May Day, May Day

Interesting how the meaning of something changes, just by saying it twice!
May flowers are nice, but May is also the month I kick it in gear for summer and it is with this in mind, that I’m letting you all in on my Spring into Action challenge.
I am coming off a very intense winter that involved growing my family (love my baby girl) and growing my business through international travel and more. I have struggled to keep my energy up and I really want to shed a few extra pounds. It really isn’t “may day, may day” as of yet, but I do want to turn things around and take a closer look at my priorities, so I’ve put together a list of things I will be doing through the end of the school year (June 17th for me) or the next six weeks.
There are twenty components, in my challenge; the first five are mandatory!

1. Throw away or hide your scale.
2. Purchase, check out or borrow a good book to read from everyday. This could be a book either     about realistic exercise or healthy eating/recipes. This could also be some other kind of     “self-help” book (on creativity, relationships, goals, etc.)
3. Get at least seven hours of sleep six nights a week!
4. Replace negative self-talk with positive affirmations
5. Refuse to gossip or add negativity to any conversation (walk away or change the subject if it is spoken to you)

Life Summary
Love yourself just the way you are, but commit to becoming a better version of you, by throwing out anything (like a scale) that sends messages of guilt to your brain. Decide instead to fill your mental bucket with good, uplifting and motivational stuff.

6. 30 minutes of sustained aerobic exercise 3-4 times per week.
7. 20 to 30 minutes of strength training exercise 2-3 times per week.
8. 15 minute walk (outside) every single day, opposite your exercise.

Exercise Summary
Six days a week, twice a day. If you are doing aerobic/strength training in the a.m., then you walk in the afternoon/evening. If you are exercising in the evening, then you start each day with a brisk “fresh air” walk. Take one rest day each week.

9. Drink 12 to 16 oz of water upon rising.
10. Eat breakfast by 8:00 every day.
11. Correct issues with portion control. In other words, don’t eat too much!
12. Eat 3 fresh, unadulterated servings of fruit/vegetables daily.
13. Do not eat refined sugar (dessert/candy) six days a week.
14. One or less caffeinated/diet drink per day.
15. No fast food (Subway is OK)
16. Eat at least two healthy snacks each day.
17.  No eating after 7:00 Monday through Thursday
18.  Shop the perimeter of the grocery store for at least 80% of your budget/food
19. Participate in a FREE day, once a week. Eat whatever you want, however you want, in any portion you want and as often as you want!!
20. Drink a total of at least 3 glasses of water between meals each day.

Food Summary
Six days a week, eat 5 to 6 portion-controlled meals a day. Three of these meals must be eaten sitting down and eaten slow enough to savor each food. DO NOT COUNT CALORIES.

Ok, that pretty much does it and I am in 100% –  how about you?
Please don’t feel you have to accept this entire challenge, if you don’t need to. But, take a good close look at your energy and outlook and then examine how you are spending your time and what you are prioritizing each day, then join in as a …

Challenger. Challengers take on 5 to 8 items  (mandatory plus 3)
Super Star. Super stars take on 10 (mandatory plus 5)
Hot Mamma. Hot mammas take on 15 or more (mandatory plus 10 or more)

Click here to send me your picture. Put CHALLENGE in the subject and tell me which level you are doing and then list of optional challenges you are taking on. I’ll post us all it in my new Spring Challenge album (at right!)  Download spring_challenge.doc
if you want a checklist to print!!


  1. oh how fun! have to print and decide … but this is just so fun! thanks Stacy!

  2. holy cow stacy! you are jumping right into it aren’t you? Well, let’s see if I can keep up with you. i am jogging/walking in the mornings and sometimes add in a walk with the kids in the afternoon. do my sit-ups and all that when i get back in the morning, trying to stop snacking on all the goodies in the house. and our colorado water is so yummy (jeff says i’m a water snob) that i drink lots. trying to get back to the size you knew me at, we’ll see how it goes. happy May!

  3. a good book I highly recommend when trying to figure out men (meaning your hubby mostly) is FOR WOMEN ONLY…great book, can read it daily. GREAT insight :)

  4. Leauriy says:

    i’m in, but how/where do i send the picture of myself??

  5. You are amazing Stacy! I’m in! I’ll go through the list again and decide exactly what I’ll challenge myself to do. I think I’ll get my hubby in on this as well and we can do it together. Seeing everything you’re doing gets me motivated. Thanks!

  6. Michelle says:

    I’m in too! How do I send you my photo?

  7. This is just the kick in the pants that I need! :) Where do I send the picture?

  8. Niccole Reing-Hurley says:

    There must be something about May that gets us all going. Just this past weekend I realized that I needed to lift myself out of a funk. Not a serious funk just a – gee I should be happier, slow down and have more fun funk. So I committed to myself that I would focus on appreciation in May. Journaling, prayer, reading, listening, nature – all of the good stuff that sometimes we rush past. I also want to take one photo each day of the little things that I sometimes overlook – today I snapped a picture of my back porch all dressed up for spring. Now with your challenge I feel doubly invigorated. Thanks for the continuing inspiration!

  9. cdmiller says:

    thank you Stacy – I printed this off to share with friends too!
    very doable and the way we should live with some accountability too!! thank you again for the inspiration!!!

  10. Lisa A. says:

    Wow Stacy, What a “coinky-dink” – I stopped by our local library this morning and found an interesting book – “The Twelve Secrets of Highly Creative Women” by Gail McMeekin. I’ll use it for challenge item #2.
    Thanks for the much-needed boost of motivation.

  11. I AM IN! Thanks for the checklist! Happy Spring!!!

  12. Kristen Butler says:

    I sooooo need this. I’m in. My goal will definitely be to do all 20 items. Thank you! Kristen (P.S. Not sure how to send a picture?)

