There is an opportunity to earn additional points by doing the weekly challenge. Each day that you complete the respective activity you can add one point to your tracker.
Keep A Food Journal
During week 2 (April 21-27), fitness challenge participants can earn an extra point each day they complete a food journal. This list of food and drinks is for your own use and benefit, it does not need to be shared with anyone. Recording everything you eat and drink each day could help you be more aware of what you are eating. It does not matter if you are trying to lose weight or just attempting to eat healthy, keeping a journal can encourage you to make healthy choices.
To keep a food journal simply write down everything you eat and drink each day. You can also estimate the portion size of everything. Ideally keep your journal with you at all times so you can write down your intake as it happens. It will be easier that way, rather than trying to remember everything at the end of the day.
A food journal may reveal areas where you are taking in excessive calories or unhealthy foods. Plus, you may think twice before eating a candy bar or drinking a soda, because you have to write it down. For those already eating and drinking healthy, it will be an affirmation of your healthy choices.
Other benefits of keeping a food journal may include being able to identify food intolerances. Perhaps a particular food leaves you feeling nauseous or lethargic. In that case, you can go back to your journal and see what you ate and perhaps you will notice a pattern. Your food journal may also help you become more aware of your portion sizes. In some cases, reducing your portion size can be beneficial. A food journal may also reveal a deficiency in the consumption of certain food groups. For example, maybe you notice that each day you are consuming little or no fruits. With the help of a food journal you can eat a more balanced diet.
Remaining Weekly Challenges
Week 2 Keep a journal of your food and drink intake
Week 3 Consume at least 64 oz. of water per day
Week 4 Sleep 7-9 hours per night
Week 5 2 (awake) hours without using a computer, cell phone, TV, etc.
Week 6 Choose any activity from the previous 5 weeks. You can mix and match!