• Get Healthy, Stay Healthy Challenge

    December 27, 2013

    Hello, hello!

    The new year is right around the corner, and I know a lot of us are setting goals and resolutions to get healthy in 2014. Whether it’s losing weight, eating cleaner, or tackling your first half marathon (or maybe trying CrossFit for the first time? C’mon, I know you want to!), we all have things we want to accomplish this year.

    I’m all about setting goals for 2014 (full post coming soon), and one of my biggest, most important goals for this coming year is delivering a healthy, happy baby, which for me involves eating right, regular exercise, and getting some quality sleep while I can. I also want to keep things fairly simple with this goal because I know my body is going to do what it needs to do in the coming months to make a baby, so I designed an 8-week challenge to motivate me to get healthy and stay healthy. And, of course, I’d love for you to join me!

    get healthy stay healthy challenge

    Here’s how it works…

    Each week on Friday, I will post a new challenge for the upcoming week. It’ll be simple, likely a healthy lifestyle challenge, and you’ll have the whole week to do it. You can start Sunday or Monday, whichever day you prefer. For example, this week (December 29 – January 4), the challenge is keep a food journal. So starting on Sunday (or Monday) next week, we’ll keep a food journal—online or on paper—to track what we are eating and drinking. I did this when I first started to lose weight, and it was a real eye-opener for me. I’ve always been a relatively healthy eater, but keeping track of what I ate showed me just how oversized my portions were and where the extra calories in my diet were coming from.

    week 1 keep a food journal

    Of course, I’m not planning to keep a food journal in order to lose weight (hello, I’m pregnant), but I think it would be helpful to see where my diet might be deficient in essential pregnancy nutrients and vitamins. I’m taking a daily prenatal vitamin, but I know I can do better with my diet, especially considering how many treats (and chocolate!!) I’ve eaten in the past few weeks and, well, my whole first trimester.

    On Friday, I’ll do a check-in post on CNC about how things went for me during the week with the challenge, and I’d love for you guys to tell me how things went for you too. We’ll keep each other accountable! On Friday, I will also announce the new challenge for the following week. Saturday can either be a free day or you can continue with the previous week’s challenge for one more day. Totally up to you! And then you will start the new challenge on Sunday (or Monday).

    You can also continue with each week’s challenge throughout the entire 8 weeks. So, for example, if keeping a food journal works for you, be sure to keep it up for the entire challenge. Same goes for challenges that just don’t work for you—modify them to your own personal preferences or skip them all together. Feel free to pick and choose what works best for you. This challenge is all about building and establishing a healthy routine that is sustainable long-term and works for YOU!

    So that’s that! I hope you decide to join me!

    P.S. Here are some posts I’ve written in the past that you might find helpful this week:

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    Carrie December 27, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Tina, I love this idea! I turn 30 today, so I was looking for something to start this next decade out on the right foot. I’ll definitely be joining in! Thanks!


    Tina December 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Happy birthday!!


    Jennifer December 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Yay! This is just the kind of thing I need. :)


    Melissa December 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    The My Fitness Pal app on the iphone/ipad is a great, easy way to track this with technology today. Almost every food item is in this journal and it saves it for you online. You can even use it while pregnant because you can say maintain weight or gain weight and it will let you know how many calories you should be consuming plus it will break down your daily intake of vitamins, etc. You should try it :)


    Sanaz @Run for Cake December 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    After having a baby a year ago, I can now sit on the other side and tell you YES its important to try and make sure you do the best for you and your baby during your pregnancy. Try to eat clean, nutritious and non processed foods and stay active. You’re right, you don’t need to run a marathon (actually definitely don’t) but try and do things to keep your body healthy and fit. It will help you so much to feel better during the pregnancy, deliver a healthy baby and get back into your old shape much faster. I gained 50 lbs during my pregnancy and it took me 5 months to lose it all. Even though it didn’t take too long to lose the weight, looking back I wish I would have been better to myself during my pregnancy and not lived off of yucky foods that did me and my baby no good.
    I love this!


