A bookish and two non-bookish challenges for the new year

It’s the time of year to start a challenge or two. I came across a few that I just couldn’t resist!


#Fitreaders is a challenge for all readers (and everyone else, really) who like to get more active. I think there are quite a few Fitbit users, like me, who will keep track of their activity via their fitbit step counter.

I want to get “back on track” and walk at least 7,000 steps per day. I did this last year, but after the summer I didn’t keep track so well, and the couch-potato mode started to wake up again. So, I’ll walk 7,000 steps per day, every day, for five days per week, and a couch-potato-5,000 steps for the other two days (that’s still a walk!). link to challenge



Cut Out Processed Food in 14 weeks! This challenge is about, well, what it says! It’s fourteen weeks in which every week something else is tackled, e.g., eating more fruit and veg, cutting out sugar, wholegrain only, etc. The good thing is that you can do each of these for just one week and then revert back to what your normally do, and tackle the next issue. Or you can do this cumulatively, and add each new mini-challenge to the previous one. I’ll just go for a simple week-by-week challenge, but who knows? I may be inspired to keep some new habits going for longer than just a week. link to challenge



Finally, a Dutch challenge, Ik Lees Nederlands [I read Dutch] in which we’re challenged to read more books from our own country. This is a challenge that I started a few years ago and now it’s hosted by a different blog every year. I’m pledging to read 20 books by Dutch or Flemish authors this year. link to challenge

How many challenges are you doing this year?


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20 Responses to A bookish and two non-bookish challenges for the new year

  1. I like the two non bookish challenges you are signed up for. I hope once I get back from this trip that I can put healthier whole foods more into my diet. 🙂

  2. Laurie C says:

    Good luck! Keeping my head above water at work and with book reviews is going to be challenging enough for me in 2015!

  3. Kristen M. says:

    I think I might try the processed foods challenges. It seems like it’s broken down into very manageable pieces! Have a great year!

  4. Leslie says:

    No big challenges for me this year. I’ll probably do RIP later this year and maybe a read-along or two.

    Exercise is always a good idea. An average bird walk outing is about 5,000 steps, but no cardio as we wander slowly, sneak up on birds and stop for several minutes at a time. At least I’m getting outside for a few hours.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Leslie, being outside is something many people don’t get to do much (and when they exercise, it’s indoor). Besides, you do a lot of gardening, that takes muscles and energy! 🙂

  5. thebookdate says:

    I am signed up to the #fitreaders too, I found it really helped in 2014 and I am for about 7500 steps a day. I have a book to read by someone from your country thanks to the card exchange – thank you for that. The book is Bride Flight by Marieke van der Pol and I was able to get it from the library as my card buddy from the Netherlands recommended it.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Bookdate, I haven’t read Bride Flight but I know it’s made into a movie. So it must be a decent story. Have fun reading it. Glad you enjoyed the card exchange!

  6. Happy New Year – and good luck with your challenges!

  7. Good luck with your challenges!

  8. EastEndLass says:

    I wish I could do the non-processed foods challenge, but I have to be realistic 😉 I have a Fitbit though 😀

    • Leeswammes says:

      EastEndLas – go with the Fitbit challenge! But, to be honest, the food challenge takes it one step at a time. E.g., next week, it’s more fruit and vegetables. That’s easy. And you can revert back to your old habits after every week. 🙂

  9. BookerTalk says:

    Just signed up to the FitBit challenge. I was very enthusiastic when I first got my little wristband but then I went off on a trip overseas and left it behind. so its just gathering dust and I am gathering yet more pounds on the waistline

    For bookish challenges, I am keeping it simple with just the TBR challenge of reading 12 books from my shelves. other than that its focused on my own projects where I go at my own pace

  10. My household is trying the processed food challenge, too! Good luck!

  11. Isi says:

    I like your challenges, but I find the non-processed food one almost impossible for me. Eating healthy is one of the things I never get to do.
    Good luck, I’m sure you’ll achieve your goals!

  12. I like your 7,000 steps a day challenge. They add up quickly don’t they? 🙂

    The processed food challenge is a good one too.

    ENJOY your weekend, and Happy New Year!!

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