do this time of year. Here are some ways to make time for 30 minutes of fitness each day.
- wake up earlier
- go to bed later
- lunch break
- don’t watch TV
- quit playing Facebook games
- before heading home from work
- when the kids go to bed
- break up the time into 10 minute increments.
- ask for help. Don’t try to do it all.
How to make fitness fun
- Join this challenge. If nothing else, I will be your personal cheerleader!
- Workout with your girlfriends.
- Workout with your spouse.
- Get a sibling or parent on board and talk about your progress everyday.
- Feel empowered while everyone is complaining about the dreaded holiday bulge.
- Read about 5 things that make fitness enjoyable.
What’s in it for you?
- Besides a healthier mind and body during the holidays?
- Besides a challenge where you will literally see the results?
- Besides being able to kill the guilt for having a sugar cookie?
A certificate of completion.
Anyone who completes this 23 day fitness challenge will be able to download a printable certificate at the end of the challenge. Kinda corny, I know, but I can’t wait to print mine and stick it to the fridge.
Are you ready to kick butt for the next 23 days and nights?
Please spread the word, sign up, and remember – you just have to make it through one minute. Then one more, and keep going until you reach your goal.
Photo by gtall1