Set yourself an attainable challenge!
Today, there are 104 days until the end of the year. That gives you this weekend to get prepared and ready to set yourself a 100-day challenge starting Monday!
Do you want to lose weight and look fab by the holiday season? Do you want to be smoke-free? Don’t wait until New Year to change your habits. Cut down on alcohol, chocolate or junk food – or quit smoking NOW. Start the new year a new person – and the only resolution you’ll have to make come New Year’s Eve is to stick to the new you!
Use these fun 100-day challenge ideas to get you on the road to heart health:
- Do at least one physical activity, for twenty minutes every day. It could be a new sporting passion – or simply walking up and down the stairs. You’ll still notice a BIG difference in 100 days!
- Vow to lose 1-2lb per week. That’s between 14lb and 28lb you’ll have lost by the holiday season!
- Quit your expensive bad habits. Save the cash you would have spent on cigarettes or alcohol – and you’ll be able to afford the little luxuries this holiday season. If you spend $20 per week, you’ll have almost $300. If you spend $10 per day…you’ve got it, that’s a fabulous $1,000 savings. Come to think of it, that would be at least 40 chances to win big CA$H in 2014…because you could purchase all those Heart&Stroke Calendar Lottery tickets!
- If toning up is your aim, set yourself a 6-minute a day challenge. 2 minutes of abs, 2 minutes of legs raises and 2 minutes of push ups. Just watch those muscles tighten!
- How about trying 100 days of no processed foods. Could you do it?
- Set yourself a realistic goal. Say you’re going to exercise for 1 hour, 3 times per week – and stick to it for 100 days. It takes just one month to make or break a habit, so by 2014 your regular physical activity will already be the norm.
- Promise yourself to cook at home. No take-out at all for the next 100 days. You’ll save tons of calories – and even more cash!
- Cut out your morning coffee run – or if you can, cut out caffeine completely. Once you get past the first few days, just see how much more energy you have!
- Work up to being able to exercise for 60 minutes non-stop. (Always check with your physician before starting any strenuous exercise program.) Start with one minute and add a minute each day, with a few days peppered in for rest each week, working your way up to your goal. Try running, pedaling the exercise bike or rowing. All great cardiovascular exercises!
- Aim for a million steps! Invest in a pedometer and try to reach 10,000 steps every day for 100 days. You will probably only have to increase your current amount of steps by 10 to 20%. Currently, the average Canadian man accumulates about 9,500 steps per day and Canadian women less than 8,500 steps per day. 10,000 is the recommended amount!
Loving the Lottery in Lansdowne!
Ann Dewolfe was of course delighted when we called to tell her a Calendar she purchased had won a wonderful $5,000 Daily Prize. But she wasn’t sure who should be celebrating. Ann, from Lansdowne, bought so many Calendars with so many different people – friends, family and colleagues – that she had no idea who owned the winning Calendar!
“I’m going to have to check who this belongs to, there’s a big group of us here at work that went in on them together, then I bought some for my kids at Christmas, and my best friend and I share one, too! This is so exciting,” she said. “One of the guys here at work checks the winning numbers faithfully – and I always told everyone, ‘One of these days, we’re going to get lucky’. I guess we have…thank you so much!”