Hi & welcome to Pregnancy.org's "Harvest Health" Challenge sponsored by our Biggest Loser Club (BLC)! This challenge is open to everyone! Those trying to conceive will find getting healthier can improve their fertility chances! Currently expecting? You'll be impacting both you AND your baby by making healthier lifestyle choices! Postpartum and those actively parenting will see improved energy levels rise -- perfect for (trying to!) keep up with those kiddos that are constantly on the move!
Our BLC has recognized that while shedding inches and pounds may be the goal for some, their primary focus is to help challenge participants create healthy lifestyle habits that can truly be life changing... not only for the individual but for the family as well!
This challenge will run for six weeks -- October 14th through November 24th. As this time of year tends to be one of great harvest and bounty, our quest will be to 'reap' a healthier body - inside & out! Deadline for sign ups will be October 10th! Read on to learn more!
How the challenge works
Sign up to join the challenge: Members will join the challenge by posting on this sign up link. (Note: Those new to Pregnancy.org are encouraged & welcome to join in! First you must go to the Pregnancy.org homepage to register your account then return back to this page to join the challenge!) Participants must indicate what team that they are a part of or if they wish to be assigned to a team. (If you are interested in forming a team, talk with other friends from within the community or even from your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, etc.) circles. They will have to register with Pregnancy.org but since membership is free that shouldn't be an obstacle! Sign-up deadline is October 10th!
Connect!: Each team will have a dedicated support thread on the BLC forum. A team leader is selected (or appointed) for each team. This person will be responsible for gathering weekly points for their members and posting on a designated thread. Within this thread, team members can share their personal goals for this challenge, what is / is not working for them, along with any daily news they wish to share... and of course, give & receive support! Over the years, these support threads have lead to real camaraderie & friendships!
Earn points! Points are awarded a number of ways -- exercise, drinking water, participation on your team support thread, healthy food choices, eating breakfast, and yes... even sleep! All are completely doable for ANYONE to take part. No excuses! Additional mini-challenges are offered along the way presenting opportunities to earn even *more* points. (Tip - participating in mini challenges AS a team will get your team a huge bonus!) You can find the complete breakdown on how points are awarded below.
Check in: The more you participate, the more accountability and encouragement you have to stay on track for your goals -- whatever those may be for your particular stage in life. You must report your total points to your team leader once a week for tallying.
Meet the Healthier You! Six weeks. That's all you are committing to. Whether your personal goal is to lose weight, increase energy and stamina, feel better -- physically & emotionally... don't you owe it to yourself to try? This is a win-win-WIN option!
What are you waiting for!? Sign up today!
How to calculate points:
All check-ins must be reported by a team leader in alphabetical order according to username. Where there is no leader, or no leader is available, any team member may post the points. With the increasing number of participants for these challenges, it is important for it to run as smoothly as possible. The check-ins will need to be in by 9pm EST/6pm PST on Tuesdays.
If an individual fails to check in two consecutive times during the challenge, that person will be removed by admin. Teams will be disqualified if they miss checking in any two weeks, not necessarily consecutively. If you have members who have failed to check in with you, put a 0 next to their name and get the points posted.
Remember - Make choices that are safe & approved from within these below are according to your specific stage (TTC, pregnancy, postpartum, etc.) You should always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
1 points per 10 minutes of exercise. This must be an actual form of purposeful exercise - walking, running, biking, swimming, weight training, cardio machines, etc. This does not include any chores or activities, only straight exercise. Our goal is to reward your for purposefully fitting exercise into your schedule. General activity, such as cleaning the house, gardening or swimming with your children, is 1 point per 20 minutes of activity. Please limit activity to cleaning, activity and chores that require a little muscle work and/or endurance. For example, I would not include washing dishes. Use your best judgement. There is a limit of 12 points per day for exercise activity.
1 point per cup (8 oz/236 ml) of water. 10 points max...1/2 can be calorie free, caffeine free drinks ie. tea not sweetened, diet sierra mist etc.
1 point for each day you check in with your team. This does not mean typing "checking in." This means that you say something about your day, or something to encourage or support your fellow teammate(s). This should include at least 2 personal messages to a fellow teammate each day.
5 points for every day you eat within your plan. Whether you're following an actual plan (like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, SlimFast, etc.) or simply following basic healthy eating guidelines, you will earn for sticking to it. If you go slightly off plan you will get 3 points. If you totally blow your day 0 points.
You can add a point each day for eating breakfast. Studies have shown that eating breakfast helps with weight loss so this will be beneficial to everyone!
Competitors will earn one point for each night that they sleep 7 hours or more. If you are feeding babies during the night, please count the amount of total sleep you get in any one night.
Mini-challenges: Mini-challenges are again part of this challenge. Most mini-challenges will take place over the course of a week. A new thread will be posted for each individual mini-challenge with instructions. Most mini-challenges will be worth 10 points per individual. You will need to tally your own mini-challenge points each week. If every member of a team completes the mini challenge and posts on the relevant thread, the team will get a huge 10 EXTRA POINTS onto their team average at the end of the week!