To my dearest Patients, Friends and Family....
I am excited to present a FAAABULOUS FAREWELL FACEBOOK FITNESS FIFTEEN BY FEBRUARY CHALLENGE!
Many of you may recall our "loose 10 lbs for the holidays" challenges we've held over the years where you weigh in in October and again the first week of the following January and if you have lost at least 10 lbs you got a great Amy Solomon schwag prize.
Well, this challenge will top them all but will have to be on the honor system and I'm gonna play too cuz I will need to be in my best shape for my next adventure, right?
Here's the deal:
We are going to start on MY birthday Friday October 27... that's the first weigh in just before Halloween. and finish on Valentine's day February 14th 2018 just over 15 weeks later
loose 15lbs---that's only 1 lb/week
build up your exercise so you are exercising a minimum 30 min/day by the 15th week
some of you might recall my teaching of the "2 minute stair challenge" a great family doctor developed in the 1980s:
Basically you set a timer for 2 minutes and walk up and down the stairs
Week 1 you do it 1x 2 minute block/day
Week 2 you do it 2x 2 minute blocks/day. They do not have to be consecutively. that could be while you are boiling water for tea or brushing your teeth or during a potty break at work
Week 3...3 times, week 4... you got it 4 times and so on
You can do them consecutively of course
Now he had his patients do it for 8 weeks. At the end of 8 weeks his patients were doing a whopping 16 minutes of exercise; most of it not consecutively. He found on average they lost: 5kg (10lbs) lowered blood pressure, improved sleep (both falling and staying asleep) improved depression and anxiety and more
Some folks have trouble with stairs and simply march in place.
Of course there will be prizes!
I'm up for the challenge... How about you?
Amy Solomon, MD