The President's Challenge (www.presidentschallenge. >org) is another set of challenges available for FREE. Begun in the 1960s, it has been available for years. (Presidential Fitness Award, Physical Fitness Test, Presidential Active Lifestyle Award - PALA, or Presidential Champions) The Adult Fitness Test measures aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, & body composition. PALA goals are 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 6 of 8 weeks (or 8,500 daily steps).
For the Champions Award, you earn activity points (sound familiar?) for a bronze, silver, gold, or platinum award.
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I buy the President's Choice Blue Menu 100-calorie popcorn bags and I make it into a salt and vinigar snack. Little bit of white vinegar sprinkled on and some sea salt. It's fixes my cravings for salty chips! Yum!
It takes time for the body to accept smaller portions and healthier food as "normal". However, until it does, eating this way will feel challenging. My own body took 3 months to reach the point when I just felt too full to finish what had previously been a "normal" helping.
This taking time for the body to adapt to a NEW normal of smaller portions and healthier food is a big part of why successful weightloss doesn't happen quickly. Be patient - your body IS changing!
I aim for 1000 spark points a month...that's a lot, and I don't often really make it, BUT by aiming that high, I have to really be on the site every day, reading the articles, taking quizzes and reading blogs, etc. Sometimes I will do a daily challenge where I challenge myself to get every single point possible on my "my points" page...again, not totally do-able for me...but it keeps me immersed in the site, and my goals right in front of me!
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