    Abi@AbsofSteel December 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    sounds like a great idea, I will definitely be taking part!


    Rebecca Jo December 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I’m in! Love this idea!


    Sarah @ Licorice & Olives December 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    What a fabulous idea! I need to get back on track with my food diary. Looking forward to the challenge!


    Taya December 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    This sounds like a great idea, I love the idea of having a new goal each week to work towards. This past summer I used the “myfitness pal” on my iphone to track my food and loved it and lost 4 lbs. So I was glad to see track your food as the first part of the challenge, tracking is a great way to see where your extra calories are hiding.


    Linda @ running4two December 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    This is a great idea! After a few weeks of holiday treats and food overload, I really want to get back on track. :-)

    PS I have a tremendous sweet tooth that kind of went away when I was pregnant :(…have no fear, it returned and is stronger than ever! LOL.


    Kaelene December 27, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    What a great idea looking forward to joining in on the challenge.


    Sue December 27, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    This is a great way to start the new year! I will definitely be participating and will blog about it over at MoreatForty.wordpress.com! :) Thanks for the motivation!


    Shae December 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Love this! I’m due exactly 1 week after you so I feel the same way about making sure I’m eating correctly for the pregnancy! Looking forward to this! Thanks!


    Jelena@FabLifePhD December 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    As long as I get to eat whatever I want on a New Year’s Eve, I am in! :)


    Angela@ Fit to Inspire December 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Awesome idea! I have many goals for 2014 and I think this is a great way to kick some of the off!!


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    What a great idea! And honestly, I’ve been trying to do a few different challenges which had a different challenge every day and it was just feeling like too much! I was overwhelmed if I didn’t get to that day’s challenge and my inbox was exploding…not fun so I kind of gave up. A weekly challenge sounds much better. :)


    Kim December 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Love this! Planning to run my 1st Half marathon in 2014 so I’m in need of motivation and accountability! Count me in!!


    Julia December 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Great idea! I’m in!


    Anne December 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I am in! I love the idea of focusing on something different each week (I can do anything for a week…right?) to keep the challenge from being boring or stressful.


    Bezzymates December 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I want to start CF this year, or at least try it…..but I’m still scared. You lady cross fitters are intimidating.


    Lisa December 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I’m in. I have always feel that I am not good enough to do thing but its time to do it for me.


    Carol December 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Count me in:). I’ll be using the nutrition tracker on Spark People. Here’s to a great first week!!


    Cecilia @MommiesRun December 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Sounds awesome! I think I will join in the fun!


    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties December 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Awesome idea! I always need motivation to be healthier :)


    Amy December 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I am a new follower and it looks like I followed just in time. I have been in a slump the past few weeks and am looking for new motivation/inspiration to keep me going. This challenge will be great. I lost 80 lbs by last May. I’d love to lose more and especially with my love of running and clean eating.


    Christen December 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Looking forward to the new challenges. I started doing a weekly challenge for myself in October and its helpful & fun. Looking forward to having a community it do it with! Like Carrie I just had a birthday (25!) and am looking forward to kicking it off on the right foot!


    steph December 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    love this idea.
    i will defs be joining you!


    Alycia December 27, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I think this is a great idea, I’m in!


    Lindsay December 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Count me in! I have been seeking a goal for the New Year (I usually never make resolutions in January, I’m more of an on my birthday in April kinda gal BUT…) and knowing there will be a group of other people out there working it out makes me feel better! I also like your message of Get Healthy, Stay Healthy! I hate the “New Year, New You” slogan, this year I’d like to mine to ring: Same Me, But Stronger I’ll Be (In a yoda-like tone)!


    Erika December 28, 2013 at 3:45 am

    I’m in! One of the hardest things for me to do is to continually log my food. I have the My Fitness Pal app but I don’t use it consistently.


