30 Days of Fitness – Day 1

Here it is, the day I warned you would come! It’s Day 1 of 30 Days of Fitness. Alright, Day 1 is actually tomorrow but as I mentioned I will be posting each day’s challenge the day prior. Now before I give you today’s fitness musing, here’s the scoop in case you missed yesterday’s post and want to find out how to WIN something too!

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Starting Saturday, November 1st I’m going to be either blogging or Facebook’ing (is that officially a verb yet?) once a day to highlight ONE thing you can do each day in the name of your health. What for? My goal is to keep you – you who are interested and open to it – as healthy and sane as possible before December hits. Maybe it’s a fitness tip, a workout, or a way to be more mindful of what you’re consuming. Maybe it’s just a reminder to take 5 minutes to appreciate your body for what it does for you. I don’t know yet, I only have about 10 days planned out right now, but I’ve got lots of stuff in this noggin’ and it’ll be good.

I think it’s appropriate to start on November 1st for these reasons:

  1. It’s the day after Halloween. I don’t know about you but my kids have already acquired bags of candy and Halloween isn’t for two more days. I’d love to tell you I have super-human willpower and am not interested in sweets but if they’re in my house someone’s going to eat them and it won’t just be my kids. I’ll be getting rid of most of it on November 1st. And before you might “mean mom” me, please know I do allow my children plenty of sweets. It’s not my fault my 3-year-old loves dark chocolate. Okay, maybe it is a little bit.
  2. November has 30 days in it, what a crazy coincidence!
  3. November brings with it my absolute most-favorite holiday of the year. People eat on that day – a lot. We’re going to do some damage control all month.
  4. I’ve found it nearly pointless to do any kind of fitness challenge in the month of December. People are way too busy. My goal with doing this in November is to hopefully instill some basic good habits in all of us that will stick throughout the holidays, chaos and all.

Here’s how it’s going down:

  1. Look for either a blog post or Facebook post the night before. So this Saturday’s post will be up on Friday night. This way you won’t be waiting on me all day for something you could have done already. If you don’t already ‘Like’ my Facebook page, you can do so here so you get each day’s updates or find the Like button in the left-hand sidebar.
  2. Share with others, please! This keeps you accountable and reminds others who might be interested in their health to do the same. Sharing is caring and around here we care a LOT about not feeling like crap.
  3. Be open. This isn’t some crazy workout challenge. I do those too, but 30 Days of Fitness is meant to encourage you and keep you mindful. So some days it may be little things, other days I may ask more of you. Do what you can and always keep your health in the forefront of your brain every day, because no one else will.
  4. Comment whenever you have questions, concerns, disagree with my approach or love something. If you want more info on a topic, I am happy to dive in for you. I’m kind of a nerd like that.
  5. Subscribe and win. <— See that little sign-up box to the left? That’s a neat tool that, if you enter your email address, will automatically deliver my new blog posts to your inbox for you. All those who subscribe for email updates between OCTOBER 30th  and NOVEMBER 30th will be entered in a drawing to win this REALLY terrific cookbook from Lisa Leake over at the 100 Days of Real Food blog: “100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love.” Um, what’s not to love about winning that book at the most appropriate time of year? Check it out here!

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Halloween Candy
Photo Credit: Bluezones.com, but this could have easily been a photo taken of our kitchen counter after surviving a month of Halloween festivities.

Day 1 – Purge the Junk

Day 1 is focused on getting the junk out of the way. So listen up, trick-or-treat victims! All that candy your kids acquired last night (or, if they’re like mine, over the course of October) and all that candy you’re secretly happy didn’t get snatched up by the trick-or-treaters at your door? OUT! Yes, seriously. Here’s what I want you to do:

  • If it’s your kids’ candy, go through it with them and tell them they can pick out 5 of their favorites. Keep those and toss or give away the rest. Do not hide them somewhere “just in case.” Do not put them in the freezer so you can snack on them all year ‘round. Out they go. TODAY!
  • If it’s your own candy that you purchased for handing out, or because it was on sale, or because it was just…there…same rule applies as above but you don’t get to keep any. You have lots of sugar in your future with the upcoming holidays so don’t try to tell yourself you deserve this one thing. You don’t deserve to feel like crap. You don’t deserve the guilt afterwards. Out it goes. TODAY!
  • If there’s candy waiting for you at the work place Monday, make a mental note now to either get rid of it Monday morning or make sure to give it to someone else and have them keep it where you won’t know about it or see it. You can do this.

If you don’t fall into any of the above categories and aren’t concerned with candy overload, Day 1 for you is devoted to assessing what your “junk” is and getting rid of it. Maybe it’s salt in the form of chips and crackers, maybe it’s cheese and starchy carbs (I only speak from experience). Start assessing the junk in your kitchen and decide today to lay it to rest. If you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it. Unless criminal prosecution is totally your thing.

Junk Food is Cheap for a Reason

Stay tuned for Day 2 of 30 Days of Fitness tomorrow!

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