One of the coolest things about being a person who has lost a whole bunch of weight during my lifetime [you know, after gaining a whole bunch of weight during my lifetime] is that when friends and friends-of-friends decide they want to make a change in their own life for the healthier, they sometimes come to me to share their goals. I love getting to be a source of encouragement and sharing my favorite resources with a dose of “you can do it!” – it is one of the best opportunities that has come from sharing my story here on the internet.
It’s not uncommon for me to get an email asking for tips or direction from people who want to lose weight or start running. A lot of the time, people want to know where to start from someone who has experienced starting herself. Sometimes they ask me “Do I need to re-haul my life?”
I swear by the simplicity in #make1healthydecision living, and it’s true – healthy living doesn’t need to be hard – but seriously committing yourself to weight loss or starting a fitness program of any kind isn’t necessarily easy. Making your goal your priority takes discipline. Losing weight, becoming a runner – it all takes work. The good news is that the process in itself is good for you, as are the physical health benefit that occur thanks to the healthy changes you are making.
What happens after the cause and affects of setting and chasing these sorts of goals is the formation of healthy life habits. Learning to eat intuitively while trying to cut back on overeating is a tool that will be with you long after you’ve lost the 10 pounds you want to drop. Choosing a more satisfying afternoon snack rather than your normal candy bar won’t simply go away 5 days a week when you’ve hit your goal once you realize how AWESOME a healthy snack makes you feel at 3:30 PM. Every foot that has ever crossed a finish line is attached to a person who decided to start running one day.
There may be something in the air, but it seems like everyone – me included – is on a “happier, healthier” kick these days. Through conversations with coworkers, emails received from internet pals, invitations to fitness challenges or events, and generally just reading the internet it seems to me that a whole bunch of us are hungry for a change in our lives.
Last fall I gave a test drive to the 30 Day #ProteinChallenge. I’m stoked to share about this challenge with you because I think it’s a really great fit for everyone, no matter where you are on your health journey. My friend/Protein Partner Melissa and I have been planning so many fun surprises to go along with our doing the Protein Challenge again, this time at the same time as one another for some built in accountability.
We are starting next week Monday, April 13th and would LOVE to have you join us, too.
Want to know more about the challenge? Here’s a bunch of details to help you realize you should jump on board the #ProteinChallenge train, Protein Partner style!
What is the 30 Day Protein Challenge?
· The #ProteinChallenge is an fun, step-by-step 30-day plan that will help you get a balanced amount of protein at each meal.
· I personally think this challenge is unique in that it doesn’t ask TOO much from people with busy lives. Check out the calendar to see what I mean: 30 Day Protein Challenge Calendar Lots of reflection and rest days, and no expectations of perfection. Woot!
Why should you take the Protein Challenge?
· Protein gives you the control you need to take on the day and make the right food choices – all day.
· A growing body of research shows it may be beneficial to spread out your protein intake over the course of the day. This challenge helps you do that!
· Consuming the right amount of protein helps with weight loss goals by reducing mindless snacking, building muscles after a workout and protecting muscle mass. Learn more about the Benefits of Protein [infographic].
How does the #ProteinChallenge work?
· Take control of your appetite by working your way up to eating 30 grams of protein at every meal for one month.
· You keep track of your food, hunger and moods to see how simple diet changes can make a difference in your overall health and wellness for 30 days and beyond.
· The resources provided by The Beef Checkoff help keep you organized and on track throughout the challenge. You can find lots of tools online [Getting Protein While Dining Out and this Protein Pantry Cheat Sheet are both super helpful!] and once you officially sign up to start the challenge, you get daily emails to help you easily stay on track with your challenge progress.
How do you get started?
· You can start the challenge at ANY time, but if you want to start with us for added group and social media accountability, sign-up on March 13.
· Share your progress and engage with other Protein Challenge participants on social media using #ProteinChallenge.
Why should you take the Protein Challenge along with Melissa and Me, Protein Partner style?
· I’m a firm believer in the power of group accountability and friend challenges. I always do SO MUCH BETTER at keeping with a goal if I have a pal that I’m checking in with through the week, sharing about my progress and my struggles.
· As I mentioned before, we’ve got a bunch of fun Protein-packed surprises for the Protein Partnership that we can’t wait to share with you. Melissa is the RD behind Sound Bites and I feel extremely lucky to get to benefit from her dietitian expertise while I work my way towards a protein-powered lifestyle shift.
· Melissa and I will each share a reminder blog post filled with resources on Monday. The post will remind you that it’s day one of our Protein Partner #ProteinChallenge and that you should sign up for the emails if you want to join us Make sure you are subscribed to our feeds so you don’t miss the reminder!
· Because it’s going to be fun facing the challenge together, of course! What do you say? Are you going to be joining us for the #ProteinChallenge starting Monday, March 13? Please become our Protein Partner!!
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Beef Expert Bureau. This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff.