Comment Contest Tuesday: Challenge Go Fit Girl!

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GFG! wants some ideas from you for this week’s Comment Contest Tuesday, which lasts until May 28.

I was thinking about this month’s Monthly Challenge and how I am not super jazzed about it. And based on the participation and minimal updates I am guessing GFG! readers feel the same way.

It’s difficult to come up with exciting challenges for exercise and nutrition every single month, which I have been doing for nine months now. Sometimes the ideas are great and sometimes they are just OK.

(My favorite so far has been going old school with hula hooping, jumping rope and jumping jacks, which was April’s Go Fit Girl! Monthly Challenge.)

So I am coming to my wonderful readers and asking you to give me ideas. What kind of challenges do you want? Do you want to challenge others? Or challenge yourself?

And to make this more fun, let’s make it a Comment Contest Tuesday.

For every idea you post in the comments below you will get your name thrown into a hat for a drawing. So the more you comment, the better chance you get to win a prize. Please make sure to come up with both exercise and nutrition ideas.

You can win a prize and I have some ideas to store away for future Monthly Challenges.

You have until Tuesday, May 28 noon my time (Pacific) to comment away. Only posts in the comments below will count. E-mails, Facebook posts, Twitter tweets, in-person comments don’t count.

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  • Andrea

    For me at the moment it is not the challenge itself but the crazy busy schedule of my kids. I am having very low mileage weeks with running.

    At the moment I have been challenging myself with not eating after 9 pm and no caffeine after 12 noon. I do need to work on drinking more water too as well as getting a rainbow of veggies.

    I did complete a.100 day challenge this year – 30 minutes of.physical activity a day for 100 days. We could do a monthly one. I am also currently doing a marathon but over a months time frame by either walking or running. I have been doing it for a charity which has been a great incentive.

    • Ann

      Thanks for sharing, Andrea.
      And thanks for the ideas. Definitely will stash them away.
      The 30 mins for physical activity is a great idea and may go along with something else I was thinking of trying for a challenge.

  • Nicole

    Hi Ann, thought of a random one this morning: pick someone you know who’s a fitness/nutrition inspiration, and “interview” them…maybe 15 to 20 minutes, asking questions about what they do, how long they’ve had their routines, what their challenges are, what their goals are, etc. Then put short writeup on the FB event site, or here, to share what’s learned w others.

    • Ann

      Love it! And I already have someone in mind. Maybe I can do a nutritionist/trainer and a yoga teacher.
      Thanks.

  • Nicole

    Another idea would be to Week 1) pick one thing you don’t have time for (a fitness class, shopping for fresh veggies instead of eating/serving frozen meals, etc), Week 2) figure out how to make time (people could solicit others via the FB site for help), and Weeks 3 – 4) spend the remainder of the month implementing the solution and see if it works.

    • Ann

      This is a really creative idea. If No. 1 solicits many ideas this could go on for a few months. Thanks, Nicole.

  • Nicole

    One more: pick a local park that you haven’t visited and go hike there. In the East Bay, they have a fitness challenge that provides maps and a list of the less-visited parks for folks to try. We did a few on the list and it was a fun workout to visit and run in parks we hadn’t been to.

    • Ann

      This would be a great challenge for me. I am not an outdoorsy person unless you count lounging on a beach with a drink in one hand …
      Thanks for all of your awesome ideas. Much appreciated.

  • Brenda :)

    I started off the month doing the last week of training for my 10k on the 5th. I took the following week off and this past week was supposed to be my week back on. I have let issues in my personal life take over and I plan on getting back into things starting Monday. As for future challenge ideas…I do like the leg one you had for this month and would like to see it again at some point. Perhaps something along the lines of something we “can’t do” to “can do”. Like you were mentioning your plank challenge at work. I personally would like to be able to press myself into a handstand again. Well I was thinking something like that. Your challenges both in the exercise and nutrition department are good. Seems like it is an off month for everyone.

    • Ann

      Thanks, Brenda.
      Thanks for the ideas and the nice words.
      I was thinking of doing a plank challenge and have us work up to a 3-minute plank in a month or something like that.

  • Andrea

    My running partner has been working on stretching and strength exercises for her IT Band, a probelm for a lot of women. One of the exercises is to balance on one foot, working your way up to 6 minutes. Balance is something we lose as we get older. I see so many older women in the hospital because of falls or broken hips or back surgery. I would love to work on balance. I was also thinking about how I could work on my back muscles and hips too.

    For nutrition, I have been reading a lot about not eating refined sugars (the white stuff) and processed foods. With our busy family schedule I have found it rather difficult at times. We did plant a garden with some amazing veggies especially greens. Now I need to learn how to harvest and cook them. I should make a trip to the farmer’s market.

    • Ann

      These are great, Andrea.
      The balance thing would be a great benefit to me as well.
      Definitely reducing refined sugars is a great one as well. I have gotten better with that as well. But could work on that, too.
      Thanks for the great ideas.

  • Nicole Meade

    I am really glad you posted this, Ann – I have been wondering how you manage to come up with such good challenges each month and it’s nice to see that it can be a challenge to do so. I second the comments of the people above who mentioned that this has been a crazy time of year with kids and just an “off month”. We have graduations/birthdays/general craziness, but I have been doing the squats and water challenge (just not finding time to post much about it). I agree with you that the old school challenge was my favorite (I’m still doing some aspects of it!). I love the idea of a plank challenge and also of a handstand challenge! Maybe kicking up to a handstand at the wall, with the goal of holding yourself upright not touching the wall for an increasing amount of time. I also like the idea of a vacation fitness challenge – if you are traveling this summer, find a way to work in a new type of fitness experience that you would not normally do at home (I’m thinking kayaking, rock climbing, and whatever that standing-up-paddleboard thing is – I’m dying to try that one, myself). And maybe this is a bit too private, but since it is a major component of female health (and male, actually), I’d like to see a Kegel challenge. Uterine prolapse and other unpleasant complications can result from not working this muscle enough, and yet it’s a hard one to think about/find time for. There are various exercises that really help a lot!

    • Ann

      Wow, thanks for all of these great ideas. My favorite is challenging yourself while on vacation. What a cool idea!
      It’s funny that you mention the Kegels. I actually have a planned post on that–not necessarily a challenge. But that may be a great idea.

  • alicia

    It’s amazing that you have doing these challenges for nine months now. You definitely deserve a nice pat on the back for all your creative and fun ideas.

    I just saw this post over the long weekend and I admit it’s hard coming up with ideas.

    One thing I thought of is taking a recipe and modifying it to make it healthier.

    • Ann

      Thanks, Alicia. Love the idea of modifying a recipe to make it healthier.

  • alicia

    Oh as far as an exercise is concerned since summer is upon us we could challenge ourselves to outdoor activities such as walking and running in the park, playing volleyball at the beach, playing tennis, or going to the playground and playing on the swings.

    • Ann

      Outdoor activities are a great challenge. And one that I will struggle with. The only outdoor activity I like to do must include a beach and a drink with an umbrella in it.

  • Ann

    Thanks for all of the amazing ideas, ladies. I appreciate all of them.
    Now I have a huge stockpile of challenges to get us through at least the rest of 2013.
    Stay tuned for the winner.

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