I have been blogging for almost four and a half years now, and I have never (to my memory) joined in any of the "challenges" that bloggers do. They seem pretty popular; you set some kind of goal, whether it is walking a certain number of miles, working out a certain number of times per week, or losing the most weight. People add their names and say "me too!" or "I'm in!" and everyone encourages each other to stick with it. A little competition and the accountability of publicly saying you will do something can be very motivating. I just have never done it. The closest I ever came was the Habit-A-Week Challenge which I made up and posted on my blog some time ago as a way for people to change their lives slowly and for good. But there wasn't really an official check-in or sign-up or any interaction between participants or anything like that.
Lately, I've been thinking about doing some kind of a challenge. I like the camaraderie and support that you get from trying to do something important *together.* I know this blog reaches a lot of people; I wonder if there is some way I can help YOU get motivated and *stay* motivated and feel supported as you change your life. I am sure it would help me as well.
I'd like to figure something out to take advantage of the new energy and big surge in desire to lose weight/get fit/become healthy that comes with January first. I'd like to find a way to harness all that positivity in a way that will help us all move forward as a group. I don't want you to feel alone. I don't want you to drop out after a couple of weeks. I want us all to have *significant* changes in our health and weight by, say, summertime. You can do a lot of work on yourself and truly change your body for the better in six months.
I know fitness is important, and there is much more to health than just losing weight. But I am thinking of creating a challenge that does focus mainly on weight loss as a desired outcome, even if the challenge is not focused only on numbers on a scale. I mean, if there was a challenge to eat 9 servings of fruits and veggies a day while limiting junk food, a side effect of that would be weight loss. That could even be one of the main goals of changing one's eating. But it also would affect your health for the better. And, in a lot of cases, when one is obese or morbidly obese, weight loss can improve one's health.
So, for now, I am just mulling it over in my head. I have thought about what might be helpful to a lot of people wanting to do something about their weight or to get off a plateau. I thought about having a sign-up and maybe a weekly check-in as well as ramping up participation in my community. We could use BlogFrog to talk to each other about how we are doing, and have threads on various challenges we are facing. We could even have a weekly live support chat if people were interested. I think having a bunch of friends who are working on the same goals and getting to actually talk to each other in chat might be motivating.
So, what do you think? I am totally open to suggestions. Would you participate? What would YOU like to see in a challenge? I want to change our lives.
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