Time for a New Challenge

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In Tuesday’s article I mentioned the challenge that my family is participating in right now.  It’s called the 5 Month Fun Family Fitness for Florida Challenge. And as the title kind of gives away, it’s to get us ready to look and feel our best for our trip to visit my brother at his new internship in Sanibel Island in 5 months.  But it’s not just about weight. It’s about overall health and strength.  Take a look below at the chart and the set up.

As you can see I set it up for my dad, mom, sister and me.  It’s pretty straight forward.  Everyday there are certain things that we should all try to accomplish, more than just eating good.  Vitamins, cardio, weights, push-ups, ab work, drinking enough water, and getting enough sleep are the other categories as well.

The goals for each person don’t need to be the same either.  For example, my sister takes different vitamins than the rest of us.  And my dad doesn’t track his food using weight watcher’s points like my mom, or using MyFitnessPal like I do.  He knows which foods are healthy and which aren’t, and at the end of each day he puts a check mark in the box if he had a good day.  The same goes for my sister.  She doesn’t use anything in particular to track her eating, but knows when it’s been a good day and when it’s been a bad one.  We all have pretty much the same goals for cardio, weights, push-ups, and ab work- if you did it, you get a check, if you didn’t, you don’t get it.

Water is different for all of us.  I have a goal of at least 64 ounces a day, but I like to get closer to 80 ounces.  Alyssa has a big fancy water bottle that will keep her water cold for days, and if she fills that up at least twice she gets a check mark. Mom and dad just make sure they are drinking consistently throughout the day.

Sleep for me and my mom is the toughest check mark to get. My dad and sister get their check mark almost every single day. Which is irritating because I have such a set schedule for bedtime and I still barely ever get a check!  I typically go to bed at 10pm, and my alarm is set for 7am every morning.  So you would think that the normal goal of 8 hours would be hit every night right? WRONG! I use my Fitbit Alta to track my sleep.  The way it works is if you are restless throughout the night, those minutes don’t could toward your overall net sleep.  For me, I lose anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour every night to restlessness.  When I wake up and sync my app, if I got more than 8 hours of actual sleep, then I get a check.  Under 8 hours, and that’s no check mark for me.

We’re doing this challenge on the honor system.  So if you had a bad day, we just don’t check off what we didn’t accomplish.  The chart is printed out and tapped to the fridge, with different colored pens for each person.  The spreadsheet I have printed is a 3 week time frame, and at the end of it, I’ll be printing a new one with the dates updated.  Everyday everyone goes to the fridge and grabs their assigned pen and marks their boxes.  A week and a half in, and the spreadsheet looks pretty colorful.  The more checks the better! Maybe at the end of the 3 weeks I’ll post how it looks.

Until then, remember your everyday goals and how important it is to be your best self! You deserve it, so go out there and make your own spreadsheet so you can be the best you can be. 🙂



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