You read about my current Healthy Living journey here. Have you been thinking about our challenge? Ready to see what our Healthy Living Challenge is really about?
Enter LynDee. My neighbor and friend who inspired women in our neighborhood to take a Healthy Living Challenge in teams of two. The original “Feeling Super in 6 Weeks” program has been floating around the internet and here is how we adapted it. We earn points based on the good foods we eat, the exercise we do, the life we live. We lose points for naughty choices. Yikes! We then report our weekly points to our partner and then to a group recorder who tells us who is “winning” each week. Pounds lost plays a small part in the challenge because it is more about healthy living than about losing weight. But we all know that we can’t live healthy without losing some weight in the process so that is definitely a goal for me.
I am now 8 weeks into this thing (the other ladies started 4 weeks before me). I’ve lost about 15 pounds and I feel like a new person. Literally. The group is taking a 2 week break right this minute and then we’ll have one more 6-week session right before summer starts. New partners. 6 new weeks. It’s coming starting Friday, April 12. I decided to keep going during the two week break but I’m not being quite so strict. I don’t want to backtrack so I decided to stay focused and keep moving forward with the challenge till the rest of the group joins me again.
Now, let’s get down to business. First, there are guidelines to this challenge. Rules need to be followed to earn your maximum number of points. Be honest! No cheating yourself of the changes that are possible! These rules are focused on the entire body and spirit so you will see religious things included. You can choose to leave those things out or simply replace them with something that feeds your spirit. Click here (Healthy Living Program Rules) to download the rules that WE are using. Feel free to adapt it but I encourage you to stick as closely to the plan as possible since it works. I’m here to prove it! All of these downloads are a reflection of our 4-week sessions. Our next session will be 6 weeks because we are trying to be done before school is out and summer hits. But you can do it for 4 weeks or 5 weeks or 6 weeks or whatever works for you. I loved doing a longer commitment but in 4-week increments. That was a really successful formula.
Next you need this Point Tracker. This is the one we are using and you can create your own really easily – it’s just an excel document. Our week has been starting on Wednesdays and we report our points on the following Wednesday morning. I like doing it like that because Sunday is a free day for exercise (20 free points!) and that lands in the middle of our week to give a day to recover. Due to other calendar items happening in April, we will be starting on a Friday and reporting each Friday. I am including both Point Trackers (Wednesday and Friday starts) but they can be changed to whatever start day you want in excel. See the list at the bottom of this post for all of the downloads. Friday, April 12 will be our start date – all my online friends you can join us or start it whatever day you like!
Finally, you need this Good & Bad Food List. At first it may seem like everything good is on the bad list! You’re right – there are a lot of tasty things on there. But they are not doing us any favors so for THIS challenge we are committing to giving them up. And here’s what I’ve found, it was really hard at first to let go of some of those things, but by focusing on the good food list, I am starting to crave those foods more than I ever did before. I’m not saying I don’t want to snack on the chocolate chip cookies my friend Kristy brought me for my birthday this week (thanks a lot!), but my cravings ARE reduced the more healthy foods I eat.
Also, here is a Weekly Calendar Example to give you an idea of what kinds of things can go on yours. A different person doing the challenge creates the Weekly Calendar each week. It can include anything that helps us live better – spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally. You choose these daily challenges. Here’s the links again for each file:
Take a look. Think it over. Can you commit to this right now? I couldn’t do the first 4 week session with my neighbors because Jason had just gone into the hospital and I couldn’t add one more thing to my list. But I was ready to take it on a month later. Do what’s right for you but consider jumping into it and creating a more healthy life for yourself.
Let me know what you decide! We would love to have you!