Friday, January 30, 2009

The Couples Challenge

To be honest, I've enjoyed every minute of my challenge-free month. I have returned to my evil ways and eaten at least 6 cookies every chance possible. I have also stuffed myself with chocolate, cinnamon rolls and in a fix, I made a pan of those delicious no-bake cookies (the kind I sometimes don't bother to make cookies out of. The kind I just eat with a spoon from the pan. I mean, no. No. I don't do that. I share them lovingly with my children after shaping them into butterflies and princesses.)

I think my poor body is screaming out for protein and fiber and other nutritious (that was a sneaky word to spell) foods. I have suppressed its pitiful cries, but then it rebels in ways that are inappropriate to discuss in public.
So it's time for another challenge! (As I write this I just consumed a Snickers bar, and I bought a big bag of M&Ms that are calling my name from the kitchen.)

The Couples Challenge! Your task, if you choose to accept it, is to 1.Come up with a team name (with your significant other) and 2. Commit to eating just one sweet a day and 3. Exercise daily. Each team has the possibility of earning 28 points a week. One point for each team member a day for eating well (one sweet=one serving size), and one point each for exercising for 30 min. or more a day. I'll have a blog post every Wed. to collect points (This time it's Wed. because blog traffic is low that day). The Couples Challenge will start on Feb. 4 and run until April 1.

The last challenge I was a firmly devoted believer in no sweets to earn a point. But that's just mean. No sweets? What am I supposed to eat when I celebrate putting the girls down for a nap at the same time? Why in the world would I exercise if I didn't get to eat dessert afterward? During my last challenge I would eat one sweet, and since I'd blown it anyway, I binged away. Personally I think it is harder to eat only one sweet/dessert. So I'm trying for that this contest. We'll see how it goes. Also, I'm doing the couples thing because ummm, because instead of facing off, maybe by working together against everyone else we'll do better.

For a prize, each couple that joins also commits to $5 to the winning couple at the end. Money is a great motivator. So we're going to kick all your butts. :)

Our team name is "Team Awesomeness" and to quote Kung Fu Panda: "It is said that his enemies would go blind from over-exposure to pure awesomeness."

So post your team name in the comments below!

15 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Let me talk to my husband, but this seems like something we could do!

Loralee and the gang... said...

This is ag great idea! My hubby wants to lose weight, I want lose weight, and we can always use a little extra money! I'll try to get him on board and if he does, we'll pick out name and have a go of it!
:~D

ROBYN -N- KEVIN said...

We are joining this one... but I don't know which name to use... "kickin' trash and takin' names" or "The So-Nice's"??? I will let you choose....
Also, Kenzie invited me to a tea party when she wakes up tonight and feels better. So let me know what time! (wink, wink)

Katie said...

We are contemplating the idea. Question- Does going to church on Sunday and chasing after a 9 month old the entire time count as exercise?

kristi lou said...

what a fun idea steph. i think nate will totally be game!...it's that lazy wife of his i'm not sure about.

we'll let you know.

Amber said...

Very doable and what a great idea! We've going out of town this week but drop me a reminder note because I want to join in when we return.

Stephanie and Co. said...

Oh yes, Katie. If you survive church you can have the exercise points on Sunday.

Kathryn said...

I tried to convince Trev to do this with me but I guess I wasn't persuasive enough.
Great idea. Good Luck!

Matt and Cris P. said...

We are in, but have not come up with a name yet. We will let you know. We did wonder if you should be allowed to get a workout point for Sunday or if that should be a deduction.

Stephanie and Co. said...

Yeah, I don't condone workouts on Sundays, but sitting through sacrament is a workout. If you go to church that counts as the workout points. Otherwise, no points for you!

Trevor and Liz Covington said...

This is not at all creative or cool but our team name is TLC... just so we can remember who we are... (you know trevor and liz covington).... trevor says he will destroy this... I think I can hang.. we will see!!!

Old Folks That Can't Blog said...

Steph,

I have been convinced by your mother that this would be GOOD for us both. Nevermind that the calcium deposits in my joints are the size of a small city... like Detroit.

*sigh* count us in! We shall be known as "Wimp & Gimp"

Mom and Dad

Pebley Family said...

We are totally in and will win!! We don't have a team name yet because we lack creativity.

kristi lou said...

ok. it's a go for us. Our team name is K++. Nate's idea. I like it though.

Matt and Cris P. said...

Our name will be "We'll take the $ now."