Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Be Kind to Your Body Challenge!

be kind to yourself by erin carver
Be kind to yourself by Erin Carver

Kind Over Matter focuses a good lot of it's energy on your mental well-being. You come here for a pick-me-up, to reflect, to feel good, to be kind to yourself & others...

On Thursday, I sent out a survey to our lovely Newsletter subscribers asking for feedback. I wanted to know how they would feel about Kind Over Matter running a Wellness & Fitness Challenge for the month of December. The results were exceedingly positive & one thing that was overwhelming one-sided, no matter if you were overweight or if you weren't, exercised regularly or you didn't, was this:

You wanted motivation.

Well, guess what? I need it too!

I wanted to run this challenge because in coming here, not only do I want to help your spirits stay healthy but I would like for all of us to keep our physical health at the forefront of our minds as well. When I am taking care of my body, I am at my happiest- hands down.

My intention was to run this challenge & then, if the response was awesome, I was going to create a community for support. A community that could track exercise, food, weight, somewhere where we could connect, hold each other accountable & show each other support. Well... I don't have to, there is already an amazing social application that has helped thousands of people already. I had heard about this app a while back, but it was only available for use on the iPhone but luckily for us, it's now on the web! Serendipity is such a lovely thing, Ez from Creature Comforts (one of my daily reads!) linked to Lose It on Friday. When I clicked it, I sat there stunned... & thought, there's no reason to wait until December 1st to do this, it's all right here, I'm ready. No day but today! So I began...

Let me give you a little background as to where I'm at physically, I am around 50 pounds overweight & haven't exercised regularly since last year before I got pregnant. I've had spurts here & there, but nothing has stuck. Putting that out there for all of you to read, believe me, it wasn't easy to decide to share that but, it does something. It holds me accountable. I know I am not a number, this isn't even about numbers, it's about getting on the road to optimal health & it would be really awesome to travel that road with all of you, if you wish to. I will be sharing bits of my story with you along the way & hopefully bringing in some rockin' guest bloggers as well. Don't fear though, this is not going to take over Kind Over Matter as you know it, it's just going to be a lovely addition to it!

What it boils down to is this: I'd like for us to treat our bodies the way we want to treat our minds by creating & coming to this space - pouring Kind Over all Matter.

So, here's the plan:

This is 5 Week Wellness & Fitness Challenge that will end on December 21 but will hopefully continue through the next year by use of LoseIt.com.

My Personal Goals for the 5 Week Challenge are:
  • Increase flexibility through stretching
  • Increase strength with dumbbells & training exercises
  • Increase aerobic stamina by dancing, using elliptical, climbing stairs & power walking, etc.
  • Keep my calorie intake between 1,800 - 2,200 to maintain my milk supply
  • Drink around 64-80oz of fluid each day
  • Lose 5 pounds
If you haven't seen the Lose It program yet, you are going to love it. It's super easy to navigate & it pretty much does everything for you besides the actual exercising, ha. Besides being able to connect with your community, one of the best things about it is that the privacy settings give you control of what you’d like to share, & who you’d like to share it with.

Here is a little overview to get you started!

To play along:
Comment on this post or write a blog post on your blog linking back to this post via the Mister Linky widget below, telling us your goals for the 5 week challenge, your stories, your wins or struggles. If you'd like to connect via Lose it leave your first & last name &/or your email address in the comments so everyone can find you! If you are on twitter & want to tweet about your progress use the hash tag #bkind2yrbod

Let's Do This!

(Disclaimer: I am not at all affiliated with LoseIt.com nor I am a Health/Fitness Guru. Please start your fitness program at your own risk.)

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color me happy! said...

I think that this is GREAT!!! Thanks...I can use all the encouraging words I can get!

marla grace said...

thanks for sharing about loseit.com!

Amy Allworth said...

I'm IN! I see on the Lose It site it says - folks with 3 or more friends on Lose It typically lose the weight! So find me please! :) amyallworth@gmail.com.

KelseyP said...

This is GREAT! I've been working on this already for the past 2 weeks, so it will be good motivation to have my favorite blog reminding me of what I've set out to do.

nandas said...

well i was curious as to how this would work... so i won't be joining but i wish you luck. i don't do things on a time limited basis anymore. i am trying to change my lifestyle so it will be a permanent loss. i have gone up and down with too many healthy sounding plans. for myself, i am limiting wheat and dairy and exercising more. it seems to be very slow but i feel pretty good about it. i wish all of you the best... its hard work.

amanda said...

Awesome, you all can find me on Loseit here : prettyfnmess(at)gmail

It really is an amazing site!

color me & marla - are you on Loseit?

