Monday, January 4, 2016

Ushering In 2016

As the calendar turns, it is always quite easy to feel refreshed and recharged.  I admittedly am one of those people that jump on that band wagon and quite frankly, I take the motivation when I can get it!

Julie and I came up with a month long challenge to help us get started.  Actually, the original plan was to use it to get through the month of December, but in the end, December was just too overwhelming and stressful for both of us, so we decided to put it off until the new year.

We took inspiration from the calendar idea we did last year, but switched it up to make it a bit easier to accommodate our varying schedules and lifestyles.

The biggest changes were instead of putting an "activity" on the calendar for each day....we simply made a list of items and you get to pick which one you would like to do everyday.  Secondly, in place of the 1 month long challenge, we created 4 week long challenges.  This allows you to decide which one works best for you each week.  If you now you are going to be stuck behind a desk or in meetings for a week, an exercise challenge might not be the best suit for that week.  Lastly, you must food log every day for the month and do your weight and measurements at the beginning and end.

We also gave it a snazzy  name and Instagram hashtag!!

Are you ready?

Let me introduce you to the:

30 Day – Getting Our Shit In Order Challenge
Jan 1st  – Jan 31st


Weight, Pictures and Measurements to be done on the first and last day of the challenge.
  Food logging for the entire 30 days. 

Challenge consists of 4- week long challenges and 30-Daily Challenges. 
You pick a new daily challenge for each day and a new week long challenge at the beginning of each week (Friday) as best suits your schedule.

Weekly Challenges

1)      Cut and Burn – aim to cut 100 calories and burn 100 calories each day this week
2)      Distance Challenge – walk 40 km (24.85 miles)…only 10 km (6.21 miles) can come from everyday moment…the rest must be walking and/or running.
3)      Drop it like a squat - Every time you use the restroom, do 20 squats to add in some extra fitness to your day!
4)      No Soda Challenge - It's that simple. Cut out any and all soda for the week! Replace it with water or tea instead!

Daily Challenges

1)      Add 10 extra minutes of exercise to your workout today
2)      Try a new healthy recipe today
3)      Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water today
4)      Skip all sweets and treats today
5)      Take a picture of yourself in action today
6)      Write a note to a friend
7)      Create a new playlist to get your groove inspired
8)      What’s in your fridge?  Take a photo and share it
9)      How can you make your dinner healthier tonight?
10)   Get the recommended daily servings of fruit and veggies today
11)   Have a meatless meal
12)   Donate to your local food bank today
13)   Do something for yourself today
14)   “Spruce” yourself up today…when you feel good about the way you look, you feel better
15)   Take a picture of your lunch today
16)   BURPEE DAY! Do 25 burpees today (sets of 5, all at once, your choice!)
17)   Write out a compliment, and pull it out whenever you need a pick-me-up.
18)   Suns out/Guns out! Flex and snap a pic!
19)   NO DESSERT! Skip any additional food after dinner, opt out for water instead!
20)   Make all of your meals HOMEMADE meals! (No processed foods, sweets, snacks, etc!)
21)   Try a new breakfast recipe!
22)   Time for a new blog!! Get a new post up today!!
23/24) Set a personal distance record for running/walking 2km, then break it on another day.
      25) Post about something (big or small) you've accomplished... you deserve kudos!
      26) Snap shots of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner that day!
      27) Aim for 100oz of water
      28) Get up 10 minutes early and write in a journal or take time to meditate/reflect
      29) Make 1 short term (1 month), mid-term (2-4 months) and long term (up to 1 year) goals.
      30) Clean out your closet, if it doesn't fit, donate it!

Now, this challenge was to start on January 1st, and that just didn't work for instead of giving up before it began, I just modified it and started it today and will tack on a few days at the beginning of February.

For my first weekly challenge, I picked the No Soda challenge.  I had gotten back into the habit of going days without drinking any water.  I know my body appreciates when I do and I am healthier when I do drink more water.  With winter here, I need all the help I can get.

My 7 daily challenges are:

Monday - # 22, new Blog Post
Tuesday - # 4 - skip all sweets and treats today
Wednesday - #29 - set some goals
Thursday - #1 - add 10 extra minutes to your workout
Friday - # 6 - write a note to a friend today
Saturday - # 19 - no dessert
Sunday - # 8 - what's in your fridge

So, there you have it, I hope you join us!  Don't forget to check out my Facebook page to follow along and share pics of you in action with our hashtag 


  1. Yay! You know.... starting today as your day 1 means that you will end on January 31st! That will be your last day of the 4th week! Way to make it count!!

    LOVE YOU!! <3<3<3

  2. OH what a great idea! I'm trying to get my head back in the game myself.