Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Elf4Health Challenge Beginnings

Spoiler alert on my monthly goals: I haven't met them all. I'm really bad about committing to month long endeavors like blogging everyday or posting a picture on Instagram everyday. Although I've only missed two or three days of blogging, the Instagram photo a day challenge fell to the wayside after day 3 or 4. Oops. I had a feeling it would, but I hate that it actually happened. (As a side note, you can link up your monthly goals on Monday December 2nd!)
But now I've committed myself to two 6 week long challenges that do require a fairly high level of commitment. I've talked quite a lot about the Holiday Booty Buster Challenge, which I'm enjoying so far, but I haven't mentioned the Elf for Health Challenge. The #elf4health challenge is a bit more comprehensive and includes mental and physical health as well as what we're eating, how we're moving, and what we're doing with our time. The challenges so far have proven to be really unique, and I'm excited to continue. 
I am always so focused on exercise that I sometimes let what I'm putting into my body slide. I kind of think to myself that I'm burning enough calories that I can waste a few here or there, and I hate that I think that way. 
The first day's challenge was all about clean eating. It was to spend Monday without eating meat. I'm proud to say that day one was a success! Although I had a salad at lunch and at dinner, they varied. There is so much more to meatless eating than salad, but I didn't plan ahead or grocery shop before work so I didn't have time to make my favorite sweet potato black bean quinoa burger.
For Tuesday's challenge, the plan asked us to send a handwritten note to someone. I cheated a little and left a handwritten note for Tim. He'll be surprised when he finds it this morning, as notes and cards have been left to the holidays for some reason. This should help me get in the habit of leaving thoughtful notes for him when I head out of the house. I know it'll start his day on a positive foot, and I may end up finding a note or two in return (not that I need that if I leave one for him).

Today's challenge is to try a new workout! I would be foolish if I didn't tell you that this is the perfect opportunity to pull turbofire out of the box and give it a shot. I've had it collecting dust since I bought it a few weeks ago. I think this is a great excuse! To anyone that does turbofire: what CD should I try that will ease me into it? I've got 8 miles to run today too...I'll have to do that before the turbofire.
The rest of the week includes getting up to meditate, eating as many colors as possible in one day, and cleaning out closets to donate to Goodwill. Weren't Elle and Lindsay creative? You'll be seeing me instagram and tweet about all of these things. I also have an elf, Lindsay, to help hold me accountable. I also hold her accountable, although this girl is on fire with working out and clean eating.

I'm loving the benefits of the challenge. I've already got a few things set aside to donate this weekend, and it's helping me think outside of the box on how to spend my time. I haven't looked ahead too much, but I'm excited about how this challenge will help me grow in mental and physical health. 

Do you partake in meatless Mondays? What's the last new workout that you tried?


Allison said...

I have been doing meatless Mondays for a while now. I don't tend to eat a lot of meat anyway so I was excited for this challenge! I am always looking for new recipes to try. Both of your salads look good! I'm unsure what new workout to try today, I feel like I've tried a little bit of everything! I think my gym has a TRX class tonight that I may go check out.

Kat @ S and F said...

I used to but kept slipping! I love those two challenges and their concepts...this year has just been too crazy to keep up! Awesome job girl!

Beka said...

I don't eat a whole lot of meat generally, so meatless Monday is almost a moot challenge for me.

Latest on the workout front would be spin. And that was a while ago. I'll be undertaking CrossFit here in a couple of weeks though! eeeeek!

alongobucco said...

I think after the holiday's I'm going to start trying to do meatless Mondays. I feel like it would totally benefit me!

The Glossy Life

jennifer said...

Oh meatless Monday would be a bit of a challenge for me.. :) Though your food looks super good!

Good luck with the Turbofire!!!

kristyshealthrevolution said...

Wow, 8 miles AND Turbofire!? You're my hero!

Courtney @ JourneyofaDreamer said...

oh what a great idea to have a challenge that focuses on everything, not just working out or eating. I'm getting ready to start a 4 week DietBet next week.... looking forward to a challenge to keep me on point

Lauren said...

I haven't done Turbo Fire in a few months since I've been focusing on running, but from what I remember the Fire 30 or 45EZ will be a good way to ease your into the program. Good luck!

Fizz and Frosting

Kelly said...

Aww man! I would have LOVED to join this challenge! Sounds like SO much fun and I love how the daily challenges are different. Good luck with the turbofire and your 8 miles, Meghan!

Katie @ Livehalffull said...

I'm doing the Elf 4 Health challenge as well and am loving it! The challenges are such a great variety and totally doable each day. Good luck!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

TurboFire is my workout of choice! Love all the dvds but Fire 30 is probably the best to start out with. Quick and relatively easy,

Beth said...

I'm loving elf4health so far too. Meatless Mondays are great and I love that it's good for the planet too!

Kristin W said...

Thanks times a million for introducing me to Elf4Health! I am so glad I was able to join the challenge & connect to some more awesome bloggers!

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