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One Easy Way to Stay on Track in December

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/21/2013 12:00 AM   :  65 comments   :  32,116 Views

Thanksgiving is coming up in just a few short days, and you might still be participating in our November #Fit2Feast challenge (WooHoo!). We know that it’s tough to stay motivated leading up to the holiday season, so congratulations for participating and making it this far already!

You might have made some good strides (hah!) with our November challenge, but we recognize that you’re probably going to need some motivation to stay on track through the busy month of December—which can easily be the hardest month of the year to stick with a healthy eating and exercise program. There always seems to be an endless barrage of feasts, family gatherings and work parties to attend! However, we’ve seen time and again how just a little bit of accountability can go a long way, no matter what the time of year (yes, even in December). And that’s why, by popular demand, we’re hosting a challenge to get you through the bulk of the winter holiday season. Welcome to our #SparkTheSeason challenge! 

This time, we’re changing things up a bit. Our #Fit2Feast challenge was focused on getting in at least 10 minutes of exercise every day leading up until Thanksgiving. But we realize that, during the holidays, you might have a variety of different consistency-related goals that you’d like to focus on. So, for our #SparkTheSeason challenge, we’re encouraging you to pick your own goal to focus on for the month of December. It can be anything you want, as long as it’s something that serves a purpose for YOU during the holiday season. For example, you could set a goal to:
  • Take at least 10 minutes of time to de-stress each day
  • Dedicate a little time each evening toward a major project you want to complete by the end of the year
  • Eat at least 5 fruits and veggies each day to counteract heavy holiday meals
  • Meditate for a few minutes each morning before the craziness of the day sets in
  • Focus some daily time on building a skill you’ve been meaning to master this year
  • Continue with your goal of 10 minutes of fitness per day
The sky's the limit! Just remember, the more Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely your goal is, the easier it will be to complete it! You can learn more about SMART goals and get started with a helpful, printable worksheet here.

Make this the year when you stick to your guns and stay on track over the holidays! How awesome would it feel to accomplish something big to kick off 2014 on a healthy and productive note? You can do this—and we’re here to help you along the way! We will be posting daily tips and motivation on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ using the #SparkTheSeason hashtag. 

Here are four ways to participate (don't worry--you only have to pick one!):

1) Every day in December, you can post to FacebookTwitter, or Google+
 with the hashtag #SparkTheSeason to let us know what your goal is and how your progress is going. Then, we'll serve up tips and encouragement to keep you headed in the right direction!

2) Comment on our pins on Pinterest, or pin your own personal goal-related images with the hashtag #SparkTheSeason.

3) If you don't feel like making your own specific goal, you can participate in  our Instagram photo-a-day challenge every day in December! Simply post a photo to your Instagram account with the hashtag #SparkTheSeason, following the daily themes in the graphic below!  


4) Finally, if you don't use social media, start a SparkStreak and update your SparkPage status or blog every day to keep yourself accountable! 

So, who’s in for #SparkTheSeason? Let’s finish out 2013 with a bang!!

Psst! Don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterest, and Google+  for daily tips and encouragement!


