But I’m on VACATION!

We have so many excuses, don’t we?

Hey, I’m preaching to the choir here (that’s really a dumb cliche, but you know what I mean).

I’m too busy.  I’m too tired.  I’m too stressed.  I don’t have enough time.  I don’t have enough money.  No one supports me.  I have a poor metabolism.

Blah blah blah.

Yes, the person next door might look like they have more advantages than you.  It might be true.  But I’d dare bet you have advantages they don’t have.

One of our Winter Challenge members, Dyan, went on a romantic vacation with her husband.  A vacation to a resort in Mexico.  Ahh….sounds fabulous.  Especially in this frigid winter weather.  However, it interrupted the first two weeks of our Challenge.  I was sooo excited that even with her vacation she still managed to earn 89% of her points for week 1 and week 2!  What?!?  No, I’m on VACATION excuse?!?  So I asked her how she did it.  This is what she said.

I’ll admit, I rarely back down from a challenge. Especially when it involves health, wellness and/or fitness. So when the invitation to participate in the Healthy Habits Challenge came, what did I do? I hesitated.

Yes, you heard me. I hesitated. Why? Mexico. Cancun, to be exact.

My husband and I had just booked a vacation which would interrupt weeks 1 and 2 of the challenge. I didn’t want to look, and feel, like a failure. Simply not participating would cure that, right? Wrong. I would still feel like I’d failed myself.

God never gives up on me. NEVER. Even in times when I’ve failed Him. It’s not in His vocabulary, so why should it be in mine?

I accepted the invitation to participate and made up my mind to do my best. I have this sign in my house that says “Do what you can with what you have where you are”. Okay, I can do that! Even in Mexico.

I packed all the necessary challenge papers for weeks 1 and 2 along with my Bible for encouragement and simply planned to do my best.

It turned out to be much easier than I expected. Long walks on the beach or a swim in the pool for exercise, fruit and vegetables available at every meal, bottled water always near, Facebook to contact another challenge member, the food journal on my bedside table.

Oh, I’m NOT saying it was always a piece of cake, but being consistent while on vacation has made continuing the challenge at home easier and more enjoyable.

I’m so glad I didn’t back down from the Healthy Habits Challenge. Or the challenge I gave myself to keep working at it while on vacation.

Do what you can. With what you have. Where you are. Make goals. Be aware of them. Stick to them. Challenge yourself! You’ll be amazed by who you are and what you can do!

Thanks for sharing, Dyan.

No excuses.  You can do it.

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Why Sign up for the Challenge?

Have you signed up for the Winter Challenge yet?

Why should you sign up?

Here’s an email I received from a member of our last challenge.  She sent it about a week after we finished.

 It is hard to believe we made it through a 6 week Health Challenge.  Today I finally figured out why I have no energy.  For 6 weeks I worked hard to eat right, exercise, drink water, and sleep.  I can’t believe how much I miss eating right.  So today I went back to exercising, drinking water and getting some of my fruit and veggies.  I want to thank you for investing time with a bunch of stubborn women and maybe a few men. It really makes me look at how my life is better when I am being healthy instead of getting back in my bad habits. Thanks for all your work in doing this challenge.

My opinion?  We need to be healthy in order to fully live our lives.  To live the life God desires us to live.  To live in JOY and to do the work He has for us.  Sometimes our health is out of our control.  Many times there are things we can do to keep ourselves healthy.

I know this.  Yet I so easily fall back into my bad habits.  Especially over the holidays.  Most of us know what to do.  We just need a little encouragement and accountability to do so.

So if you haven’t yet, I encourage you to join us!  You can leave a comment here, or contact me through the
“contact me” tab above.

Happy 2014!

Health and Habits Challenge Winter 2014!

Health Challenge PosterNew Year = New Years Resolution?

Or are you one of those Resolution Haters?

Either way, are you up for a CHALLENGE??  Would you like to start 2014 as a healthy year?

It’s time for our second Health and Habits Challenge!!  Maybe you were part of the first challenge.  If so, welcome back and there are a couple of fun new changes.  Maybe this is all new to you.  If so, we’re excited to have you!

