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I’m a Ding Dong!

Well, now I’ve gone and done it. I have not only made a private resolution to live a more healthy lifestyle, I have actually joined an “accountability” group to help me achieve it. And this is no ordinary accountability group. Oh no — when I do it, I do it up big. I am now an official member of the Ding Dongs in the Game On Diet challenge! What this means is that I not only have a group of fellow dieters to help encourage and motivate me to success — but there are also two other teams — the Ho Ho’s and the Twinkies — against whom we will be competing for prizes!! Talk about pressure!

I remember catching the last few days of the first Game On diet challenge last summer and wishing that I could be a part. Well, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for 🙂
In all honesty, I am thrilled to have this opportunity. I have wanted to begin living a more healthy lifestyle for several years now and just have not had the self-discipline to do so. I do not really aspire to lose weight, but I do want to begin a regular exercise routine that will last the rest of my life — and I know I need to start eating more healthy (I think I drink on average 4 ounces of water a day — so that is the first habit that will need to change). I think this fun, competitive atmosphere is just the push I need to force me to do the right thing. And…what better time to start than at the start of a new decade in my life.

Now, this just happens to correspond with another healthy challenge in which I have wanted to participate — the 100 Mile Fitness Challenge. I vacillated back and forth this fall whether to join or not – and Trish was so kind and encouraging, but the bottom line was… I just wasn’t mentally ready. Well, I am now. My goal is walk 30 minutes a day for a minimum of 5 days out of 7 and I plan to listen to the Harry Potter series while I do it (hmmm…wonder if I should join the audio book challenge while I’m at it?!). Talk about multi-task. I figure by the end of March I should be more than half way through the series, and I should have walked about 125 miles. Boy — I feel better already.
So there you have it — my normally very private goals for the new year out in the open for all to see. I figure I will either have one awesome post come April 1 — or I will have to admit a very public defeat.

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