Amy - found you! <3

nandas - Yes! Changing your lifestyle is exactly what I wanted to encourage by starting this challenge. My intention was to connect with folks for support - the challenge was to just to kick it off! Slow is good. Much love to you!

vertigob said...

This has come along at the perfect time for me. I need some kind of accountability and this seems perfect.

I just signed on with loseit.com. My name is auntbaaa

Also just weighed myself for the first time in about 2 years. Ugh. Rough, but necessary!

bookgirl said...

It would be great to have some incentive to get fit and feel better.

Ginamonster said...

signed up. Screen name is ginamonster. This is an awesome site!

Christy said...

I did join loseit and I added a brief summary about this on my site, here http://scrinkalicious.com/about/. Good luck to everyone who joins.

Steffi said...

I'm going to jump in on this with you. I purchased a 4 week pass at my local gym and have been going regularly for 2 weeks now. I have a wardrobe full of beautiful clothes I can no longer squeeze into and I just want them back. I can't afford to buy new ones. I also decided to do this because I have gottenabit preachy about prevention for those who don't have health insurance. The best way to stay out of the health insurance game is to not need it. Not everybody has that choice but if you can find ways to prevent common ilnesses that you need to see the doctor for by eating right and exercising, sign me up! I'll be reading/participating for Dec. ;)

Retta said...

Just signed up for loseit.com! retta74(at)gmail.com

Carrie Zee said...

Checking it out right now and will try to find and friend you guys. Thanks for getting this started, Amanda!

amanda said...

I think I found all you gals!

Expect Gina, I couldn't find you!

My email is

prettyfnmess at gmail

for anyone else that I didn't connect with yet!


Stacey said...

I'm Stacey. Count me in. :) I've lost 20lbs this year, but I have long way yet to go. I need all the help I can get! I signed up for LoseIt, SilverWing21 at gmail.

Amanda K Lockrow said...

Cool I started using this program before on my iphone but broke my home button so stopped using the app.
I signed up again though under aklockrow@yahoo.com.

Bitsy said...

I need help! Motivate me!

njtosiemreap said...

i just joined loseit. my goals: get back into my yoga practice - at least 2x per week, ride my bike each day, drink plenty of water, limit sweets & popcorn, think positively about my body (the hardest thing to do!)

lydia said...

I joined up too, feel free to add me as a friend. My long term goal on there is to lose 12 lbs, loseit said I could do that by february. That would be awesome. I am already finding logging in my foods during the day makes me more mindful of what I am eating. Now to add exercise to this thing... (this is the hardest part for me)

Amanda K Lockrow said...

I didn't realize mine would connect my old account with the new one, so it shows the weight I lost before but I still have more to lose. I still am excited to participate in the challenge and not be doing it all on my own this time.

The good thing is since I started really working on my health a year ago I see definite changes in my body and overall health. It's become a lifestyle not just a diet. So I encourage everyone to go for it!

Christy said...

errr I added you guys hopefully you'll see it show up somewhere. :)

ButterflyChica said...

slow and steady... that's how i hope to win this race. thanks for the much needed encouragement!

farmerswife3404 said...

Let's do this! I signed up at Loseit.com under rbgenenb(at)adams(dot)net

B.I.B said...

I have needed to motivation for awhile and this is perfect!!! Thank you ....I am IN IN IN !!!

Katrina LB King said...

I'd like to start my 5 weeks now. This is just what I needed, seriously. Here are the 5 things I am going to do. I'm starting small

1. Take the dog on a long walk (daily)
2. Do 100 sit ups (daily)
3. Do 15 minutes of yoga (3x/week)
4. Drink a glass of water (daily)
5. Tennis/Gym (2x/week)

I'm not signing up for loose it. I hope that's not necessary!

Suzanna said...

I'm in! suchsimplejoy at gmail dot com

Rose said...

I may not be a birthmother, but I had many miscarriages... And my sister is the recipient of one of your beautiful girls who grew up to be a wonderful, loving daughter and niece. My husband died not to long ago, and i believe you Brave Girls are going through the same loss I am feeling, so, with permission, I would like to join your group.

Katrina LB King said...

how is everyone doing? I changed my plan a little bit:

1. Literally schedule time into my day to not stress. 30 minutes where I can do anything but stress. Drink tea, listen to music, dance like a crazy person, sit and do nothing, read Cabinet...
2. Do 100 sit ups (daily)
3. Do 15 minutes of yoga (3x/week)
4. Drink a glass of water (daily)
5. Tennis/Gym (2x/week)

I've been doing good at 1, also taking the dog on a walk every day. Did sit ups once...did tennis once....so really not doing super well! There is a yoga studio at the place I am moving to which I'm going to sign up for though :)

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