I believe in embracing the holidays. I believe in indulging myself during the holidays. You won’t see tips here about how not to overeat at a party or how to avoid holiday weight gain. Nope. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t change my generally healthy eating habits and I don’t treat every event as a party (and we keep our events to a reasonable number at the holidays.) I just allow myself to enjoy the tasty treats and drinks at those parties we do choose to go to.
Instead of policing my eating at events, I maintain my water intake, eat extra veggies when I’m at home, and try to move more. To that end, I am participating in a number of fitness challenges this holiday season.
First, I am joining Another Mother Runner’s Stride Through the Holidays Challenge.
It’s $25 for the challenge, but all of the entry fee goes to Heart Strides, a non-profit that provides new running shoes for moms caring for children that are critically ill or have a special need. You all know my story of using running to survive postpartum depression. I’m a huge believer of running as a coping mechanism. And the one thing you absolutely must have to run is a good pair of shoes.
Start: November 8
Ends: December 13
Join via Another Mother Runner
Participate via Strava and a private Facebook group
Second, I am joining the Holiday Sweat Challenge with Amanda at Run to the Finish and Sweat Pink.
This challenge has been around for a while. It used to be known as the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge and I’ve done it most years for the last 7 or so years that it existed. I love that it acts as a daily reminder to get off my butt and move. And heck, it was always nice to win the occasional prize! So, run on over and signup and then make sure to post your healthy activities on social media using the hashtag #Holiday Sweat.
Starts: November 9
Ends: January 2
Join via Sweat Pink/Fit Approach
Participate via logging minutes and social media #holidaysweat
I’m also doing a tabata challenge with the lovely ladies of my local MRTT. I’ve been slacking on anything that even vaguely resembles cross training for the last year and it’s time to bring that to an end. I need to build some muscle and let my hip heal and foam roll like it’s my job. I have big plans for 2016 and I need to be strong and ready to take them on!
Looking for some other challenges? Here are a few I may or may not join…
- Runner’s World #rwrunstreak – usually runs from Thanksgiving through New Years.
- Turkey Trot Challenge
- Thankful for Health Challenge
- Coach Jenny’s Holiday Challenge
- Thankful 30 Day Photo Challenge
- #Give Planks Challenge for November
- Fresh Fit ‘n’ Healthy Diet Bet