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…
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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