I’m not a big “New Year’s Resolution” person. I pretty much have goals that I work towards on a regular basis, so I don’t ever have the “OMG, what am I going to do for my NYR” freakout at the beginning of the year.
I’m fairly certain that I’m not alone in getting towards the end of the holiday season feeling bloated and sluggish and VOWING that I was never going to eat another piece of crap again. “Crap” being cake, cookies, chocolate, booze…need I go on? I felt the need to clarify that I wasn’t LITERALLY eating crap/shit/poop/dungmeister/whathaveyou.
My youngest sister, knowing how competitive our family is, sent out a fitness challenge. And put MONEY on it! Mark and I jumped at the opportunity to join the challenge. For Mark, the opportunity to kick my brother’s ass in a challenge is highly motivating. For me, having that extra bit of accountability helps motivate me to behave. The challenge goes 100% on the honor system and is points based. I won’t bore you with the details, but some of the points that we get are based on eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. You get bonus points if three of those servings are vegetables. You get a LOT of points for the week if you limit your sweets to only two per week. I mention these two because this is what has spurred on some of my favorite conversations.
My most favorite conversation ever happened with my husband. Shocking, I know!
Him: I had a banana. Can I count that as a fruit?
Me: Um.Since it is a fruit, I would say that you can count it as a fruit.
Him: OK. I just wondered because I see so many things that say you are not supposed to eat bananas ever because…well, I don’t know why, just that they’re bad.
It’s going to be an entertaining eight weeks.