Elf 4 Health Week 1 Recap

I joined up with 800+ people to be an Elf 4 Health this holiday season.

What is an Elf 4 Health?


An Elf commits to a six week challenge that runs from the Monday after Thanksgiving through the first week in January.  Each elf commits to meeting daily challenges designed to help us live a physically and emotionally healthy life.

Each elf is partnered up with another elf to provide support over a two week period.  Then elf buddies are rotated, allowing you to get to know 3 elves throughout the challenge.

My elf for the first round of the Elf 4 Health challenge was Lisa of Jogging on Coffee.

My first week of the challenge started off a little rocky.  The first challenge was to participate in Meatless Monday.

I’ll be honest, I had completed forgotten about the challenge until I logged onto my email Monday morning.  You know, after already eating sausage at breakfast and packing leftover chicken for lunch.  My dinner went much better, with a lentil soup with chickpeas and quinoa.

Tuesday we were challenged to send a note to someone. I wrote a brief update on my family on a holiday card and sent it off to an uncle I had been meaning to send a card to anyways.  The challenge was a nice reminder to get that done.

On Wednesday, I was still recovering from the flu, but needed to participate in a new workout.  Lisa was planning a barre workout, and I thought that sounded like a good option for someone whose stomach still was not 100%.  I headed over to Livestrong Woman based on a suggestion from another elf and found Beach Barre Workout With Renée Herlocker.

I loved Thursday’s challenge of getting up 15 minutes early to meditate.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays I get up at my normal 4:30 am, but instead of heading to the gym, I do yoga.  I did the same this past week, but cut it short to spend a few minutes in front of my altar to pray.  It has been too long and I think I will be making this a regular part of my weekly routine.

I had yet another epic fail on Friday.  We were supposed to eat a rainbow of color.  Here is the color of most of my meals on Friday…

elf 4 health week 1

Over the weekend, we were challenged to clean out a closet.  Just last month I attempted the 333 project, so my clothes closet is bare.  And the weekend of Thanksgiving we had cleaned out the coat closet.  So onto my sons room.

We always do a major clean out at this time of year, with the idea that he needs to make room for all the new toys he will be getting for the holidays.

I told him to find 20 things he would like me to take to Once Upon a Child.  He found the 20 quickly.  But then I had him empty his bookshelves to dust, and before I knew it we had 2 full paper grocery bags, plus some, ready to leave our house.  I was quite proud of him.

I have really enjoyed this past week.  Meeting Lisa and participating in the Facebook group has been a great way to get ideas and get to know new people.

I look forward to the next 5 weeks.  This next week will be a bit difficult due to travel plans.  I may have to switch up days to get all the challenges in, but they will all be done this time around :).

It’s not to late to sign up for Rounds 2 and 3.  The deadlines are December 7th and December 22nd.  So be sure to head on over and join the fun!

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    • Jacki says

      I’ve been following your blog recently and saw that you were participating (have to support my fellow central Iowa bloggers). I would be happy to be your elf buddy until one is assigned to you in Round 2. Just send me an email if you are interested.

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