Forever Fitness Challenge

Sorry to be a party pooper, but I am totally not into St. Patty’s at all… Have fun drinking/wearing/eating green things today, but I just don’t get it!

Apparently some of you feel the same, though…

I’m glad I’m not the only one!

Now that I’ve rained all over your green parade, I’m happy to announce Abbey’s Forever Fitness Challenge!

Forever Fitness Challenge

The challenge details are outlined here, but the basic idea is that you can create any fitness related goal you want and focus on it from March 10th to May 16th for a total of 10 weeks. The idea is for the challenge to create community, hold other accountable, and there’s a giveaway at the end!

What’s not to love? :) Abbey asked all participants some questions to help us outline our challenge.

Here’s a little Q&A to clue you in on my goals.

Q: What is your healthy living goal? (Remember, be specific and realistic!)

A: My healthy living goal is to actually track all my food on MyFitnessPal, focus on eating fruits & veggies over processed crap & sweets, limit myself to two real sweets/desserts a week, & drink way more water.

Q: Why are you going after this goal?

A: I’m going after this goal because, even though I have exercise and running down like a pro, my diet has been suffering for a while. I don’t feel at my best when I’m not eating the best. I basically feel like my “healthy living” is only half there because my diet is all over the place.

Q: Why is this a challenge for you?

A: This is challenging for me because I tend to make excuses in this area. I tend to justify what or why I eat things. I have started to think that slacking up when I feel like giving myself a treat is okay ALL the time instead of just once in a while. And it’s ruining my diet.

This is challenging because I tend to have little will power when it comes to what and how much I eat. I have dieted with success in the past, but I really want to get back to it with discipline.

So, in short, I really just want to keep my diet in check. I find that when I track what I eat (for the purposes of visually SEEING what I’ve eaten in a day), I feel healthier, focus on healthier food choices, and have more energy.

I want you to know, though, that I am NOT doing this to try to lose weight. I am NOT tracking calories/food to try to stay under some ridiculous number of calories each day. I do eat what I want and I have treats a couple of times a week.

Want proof? Here’s yesterday’s lunch.

Five Guys

I ate every bite. It was amazing. NO SHAME. 

I actually think this was my first hamburger in about a year. But seriously. I eat real food. So don’t worry! Most the time I eat healthy, though :)

I’m excited to do this challenge with Abbey & other participants. Although this challenge technically started last Sunday, I really didn’t do much this week for it. So I’m unofficially starting this challenge today :)

think (but I’m not 100% sure) that you can still sign up for the challenge until the end of the week. Just contact Abbey!

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

Questions for You:

  • Yay or nay for St. Patty’s Day?
  • What are your workout plans for the week?

Comments

  1. That challenge sounds great! I struggle with eating well more so than exercising–it’s always a work in progress for me :)
    Danica @ It’s Progression recently posted…Meal Plan: 3/17 – 3/23 … go-to dinnersMy Profile

  2. I am definitely “yay” for St. Patrick’s Day. I have a question for you about myfitnesspal. I use it on and off and have found it to be a good tool in many ways, especially because of the huge database of foods. However, does it bug you that the site congratulates you on coming in under your calorie goal for the day? I guess its not that bad if you’re trying to eat at a deficit, but it just irritates me. Like you’re somehow being healthier by eating one calorie below an extremely specific goal for the day instead of eating within a healthy range for the day.
    Colleen @ Wide Eyes Quick Feet recently posted…Happy St. Patrick’s Day!My Profile

    • I agree that it’s kind of wierd. I guess I feel that it’s kind of the wrong motivator for people trying to lose weight. Less calories should not always be rewarded.

      Honestly, there are plenty of days I eat way more calories than MFP says I “should” to maintain my weight, but because the calories come from whole & fresh foods instead of junk, I maintain just fine. It would be nice if you could set a range instead of a specific goal.

  3. I’m so glad that you showed a picture of your burger. The blog world needs more of that ;).
    Emily @ Perfection Isn’t Happy recently posted…Friday ThingsMy Profile

  4. I’m not really into celebrating St. Patrick’s Day but I’m all about people getting festive and it’s their thing! :) I need to get in the elliptical a few times this week and a 9 mile run to stay on track for my half marathon!
    Em @ Love A Latte recently posted…Friday LoveMy Profile

  5. Yay! Thanks for the feature :)

    I’ve had to stop using MFP during my half training. I used it for such a long time to lose weight and it worked for me — I lost 20 lbs. But now, it’s too hard emotionally and mentally for me to be okay with going over my calorie goal after using it to lose weight. I started by increasing my calorie goal by 100 or so, but even that… I feel like while I’m training there are other things I should be focusing on. Like, am I hungry?? than I should eat, regardless of how many calories MFP says I have left.

    I’ve been wanting to do a post about this but I can’t get my thoughts together enough!

    • Calorie counting is definitely a love/hate relationship. I would not have lost the weight I have without calorie counting, that’s for sure. But it does kind of mess with how you view food/eating sometimes.

      I think for all of last year, I tracked my calories and was really watching my weight before my wedding. I stopped as soon as I started my half-marathon training too, though. It was just pointless because MFP gives you so many calories “back” for exercise, but I was also hungry as a horse throughout training.

      I’m glad you’re not worried about it, though. Just doing what feels right and taking care of yourself is all ya need.

  6. I am such a St. Patrick’s Day girl! haha but it’s a big deal in my family. Also, I totally admire your goals. For me, I really can’t count calories anymore bc it made me very obsessive and led to a binge/restrict cycle. But I’m actually planning to start my own healthy challenge with some more holistic goals for myself! Good for you on your goals though!
    Maureen @ Breaking Free & Finding Me recently posted…St. Patrick’s Weekend RecapMy Profile

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