Updated: Mar 5, 2016
A Remnant of the New Life Challenge Meet the Challenge and Push Beyond
“Kind acts may lower high blood pressures” is just one of the countless discoveries that New Life Challenge participants are to keep in mind during a 10-week journey into fostering a “total health” lifestyle.
Weekly meetings that started in October 2015 confront facts and figures without fads, trends, and gimmicks. Each week, one of ten principles, which were introduced by Rico Hill in his program overview earlier this fall, are detailed.
Support is supplied by accountability partners, facilitators, presenters, nurses, as well as leaders. During the “Weigh-In,” where the floor is open to progress updates and check-ins, one participant states, “I gave into temptation and ate some macaroni and cheese…but I did not have any the next day.” Another participant responds by pointing out the victory in the so-called failure—the fact they did not have any today.
Overcoming obstacles and debunking false truths, as well as recognizing major accomplishments and milestones such as a 15-lb week-loss during weeks 5 and 6 or incorporating daily exercise for over a week and counting are some of the inspiring and insightful aspects of this change that are celebrated.
Another participant noted that it is getting close to the end, as she walks into the room realizing she could spread out her glass water bottle, Healthy Self book, note paper, and vegan food samples and not infringe upon someone else’s space. As December approaches an undercurrent of motivation permeates throughout the room. Enough so, that it is decide to still meet through January 2016, at least until the official program finale on January 31st.
The barriers of weight and measures have been used to combat complacency and prove progress as small and large improvements and changes are acknowledged. There is hope for all, optimism for the future, and acceptance for the present with the sobering knowledge that this is not just for 10-weeks…but is for life.
By: Jessica J. Bloodsaw
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