  13. wow, this sounds right up my ally! I’m gonna go for Hot Momma! How do I send you my picture?

  14. Stacy – I am all over this one! Have been doing most of these things since the beginning of April and have to say have seen some changes already! Can’t wait to get a few more options going to really make those necessary “sugar free” changes I absolutely need to make. I, too, need to find out how to send a photo and list to you.

  15. wonderful list, need to do this and stick to you…i have some winter pounds i would like to see go also and know if i did these things i would feel empowered, in control, and better.
    thanks for reminding me. here’s to me…and good luck to you!

  16. Thanks for posting this. I love lists and crossing things off. This is good for me. I’m printing this off and I am going to cross off as many as I can each day!
    Especially the exercise ones…I haven’t been to the gym in a week and I just joined 3 weeks ago. Need to challenge myself.
    Here’s to a challenge filled, fun-filled, goal-reaching May.
    Melissa :)

  17. Kat (Lovebug Kat - the chatty one) says:

    I am so in on this.
    Those 6 – 8 exercise ones are going to be the toughies, but I will give it a whirl.
    It wouldn’t be a challenge if it was easy, right? LOL

  18. how do I send you a picture??

  19. I am SO in!!

  20. I’m in. Count me for 15 items! Where to send the pic?
    THanks for the inspiration!

  21. I’ll commit to Super Star with hopes of making it to Hot Mamma. :) I’ve hit a little plateau at my weight loss (down 45 pounds since Jan 5!!) so this might just be the kick in the pants to get moving again. :) Thanks for the motivation.

  22. What great inspiration! This is just what I needed on May Day. I’ve got my list ready and I think I’ll jump right in to Super Mamma :) After reading tonight, I went out for a 20 minute walk and enjoyed (re)listening to one of my LOM lessons! Thanks for motivating me :)

  23. This sounds like so much fun! I’ve got to print it out and ponder which ones are for me :)
    (Though I’ve got a book already – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert)

  24. I am so in…..thanks!

  25. Heather says:

    I’m in – I’ll have to find out how to send the picture also. I just got time to read for today, so tomorrow will have to be my start of all 20 things! :-)

  26. Sounds great! I’m in!

  27. OK, just printed mine off and checked my items. Taking it slow until the baby comes and then maybe I’ll add a few more to my list. Thanks Stacy, this will be fun!

  28. Oh Man…..the pressure is on, I have been thinking about doing this now you have thrown the gauntlet down! I am off to print the list! I already have a couple good books I just started, ” Social Intelligence- the new science of human relationships” by Daniel Coleman, and I am rereading “The Creative Habit” by Twyla Tharp They are both good. Thanks for the motivation Stacy! Tena

  29. Hey Stacy! Count me in! I have been needing some serious inspiration in this department! Thanks!

  30. Jumping in with both feet!!!
    Motivation and accountabilty – we can ALL do this -
    Thanks Stacy

  31. uuuuuugh! And here I sit at the computer still when I should be in bed getting that “7 hours of sleep” Hee hee….this is going to be an adjustment fo sho! Off to catch some z’s!!! I am sure my family will also be thanking you for this Stacy! :)

  32. Hi Stacy,
    I’m in the LOM class and feeling rather down about the class ending. However, I read your blog,printed out the checklist and I’m in with you. My sustained aerobic exercise is walking 40 to 60 minutes and day. I’m happy to say I have been doing this for 4-5 days a week since the first of April. This Spring Challenge will keep me motivated. Thanks!

  33. Meredith Greene says:

    Thanks for all your inspiration, Stacy. I am in on the challenge–consider me a “Hot Mamma”. I have especially been working on the “replacing negative self talk with positive affirmations.” It’s a constant struggle for me–life long habits die hard. I’m sad that LOM is over, but this challenge will be a great start to summer!

  34. You already know I’m on board with all of these! Wink wink! Sign me up for the hot mamma! :-)

  35. Monica says:

    Wow Stacy! I’m in your LOM class. We added another baby to our mix too and as a result I haven’t been spending all the time I would have liked on your class. But I have everything downloaded and I’ve made some huge progress in the last week or so. And I LOVE IT!!!
    You know what I love the most about your list? How positive it is! For example, in the past my ‘diets’ have been subjected to a long list of ‘don’ts”. I’ve never thought of making it a list of ‘do’s’. Do eat 3 fruit a day. Do drink 3 glasses of water between each meal. My guess, is that if I would even do those two things I wouldn’t be as tempted by the things that are less nutritious b/c I’d be full most of the time.
    Thank you for this, Stacy. It’s an ‘ah ha’ moment for me. I’ll take a closer look at your list and see if I’m up for the challenge.

  36. Sara B says:

    I am in too. This should be fun. It is a good way to push myself in areas I don’t normally :) Thanks!!

  37. Katherine McKamey says:

    Okay – I emailed a pic and I’m in 100%. Not sure DH will be thrilled but it won’t hurt him to participate some too. Thanks for the printable list – that will make it easier to keep track of everything.

  38. great challenge Stacy! count me in.

  39. SueSume says:

    Love #5Refuse to gossip or add negativity to any conversation (walk away or change the subject if it is spoken to you). When my teens were preschool age their teacher was someone who never spoke ill of others. When someone started going off on another person she would just politely say some positive about that person and then change the subject, usually by asking a question. Worked like a charm!

  40. Leslie says:

    I love how you made such a thorough list of what to do! I’ve totally printed it out and going to hang it on my fridge for a constant reminder. Unfortunately, I can’t fully accept your challenge right now as I have another 2 weeks of no exercise due to a recent surgery. But as soon as I am able I am there!!!! I so want to be a HOT MAMA!

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