Thirteen years ago I got together with some friends on February 1st, vowing to undo the effects of a glutinous holiday season. We challenged each other to four weeks, just 28 days of discipline. I don’t remember the original rules but I remember that it worked. It motivated us. We supported each other, losing weight and establishing some better habits.
The February Challenge became an annual event because none of us are particularily disciplined from Thanksgiving to the end of the year. By February we’re eager to get back on track. Plus the month is exactly 28 days and it’s the coldest month of the year. Why not make the most of it?
If you’d like to join us, just pick from the list of goals below and add comments throughout the month about what’s working and what’s not working. This year there are 5 goals/rules. You need to commit to at least 3 of them.
1. One hour of exercise 5 days/week: This includes walking, weight training, fitness classes, snow shoeing, etc… Basically anything that gets your heart rate up. The goal is 5 total hours/week.
2. Eight servings of fruits/veggies each day: A serving is 1/2 cup. That means most fruits are two servings. Bananas, apples, pears, oranges, mangos…they’re two servings. Smaller fruits are one serving. Plums, pluots, clementines, apricots. This rule should be easy for you. If not, try it for a month. You’ll feel better.
3. Mindful eating: No eating while watching TV, driving, reading, studying, facebooking, etc… When you eat, it’s about the food.
4. No fried anything: Give up fried food for one month, that includes chips. Just do it.
5. Weight loss rules: Journal everything! Count calories. For women – 1200 to 1600/day
For men – 1800-2200/day
There are 29 days in February this year so you have a free day. Maybe you want to skip Valentine’s Day or the Super Bowl; maybe you have a birthday. Use it anytime during the month.
You can find the February Challenge on facebook. I will also keep you posted here. I hope you join us and I promise it won’t land you on any list. You won’t get solicited for anything either. It’s for your health, nothing but your health.
Which rules are you choosing?