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Comments

  • 65
    To stay on track in this difficult month, I plan to get in a lot of Walking, Biking, Fitness Blender, Yogilates & Aerobics. When the weather is nice I'm walking to the park since round trip that can be up to 7 miles! I plan on getting my 8 hours of sleep, enough water and make the best food choices I can! - 12/2/2013   4:53:47 PM
  • 64
    Daily workout 15 min. I already do three Curves workouts a week. - 12/2/2013   11:52:52 AM
  • 63
    I have set my personal goal for planning (and following through with) 5 servings of fruits/vegetables each day. I'm not a fan of social media but love the tips and encouragement I get from this site. - 12/1/2013   11:07:42 PM
  • 62
    Workout for at least 30 minutes a day and lose 15 pounds in December! - 12/1/2013   9:00:48 PM
  • FNASCTHR
    61
    Become more accountable of what I put in my body. - 12/1/2013   8:59:44 PM
  • 60
    Track what I eat every day. I have fallen off the wagon there, no question that is where I need to change. I am ready! - 12/1/2013   7:59:18 PM
  • 59
    My challenge for this month is to log 50 running miles along with a 5k for Christmas and one for New Years. - 12/1/2013   7:52:57 PM
  • 58
    My goal is to get up pray/meditate/read bible
    **(remember what the season is really about)**
    My goal is to work out
    My goal is to do both of these in the morning every morning - 12/1/2013   7:32:50 PM
  • 57
    My goal is to complete Leslie Sansone's Walk it off in 30 Days challenge. Did Day 1 this afternoon. - 12/1/2013   5:02:34 PM
  • 56
    Just a reminder, we have a team called: Back on track where you can follow along without using social media. - 12/1/2013   3:29:14 PM
  • 55
    Strength Training is my Nemesis so I will be doing 10 minutes per day and just working my way down my list then starting it over again. - 12/1/2013   12:35:54 PM
  • 54
    I dont have instagram on my phone but would love to take part in the Photo A Day challenge, but just post the pics on my Sparkblog. Will definitely be taking part in this challenge. - 12/1/2013   11:17:47 AM
  • HIGELBY
    53
    Im looking to exercise daily and lose weight! - 12/1/2013   10:18:33 AM
  • 52
    I really need this! Since I didn't do fit to feast, I'm going to aim for ten minutes of exercise daily! - 12/1/2013   9:57:27 AM
  • SMALLPLANET0917
    51
    I am hooked. I will exercise for at least 10 minutes everyday starting today! And because I missed November I will leave everything white out of my diet. - 12/1/2013   9:09:34 AM
  • LINDAM-NJ
    50
    I somehow missed the November challenge, but I'm in for December. My goal is to track what I eat every day. Since I usually start out strong and then experience total collapse by Day 3, this is a BIG challenge for me. - 12/1/2013   8:53:43 AM
  • PAPAFLEET
    49
    Exercise
    - 12/1/2013   8:51:59 AM
  • JANDSEVERAFTER
    48
    I am in... I am needing the motivation!!! and to make healthier choices in eating!!! - 12/1/2013   8:30:13 AM
  • KNELSON118
    47
    Run at least one mile everyday - 12/1/2013   8:26:45 AM
  • 46
    I'm in also. I will track my food to stop myself from overindulging. Sweet treats are my downfall so this month is always a danger for me. - 12/1/2013   7:34:52 AM
  • SCOOBYGIRL313
    45
    20 min exercise every day. - 12/1/2013   7:34:36 AM
  • 44
    Exercising at least 20 minutes a day...walking during lunch or on the elliptical - 12/1/2013   7:20:58 AM
  • SPAYNE34
    43
    I will do the 28 day boot camp DVD! - 11/27/2013   3:55:20 PM
  • WEINERMUM504
    42
    My goal is to log into your website daily for the motivation I need to get started in a good way - 11/27/2013   9:23:43 AM
  • MAIAPAPAYA1221
    41
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I thought I was going to have to just drop any fitness plans until January, but with this I don't have to worry as much!
    Happy Holidays, Jesus loves you! - 11/27/2013   7:29:45 AM
  • 40
    love to know how to save the page - 11/26/2013   3:40:18 PM
  • 39
    Love this. - 11/26/2013   1:33:05 PM
  • 38
    I am in. My motivation has ebbed and flowed lately! I just want to leave the 200s behind!! I float between 197-203 b/c of my lack of consistency in my diet. - 11/26/2013   11:47:19 AM
  • 37
    My challenge is to find my motivation. I'm at the highest weight I've ever been in and am the least active I've ever been. I need to get up and move around. I have everything I need, except the motivation. - 11/26/2013   11:08:54 AM
  • 36
    Not sure how I join this...but I am in as well. My challenge is to become more acquainted with this website. I will, at the very least, log on every day and make an conscious effort to figure this out! Thanks everyone! - 11/26/2013   10:31:39 AM
  • KIDDO1980
    35
    I end Insanity workout on 1st December and 2nd December I will start Body Beast ;)
    And I'm perfecting my perfect diet :) - 11/26/2013   10:00:55 AM
  • 34
    I'm in also. Is there some where that I need to click to join? - 11/26/2013   9:55:16 AM
  • 33
    I'm in :) - 11/26/2013   9:22:21 AM
  • 32
    Lately consistency overall is an issue, particularly with veggies, but I'm eating mostly fruit. Also, I'm moving, but I'm not consistently making the best choices lately and need to concentrate on more cardio. I've just enjoying leisurely walks, etc.

