Monday, May 19, 2014

Get Fit Summer 2014

So, I have a confession or two... I am extremely competitive.  I, also, lack follow throw.  I will come up with some great plan, but if I am doing it on my own, I will not follow through to completion.  It's terrible. 

A few years ago, I participated in a 80 day fitness challenge.  It was intense.  No sugar, no soda, 80 ounces of water every day, 7 hours of sleep 3 times a week, exercise 6 times a week, 5 (I think) servings of fruits and vegetables every day... and, I feel like I am forgetting a thing or two.  But, because I was competing, the follow through was a breeze.  I came out on top!

I've needed to get my health back in order for far longer than I'd like to admit.  I just can't ever seem to follow through on my own.  It's too easy for me to talk myself into a midnight snack, a bowl of ice cream, a quick run to Sonic...

All that to say, I recently decided that my health could no longer be put on the back burner.  It is time to get serious!  But, knowing my weaknesses, I knew I could not do this alone.  So, I drug my roommate into a fitness competition.  But, what happened from there is like nothing I would have expected.

I put a little blurb on facebook about doing a fitness/health challenge and anyone interested could join.  Over the course of a week and a half, over 20 women from five different states have joined.  Today, we will begin "Get Fit Summer 2014" Or, #GF2K14 for short!

So, here is how the eight week challenge works.  Everyone will be paired with someone who lives in their state.  Points will be rewarded for contacting the partner, drinking 64 ounces of water, not eating after 9 pm, eating 2 servings of fruit, eating 3 servings of vegetables, not eating sweets, keeping a food journal, exercising for 30-45 minutes, getting 7 hours of sleep, and not getting fast food.  Weight loss points are also rewarded at the end of each week.  At the end of the competition, everyone (in each state) will get together to celebrate their accomplishments.  The pair within that state that earned the most points will not have to pay for their meal, and everyone else will equally chip into the winning pairs meal. 

I can't take all the credit for this.  I adapted the idea from Six Sisters Stuff - 8 Week Weight Loss.  They have a free document to download.  I just added a few things to best fit the needs of our group.  So, thank you to the Six Sisters for sharing your creation for free!

I am inviting you to join me on our journey over the next eight weeks.  It is going to be quite a ride.  I will share every Monday a re-cap of our week!  So, come along!  And, if inspired, jump on in with us!

Monday, May 12, 2014

101 in 1001

If you have followed .Redeemed. for any amount of time, you know how much I love making goals.  I thrive off of making goals.  I recently found this amazing concept... 101 in 1001, 101 tasks in 1001 days.  1,001 days is almost 2.75 years.  This leaves more room for flexibility.  A few of these are far fetched, and a few are just for fun.  I am really looking forward to the adventures that the next 1,001 days will hold!  So, without further ado, I present to you, my 101 goals in 1,001 days! 

101 Tasks in 1,001 Days
Starting - May 12, 2014
Finishing - February 6, 2017

101 Tasks in in 1,001 Days
1.       Inspire someone else to do 101 things in 1001 days
2.      Dedicate 1 blog post per completed task
3.      Put $10 in savings every time a task is completed
4.      Create a new set of 101 Tasks in 1,001 Days
Adventure in Texas
5.      Go to the TX State Fair
6.      Go to a Beach in Texas
7.      Attend three local performances
8.     Ride a mechanical bull
9.      Rent a bike and explore Fort Worth
10.  Explore ten new sites in Texas
11.   Get a Texas license and plate
Adventure in the United States
12.  Go on a girls weekend trip with my mom and grandma
13.  Have a half-way weekend getaway with North Carolina friends in Louisiana
14.  Go to a North Carolina beach
15.   Visit five new states
16.  Ride a train
17.   Go to two concerts
18.  Make a surprise visit home
19.  Go on a Segway tour
Adventures Around the World
20. Get a passport
21.  Visit a different country
Be My Guest
22. Host a game night
23. Host a dinner party
24. Host a holiday party
25.  Frame my Bachelor’s and Master’s diploma’s
26. Finish my high school graduation scrapbook
27.  Begin writing a book
28. Learn three new skills
29. Get a second tattoo
30. Have a necklace made of Philip’s signature
31.  Journal daily for a month
32. Take a painting class
33. Complete ten DIY projects
34. Participate in 100 Days of Happy
35.  Use Hebrew three times after finishing Hebrew classes
36. Use Greek three times after finishing Greek classes
37.  Have a Master’s in Divinity with a concentration in Children’s Ministry
38. Learn how to make five desserts from scratch without using recipe
39. Learn how to make ten dinner recipes from scratch without using recipe
40. Learn how to make five breakfast recipes from scratch without using recipe
41.  Put all perfected recipes in a cook book
42. Bake one new recipe a month
43. Try 20 new restaurants
44. Try 20 new foods
45.  Take a cooking class
46. Run 5 5k’s
47.  Work out 3 times a week for three months
48. Reach and maintain my goal weight for one year
49. Take a unique work out class
50. Learn one new health related skill
51.   Go white water rafting in three different places
52.  Have three months salary in savings
53.  Treat my parents to dinner
54.  Make and stick to a budget for three months straight
55.  Justin Timberlake concert tickets
56.  The entire Friends series on DVD
57.  A Hammock
58. A pair of rain boots
59.  Host a blog giveaway
60. Write a guest blog post
61.  Purchase a blog domain
62. Blog 10 times a month the entire 1,001 days
63. Have 100 followers on .Redeemed.
64. Learn how to and become successful at making money blogging
65.  Find, follow and comment regularly on ten blogs related to .Redeemed.
Serve Others
66. Do 20 random acts of kindness
67.  Leave a 100% tip
68. Pay for a strangers meal
69. Volunteer at 10 events
70. Send someone a package for no reason
71.   Send 50 snail mail letters
72.  Give 10 “just because” gifts
73.  Make and pass out 10 packs for needy
74.  Serve a meal at a homeless shelter
75.  Go on an international mission trip
For One Month
76.  Give up Starbucks
77.  Go on a spending freeze
78. Give up Complaining
79.  Give up sweets
80.Give up technology one hour before bed
81.  Give up Technology every weekend
82. Give up social media
83. Give up hitting snooze
84. Go gluten-free
85. Stop eating out
86. Get 8 hours of sleep every night
87. Eat recommended serving of fruit and vegetables a day
88.Go on a walk every morning
89. Read the entire Bible
90. Lead 10 people to Christ
91.  Commit 50 verses to memory
92. Lead a women’s small group
93. Memorize the books of the Bible in order
94. Share my testimony on 10 different occasions
95.  Get my own health insurance
96. Have a full-time job in ministry
97.  Become a Starbucks Gold Member
98. Become a member of an organization
99. Have 500 followers on Twitter
100.         Read ten books for fun
101.          Watch twenty-five new movies