Shape Up! Fitness Challenge

by Kelsey Norwood

in Health

shape up fitness challenge

So I’m doing a “Biggest Loser/Shape Up” fitness challenge with some friends. I’m mostly doing it for fun – I don’t expect to win because frankly, I’m not really willing to give up some of my unhealthy habits, like dessert several times a day, etc.

And in the first several months after my son was born I ended up weighing quite a bit less than I did before I got pregnant with my son. I attribute this to genetics and nursing. So now that I’m done nursing, that weight will be coming back, I’m sure of it. I’m expecting to gain some weight in the next little while, and I’m not going to do anything to stop it.

I believe in intuitive eating, which means I eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full, and my body finds its own happy place all on its own. More on intuitive eating later, because I have a lot to say about it and you all need to hear it! Everyone needs to hear it! Intuitive eating is wonderful!

Back to the fitness challenge. So, like I said, I’m not going to try to lose any weight, which isn’t a huge focus of this fitness challenge anyway. Mostly the challenge is to get us thinking about how to have a healthier lifestyle, and there are some things I can do in that area. We are tracking how much sleep we get, how much water we drink, getting enough fruits and vegetables, exercising/stretching every day, eating breakfast, avoiding soda and fast food, etc.

Looking at our tracking sheet, I have decided I’m a pretty healthy person. I don’t drink soda or eat fast food, and I eat enough fruits and vegetables. I do need to work on getting at least a little bit of exercise each day and also drinking more water. So I have some goals to work on over the next 8 weeks.

Developing healthy habits is really important . I want to be able to keep up with my children physically, and I’m sure you do too. Now is a great time to start focusing on healthy lifestyle changes that will help you have enough energy to be an active and involved mom!


1 jenny June 4, 2008 at 12:09 pm

AWESOME POST! I really like the intuitive eating book as well, but it’s been awhile since I last read it. Mindless eating was another good read, but not as good, I don’t think.

2 vanillajoy June 4, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Jenny!! I need to reread the intuitive eating book again as well – I’ll have to look up Mindless Eating – I’ve never heard of that one.


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