It’s a 6 week challenge.  In order to join, simply email me, and I’ll get you started!  But before you do, here are some nuts and bolts to get your juices flowing:

  • This is an 6-Week Challenge from Monday, January 6 – Sunday, February 16, 2014
  • Cost is FREE!
  • Challenge is limited to people 13 years old and up
  • There is a weekly point sheet for each of the 6 weeks
  • You will be given a journal sheet to keep track of your food intake, or you can keep track an alternate way
  • There will be a Facebook page set up only for Challenge Winter 2014 Members.  Let’s encourage each other!
  • We are focusing on being healthy, not the number on a scale.  HOWEVER, many times weight loss is necessary for some to be healthy.  If you want additional help with this (for example, counting calories) please contact me.  Even though we’ll be working hard on this Challenge, if your goal is weight loss, it is totally possible to lose little to no weight on this challenge (we’ll discuss this in a later post).
  • Turn in Points. Each week, you’ll email me your total points for that week.
  • Help and Honesty!  This challenge requires each individual to be completely honest and take no short-cuts when calculating points.  Please don’t give up your integrity for the sake of a few points! If you need help calculating your points, I’m here for you.
  • Prizes will be given to the top three people who have the most total weekly points!

Here’s an example of the point sheets (click on it to see it larger):

Example page 2014You may notice this time around we have “bonus points.”  Exciting times, I tell you, exciting times!  Each week you’ll have a chance to earn a few extra points by doing things like posting a goal on our Facebook page, or memorizing a Bible verse.  We’re kickin’ it up a notch!

Again if you’d like to join, email me as soon as possible at trytrytryathlete@gmail.com as soon as possible.  I’ll send you your info packet.  READ IT ALL!  Every line!  Pretty please.

So excited to get this party started!  Come on and join the fun.  It just might change your life.

Fall Challenge Winner

I’m excited to have a guest blogger, Sara Y, today.  She was the winner of our last Health and Habits Challenge!  She not only got going on some great healthy habits, but won a Subway Card, a Fitness Card, and a Massage! There’s a new Challenge starting January 6…stay tuned…we’d love to have you!  Thank you, Sara, for your insights!

I signed DSC_2209up for this challenge as a way to help me improve my eating habits, and try to be more healthy.

Day 1 of the challenge was, well, a challenge. Getting all those fruits and veggies in was a challenge the first couple days, until I read in the forum that some participants were making green smoothies. I bought the ingredients to make one, and tried it the next day. Hmm – I have to say it wasn’t bad, but not quite as sweet as I was hoping. Day 2 of smoothie making was a little better, but still not impressed. Advice given to me from someone who makes smoothies regularly was “drink the smoothie within 1 hour of making it.” This was probably the best advice for me. Instead of making 2 days worth at a time and keeping in the fridge, I made 1 each morning before work. I loved that having a smoothie for breakfast every morning filled me up, and also helped me get my fruits and a veggie serving for the day. It is so much easier to eat healthy all day long when the day starts out right.

I love water, so making sure that I drank most of my water before 3pm was the biggest focus.

I have kids that love sweets – so I had to keep things in the house for them to eat. I bought sweets that wouldn’t tempt me, and didn’t have a problem leaving them alone.

It was hard to pass on the sweets the first little while, but after about a week of passing on the sweets, I found it empowering to know that I COULD pass on them, and I really didn’t even miss them.

Carey was nice and allowed 100 calories of sweets per day, so there were a few times when I would have a small bite of something because, let’s admit – I am human, and love sweets.

I liked the accountability partner or team mate communication that was encouraged daily. It certainly helps to have someone you know you have to answer to.

Overall, I learned that I can be healthy, as we all can, if we set our minds to it. Everyone has a bad day, but the phrase “tomorrow is a new day” kept me going! – don’t worry about what you did or didn’t do yesterday, wake up in the morning with a positive attitude and start the new day!

Thanks, Carey, for all your time in putting this challenge together and encouraging everyone along the way! I look forward to the next challenge!

Thank you to OC Physical Therapy, Robin’s School of Dance, Cypress Massage, and Hair on Hickory for the generous donations to our Challenge winners!

Get Back Up Again

Ever had a bad day?  Of course, everyone has.  Ever have a bad week?  Yep, those too.  Bad month…or year even.

Disclaimer:  This post is primarily for those on the Challenge, but everyone can benefit.  So read on!

I’ve been asked if people have to lose points for circumstances out of their control.