    Christine December 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Currently, I use My Fitness Pal. Recent issues forced me to take a step back and rethink my plan, my why. I was getting overly obsessed with the amt of calories I was taking in each day vs. exercise. 1200 calories was not getting my anywhere. I knew that, but I continuted freaking out if I went over cal limit. Then frustrated when I didn’t lose weight. Now, I’m back to using MFP. Eating all the cals I can (in moderation) then exercising. Doc advised me to start with 1800-2000 per day BEFORE exercise…then to not eat back my cals if I don’t feel the need. I’ve been doing this for only a few days. I have a month to see where it gets me! I’m also an avid seeker for new yummy healthy clean recipes! Mommy of 3 and a picky fiance, gotta keep it exciting and not slimey!


    Bezzymates December 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

    @Christine: best wishes, Christine. I had the same issues and it back fired terribly. I like Tina’s healthy attitude about food, calories and enjoying things you like in moderation. For me, increased calories via heathy fats, carbs, protein, plus weight training is the best outcome for me results wise.


    Jen December 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I’m in. I can’t wait to get started!


    Martina December 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Sounds great Tina! :) I’m definately joining you :D


    Danica @ It's Progression December 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I love this challenge! I definitely plan to do participate…I used to be great about keeping a food journal, and quit once I got a better grasp on my diet. But, with the holiday treats lately, I think writing everything down will be helpful. Looking forward to it!


    Stephanie December 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Such a great idea! I will definitely be following along! Thanks for doing this!


    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Love this idea–I’m definitely in!


    Annette@FitnessPerks December 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    This is such a fun idea!! I love eating/moving/living healthy–and any kind of fun challenge to motivate in those areas is awesome :)


    amber December 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Yes! I just had my baby last Saturday and I can tell you, exercising and eating healthy (mostly ;) ) made a HUGE difference! I had energy, I wasn’t sick, and I wasn’t completely miserable the entire time like some people are.
    I delivered a healthy baby boy and my recovery has been fairly easy.


    Lauren @ GolaurenGo December 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Yes! I’m definitely doing this…mostly because I signed up for Weight Watchers about 3 weeks ago and that’s certainly helped with food journaling.


    Michelle December 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I’m definitely doing this! I need the extra motivation this time of year, can’t wait to start.


    aRUNNERv December 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I’m in! My hubby got me a fitbit for Christmas and the website has a section to log food. I’m excited to see what all the new challenges will be, too! Thanks for taking the work out of coming up with a New Year’s resolution! =)


    2 Cups 'N Run December 29, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Great idea about the challenge and especially the food journal. I think it is the best way to stay accountable for what we eat and drink, and it can actually be quite an eye opener. Regardless of trying to lose weight, I find it very useful for just keeping track of the nutrients and kinds of food I eat.


    Libby December 29, 2013 at 6:32 am

    LOVE this! I’m probably a little older than most of your readers (45) but last year I fell in love with your book and blog! I have used both as inspiration while losing 90 lbs and running my first marathon. I love my new healthy lifestyle and love the motivation for starting this year out right! Congrats to you and Mal!


    Chrissy December 29, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Love this! I will definitely be joining you.


    Michelle December 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    What a good idea ! Baby Bump Bundle has a Fit BumpBundle which actually includes a journal right in there!


    Ellen December 30, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I’m in! I was wondering what I could do to kick off the new year and this is it I reckon!


    Bharat December 30, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Setting goals is very easy but sticking to it is really difficult. In my case, If I try to do things with the group of people then I’m able to do it, otherwise alone I quickly lose my interest. So here many people are participating so I’m also in for this challenge. :)


    Jill B December 30, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I had lost weight a while ago by keeping a journal and had just pulled it out and dusted it off in order to get back on track (as suddenly all my clothes were getting snug). So your Challenge is at the perfect time! I’m on Day #4 of tracking and it has been a huge eye opener – no wonder I was putting weight back on!


    Amelia December 31, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I’m catching up on a few days of posts and I’m so happy I found this one. What a fantastic idea! I’m in – perfect timing after the holidays and a great way to start 2014.


    Livi January 2, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    food journals are so helpful, even if you’re not trying to lose weight! It definitely makes me think more about what choices I make and what treats I’m sneaking in!


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