    I commit to adding more veggies daily, and re-focusing on cardio, and making better choices, by beginning my home circuit. - 11/26/2013   9:20:39 AM
  • 31
    Iím in I know I float around too much here on Spark, for the December Spark the Season, I will commit to my goal for December and start blogging. - 11/26/2013   8:41:43 AM
  • DIVERRENEE
    30
    I do have trouble reaching the goal of 5 fruits and vegies so that's what I'll pick. If I know I'm accountable it will work. Thank you Sparkpeople! - 11/26/2013   8:24:54 AM
  • 29
    I'm in and I'll share this with my team!! Let's do this!! - 11/26/2013   7:59:48 AM
  • SCOSHIGAL
    28
    I love this! I'm definitely in for #sparktheseason! I will track my food for the day on my food log and do the at least 10 minutes a day exercise! Thanks Spark! - 11/26/2013   6:02:51 AM
  • 27
    With the #Fit2Feast Challenge, I have been pretty consistent with fitness. Only took 2 rest days that were needed. I am excited and looking forward to December's challenge. - 11/23/2013   9:32:11 AM
  • 26
    I was really hoping for this, I have woken up everyday in November knowing I had to put something so even if I got up late I would hop on the stationary bike or walk (if it was nice enough). Thanks Sparkpeople - 11/22/2013   10:21:47 AM
  • GARIANNA1
    25
    ACCOUNTABILITY IS THE SECRET ..LETS DO IT!!!! - 11/22/2013   10:08:58 AM
  • 24
    Definitely count me in for photos and 10 minutes daily exercise. - 11/22/2013   4:19:52 AM
  • 23
    I look forward to the challenge. This is the first time I have been I successful in winning the battle with being overweight. This is thanks to support I receive from SPARK. - 11/22/2013   12:23:00 AM
  • 22
    I am in but will be posting in my blog, yeahhhh. minimum 10 minutes a day exercise will be my goal. - 11/21/2013   3:49:04 PM
  • 21
    I'm definitely in! I'll stay with the 10 min. a day for exercise and include 30 min a day of bookwork to bring our account books up to date for 2014. - 11/21/2013   3:12:33 PM
  • 20
    Oh this is actually a challenge I think I can do. Personal goal will be to check into Spark every day in December. Not necessarily track diet or exercise (which is hard for me to keep track of in December) but to check into this wonderful website and chat with the wonderful friends I've made here. Also, making a conscious effort to check in does get me thinking about healthy living and may just make December not as challenging in my healthy living journey. Also going to try the Instagram challenge...that sounds fun. Now I just need to get my son to teach me how to post something on Instagram...

    Happy Holidays everyone! - 11/21/2013   3:11:17 PM
  • 19
    I am going to do this challenge, but locally, here on this site. I use social media, but I don't like to put my weight loss stuff out there for all to see. I prefer to stay here in this community :) Now I really need to think of something i can work on in December that is doable and easy enough to stick with it amidst the chaos. Maybe I will try to work on being able to do pushups which I cannot do at all right now! - 11/21/2013   2:46:15 PM
  • 18
    I started to do the November challenge and had so many things happen I just didn't have time. But this December I am ready to start back with the 10 mins of exercising a day. Also I have been slacking on my water a day, so I'm gonna start back up on getting my daily intake. Side note: I've been pop free for six and a half weeks! Monday will be 7!!! - 11/21/2013   2:13:56 PM
  • 17
    I'm definitely in! - 11/21/2013   1:26:28 PM
  • 16
    Doing this! I had my son 2 months ago and am finally able to start focusing on getting back in shape. I tend drink a lot of my calories so I will be focusing on getting more water and only drinking one caloric beverage per day. I will also be working out 10 minutes each day. - 11/21/2013   1:06:31 PM

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