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We’re entering the #healthy65 Holiday Challenge home stretch.

Parties, visits, dinners, travels — oi. It’s time to double down on our wellness goals through Jan. 13.

The #healthy65 challenge began Nov. 10 with the simple idea to do one healthy thing of your choosing per day for 65 days. The healthy thing can be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, whatever. My only suggestion is that goals are simple, not extreme.

It’s Day 34/65, Week 5/10.

My co-workers and pals and even a few interested community members have joined me on my trek to have a holiday season that minimizes (for me) stress and weight gain!

Below is a sampling of their many smart ideas, which I will re-read for inspiration and motivation. What are you doing to stay healthy and well this holiday season?

1. This Oklahoma City personal trainer has hopped on board the #healthy65 Holiday Challenge. 12 Days of Christmas? How about 12 Days of Fitness instead. Check out his ideas on his blog. Day 1: Walk 1 mile.

2. A great friend has been a most loyal #healthy65 subject, Tweeting his efforts almost daily. Ryan emphasizes the utility of good ‘ol fashioned games in fitness. Like this:

3. 80/20 – I think I stole this idea from the aforementioned trainer’s blog. Who wants to be good all the time? Aim for most of the time with food and fitness.

Pie. mmmm. Pie.

4. Speaking of @briokc, here’s another idea from her: Get straight and meditate like a Buddhist.

5. Pat’s trying to lighten up. We could all probably lighten up.

6. How about cutting back on sugar? Jenni’s doing one sugar-free day per week. She’s stuck with it, too!

7. Travel can seriously bust your diet goals. Kathryn’s 3 strategies have helped keep me on track during holiday-time travel.

8. Jenn is cooking with whole foods only for the duration of the challenge. I gotta get some of her recipes…

9. My co-worker Berry is all about sit-ups on account of his fascination with athlete Herschel Walker’s alleged 1,000 sit-ups/per day routine. Berry’s up to 100 these days. Not bad, Berry. Not bad at all.

10. Positive thought: A little progress in the right direction is still progress! I’ve been tracking with My Fitness Pal in recent weeks. This is because I’d like to lose about 20 pounds of lingering baby weight. My weight loss progress is slow, but according to MFP, I weight 6 fewer pounds than I did at this time last year. I’m calling that a win.

11. Set Christmas spending limits. We are operating on a budget to keep Christmas reasonable. My children don’t need 1,000 new pieces of plastic crap. They’re getting three gifts a piece from us, and Mark and I aren’t buying for each other. Having a financial plan on our razor thin budget gives major peace of mind.

12. Steal a good wellness idea from another culture. My stolen idea is Danish. It’s called ‘hygge’ and it’s cited as one of the reasons the Danes are the happiest people on the planet, despite utter crap weather. Read about it!

13. Appreciate something. This woman appreciated her Monday morning iced coffee. Taking the moment to appreciate small things may seem of little use, but if you do this, you will be happier, according to wellness experts. Save the bitters for the beer. Mmm beer.

14. Veggies. Get into it. Tiffany proves that even in the land of cattle, it’s possible to be a vegan.

15. It’s a great time of year to start thinking about spring athletic events and formulating a fitness plan — a 5K, 10K, half marathon, mini-triathlon, Tough Mudder, etc. Jaclyn explains her love of Tough Mudder. It’s all about teamwork, ppl.

If not into fitness, you could always brainstorm about ways to give back. Giving is good for the soul. Here’s a worthy cause – Christmas gifts for the 11,500 Oklahoma children who will spend Christmas in foster care. If local, you can volunteer your time.

16. Try a new exercise! I’ve picked up my YMCA attendance with this challenge. I’ve fallen for Piloxing. Zumba? Not a fan. I was afraid of lifting weights until I went to my first Body Pump class. I discovered an amazing series of weekly classes that incorporate cardio and weights. Key to a great class is good instruction and good music. I leave class feeling great, as my friend Khina put it – like She-Ra.

17. Resistance is not futile! My friend Jen resisted the sweets tray at a conference. It may seem like a small choice, saving, I don’t know, 100-300 calories. But even having one 150 calorie treat (a glass of wine or a cookie, for example) every day for 30 days in a row can add a pound a month!



Today is day 34 of the #Healthy65 Holiday Challenge, created by and supported by NewsOK and The Oklahoman! Nov. 10- Jan. 13, do one healthy thing per day of your choosing. The “healthy thing” can be anything related to wellness – mental or physical. To share your healthy thing, use the hashtag #healthy65 on Twitter or Instagram, or post your efforts and success stories on You are also free to do the #Healthy65 in secrecy, semi-secrecy or dressed as a ninja. The challenge has infiltrated the newsroom. Follow NewOK reporters as they ditch sugar, exercise, eat whole foods only, and take on personal wellness challenges of all sorts. Our participants have been encouraged to keep it simple and keep it up! How will you challenge yourself? Jump in at any time, just adjust your end date. Let us know what you’re up to, and Godspeed.

Do you have a great idea or goal you’d like to share? Leave a comment below or send me a note!


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