Dedicated December Challenge!

 


I begin this post with gratitude. This is the life where I strive for progress, not perfection. This is the life where I’ve learned that trusting my heart is what I need to do more of, and unplugging (time alone) allows me to really listen to my heart. In situations where I feel anxiety, frustration, life’s struggles…..I “breathe” to reframe, calm down and restore. Prior to this mindset, I’d “get busy” or “stuck” with the situation. God has brought me to the last month of the year where I know with certainty, that I am right where I’m supposed to be. And so blessed to wake up each day praying that my work will encourage and inspire, as well help us all embrace the sometimes difficult journeys, trusting God to do His best work.

I hope you’re as excited about this month’s challenge as I am because there are a few surprises along the way. Be sure to follow @mellanee_harmon for daily updates <3

Dedicated December is challenge for you to stay purposeful in your fitness, intentional with self-care, and simply stick to a healthy habit each day. Here are some ideas to get you fired on all cylinders and feeling your best!

  1. “Crowding Out” – deprivation is not a healthy approach to the holidays, but neither is going “all in” with junky food. Crowding out means to drink more water, eat healthier foods just prior to your holiday party or meal, and plan ahead. But remember, you can indulge on occasion, and guilt-free!
  2. Take your multi-vitamin and fish oil supplement every day. The state of inflammation in our body is at the core of wellness. So why supplement? Because our bodies are constantly faced with daily stressors leading to free radicals, including everyday stress, lack of sleep, processed foods, and strenuous exercise. I take USANA Health Sciences CellSentials and BiOmega Fish Oil. Taking this daily multivitamin is one of the easiest things you can do for your health. It’s never a replacement for a poor diet, but taking the CellSentials + BiOmega fills in any nutrient deficiency gaps and can elevate your nutrient levels to an optimal state.
  3. Move your body! Ease into your workout routine with what works best for you. For me, a cardio sesh with a group of like-minded women instantly lifts my mood and opens my heart. I also love, love a mix of Pilates and yoga to allow more breathing space within each movement. Make a fun playlist and aim for 20-30 minutes each day. I’ve got plenty of HIIT, Pilates and low-impact workouts on the blog to choose from, have at it!
  4. Self-care – if you’re already setting healthy boundaries, listening or reading to inspirational podcasts or books, connecting with nature, saying “no” to things that don’t excite you, then kudos, keep doing that! If this is an area in which you feel uneasy or self-care is a foreign concept, I want to encourage you that it’s almost impossible to be where you want to be physically if your emotional and spiritual states are not aligned. Research shows that when you connect to your breath, be still, you will become more calm. This practice requires consistency with an open heart and work, but will result in more fun, play, joy and laughter. 

How to participate in the challenge:

  1. Each day in December, leave your comment below (every day!) or on your social media account (be sure to tag @mellanee_harmon on Insta), with the workout you did or healthy habit you killed that day!
  2. You will receive one point for each post or comment! It’s that easy and super fun to build hype around being so healthy in mind, body and spirit!  Woohoo!!

Examples of posts or comments: “I went to a relaxation yoga class today!” >> “I got in my water intake for the day!” >> “I listened to the best podcast this morning!” (tell us the podcast and how it inspired you!) >> “I did some “crowding out” at lunch by eating a great big mixed green, veggie salad with my turkey wrap!” >> “I took my vitamins along with a big bowl of vegetable soup over getting “takeout” “!  Take pictures on your social media account or comment here on the blog, just share the love.

Winners will be tallied and announced the week of January 8th! Good luck and I can’t wait to hear from each of you beginning December 1!

PC: Pete Harmon, Simsbury, Connecticut

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24 Responses to “Dedicated December Challenge!”

  1. Kristi Barnett

    Beginning this Saturday morning with a healthier version of our favorite breakfast made at home instead of going to a drive thru! Enjoying much needed rest and relaxation with my loved ones after a long week!

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    • Mellanee

      Beautiful Kristi! A leisurely, healthy breakfast so good! Enjoy your weekend, friend <3

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  2. Kristi Barnett

    Monday morning Barre to get me going!

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  3. Jamie Lee Watson

    Hit a milestone today! Went from a size XL scrub top and bottom to a size M! It has been a long road, but oh so satisfying 🙂 40 lbs down and going!! Thank you Mellanee for all your work with me in the floor workouts, barre, cycle and the amazing trampolines we tried tonight!

