Get Lean / Get Healthy 8 Week Challenge

It’s time for the next edition of our Get Lean 8 Week Challenge, except this time, there’s an additional feature: We now have the Get Lean Challenge and the Get Healthy Challenge.

Each is 8 weeks long where you’ll address one new habit each week. The habits are cumulative, so by the end you’ll be putting 8 new habits into action. If you’re like most people, you’ll find some of them easy, some of them moderately challenging, and one or two will be a real challenge for you. For additional motivation, there’s a “someone’s keeping tabs” element in that you’ll submit a (brief) daily tracking form about how well you’re sticking to the habits. And for even more motivation, it’s a competition, where points are awarded based on how well you stick to the habits.

Each program also has three levels, so that you can pick the level that is right for you.
Do you already eat really well and exercise regularly, but maybe could use a bit of accountability? Or maybe you look at programs like this and get a nervous feeling of self-doubt that you won’t be able to do it? There’s a level for each, and there’s one in between.

The difference between the two programs is the order in which you’ll adopt the habits:

For the Get Lean Challenge, you’ll start addressing indulgent eating in week 1, which means you’ll do this for 8 weeks.
For the Get Healthy Challenge, you’ll start adding healthy foods before addressing removing some of the less healthy ones.

The Get Lean Challenge is the version I’ve been running a few times a year since 2013, and each time I receive lots of positive feedback, with many people lossing 10 to 20 pounds during the 8 weeks, while others are in the 5 to 10 range. Not everyone loses weight, although most who stick to it, do. My favourite part about the program is the emails I get from people telling me that they continued to follow some of the habits after the program ended.

I also love that a lot of people take the program every time I offer it. That feels like a good sign.

Why did I add the new Get Healthy challenge?

The get lean challenge is effective, but I noticed over the years that not everyone completes the 8 weeks. This led me to think there was room for improvement, and that’s when I started to think about how hard it is to stick to the indulgences part for 8 weeks. I also thought about how, conceptually, I prefer a program that starts with positives (add healthy foods) instead of negatives (reduce unhealthy foods). Thus the Get Healthy challenge was born.

I kept the Get Lean Challenge as well based on feedback from the first time I ran the Get Healthy Challenge – some people like to attack the indulgences right away!

To recap:

If you think indulgent eating (junk food and such) is a big ticket item for you AND you think you’ve got it in you to reduce that (we don’t ask you to eliminate – we ask you to reduce) for 8 weeks, then sign up for the Get Lean Challenge.

If you think addressing indulgent eating without first bringing in some healthier habits is going to make you drop out, or if indulgent eating isn’t a big ticket item for you, then pick the Get Healthy Challenge.

There is a $10 fee to take part – that’s Canadian dollars, so practically free for many of you.

Regardless of which program you select, you’ll receive an email at the beginning of the week that introduces the habit for that week, and then each day you’ll receive another email with information about the habit. The emails hopefully shed light on some of the seemingly contradictory information available about nutrition and exercise. I know daily emails sounds like a lot, but feedback so far is that most people really like them. In fact a few people always email me at the end of the program to tell me that they miss the emails.

Interested? Register by Sunday January 7th to start on Monday January 8th. Here’s the registration form in case you missed it. Once you fill in the form, you’ll be directed to a paypal page where you can pay. Note that you won’t be registered until you have paid.

We also have a private facebook page for the program where you can ask questions and share experiences with others who are (or have) taken the program. Because it is a closed group, nobody else can see what you write there. Or you can reply to the program emails.

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