If you are part of a mom’s group, chances are, you are all struggling to lose the “baby weight.” I am not an advocate of focusing on weight loss. I prefer to concentrate on building a healthier body. I read an article that said weight loss should be the result of reaching a goal- it should not be the goal. With that philosophy in mind, my mom’s group came up with the idea of the “Inside Out Competition”- to improve ourselves inside and out.
The buy in for the competition is $5. Each participant writes down 1 goal for each of the following categories: food, fitness, lifestyle and other. One participant collects all the goals and divides them according to category. Each week, a goal is drawn from each category and emailed to the entire group. Each participant also chooses one personal goal that does not have to be revealed, for a total of five goals to work on for the week. For each goal you complete, you earn a point. Whoever has the most points at the end of the competition wins the pot.
So for example, the goals for our first week were:
Fitness: Do 100 jumping jacks every day of the week (we revised this to six days of the week)
Food: Eat protein for every meal six days out of the week
Lifestyle: Spend fifteen minutes each day in meditation or relaxation
Other: Do one thing you are scared of and tell the group about it
Since the goals change weekly, there is something new to do each week. It also gives you a fun topic to talk about with other moms, and the companionship helps you to stay on track. A lot more fun than starving yourself and standing on the scale.