Beat Holiday Weight Gain Before It Beats You. It's Time For A #3030Challenge

I LOVE the holidays. I love the food, the family and friend togetherness, the presents, the cozy weather, and of course, the traditions. And by "traditions" I mean, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas cookies. However, if I don't do something to offset my future fatty food fetish, I'll be wearing my fat jeans permanently.

Bottom Line: I have under two months to reel it in and get my winter diet and exercise plan together.

It's time for a 30/30 Challenge!

So what is the 30/30?

In a nut shell: All you have to do is walk thirty minutes a day, for thirty days. Here's the best part, you can walk at any pace you want, snail slow if you want, or train for the race walking Olympic team--if there is one? Basically, just walk for thirty minutes a day, for 30 days straight.

I wish I could take the credit for this program, but I learned about it on, "The Doctors" TV show. They had an episode full of different diet and exercise challenges and fads. The 30/30 Walking Challenge was the one that really resonated with me.

The walking challenge is a totally body, mind and spirt revamp. In 30 Days you can lower heart attack risk, lose weight, add years to your life, sleep better and of course, better your over all health and mood. Don't believe me? Here's the actual clip from the Doctors Show:


I love that th3 30/30 Challenge requires no gym membership, diet or personal trainer screaming at you. No excuses. Just you and your feet meeting a short 30-day goal.

Just think... in two weeks you could be sleeping better, reducing your cholesterol and chances for a heart attack, losing weight, and become a healthier, happier person. How could you not want to at least try?

I am tempted to just call it the 30/15 challenge, because I have faith after you walk for thirty minutes for 15 days straight, you will want to keep walking. 


So, here is the plan for the October 2015 30/30 Challenge: Start Walking October 1st. You will finish on October 30th. This means, on October 31st, you will be feeling so great, you may not want to eat that entire bag of candy after all.  And well, if you do eat it, there's always a November 30/30 challenge...

It's important that you find a way easily incorporate 30-minutes (total) of walking into your day. That will help make the walking stick after the 30/30 is over.

In an effort to help you get creative, I have come up with a few ideas to help easily blend the challenge into your day!

  1. If you take public transportation to work leave 15 minutes early and walk to the next stop or station. (I know, for those non-morning people this is a stupid suggestion)
  2. At lunch, walk 15 minutes away from your desk, eat, then walk back--maybe even the long way back.
  3. On the weekends, go explore a new (historic) town or nature trail with the family.
  4. New mothers on maternity leave, make it a point that this challenge is CRUCIAL for you. Go for a walk by yourself every evening when your partner gets home.  Of course you can take the baby, but getting out for some alone time will kill two birds with one stone for you!
  5. Only need a couple things from the store? If one is close enough, walk there!
  6. Walk the kids to school for the month.
  7. On rainy days, clean or organize a closet for 30 minutes, better yet, go to an indoor mall for some retail therapy--Again, kill two birds with one stone!
  8. Go walk through an outdoor mall.
  9. For a week straight, walk out of your front door and take a different street or path and see what you find!
  10. Download an awesome mystery ebook to listen to while you walk. TIP: Only let yourself listen to the book when walking, this might get those walks stretched out well past 30 minutes.

Once you decide to commit to the 30/30 Challenge, tell as many people as you can that you are doing this to add accountability.  Get a support group to help encourage and hold you accountable!  YOU CAN DO THIS!  It's just 30 minutes for thirty days.  It's not hard, or an on going commitment.  This is a challenge that you know you can do.



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