Share the Wealth

Living a healthy life is not only about eating right, drinking lots of water, and exercising daily. Living a healthy life includes providing a healthy lifestyle for our brains as well! This week we are asking you to share an article (video, quote, poem) each day with one of your teammates that has to do with this concept. It can be about anything that you find interesting or that could contribute to a healthy lifestyle like positive thinking, how to run better, what successful people do every day, a website of pictures or stories, tips on so forth and so on. You get the point.
To receive your full points you must share three articles and read three articles shared by your teammates. Every article you share is 5 points, every article you read from a team mate is 5. You get another 5 points for completing the challenge. (3 shared articles* 5 points = 15) + (3 read from teammates * 5 points = 15) + 5 points = 35
To start things off here are three “Articles” to get you thinking.
The Art of Asking by Andrea Palmer
Pretty by Katie Makkai
The Stranger’s Project


Week 1 Results

Congrats on Week 1! Be sure to be filling out your point sheets by Monday, I’m still missing some points being entered. D:

Challengers who lost 1 – 1.9% during this week:

Team Results:

1st Place PowderPuff Girls

2nd Place Power Rangers

3rd Place Ninja Turtles


Team results are figured by taking the average points of each team.  These are weekly results, not cumulative results.

The Great Outdoor Challenge

The seasons are changing! Winter is over and spring is here, and summer is on it’s way.  It’s time to get out and enjoy the sunshine and get some vitamin D.

According to the Havard Health Letter being outdoors improves your health! Vitamin D levels rise, you’ll get more exercise, concentration will improve, healing will happen faster and you’ll be happier. Mind Body Green also has a great article talking about the benefits of the Japanese practice “Forest Bathing” (no nakedness in the woods required!).

This week’s challenge is an easy one, we want you to get outside and into your natural element! This can be a walk through the park, a picnic, camping, bike ride, reading a book in the sunshine on your front lawn, gardening, visiting the farmer’s market, or even watching the sunset/sunrise with a good friend or family member – anything outdoors and it’s completely up to you!

Do these two outdoor activities to receive full points.
17.5 x 2 = 35

The Challenge Begins

Welcome to our six week challenge! You will be getting your team email and personal spreadsheets by tonight. So let’s talk about this week’s challenge. 

According to Webster’s Dictionary a goal is “the result or achievement toward which effort is directed”.

A goal is not something you are just going to think about doing, it’s something you are going to put forth effort to achieve. It’s not always easy.  As you go through this challenge you will have temptations.  There will be holidays, birthdays, trips, parties, days you’ll be too tired to workout, and so many others.  Those temptations will only derail you if you take your eyes off your goal that you want to achieve.

The challenge for this week is to SET GOALS! In order to get all 35 points you need to do all of the following things:

  • Decide your ONE big goal for this challenge and make it realistic. We aren’t here to drop ten pounds a week or instantly stop those crazy sugar cravings. It’s going to be slow and it’s going to take work. Here’s the twist: under that big focus we want you to list six reasons why this goal, this challenge, the reason you are doing this is so important to do! I know at least for me, I can set a goal and then two weeks later forget all the reasons and motivation of why I set that goal. This list is here to remind you why we’re doing this when it gets tough! We can do this for six weeks. As long as we remind ourselves why.
  • Decide on a non-food reward for yourself when you accomplish your written goal, like a new shirt, or shoes, or a manicure. Lindsay’s favorite reward is to go get a massage! Macy likes getting a new dress or a piece of nice furniture.
  • Report your goal and at least two reasons why this is important to you to a member of your team.
  • Take a “Before” picture. Sometimes it’s hard to see the results until you look back and see that picture. No one else has to see these pictures, unless you want them to, so don’t worry about that.

Do those four things and you will earn all your 35 points.

There will be days when you wonder why you signed up for this challenge, especially toward the end, but we promise if you work hard (and refer back to those reasons we are having you list) you will see awesome results and more importantly, you will feel like the awesome person you are!

Here’s Macy’s example:
Macy’s One Big Goal: Decrease my sugar intake and get a handle on those darn cravings.


1. To help with my chronic headaches
2. Stop the inflammation happening in my body
3. Slim down so I can fit in my dresses that I only bought last year!
4. To have better energy and focus throughout the day
5. Stop my crazy weight fluctuation
6. To feel a bit more in control of my self and my eating habits