Getting 2010 Started Right

As often is the case, people choose to make their New Year's resolution to loose weight and I am no different. Rarely did I have great or longing success in previous attempts, but this year I'm joining The John P. Health Challenge. John's health challenge follows some simple but certainly not easy rules to follow.


The Rules

  1. Eliminate as much sugar from your diet as possible. No more candy, cake or cookies. You are allowed Two otherwise illegal candy bars per week IF you follow all of the other rules.
  2. No sugary drinks like Coke (here’s why) or alcoholic drinks (huge calories)! In fact, nothing but water, unsweetened tea or coffee to drink! You are allowed Two otherwise illegal drinks per week IF you follow all of the other rules.
  3. Decrease food portions by 30-50% for all meals. Instead of eating whatever portion you are given, slow down while eating and stop after you feel full.
  4. Snack all you want, but only fruit, veggies or nuts are allowed!
  5. Exercise at least 5 times a week. This doesn’t mean long exercise daily! It means frequent bursts of exercise. Pushups and situps a few times a day for example.
  6. Publicly update the rest of us and encourage others to keep going! (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)

The Health Challenge ends on Feb. 28, 2010.

A few things changed from last time based on our experience:

  • This time you get TWO drinks and TWO candy bars per week. That’s double!
  • I dropped the exercise requirement from every day to 5 days per week.
  • The Health Challenge is TWO months long instead of three.
  • I don't think that it will be easy, but will be worth the effort when looking back. I'll be posting everything at and on Twitter @zachscott. Go to to join the challenge too.

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