I love challenges! They are definitely a nice change of pace. This month is more like a challenging competition between three members of our household: me, my husband and my oldest daughter. We decided that the other two little ladies were still a bit young for this type of challenge. They just watch us and make attempts at doing the exercises.
Well, what is the challenge? We earn points each day. The maximum number of points we can earn per day is 5. Whoever has the most points at the end of November is the WINNER! Depending on who wins, the WINNER may be taken out to lunch or this individual may decide to delegate a handful of not-so-fun chores to the LOSERS. Cleaning toilets comes to my mind.
How do you earn points? Well, there is a list of exercises posted on our frig. Each set is worth 1 point. For example, 20 squats is worth 1 point. 20 push-ups is worth 1 point. 20 mountain climbers is worth a point. Easy enough right? Well, those points can be lost.
How do you lose points? Eat something that is on the “do not eat” list. What is on that list? Um, stuff like cookies, cake, candy, soda, chips, cupcakes, scones, muffins and white bread. Yes, my husband was not happy when I added “white bread” to the list. I don’t know how many times I have to tell him that white bread isn’t healthy and has absolutely no nutritional value. He whined and complained for a bit before sucking it up and saying that he was going to get 5 points every day. Of course with the exception of our celebratory dinner date that just happened to fall on November 1st. We were screwed with the bread and dessert, but at least we were screwed together. Somehow our daughter managed to take the lead right away.
Once you eat an item on the “do not eat” list you can’t earn back your lost point by doing an additional set of exercises. It is literally down the toilet. So, who is the loser so far? Yep, that loser is me. I ate a scone that put me over. Dang it! This is much harder than I thought. For some reason I feel more hungry than usual because I can’t find anything to eat! What I mean by that is I can’t consume a bagel, or a piece of chocolate, or a muffin or a scone! It is making me think that I don’t normally eat anything but what is on that freakin’ list!
I can do this. I don’t need to eat pie on Thanksgiving. I was loathing when my husband happily ate his loaf of whole wheat bread. What is up with that? The man who tears apart a loaf of white bread on a daily basis? How can he just sit there and take it? Why do guys just roll with the punches and not put up a fight? How irritating! I am so irritated because I am so hungry!
Baking. Baking is my thing. I love to bake. But now I can’t calm myself by baking. Because why would anyone bake something that they can’t eat? Oh, to tease the competition. Right. That wouldn’t work. I would only be teasing myself. They are too good. My daughter says no when my husband offers her candy. My husband refuses to eat white bread. I am done. DONE. And the more exercising I do, the hungrier I get!
This is going to be the longest month of my life. But maybe I will be able to lose a pound. No, probably not. My body doesn’t like to give up weight. I’m just suffering now.
Hey, does anyone else want to do the challenge?? It is going to be so much fun!