The 2nd Annual “Living and Active” Challenge!
It’s back! The “Living and Active” 5 week challenge is here and I am so excited about it! I introduced this challenge last year at this time and it went over so well! We had over 400 women commit (at least who told me!) and nearly 200 finish all 5 weeks! I’ve had many emails throughout the past year asking if I was going to do it again and so I’m happy to say that yes, we are!
Are you wondering how I came up with the name? Knowing that I wanted to do a challenge for you, yet being conflicted on how I would do it, one day in church God gave me my answer! We were reading in Hebrews and came upon 4:12.
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
It hit me square between the eyes and gave me the inspiration to start this challenge: “Living and Active”. My goal and passion is to get you into God’s Word which holds the keys to getting us Living & Active!
First off, I’d love to share with you some feedback that I got at the end of last year’s challenge!
“This challenge has helped me much more than just physically. I was already working out almost every day and eating healthy (for the most part) but I felt like I was becoming spiritually malnourished as busy-ness took over. This challenge helped me to refocus on God. I loved the motivation to memorize scripture weekly. It really helped me to draw closer to God as I meditated on His Word!”
“I will be wearing a form fitting dress to a wedding this weekend without belly bulge!”
“This is the first fitness challenge I’ve completed, ever!! I believe it’s because it was manageable and you stressed accountability! MY FB group really helped me through and I knew i could do 4 days a week.”
“This challenge came at the perfect time for me. The Lord has strengthened me with a new passion and energy for abiding in Him, taking care of myself and my family and being who He created me to be. The challenge helped give me much needed direction and focus. Thanks! (btw, I lost 12 lbs!!!)”
“Because of this challenge I was able to slowly work up to doing more and more excercise, even tho it may not be as much as I like I was still able to do my own versions of workouts for more than 25 minutes”
There will be many thing similar to last year’s challenge (same verses and key points), but some new additions to it.
Here are the challenge basics:
Many of you are already in an awesome routine with your workouts, so I want you to keep that up. But for those of you who need a little guidance, I’m here to help! I will provide a set of workouts you can do from your home (or take to the gym!) All you need are one or two sets of weights, an exercise band (similar to this), and a big exercise ball. These are great basics to build your home gym. They are also fairly cheap! Most of these exercises will be derived from my New Move Mondays, but I also may add a few new routines, too!
CHALLENGE GOAL: Exercise (with your routine or mine) 4 days a week for the 5 weeks we are in it. (25 minutes is minimum time)
My faith lays the groundwork for everything I do and the upkeep of my body and health is included in that! So I want to take us through some key principles to get us “living and active” in both our physical and spiritual lives. I’ll provide a small devotional and insight to each principle along with a challenge for us to consider each week. Scripture memorization is also a great discipline, so we will be adding that on too! (I call that our “Soul Food”)
CHALLENGE GOAL: Memorize the new weekly verse/Soul Food (as well as maintaining prior weeks) and do the key challenge.
This all is great, but if we don’t have accountability, then chances are we won’t stick with it. I have a few ways this is going to happen:
- Facebook: Periodically through the week, I will check in with you who are a part of this. This is your chance to check in, ask questions, claim victories, express frustrations etc. so make sure you “like” me on facebook! I also encourage you to create your own facebook accountability groups!
- Weekly Link-Up: If you are a blogger, this is your chance to write about your journey! Every Monday, I’ll provide a link up for you to write about how you did that past week. You can include healthy recipes, or exercises you like, or the victories and valleys. Set your own goals and measurements. Detail your specific daily diet and what you will be avoiding or adding. This is your place to make it your own! (If you don’t have a blog, you can join us in the comment section, letting us know how you are doing!)
Now, for some of the new things we are adding on this year!:
- Instagrammers: I know there’s a lot of you out there! (You can find me here) I post a lot of pictures of my food during the week on there and will continue to do so. (A few times a week, I’ll post everything that I ate for the day in one picture) I would love for you to join me–it’s great accountability! Make sure to tag #livingandactive and #clarepeak313 !
- Before/After Picture: Before some of you flip out, you don’t have to show ANYONE this picture! (You can if you’d like!) This is for you to see the physical changes to your body. So yes–get your sports bra and running shorts on and get in front of a mirror. Snap a shot in the front. Flex your arm. Put your leg out. However many picures you want to take. I don’t want you to do this again until the end of the 5 weeks though! (Feel free to take other measurements on your body and write them down!)
And just like last year, I have a prize package! (All the goodies still being added up so I’ll share later!) For those of you who are 100% on the scripture memorization and exercising 4/7 days a week during this 5 week period, you’ll get a chance at winning the package! (You must check in here, every week. More on that later)
We officially start next Monday, September 16th, but you have some things to do now!
1.) Grab the button below, add to your blog and link-up a post telling me that you are in! (or just comment below)
2.) Grab a friend, sister, daughter, roommate…whoever…and ask them to join us! (HINT: Headstart to Key Principle #1!)
3.) Take your before picture(s)
4.) Pray through your commitment! I want you to really be successful over these 5 weeks. If this is a bad season in life for you, then maybe this isn’t the time to join as it would leave you more discouraged than encouraged. But if you need a kick in the rear, get focused, dust off those weights or gym membership card and let’s get going!
So, are you with me? Make sure you are receiving these posts in your email box (sign up at the top of the page!) so that you don’t miss a thing! If you have any questions, fire away! I know this is a lot of info, so please contact me!
**IMPORTANT: Read this post from last year that details any further questions you may have!