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    • Mellanee

      Whoop! Whoop! Incredible transformation Jamie! You are a light beam of inspiration my friend. You are so welcome, but YOU put in all the work. Proud to be a part of your beautiful journey. See you soon 🙂

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  4. Traci

    My husband and I just finished the 5 Day Reset. The weeks building up to Thanksgiving were filled with lots of travel and hectic schedules. That meant too much fast food and too many exercise classes missed. Add Thanksgiving foods to the mix and… well, you know. So the Monday after Thanksgiving I emptied the kitchen of all the rich foods and committed to five days of healthy choices. Day 1 was exciting. Day 2 was AWFUL. For real!! But Day 3-5 were a steady climb toward feeling so much better. I lost 7 pounds which was my original goal. However, the greatest accomplishment was finally kissing goodbye artificial sweetener and soda. I didn’t think I could enjoy coffee without that bit of sweetness. Wrong. My original plan was to splurge when the 5 days ended. It’s day 8 and I am committed to consistently making healthy choices. Thanks so much for your help!

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    • Mellanee

      Love your truth Traci! Who knew just 5 days of stepping away from sodas, sweeteners and processed foods could bring about amazing changes. Losing the bloat, change in taste buds and increased clarity to the power of foods on our body and brain! Lovvveee!!

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      • Traci Smith

        Update and Drum Roll please!!
        30+ years of sleeping 5 hours on a GOOD night has been my story. Today marks 2 weeks with zero artificial sweetener or diet soda. I can’t believe this seemingly small change in my lifestyle has done this, but I am sleeping like a baby. I have consistently been sleeping uninterrupted for over 7 hours for the past 5 days. This has NEVER happened. The 5 day reset was just what I needed to get my head and heart motivated to end this addiction. Thanks so much for your help!

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        • Mellanee

          Ahhh! Cue the music and dance!! This is so incredible and a true testimony to the crazy effects artificial sweeteners have on our brain and body. Good news, we can absolutely kick it to the curb, even after 30 years! SO excited for you and love the RESET!! 💗💗💗

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  5. Jamie Lee Watson

    Great workout day! Spin/sculpt this am and a 45 minute walk this afternoon 🙂 It is amazing on just how good you feel after a good workout! Hope you all had a wonderful day!

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    • Mellanee

      Awesome Jamie, and thank you! I’m partial to early morning workouts 😉
      And you know, a cool, brisk walk in the afternoon does wonders for our mood! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your evening!

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  6. Kristi Barnett

    Have to admit this day was a tough one but, I’m headed to bed early with determination to make tomorrow better.

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    • Mellanee

      I’m thrilled you shared this Kristi. Here’s the deal, some days stink and timing is just, off. Going to bed early and waking up with fresh eyes and remembering when your head comes off your pillow, you have everything you need to make it a good day. Proud of you for checking in tonight. Love and prayers 🙂

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  7. Kristi Barnett

    Thankful to report today has gotten off to a great start! Cycled with Morgan this morning and has a healthy breakfast. Dedicated to having a great day.

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    • Mellanee

      Fantastic way to start the day 🙂 It’s all about staying the path, navigating around and through the challenges. Loving your dedication Kristi!

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  8. Kristi Barnett

    Made it workout this morning (even if it was an abbreviated one)!

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    • Mellanee

      And that is what makes you stand out from the crowd my friend! You made the choice for YOU, way to go Kristi!

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  9. Jamie Lee Watson

    What a whirlwind last few days!!! Lots of drama and emergencies, but at least I got in a few balanced meals in with LOTS of water. I do swear by a nice brisk jog for stress relief which is just what I did these past 2 days 🙂 Looking forward to my hot zenyasa tomorrow to unwind. Yall have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

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    • Mellanee

      Nice Jamie! I love how you are committing to the time, setting your goals and working at achieving them. We have to be consciously and physically aware every day. Proud of you! 🙂 I will be at Zenyasa this afternoon, can’t wait!

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  10. Jamie Lee Watson

    Had a nice morning jog with my brothers beautiful miniature aussie! lol she is about the only one who can actually do more than one lap! I will see you at Zenyasa Mellanee!

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    • Mellanee

      Super excited for this week ladies! First part of our dedicated December challenge ends December 17th. Second half begins December 18-31st! Whoop! Whoop!! Giveaway details and winners Will be announced throughout the month!
      Y’all are incredible!!!

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  11. Kristi Barnett

    Spent the day doing things that were good for the soul. Meaningful church service, time spent preparing a meal for my family and a Christmas gathering with friends. Reminds me of all I have to be grateful for!

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  12. Kristi Barnett

    Monday morning barre- nothing like it to get you going!

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