We are entering that time of year everyone loves! We celebrate, we enjoy long-time traditions, and we take in all the season has to offer. The down side…this is the absolute toughest time to maintain good nutrition habits. Every special occasion is usually accompanied by the tastiest of treats that keep us from our health & science based fitness goals. The best way to stay strong and committed to our goals is by teaming up and tackling the holidays together!
The Holiday Slimdown Challenge is going to be a team effort. Groups of 5 will tackle part 1, taking place from November 1st – November 25th, then part 2 from November 30th-December 23rd. The break in the middle is to allow participants to enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend worry free. Part 2 of the challenge ends before Christmas for the same reasons.
There will be three different challenge options (A, B, or C) for participants to choose from. Each will represent a different aspect of nutritional restraint. You only have to commit to one challenge at a time. Participants will, however, have to select a new challenge for Part 2. In other words, if you select option A for Part 1, you will have to select either B or C for Part 2. Each day you do not stray from your specific challenge, you earn a point for your team. Team captains will enter the points their teammates earn each day via a leaderboard. This will help us track the progress of individuals and teams throughout the challenge. Here are the A, B, or C options so select from:
This option focuses on avoiding liquid calories and the many forms that sugar takes when it comes to beverages.
OK Drinks: Water, sparkling water (unsweetened), unsweetened tea, plain kombucha, coffee (black) or with
Not OK Drinks: Anything not on the OK list including…soda (diet or not), juices (even 100%), anything naturally or artificially sweetened, coconut water, smoothies, shakes, anything from a juicer, milk, gatorade (or other sports drinks), beer, wine, alcohol, Kill Cliff, Fit Aid, and the like.
This option focuses on avoiding grains, and highly refined carbohydrate sources.
Not OK: Bread, pasta, all types of pastries (bagels, muffins, doughnuts).
This option focuses on avoiding the many forms of sugar when it comes to treats and desserts.
Not OK: Anything resembling candy, desserts, pies, cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, and the like.
You will have 3 “free passes” for use in case you want to indulge against your specific challenge. Using a free pass will still allow you to earn a point for your team for that day. Keep in mind, though, that free passes are for individual items. They are not for entire days or entire meals. As an example, for someone doing option A of the challenge, 1 beer is a free pass. 2 beers equals 2 free passes, and so on and so forth. Don’t stretch these out into epic cheat meals/days. Choose your free passes wisely!
Strength In Numbers
The extra accountability and dedication to a team is exactly what most of us need when trying to make lasting lifestyle and nutrition changes. It won’t be easy, but that’s where your teammates come in. It isn’t easy for anyone. Share your issues, problems, cravings, and ideas on how to maneuver them with each other. Each team, together, will be strong enough to conquer any challenge/temptation in front of them!
To get in on the challenge simply let a trainer at the gym know. They’ll find everyone teams and captains! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a little outside your comfort zone and make big progress with your health and fitness!