This is Eli

A blog about Eli. A blog about survival – and by that, I mean life!

Confession: Weeks 6 through 18 on MFP were a total wash. Between, work and family stuff, moving and sickness and travels and visiting with family – well, this goal to shave off the last 20 of baby weight wilted on the vine.

Of course, now the holidays are upon us, and life is about to get even crazier.

That’s why I’ve decided to take on a 65-day push to have a healthy holiday season.

Would you like to join in?

I’m going to pretend I started Nov. 1 and didn’t eat all of the Twix from my daughter’s Halloween pumpkin.

Update: I have decided to start on Nov. 10 to give more people time to catch on, ie, I will strong arm ask all of my friends and family to join in, and see if I can write about the effort along with interested colleagues on, which reaches a wide audience on the world wide webs.

The number 65 is key because it is a symbol of my son’s chronic illness, cystic fibrosis. Back in the day, kids couldn’t pronounce their own illness, so they called it 65 roses. Sixty five has since become a symbolic number for the disease. My family has become more wellness-oriented since my 1-year-old son’s diagnosis with this fatal lung illness.

Sixty five days will also get us through the holiday season, hopefully without putting on a bunch of weight and/or losing our minds and/or catching a bunch of colds and flu from all that togetherness and tinsel-infused insanity.

I will use the hashtag #healthy65 on Twitter. You should feel free to post your good healthy thing per day with that hashtag as well. Feel free to reference @hithisiseli in your Tweet!

Health and wellness are built from the scads of choices we make every day.

Here are my goals Nov. 10 through Jan. 14, 65 days. If I hit one out of four on any given day, I’ll be in good shape.

1. Use My Fitness Pal as much as possible. See how many days in a row I can track. (It’s surprisingly easy once you get in the habit)

2. Get moving 3-5 days per week. Even a walk at lunchtime counts.

3. Use YMCA membership (or cancel in the next 30 days).

4. Generally speaking, wash hands to stay healthy, sleep well, limit caffeine, sip rather than guzzle wine, drink water all day.

Everyone should set their own goals, but I’d like the idea to be, do at least one mindful, healthy and reasonable thing a day and see what happens. Anything you do for your mental health/spiritual well-being counts, too! It’s all tied together.

My ultimate goal is 20 pound baby weight loss, but framing my goals differently and in a less overwhelming way will hopefully help me get there. Thanks for reading!

Get healthy

Get healthy


6 thoughts on “Would you like to join my 65 day push for a healthy holiday season? (The last 20 pounds with My Fitness Pal: Week 18 )

  1. kristajahnke says:

    Fun! I will take part. As long as sipping the wine is actually part of the health plan, you can count me in.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. j&m says:

      Sipping wine is definitely part of this plan

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Laura says:

    I’m in:) #damnhalliweencandy

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Laura says:

      I mean Halloween candy… Lol

      Liked by 1 person

    2. j&m says:

      You have five days to eat all of your kids’ Halloween canduy. #go.


  3. I’ll join! I’m far away, but I’m in!

    Liked by 1 person

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