Let’s Kick Some Holiday Bootie

by Kim on November 19, 2012

Since when did November and December become months to freak out, give up and wait until January to start over?

(You might recognize that line from this post by Amanda-I mentioned it in my weekend reads round-up 2 weeks ago.)

This is the time of year when a lot of us think about how hard we’ve worked over the past year and realize that, dangit, we deserve a niiiiiice, looooong break. (And then, once January 1 rolls around, we’ll REALLY hit it hard, we promise!)

The holidays, while unquestionably awesome, can be a Perfect Set-Back Storm: gobs of extra-decadent food, traveling, time off work (which sometimes leads to time off working out), and a general sense of entitlement. Everything naturally slows down a little-and that’s cool. We need slow. We should sleep more. We should watch football. Pumpkin pie is good, and we should eat it without guilt.

pumpkin pie(source)

The problem is when this natural down-shift leads to a complete throwing-in of the towel, and we melt down into Blind Free-for-All Mode.

eat-all-the-things (source)

This mentality doesn’t only apply to food and exercise, but since we’re on the topic…

Studies have busted the myth that the average person gains 5 pounds over the holidays-it’s more like one pound. The problem is that this one pound tends to never go away, and is joined by other one pounds in future holiday seasons, ultimately resulting in many pounds. (That’s my kinda math, folks. 1 + X = many.) Also, that’s just the average scenario-people who are already overweight do tend to gain those 5 pounds each year.

Well, I’m saying (warning! cheese alert!): Down with the Pound!

Here’s my plan:

Today is Day 1 of the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge hosted by Amanda over at RuntotheFinish. I would have told you about this sooner, but true to form, I just registered for it over the weekend. :)

Join The Holiday Challenge

Here’s the lowdown (from the website)…

CHALLENGE BASICS

  • Earn points for being active during the holidays.
  • Earn points for eating 7-9 servings of fruits and veggies.
  • Meet other like minded folks to help you stay on track.
  • Win prizes!!
  • Get answers from experts in nutrition, running, cross fit, yoga and more.

I’m not usually that attracted to the incentive of “prizes”-it sounds game-showy and over-hyped to me-but THESE prizes actually look kind of awesome.

And, of course, the real reason I’m telling you all this…you’re encouraged to join in! I’d LOVE for you to do this with me (/us).

There’s already a super-active Facebook page going, where participants are posting their progress and motivating others. And it’s NOT just crazy marathon-running blogger types-it’s empty-nesters, folks who just do yoga or walk, occasional runners, etc. (And some crazy marathoners, of course.) Everyone’s divided into different categories based on how active they plan to be, so you don’t have to compete directly with the mega athletes to win prizes. And it’s not all about exercise-you get points for eating healthy foods too (along with the pumpkin pie).

In case you’re interested, here’s how the points work…

POINTS
1 Point per mile (run/walk)
1 Point per 3 miles biked
1 Point per 20 minutes of Pilates, yoga, stretching or core
1 Point per 15 minutes of low impact cardio or weights (i.e. low impact aerobics, easy biking, skiing, skating, water aerobics, snow shoeing)
1 Point per 10 minutes of high impact cardio (i.e.spinning, kickboxing, lap swimming)
1 Per day where you reach a minimum of 7 servings of fruits and veggies (here are details on what is a serving)

There are tons of ways to earn extra points too…like doing one of Amanda’s weekly workout videos or even just cooking and cleaning on Turkey Day!

Want in? Do it.

If you sign up, or if you’re here from the challenge, please leave a comment so I can tell you how awesome you are!

How have you handled the Holiday Free-for-All mentality in the past? What’s your plan for this year?

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Suzanne November 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

Good luck with HBBC!

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