Holiday Season 2013: Make It Happen

A better title would be “Holiday Season 2013: (How I’m) Make(ing) It Happen,” but that doesn’t look as nice, does it?

Everyone knows that the winter holiday season is notorious for falling off track… whether it’s by eating unhealthy food in abundance (hello Christmas cookies), failing to keep up with a workout routine or stressing out about finding and paying for the perfect gifts. The holidays are great, but also chaotic, and the first causality is usually our self.

That’s why I signed up for:

Created last year by Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean and Elle from Nutritionella, here’s a little overview from Elle’s blog:

The Elf for Health Holiday Challenge is a four week challenge involving daily tasks, challenge winners, some awesome prizes, weekly newsletters and a Facebook group for support.

The challenge will run from the Monday November 25th thru December 22, 2013. Note: For those of you who participated last year, we’ve shortened the challenge by 2 weeks after realizing 4 weeks is the perfect amount of time for people to stay motivated and engaged in the challenge!

The best part of the challenge is, you’ll have your very own elf to support and encourage you. This means, when you sign up, you will also be committing to be an elf for someone in return. We’re rematch elves after 2 weeks, so if you complete the whole challenge you’ll have two different elves, and 2 new friends at the end!

Sounds like a great way to stay motivated and meet new people over the holidays doesn’t it?! Since this challenge is internet based, anyone can participate, no matter where you’re located! All you need is access to the internet and an email address.

Given my penchant for all-things Disney, and my love of contests and group activities, this was a no-brainer for me. Do you think this is something you’d consider doing? (*If you missed the initial sign up deadline, you can still participate: Sign up (scroll down for online form) before December 6th for Round 2.)

Yesterday we were assigned our week 1 elf and I received K from One Healthy Hamptons. Another east coaster! Excellent. I look forward to reading her blog and helping motivate and encourage her. Today’s challenge is to go meatless, which is no problem for me as I usually try and make “meatless Monday” a regular in my life.

If you have tips/tricks for keeping healthy and happy during the holidays, I’d love to hear them. The only other thing I recommend is not getting ahead of myself… basically meaning: no Christmas until after Thanksgiving. I love all the holidays of this time of year and want to enjoy them each fully.


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