Change Write Now: Starting Post
March 11, 2012 20 Comments
I’ve joined the Change Write Now challenge that starts today! It’s a team challenge for writers, book bloggers, and other bookish people to work on their health (and other parts of their life, if they want). The challenge runs for 63 days so it could really have a health benefit!
I’m in a team with 5 other women and we’re to report every week to Head Quarters who will keep track of our scores and make a leader board. For your information, I’m in Team M, so keep an eye out for us.
Every day, we get points for the following categories:
- Eating Healthy – I’m using MyFitnessPal to track my calorie intake. My MyFitnessPal profile (Leeswammes) is in diet mode, but I’m not quite ready to do a proper diet, so I’ll up my calorie intake by 200. Anything after that is a fail for that day. This is going to be difficult, I like my snacks!
- Exercising for at least 20 minutes – I’ll do this in addition to my normal cycling (to shops, library and friends) and house work. I’ll only count exercise that I only do for exercise-sake. Shouldn’t be too difficult, there’s XBox Fitness if it rains.
- Sleeping at least 6 hours – I need a lot of sleep so this is a walk-over. Less than 6 hours doesn’t happen to me very often. Easy!
- Consuming 64 oz of water – To be honest, I don’t quite see the point, but since it can’t harm either, and I (and thus my team) will get points for it, I’ll try it. Actually, I’m taking some medicines for which it is recommended to drink extra water (or other non-caffeinated drinks), so this may actually be good.
- Checking in with your teammates – To keep each other motivated, we have to check in every day. That should not be a problem.
- Adopting One Good Habit – The good habit I want to adopt is eating one piece of fruit every day. I know, I should be doing that anyway. I’m not a great fruit eater, so this will force me to!
- Tossing Out One Bad Habit – My bad habit (oh yes, I only have one!) is that when I’m at home, which is most of the time, I check my computer (twitter, blog, email) rather often. When there’s something new, I’ll sit down, follow up on it, and end up spending a long time on the computer rather than ‘just quickly checking’. So, every day, I will spend one hour not on the computer for the full hour. It’s not much, but it’s a start. I’m not allowed to instead go shopping or something, this is about time that I am actually at home.
What do you think?
Can I do this?