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Week 4: Do the Challenge for Yourself!

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Almost four weeks into the I’m Taking Charge 2 challenge, the participants are beginning to realize how much effort they have to put into it to get results. They also realize how numerous food temptations are, whether from food itself or from people trying to incite them to eat it. When we decide to take charge, this reality becomes strikingly obvious!

Weekends with friends, restaurant invitations, and family dinners can complicate things when it comes to healthy eating intentions. Saying “no” to drinks, and not yielding to chocolate cake slices is not easy! Here are a few comments that were posted on the Challenge’s Facebook page this week:

Josianne: About a corporative event… “[…] we were served alcohol, and around 500 people were eating chocolate cake right in my face! But phew!, I resisted!! […] I always find it very hard to go eat at my friends and family’s houses or even to invite them over when doing a challenge such as ours!”

Rebecca: “The hardest part for me is nutrition. Having to plan all, and I mean all of my meals despite all other commitments (weddings, concerts, practices, choir…).”

Yan: “What strikes me the most is all the efforts I have to give to lose 3 or 4 pounds a week. I guess I’m not the only one with high expectations because of all my experiences with diets that made me lose 10 pounds in a week without any exercise!! However, I feel that I am becoming more and more efficient and I am beginning to realize that after the challenge, many things will be available to me which were previously out of my reach!!

Hadi: Regarding high expectations… “Focus on yourself and your achievements, and accept what your body is telling you.”

Therefore, we need to change the way we think and how we see the challenge. For example, instead of saying “no, I can’t eat this”, say “I prefer not to eat this, because I don’t feel good after.” Instead of saying “I have to go exercise”, say “I’m going to exercise, it will do me so much good!”

Each healthy act is worth it. However, it is necessary to persevere to reap long-term benefits.

Let’s go, have a nice week 4!

Karine Larose

Karine Larose, M.Sc.

Karine Larose is a kinesiologist, Director of Marketing and Communications and Spokesperson for Nautilus Plus who specializes in fitness motivation. She authored The Guide to Healthier Living, penned the book 10-4 The Healthy Way to Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks and released her third work called Zero Diet: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Success, all by Les Éditions du TRÉCARRÉ. Karine has launched a series of exercise DVDs entitled 30 minutes par jour pour Vivre Plus and is featured on the ULTIME FIT online platform. Many TV shows and radio stations regularly request Karine’s point of view on physical exercise issues and points of interest.

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