Am I the only one who’s shocked that Thanksgiving is LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY?! I have nothing ready and I’m hosting for, ummm let me see, this year… 12. OK, that’s not too too bad, but considering my fridge is empty and I have no turkey ordered or anything, I’m freaking out, slightly. I’ll have to get my act together this weekend, but first I thought it would be fun to launch a little challenge.
The idea hit me after seeing Thea post about the HBBC Challenge. “Great idea,” I thought but then I looked at the time frame and it’s like 6 weeks. I don’t know about you but I can’t commit to something for 6 weeks through the holiday season. I’m a week-by-week, even day-by-day girl. So I thought, why not launch my own shorter challenge? Then if we like it, we can do another one, and another one and another one through out the holiday season. This way, the commitment doesn’t seem so daunting.
I truly am all the about the baby steps. #wycwyc, am I right?
Here’s what I’m thinking: The Happy Thanks-I-Can-MOVE-Giving Challenge is two-fold and it’s inspired by, well, Thanksgiving of course — Thanks and Giving to be more specific.
The first part of the challenge is to give thanks for the mere fact we can move! SO many people look at working out or exercising like a punishment or a chore. Let’s reframe that this week. Let’s celebrate that we have amazing bodies that allow us to move and experience the world!
If you are committing to the challenge, you are committing to moving at least 30 minutes a day. That could be a walk, a run, a class at the gym, roller skating, a game of tag in the back yard with the kids, I don’t care! It just needs to be 30 minutes of deliberate activity every day.
The second part of the challenge is all about giving, but I have ulterior motives as well. I am on a mission to live a “stuff-free” life. I’m tired of things. I want to do, not have, and I want my kids to understand the difference. This is a lofty personal goal and I have a long way to go but again, I’m all about starting small. So if you join me on this challenge you are committing to giving at least one item away to charity by the end of the week.
To spread the Happy Thanks-I-Can-MOVE-Giving love, post daily on the social media channel of your choice about something you are grateful for. Not a big social media fan? Do it here in the comments. I’ll be posting daily myself and updating on my progress through the challenge.
If you like, feel free to steal my challenge graphic and invite your friends to join us!
We can use the hashtag #TGChallenge to find each other.
Prizes – Requirements
I thought about not having any prizes but they do make the whole challenge more fun. So I decided on something simple and useful during the holiday season: $100 gift cards for Amazon. I have 3 to give away!
However, I’m also not a big rules person so this is going to be simple: If you accept my challenge and want to be entered to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards all you need to do is:
- Leave a comment on this post accepting The Happy Thanks-I-Can-MOVE-Giving Challenge.
- Update us on your progress (how are you moving?) at least 4 times throughout the week in the comments — I’ll be posting daily updates myself so you can follow along with me and chime in.
- Post a photo of what you donated. You can share the photo with us any way you like on social media or in the comments. Just leave the photo or link on Saturday’s Happy Thanks-I-Can-MOVE-Giving Challenge wrap-up post.
- Use the hashtag #TGChallenge if you post to social media.
Since the prizes are gift cards, there are no restrictions. All I’ll need is an email address to send the gift card to. I’ll pick winners Monday, Dec 1 randomly (I use random.org) from all those who complete the challenge by next Sunday.
So, will you join me in moving more and having less this Thanksgiving week?