We all know I believe in the challenge, but in the words of some participants this is why it works:
The HBBC really helped me increase the amount of fruits and veggies I
eat each day! I felt motivated to reach for those when I needed a snack
instead of chips or something sweet. It also challenged me to increase
the amount of activity I do during the week, and it showed me that just
getting up and moving helps! Before the challenge, I thought I could
only "count" running or an intense weight workout at the gym as
exercise. After the challenge, I learned that just taking a 20 minute
walk or doing a few exercises in front of the TV was helping me improve
Amy @ Run with Perseverance
I can't believe how much energy I have since I started doing this. I
think that it's because I'm eating so much better. This is the first
time I tried to improve my diet by adding fruits and veggies instead of
I worked out before I started this, but the
HBBC gave me incentive to work out on days I might have skipped
otherwise. I added om yoga and stretching to my routine to get my
points, which I will probably continue. I liked posting what I did every
day on Facebook.
kids played along too (informally). They wanted to know, "How many
points do I get if I eat this salad?" or "How many points if we run the
Angela Pak a.k.a. Miss Prickly
The inspiration the people in the group gave me has been unmatched
elsewhere. Everyone was at different levels of fitness and I learned
something new from each one of them. It helped me think more about
making sure that my vegetable & fruit servings are hit every day -
not just weekdays and I know I'll be thinking more about it for the
remainder of the year as well.
I felt that the group members were not judgmental of each other. I
loved hearing the sincere efforts of everyone trying to do their
utmost. Everyone seemed excited to learn from everyone else. It was a
very positive, forward moving group. This was a huge benefit for me. I
can do many more hours and days of exercise than before. I feel much
more confident in general. I know that I can learn to run and
eventually will be able to keep up with my puppy. I want to be able to
care for him - he needs lots of exercise (working dog by genes). I
liked thinking about what I put into my body each day and being in sync
with others doing the same. I eat a greater volume of veggies, more
consistently. I liked that Amanda was very humble and responsive to our
questions and concerns.
HBBC helped me stay on track with my fitness routine during a time of
year when I am usually completely out of control. I will definitely be
back next year!
It helped knowing there was a group of people out there looking out for me!
HBBC was perfect for keeping me accountable over the holidays. Not so
structured that I had to move my life around to be successful. I could
still do my favorite exercises, yet I was given opportunities to try
something new here and there (I found I've been really missing out on
yoga!). I appreciate there was also consideration given to diet
considering it's as important as exercise. The support was tremendous
and not just limited to the facebook group (Instagram, blogs, Twitter).
Instead of feeling like a slug as the new year rolled around, I felt
like I was ready to take on the new year. I would participate in HBBC
again in a heartbeat.
On November 18th I ran the Philadelphia Marathon. After my previous
marathons, the following few months I've given myself a pass to cut back
miles and not follow a stringent fitness routine. Because HBBC started
on 11/19, I was more motivated to jump right back in (after necessary
recovery) and kept up with circuit and cardio workouts through the
entire challenge. I checked in with the Facebook group almost every
day, sometimes multiple times, and the encouragement and support from
other participants held me accountable each day.
I also didn't
realize until this challenge how few fruits and veggies (freggies lol!) I
was getting in my daily diet - and I'm a vegetarian! I still have a
lot of work to do in that area but I'm much more aware of the food
choices I'm making throughout the day and at mealtimes.
I'm really glad I made the decision to participate in HBBC and will miss the daily "Best Foot Action" post!
Kim Hellwig -