A fair majority of people suggested Focus T25 but once I saw it was another Shaun T.
Separately, a former colleague posted an announcement that she was doing something called "Whole Life Challenge." I never heard of it but geez, it sure sounded like what I had in mind.
I went to the WLC website and clicked on How it Works. And FAQ. And Rules. It was mildly overwhelming at first but I signed up anyway.
Obviously you can read just like I did, but let me give you the CliffsNotes version as well:
* The WLC begins on September 7th and goes eight weeks; 55 days of official rule following.
* Cost is $49. Sign up online. Invite friends.
* It's a game with points and shared scoreboard; high level of accountability via online check-ins. If you are a competitive person, it's a competition. If you're not, then
* Get and track points daily in five areas:
1. Nutrition -- start with 5 points; lose a point when you break one of the nutrition rules they give you. They address vegan and vegetarian diets, which I appreciate.
2. Exercise -- 2 points for 10 minutes of any fitness activity per day. Yup. That's it. Of course, you can (and should) do more, but you don't get more points.
3. Mobilization -- 2 points for 10 minutes of stretching per day.
4. Supplementation -- 1 point for taking any kind of healthy supplement each day. Shameless plug for my GanoLife supplements. Note: I'm taking the GanoLife Green Coffee 365 capsules. Ah. Maze. Ing.
5. Lifestyle - 1 point for doing whatever WLC specifically prescribes at a given time; includes things like water, sleep, mindfulness, etc.
* You can choose Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced level. As far as I can tell, the level mainly affects the Nutrition piece. Higher level = more restrictions on what you can and can't eat. I'm doing Intermediate which gives more options for grains, doesn't restrict sugar as an ingredient in savory items, and allows for a minimal amount of alcohol (vs. none. Have we met?)
* When you sign up, they tell you to join a team. I didn't see one that jumped out at me so I created my own. Wanting to get my team at the beginning of the list with the A's, I named it "All Positive People Welcome." If you sign up, join my team so we can play together!
* Set goals and track progress along the way.
On day one, they have you measure your waist and "the peak of your buttocks." So um, good luck with that. Personally, I think the line in the handy graphic needs to be just a *little* bit lower. Heck, I don't even know if I have a butt peak. If I did, maybe I wouldn't need to do eight weeks of torture. Did I say torture? I meant FUN!
Naturally, I will track my progress here but I'd love to get some more folks involved as well. The more, the merrier!
Non-compensation disclosure: I am not financially compensated in any way by Whole Life Challenge or any of the wellness programs I have done and/or written about on this blog, other than GanoLife for which I am a registered Independent Affiliate.