Get Fit before You Feast: A November Challenge!

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Halloween is just around the corner, and we all know what that means—the holiday season will be upon us before we know it. Unfortunately, the "most wonderful time of the year" also tends to be the most stressful time of the year for a lot of people; especially for those who are striving to lose weight or get fit. How do you avoid falling off the wagon during such a busy time full of food, friends and family obligations? 

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Consistency is the key to success. Sure, you might have to compromise your diet plan and exercise routine a bit during the holidays, but that doesn't mean you have to careen off a cliff into a two-month pie binge. If you put in just a little effort, your journey to a healthier lifestyle isn't doomed! Chances are, you won't be sitting down to a 4,500-calorie feast every day in November, and you can probably still find time to fit inat least a few minutes of exercise every day. It's all about keeping your priorities front and center--and we're here to help you do just that with a month-long consistency challenge. Kick off the holiday season the healthy way by completing at least 10 minutes of exercise each day from November 1st to November 26th (the day before Thanksgiving). For bonus points, try to squeeze in 10 minutes on Thanksgiving Day, too!

The best part? We'll be there to support you along the way. Each day of the challenge, you can post to FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest by using the hashtag #Fit2Feast to stay accountable and let us know how you're doing. Then, we'll serve up tips and encouragement to keep you headed in the right direction! We will also be posting daily on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ to check in with your progress using the same #Fit2Feast hashtag.

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

Remember that Thanksgiving Day is just one day. By keeping up a fitness streak for the month of November, you're making a conscious commitment to stick to your goals that will hopefully give you the momentum you need to make good choices on the big day—and then continue working toward your goals through the rest of the holiday season. Good luck!

Psst! Don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for daily tips and encouragement!

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4more "walk Live" mikes tonite. Report
3more miles(45min) today Report
Didn't see this challenge until today but the only day I didn't exercise was the first.
Is there a team for this challenge? Would anyone be interested in joining if I started one? Report
9 miles today! About 3hrs... Report
Walked 1.5 miles to town this morning. Beautiful sunny, if chilly and windy day. Report
I walked for 1 hr yesterday, after doing a burst step class Report
All in on this challenge! Did 2 mile hike today and 40 crunches! Report
Where do you join this team? Report
Lead an hour long power walk class way more than my 10 mintues in. it was the equivalent of a 3 mile walk. Three other lovely walkers joined me. Great time. Tomorrow will be more of a challenge for me coz I am usually a couch potato on Sundays!
I'm joining Report
I'm in, need this motivation for 5K in December. Good luck all!! Report
I don't think you sign up for this challenge. You post on your social media of choice using #fit2feast. Good luck, everyone! Report
I'm IN. Starting the month 'Keeping the faith' with 38 min taking the 'treadmill trip,' will need another trip to equal the 'walk in the park' at lunchtime. Report
And if you're interested, there is a team set up for those who do not use Social media: No Social Media? Check in here! We'd love to have you join! Report
Please tell me where to sign up for the #Fit2Feast#challenge? Report
Where do we click to join and see the challenge? Report
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Where do we click to join and see the challenge? Report
I'm in! I pledge to eat within my 1200 + exercise goal as well as get in some exercise everyday! Report
I'm in! Report
I am pledging to stay within my 2500 calorie limit on Thanksgiving Day as well as every day until New Years.
Rock n Turkey Roll with me on Thanksgiving Day.
I'm in...already got a head start. Report
I'm In! :) Report
Love this challenge. Will definitely do this every day. Report
I'm in and looking forward to the challenge Report
I'm in! Looking forward to it! Report
I LOVE this idea. It is the only challenge I plan on doing for that month! Report
Just the motivation I need Report
I'm in! Report
I'll join in !! Report
Sounds like just what I need :) Report
OK...I've been away from my spark page for a few months and it's time to get back to it. This will be a great jump start for me! Report
I don't see how to sign up...
I'm In. Report
I'm in. Where do I join? Report
Yep . .. . I'll feel sooo good doing this!
I am finally ready. It's my time. Report
I'm in, too! I really need this! Report
Recently recommitted to living a healthier lifestyle. Sounds like a great way to help stay focused as the holiday season approaches. Report
I am trying to walk everyday on my treadmill. Report
This is exciting Report
I sure need it. I am not buying Halloween candy to hand out because I know I will eat a lot of it. I want to lose weight through the holidays not gain! Report
Love this! I am in, just what I needed to help kickstart some healthy fitness goals before the holidays! Report
I'm in!! I could use motivation like this!! Also, the article is only a repeat if you saw it last year. It's good for people who saw it last year and want to re-try or re-do. Report
True, this is a repost from last year but well worth repeating. I did this challenge last year and it really kept me focused heading into the holidays.

I'm in again this year! Report
This is just a repost from 2013, nothing new here!~ Report
I'm in. Doc expects me to exercise everyday. This is great accountability!
Thanks! It is only 10 minutes we Can Do It!
I've been doing this, but not posted everyday ... just b/c I'm more apt to keep track here on SP & not on Twitter as often. Still, enjoying that there is another way to track & stay accountable. Report