Saturday, March 12, 2011

100 Day Challenge Details

For any of you wanting more information on our 100 Days Til Summer Challenge, here's a little more information from Jessyca, our Headmistress of Fitness and Deprivation: 

First, let me tell you again just how excited I am to be doing this challenge with you gals! The next 100 days are going to be a lot of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears (kind of like motherhood), but it is absolutely going to be worth it!! I also want to thank all our Sparkettes for their input on helping me get this challenge put together.

- Start by taking about 5 minutes to open a free membership on SparkPeople. Then join the MommyLand Team.

- Scroll down the team page till you see the message boards, the Challenges Forum is the third listed and will have lots of updates and info for you.

- You will start by choosing one of six teams that you's like to join.  Four teams focus on a specific element of a healthier lifestyle, and two combine some of those teams for a more difficult level of challenge. (teams are listed below)

- You join your Challenge Team by sending a spark-mail to your team leader with your actual real email address. I can’t tell you why now, because I have to keep back a few surprises. Just know that it will be fun and not intrusive or spammy in any way.

- The challenge lasts 100 days. Day 1 is Monday, March 14 and lasts until the summer equinox on Tuesday, June 21. This is about 15 weeks.

- You must be signed up to your team leader by midnight on Monday, or you will have to wait to sign up. We will have three legs of the race, each one lasting five weeks. New team members can join as a new leg begins.

- Your team leader will present you with five challenges every week. Depending on your team, sometimes they will change, and sometimes they won’t. For example, there are a lot more cardio exercises that can be done than there are challenges for the nutrition team. The exercises will rotate thru according to what each individual leader has planned for you. (Wow, that sounded sinister!)

 - Each one of the team challenges is worth 1 point. You can earn a maximum of 5 points per week (for those of you on multiple teams, you can earn 5 points per week per team). This can earn you a maximum of 95 points. The last week, we will have a 5-point bonus just to make it an even 100 points.

 - The weeks will run from Monday thru Sunday. You will be tracking your own points during the week, and then send them to your team leader by Sunday evening. If you are on multiple teams, you must turn in your points to the individual core teams, as well as the multiple team- team leader. (I don’t think they would mind if you sent it all in one email as long as you label everything appropriately – we really do want this to be as simple as possible.)

- There will be an award system – but that is currently top secret. I know, more secrets. I’m awesome like that. And also, bragging rights.

 - Team leaders will post the challenges for the upcoming week during the weekend so that you will have them ready to start on Monday morning. Again, be prepared for some variances. The leaders will explain each of the challenges thoroughly and will be available to answer any questions you might have about the challenges. You will have a thread available for your discussions and questions.
Here are the challenge teams: 
  1. Cardio Team, led by CrazyRiki. Because she’s totally Crazy like that! Your challenges are all going to be heart-pumping motivators to get you up and moving. You will be walking, running, jumping around like a maniac!
  2. Strength Team, led by KateInMichigan (aka Half-@$$ed Strength Ninja – oh yeah!). I could tell you what she has in store, but honestly? It scared me to read it. And my computer is young. I want to protect it. Expect five difficult muscle-building challenges every week. You will never call your husband to open a jar again.
  3. Nutrition Team, led by DTWAMF1 – the letters are there totally to confuse you. They did me. We all know that it doesn’t matter what we do with our bodies if the fuel we’re giving them is low-grade. Give your body the right nutrition to find more energy, so that you can do everything else.
  4. Emotional Well-being Team, led by DanaNotDayna. Y’all. She is going to help you “exercise” your inner demons. Destroy the scaredy cat inside. Wipe out the cobwebs. She is going to give you the weapons you need to hunt down the skinny snitch that lives inside you and force her out into the open.
  5. Champions Team, led by PirateGirlMel. If one team just isn’t enough, the Pirate will help you navigate rougher waters. It doesn’t matter which two you pick, she’ll be there to give you the encouragement and support you need.
  6. Warrior Team, led by DugieStoner. This woman has completely lost it. And she’s going to lose more! And you will, too! This challenge is not for the faint of heart. You will combine all four teams in order to find the perfect balance of mind, body and spirit. And totally lose yourself! (Really – but in a good way!!)
Let me know if I’ve missed anything or if you have any questions! We can do this!!!!

xo, Jessyca

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  1. Bah - I so wanted to do this but I'm nursing our newest sproutling and the SparkPeople site won't let me join as a nursing mama. Boo! I was going to do the "emotional well-being" team. Maybe next year!

  2. As simple as possible?!?! I want to do this, but I have no clue how!

  3. How does 5 points times 15 weeks = 95? I get 75.

  4. Boo-frickin-YAH, Snitches!

    We are gonna PUMP (clap) YOU UP.
    I am the Half-A$$ed Strength Ninja. Fear me. Or really, tap a T-box with me. And then do Drunken Push Ups. BOOH-yah. It's the Ninja way.

    --kate in michigan

  5. Its on like Donkey Kong!

    Have to say all the ninja comments make me think of sleep talkin' man.....
    Ninjas in Stilettos: Fashion Assassins! Not so stealthy but oh so stylish :)

  6. I'm with Dagmar. I wanted to join the Emotional Well-being team, but apparently SparkPeople doesn't want emotionally-well preggos. Guess I'll have to stay crazy until this kid is both delivered and weaned. Probably going to be a while, so I'll just be cheering you guys on from the sidelines. Like the fat girl in headgear in high school. Sob.

  7. Emily - I guess we can just (ahem...) LIE to sparkpeople and say we're NOT preggo and/or nursing... then they'll let us join. But it just irked me. ... Good luck with your bean!

  8. Dagmar, I am aghast that you would even consider lying on the internet... it's just not done! Every piece of information available online is 100% accurate. If we were to lie about our species-propagating status, the entire world would crumble and fall apart. Seriously, though, why didn't I think of simply saying I was good to go? Of the two of us, I'm thinking you're the smarter one....

  9. Emily & Dagmar, we're working on this. We are NOT going to exclude preggos or nursers. Email me at and we'll get this sorted. I've spent 4 of the last 7 years breastfeeding so if you want in, you're in.
    xo, Lydia

  10. Which team should I join for general weight loss?

  11. I love this blog and this challenge. It is so on! I am totally sober and laughing hysterically at the title of my page!! I think I am so witty, funniest person I know : ) Btw, thank you to Mommyland, makes me laugh everyday!




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