Last Saturday marked the start of this year’s Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge, created by Amanda of Run To The Finish. This challenge runs until Jan 6, to cover the major winter holidays. After signing up you can earn points by being active and eating fruit and vegetables, and you can win some amazing prizes! Details about the points system and some prizes can be found here.
I’ve learned about the HBBC a few weeks ago and immediately signed up. I’m already looking forward to all my favorite seasonal treats, like Christmas cookies, lebkuchen, mulled wine, etc. But I do want to stay active and healthy and maintain my weight during the next few weeks. So I will enjoy my home-made cookies, but after working out and eating my vegetables. Sounds like a good plan, don’t you think?
There are three different levels of fitness, and I’ve put myself into the ‘Builders’ category, as it describes me the best at the moment. Even though the sponsors and prizes look amazing, I absolutely don’t expect to win anything. And even if I do win, I don’t expect anyone to ship my prize across the Atlantic. That’s not why I’ve joined this challenge. I did it to have some additional motivation to stay active and healthy during the colder months which, to be honest, isn’t easy.
I kicked off my personal HBBC on Saturday by going to the gym, which is quite unusual, as I actually hate the long drive there. But I was determined to start the challenge the right way. So I did a 30 minute ride on a stationary bike, followed by about 20 minutes of strength moves and some stretching.
Sunday was a rest day for me, but I did get some housework done. Today I couldn’t make it to the gym, but I squeezed in a one mile walk during my lunch break, and I plan to hit the gym again tomorrow. Looks like a decent start for me.
You can also earn one additional point per day by eating at least 7 servings of fruit and vegetables. That’s a lot! Even though I usually eat some fruit and veggies daily, I rarely hit 7 servings, so I need to pay more attention to that. I think I reached that number today, having one banana, two small clementines, one apple, some chunky vegetable soup for lunch, and kimchi jigae (spicy Korean stew with tofu and various veggies) for dinner.
Vegetarian Jigae - I swear there are veggies under the tofu
If you’re interested in staying healthy and winning some awesome prizes, you can still sign up for the HBBC!
How do you plan to stay healthy during holiday season?
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