Posted on 04 January 2012.
Welcome to the first annual A Better Me Challenge!
First of all this challenge is 100% FREE! Because it’s free, I’d like to ask you to do 3 simple things:
- Download the Pledge & the From Fat to Fabulous e-book. In order to get the most out of this challenge download the EASY Fit Moms Fit Kids Club pledge on the right side bar. There is no big commitment here, just fill in your name and email address and you’ll instantly get a FREE e-book called From Fat to Fabulous! This little ebook has a ton of easy recipes for your busy mom days. On the download page there is an exercise plan you can use while doing the “A Better Me” challenge if you like. So please download the pledge and free exercise plan separately! If you’ve lost your eBook, or copied it awhile back email me annett (at) fitmomsfitkidsclub (dot) com and I’ll send you a link to get it again. FYI, there was a mistake in the eBook with the workout, so if you didn’t download the separate pdf on the download page titled 12 week beginner workout or intermediate workout please email me and I’ll send you the link.
- Subscribe to the blog! Why? So, that you will not miss a day of the challenge. Every time a new post goes up on our site about the challenge or otherwise, it will go straight to your email! You won’t have the excuse of I forgot to go to the site today. The challenge will come to YOU. Click here to subscribe to your email. Or, there’s a subscribe box in the right side bar you can use.
- Tell a friend. Please help us spread the word by posting the link to this challenge on Facebook, twitter, email your friends, or blog about it. It’s NEVER to late to start!
Alright here we go!!!
This will be the longest post that you will get during the challenge because it’s Day 1, and I have a lot to tell you.
First off there will be two tracks you can choose from. Track one is called “Baby Steps”. This track is for those of you who are just getting their feet wet. You want to make some changes, and you will through this challenge, but you want to take it slow. Track two is called “Big Steps“. This is for those of you who are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and want to make some major healthy changes in your life right now.
Each day there will be two posts. One for those taking Baby Steps, and an additional post for those of you who want to take Big Steps. Those of you who are taking the Baby Steps just read that initial post. Ladies who are on the Big Step track will read both posts daily.
I know some of you aren’t sure if you want to take Baby Steps or Big Steps, you are sort of the tweeners. If this is the case, just read both posts and decide what you’ll do that day.
It’s ALL about choices ladies. You are committing to make daily choices regarding your physical, spiritual, and mental health. Why all 3 aspects? As human beings, to be healthy and whole we must not neglect the mind, body, and spirit. If we were to leave one out, we’d be compartmentalizing ourselves, and we need to be Whole Women. Happy and healthy, on the inside and the outside.
Each day you will have simple action steps that will tell you what to do, why you are doing it, and how to make it a regular part of your everyday life. I’ll also give you resources to help you achieve it. Your steps will be basic, simple, and effective.
Final word before we begin…This may be the most important thing I say about this challenge. We are all in this together. I know some of your are extremely passionate about some of the topics we will be covering in this challenge. Express your opinions with a smile on your face, and love in your heart. This blog is a place of no condemnation. We help, love, and support one another. None of us have arrived. Let’s do our best to encourage one another on our journey. We are ALL learning and growing. I reserve the right to delete or not post any comment that does not line up with the spirit of A Better Me Challenge.
Now It’s Time To Get To Work!
Baby Step 1:
I thought long and hard about what should be our first step in this challenge. It wasn’t easy. But, as I sat and thought about what we need to do in order to be successful in, not just A Better Me Challenge, but in life, I decided that we needed to start with a mental challenge.
You see many of us have gone through the same things over and over again. We’ve been on the diet roller coaster. You may have had a resolution last year to lose 5 or even 100 pounds. Yet here it is January again and the weight is still there. Or, you are not any fitter, healthier, nor spiritually or mentally stronger than you were a year ago.
Today I want you to grab your journal or a notebook that you will be using for A Better Me Challenge. You are going to take a look in the mirror and examine what’s going on inside.
- Write out all of the negative thoughts that come to your mind today. Throughout the day, keep your notebook handy and as negative thoughts scroll across your mind take note of them. Don’t examine them, or justify them. Just write down what negative thoughts that have stopped you in the past from reaching your goals, and what stumps you today. Write down your FEARS. If you want, start off the day by sitting down for 5 minutes or so, and make a list. I learned long ago that fear is nothing but False Evidence Appearing Real. This false evidence appearing real tends to stop us in our tracks throughout our lifetime.
The last couple of years I had to make sure I realized the times I was telling myself a lie, or believing a lie. I had to teach myself to catch myself so that I could replace it with the truth. I’ll give you a recent example. I watched the movie Sick, Fat, and Nearly Dead and I said several times during the movie that I could not do a 7 day juice fast. After about the 4th time my husband snapped back, “Stop saying that! Yes, you can!” I was a little surprised at his tone, but I got it. He was right. There is NO reason in the world that I could not do a 7 day juice fast. I had been saying a lie to myself, and by saying it I was getting myself to believe the lie. There was not one fact to it. What my husband was trying to get me to realize was the truth, which was I could do a juice fast, IF I wanted to. The choice was mine. Many of us stop ourselves before we even begin making positive changes in our lives, because we tell ourselves lies. Just like I did with the juice fast. Some of you may be stopping yourself right now, before you give this 28 day challenge a try. Don’t listen to your negative thoughts (lies). Press on!
What negative thoughts have stopped you in the past?
Maybe you’ve said to yourself I can never eat veggies every day. Or, I hate to exercise so I can never lose this weight. I don’t have time to read, or to workout. I can’t wake up 30 minutes earlier to have a quiet time or me time (I’m not a morning person). My husband will never eat this stuff, and neither will my kids. A negative thought could be, if she asks me to stop eating fast food this challenge is over. Have you told yourself I can’t get back to my pre-pregnancy weight?
Whatever the negative thought is that you’ve had concerning your mental, physical, or spiritual lives I want you to write it down. Make a column for each of our 3 categories. Your goal is to capture a list of them. Call them out. Stop letting them sound off without you calling them to the carpet. Let’s get all our negative thoughts and criticisms out of our system.
Why are we doing this? First of all, I think you will be amazed to see how many negative thoughts go through your own mind. Our negativity tends to stop us from moving forward. If we don’t get this stuff out now, today, then 28 days from now you will not have progressed at all. We are often times our worst critics, we are most times what’s keeping us back from reaching our dreams. We are going to start releasing these negative thoughts and seeing why we’ve been stuck in the same old rut. Tomorrow we are going to take another step, a positive one, to move you closer to your desired outcome.
Let us know below in the comment section how this exercise went for you? Did you learn something new? Did you decide to break free from some of your past negative thoughts so you can move forward like never before?
Annett Davis, Olympian & Founder of Fit Moms Fit Kids
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