"May day" is an emergency code word used as a distress signal internationally... It derives from the French venez m'aider, meaning 'come help me'. According to Wikipedia, "May Day" is used to signal a life-threatening emergency ... the call is always given three times in a row ("Mayday Mayday Mayday").
Here is is, May 1st. We're nearly half way through with 2011! How did this happen? Where has the past four months flown off to - what about our New Year's resolutions - our True 2 You February promises to ourselves and each other?
|Esther Ralson, my son's great grandmom|
So here is the challenge for the month, friends. I hope you'll join me in it! May is upon us and it is 'call to action time'. We can't be hiding behind baggy pants and sweaters any longer and kidding ourselves and others that we're doing the best we can do.
Believe me - in the excuse department since January - I have all my bases covered. I've had pneumonia, I asked my boyfriend to move out, siblings are going through divorces and a dear friend is battling for her life. I've been using those excuses PLENTY to find reasons not to exercise or do my best. But it is over. I'm sending out the May Day call of distress! I have to get my butt in gear and COMMIT!
The thing about this challenge that will be different is that we're calling out to one another. You're not going this challenge alone. Do you need help and know it? Tell me or someone else you know and let's be ACCOUNTABLE to on another this month. Let me know when you blew off that walk or the gym or inhaled that pint (or gallon) of Ben & Jerry's. I'm not going to judge you... I've been there and have plenty of indulgences I'm none too proud of lately, too!
We're all in this together and we all need to be honest to ourselves and call out for help. Because, for me at least, when I'm helping someone else - I feel good and - in turn - I do better myself. It is the "what goes around comes around" cycle in the Law of Attraction! ; )
The details of this month's "HLG May Day Challenge" (on Twitter as #HLGMayDay) are simple:
Let's get out our calendars and of the 31 days of May, we're committing to 24 of them to move in some way - get to the gym - walk - climb stairs - go bike riding - do DVDs at home - park in the far lot and walk the long way into the office. Write on your calendar which days you're committing to. It doesn't matter if you tell me or someone else WHAT you do - you know what you will feel good about accomplishing - you write down your own goal and them commit to do it for 24 of 31 days. The other 7 days of the month are days you can do whatever you want - you can do nothing or do something unplanned. Totally up to you.
And here's the other part... reach out to someone specific - it would be great if it were someone else in this May Day! challenge - and let them know what your plans are and ask them how YOU can help them! Be a life line - and be open enough, accountable enough to yourself and someone else, to give a May Day shout out for help!
Let me know if you're "in" this Healthy Loser Gal May Day! Challenge, friends! I know we can do this and head into the summer proud of ourselves and feeling fit and fabulous! I can't wait to read your comments! :)
Dream. Believe. Achieve!
Jan / HealthyLoserGal