What about the nasty 24 hour bug?  Lying in bed all day.  Can’t eat…so no veggies and fruits.  Can’t exercise.  Can’t even drink water or contact someone else on the Challenge.

Is that fair?  Should a person lose points?

Fair?  Uhm, nope.  But is life fair?

Just ask my kids, they’ll tell you.  Life’s not fair.

More than likely it will happen to someone else on the Challenge too.  No, probably not everyone.  But most.  Someone else will have a child who’s sick all night long.  Or a family emergency.  Maybe a work emergency.  The list could go on and on.

So, yes, you’ll lose points.

What about the person who gets influenza or pneumonia and is out for a week?  They lose so many points, should they just give up?

Granted, this is a contest of sorts.  But if you’re in it for the prizes you’re gonna be disappointed!  Not that I won’t do my best.  But at this point my website isn’t making a dime.  I’m not doing it for the money, so that’s ok.  But…that means there is no trip to Jamaica for the grand prize winner!

So what are YOU in it for?  Health, I hope.  And life long habits.  Cuz a prize, or the glory of a win is just momentary.  But healthy habits?  Those can change you for a lifetime.

So if you find you’re losing points for a day, or even a week, what do you do?  You get back up, baby!  This is your life!  Grab hold and don’t let go.

Blessed

I am in awe.

I felt God’s nudge to start this website for a long time.  Honestly, I put it off.  What do I know about starting something like this?  What if no one likes it?  What if I fail and let people down?

After starting this site and the Facebook page, I was amazed at the response.  I have over 120 “likes” on my page.  Not large by business standards, but so big to me!

But now?  Now I’m in awe.

I also delayed starting the Health and Habits Challenge.  It’s something I did in the past when I managed a exercise facility and it helped many people.  But to start it on my own?  Over the internet?  What if there wasn’t much interest?

So I procrastinated.  The Challenge was actually supposed to be 7 weeks long but because of my procrastination and insecurity it is now 6…so we can be done before Thanksgiving.

Lying in bed one night I thought…Carey, get it started already!  You need it, too!  And if you only get 5 people, so be it.  It will be an intimate group.  Still worth your time.

As I am typing this post…we have almost 90 people in the Challenge.  Yes, NINETY.  Wow.

God has blessed this.  It has gone so much further than I ever thought.  Glory to God!

I will be in prayer for all of you.  That God uses this as a blessing in your life.  To make you healthier and stronger.  To help you establish life-long habits.

For those not participating in the Challenge, please don’t feel left out.  You can still come and be encouraged!!  Welcome welcome welcome!

To God be the glory, great things He has done!

Health and Habits Challenge

Health Challenge 2013Are you in need of some motivation to get healthy before the holidays?  Do you need accountability?  Would you like to make some new healthy habits?

Then join us!  Join what?!?! Well, here’s a bit of information.  You’ll get a few more details when you join.  Leave me a comment, or let me know on Facebook that you’d like to join.

What you need to know:

  • This is an 6-Week Challenge from Monday, October 14-Sunday, November 24, 2013
  • Cost is FREE!
  • Challenge is limited to people 13 years old and up
  • There is a weekly point sheet for each of the 6 weeks
  • You will be given a journal sheet to keep track of your food intake
  • There will be a Facebook page set up only for Challenge Members to encourage each other!
  • We are focusing on being healthy, not the number on a scale.  HOWEVER, many times weight loss is necessary for some to be healthy.  If you want additional help with this (for example, counting calories) please contact me.
  • Turn in Points. Each week, you’ll email me your total points for that week
  • Help and Honesty!  This challenge requires each individual to be completely honest and take no short-cuts when calculating points.  Please don’t give up your integrity for the sake of a few points! If you need help calculating your points, I’m here for you.
  • Prizes will be given to the top three people who have the most total weekly points!
  • Mark your calendars–there will be an end of Challenge party for those in my area on November 26!

Here’s an example of the point sheets:

week 1You can do this.  We can do this together.

If there’s something we’re working on that you just can’t accomplish PLEASE don’t let that stop you from joining.  For example, if you are a mom of a little one and there’s no way you can get 8 hours of sleep, that’s ok!!  Try your best, that’s all that’s required.

Join us!  Leave a comment here that you’d like to join, or comment on my Facebook site.  I’m excited to work with you and join YOU in your journey for a healthier life.