February is the month of love! It’s a time to express your love to someone special. A time to spoil them or give them a gift that will make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside. But what about you? Shouldn’t you show yourself some love? I think so and that is why I have themed my Fitness Buddy February Challenge around loving ourselves.
Think about the last time you were sick or injured……. I am assuming that exercising took a back seat to resting and healing, as it should. If you are like me, not being able to exercise drove you bonkers and you couldn’t wait to return to your fitness routine. What? You don’t enjoy working out? Ok, maybe you weren’t chomping at the bit to go for a 2 mile run, but I bet you wanted to get back to your normal level of activity.
Next I want you to think about your attitude as you were gaining strength, but not just quite near where you wanted to be. Did not being able to reach your pre-injury/sickness goals frustrate you? Were you angry with your body? Did having to go slower or only do half of what you wanted make you want to give up? If so, that is what this challenge is all about.
A few of us were sick in December and a lot of our group had a tough January. One thing I noticed as people were on the upswing, was that they expressed frustration and disappointment about what they did achieve when it wasn’t what they were used to doing. BTW, I was guilty of doing this too. In fact, it was my own comments that drew my attention to this problem.
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For the month of February, my fitness buddies and I are going to get a lesson in loving every step and stretch our bodies make. Typically, participants of my challenges earn entries for the drawings by posting their results and meeting their goals….. This month I am adding an extra entry for being proud of what they were able to accomplish whether they met their goal or not. Check out the rules below and if you are not a member already and would like to participate, click here to join The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies.
Love every step and stretch you make challenge
This challenge has three phases and will last for a total of three weeks.
Declare a daily goal. Accepted goals are daily steps or number of exercise minutes. Each evening before you go to bed or no later than 8AM PST the following morning, comment on the daily check in post with your results. For this week and this week only, meeting your goal and just posting your results will NOT earn you an entry to the drawing and screenshots from your fitness trackers are not mandatory. The only way to earn an entry for week one is to post your results with a positive statement. Example: “I love that my body allowed me to walk for as long as it did today” “I would like to thank my muscles for allowing me to swim for 20 minutes today” I don’t care if you were only able to take 550 steps or stretch for 5 minutes, I want you to be thankful and to express appreciation to your body for whatever it allows you to do that week. Each positive entry earns an entry. Each participant has the opportunity to earn 7 entries. The challenge ends on 2/10 at 11:59pm PST.
The drawing for week one will take place live in The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies Group on 2/12. Winner gets to choose from a $5 Starbucks or Amazon eGift card.
Declare your daily goal. Do nothing if you are keeping the same goal as week one. If you want to adjust your goal, declare your new goal on the main challenge post located in the group announcements. Each day, comment with a positive comment and a screenshot of your fitness tracker results each evening before bed or no later than 8am PST the following morning on the designated daily check in post. If you are not using a tracker you will only be eligible to earn 1 entry per day for your positive comment. Those providing proof of activity with a tracker screenshot have the opportunity to earn 2 points per day, 1 for speaking positively about your results and posting your screenshot, and 1 for meeting your daily goal.
Week two ends on 2/17 at 11:59pm PST. The drawing for week one will take place live in The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies Group on 2/19. There will be 2 prizes. Winners may choose a $5 eGift card from Starbucks or Amazon.
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Declare your daily goal. Do nothing if you are keeping the same goal as the prior week. If you want to adjust your goal, declare your new one on the main challenge post located in the group announcements. Each day comment with a positive comment and a screenshot of your fitness tracker results each evening before bed or no later than 8am PST the following morning on the designated daily check in post. If you are not using a tracker you will be eligible to earn 1 entry per day for a positive comment about your own results. Those providing proof of activity with a tracker screenshot have the opportunity to earn 2 points per day, 1 for speaking positively about your results and posting your screenshot, and a second for meeting your daily goal.
BONUS ENTRIES All participants have the opportunity to earn bonus points for replying to other participant’s results with an encouraging comment. For example, if five other people post their results and you reply to them with words of praise, you will earn five extra points, 1 per person you reply to, for that day. ALL GROUP MEMBERS MAY EARN POINTS FOR THE BONUS POINTS, EVEN IF THEY DON’T POST ACTIVITY RESULTS! Bonus entries can only be earned in week three.
Week three ends on 2/24 at 11:59pm PST. The drawing for week one will take place live in The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies Group on 2/26. There are three prizes for week three, one $5 Starbucks eGift card and two $5 Amazon eGift cards.
All prizes will be delivered via email. This challenge is not affiliated with Facebook, Amazon, or Starbucks. Prizes are purchased from affiliate commissions, book sales, and donations.
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