As usual our challenge for the first week of this round of healthy living is to make a huge effort supporting and encouraging your partner. There truly is strength in numbers. I got a text from my gym buddy Gail the other day. We had plans to go to yoga but Gail had a stomach ache. And do you think I went by myself? No I happily wimped out. It really is amazing how much more we enjoy exercising and eating healthy if we are doing it along with others that we care about.
I REQUIRE you to have a partner for this competition and it isn't just so we can rally a bigger number of participants. It is because that perhaps you have let yourself down in the past. Perhaps you have been negligent in making your self care a high priority in your life. But I am hoping that since your partner is counting on you -- you will do it for her!
For our 5 bonus points per day I challenge you to have contact with your partner every day this week. Drop by, phone, text, tweet, instagram but contact her in some way and remind her that we are making the love and care of our physical bodies a high priority. And do one more thing for me (and for the points) Do something creative to encourage her to break out of her slump-- treat her body right, and honor her own health and well being. Do this and you can earn 5 points a day for 35 possible bonus points.
Please think about what kind of help and encouragement your partner needs. I expect you to send her encouraging messages on instagram, twitter, facebook, e-mail, voicemail, text message. But you can also write something encouraging on a balloon, on a can of diet coke, on the chalkboard in Relief Society before class begins. You can drag her with you to do laps at the gym, to belly dance with a groupon, to eat a healthy salad at a new favorite place.
Put some thought and heart into thinking about what will help your partner make some REAL and important changes in her life. Does she need you to buy her a water bottle and remind her to drink? Does she need you to drag her into an empty spinning room and prove to her that she can cycle? Does she need you to walk with her despite the heat or the rain and show her you actually won't die if you exercise when the weather is bad?
For every day this week that you have encouraging contact with your healthy living partner you will earn the 5 bonus points. But you also must do at least one creative thing this week to help your partner with her healthy living journey. And I would love it if you share your creative encouragement ideas in the comment section of this blog or in an e-mail to me.
Have a great Week #1. And don't forget to weigh and measure yourself tomorrow morning and record it in a safe place.