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The December VIP Challenge
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All VIPs who join this challenge will receive a free gift (see sign up rules below). The VIP who reports the most success will win the grand prize (must submit 3rd party verification).

This December, I will watch my loved ones stuff themselves with cookies, pie and gravy, yet I will exercise the discipline of a MARINE.

I will participate in a holiday boot camp of my own design. I will ENJOY feeling a little bit hungry. I will enjoy saying NO to that which does not make me stronger. I will emerge from this holiday season better, stronger and faster.

This December, I will identify, outmaneuver and neutralize the ENEMY before the holiday damage is done:

  • Grandma’s Christmas pie is the ENEMY. I will not engage the Christmas pie. I will outmaneuver and neutralize the Christmas pie. I will do this in a covert manner so as not to upset Grandma.
  • Christmas candy is the ENEMY. I will not be seduced by bonbons, candy canes, haystacks, or any other manner of confectionary designed to sabotage my mission.
  • Fat is the ENEMY. Fat is waste. I do not want fat on my body. Most Americans gain a pound a year. I do not. This month, while my loved ones are GAINING weight, I will LOSE weight.

I will be an inspiration to my VIPs and get inspiration FROM my VIPs. And if I should fall off this wagon, I will lean on my fellow VIPs for support and climb right back on again. Should my VIPs fall off this wagon, I will support them in any way I can and pull them back on.

Together, my fellow VIPs and I will triumph over adversity and we will be victorious!

MY VIP COMMITMENT for DECEMBER:

I will increase the quality and intensity level of my workouts by 20-30%.

• I will change up my workouts regularly for maximum effectiveness
• I will stay hydrated before, during and after my workouts
• I will push myself hard and I will ENJOY it

I will decrease my normal caloric intake by 20-30%

• I will not eat ANYTHING in between meals.
• I will seriously limit my sugar, starch and alcohol intake
• I will focus my diet on lean meat and green vegetables

I will ENJOY exercising this level of discipline over myself.

RULES TO PARTICIPATE:

1. You must declare your commitment to this challenge by posting a comment below. (make sure we have your email addy so we can send you your free gift)

2. You must report your progress REGULARLY on this blog throughout December – and NO LESS than once a week.

3. You must give a FINAL REPORT on your results, with 3rd party verification.

So, who’s IN??? :-)

124 comments “The December VIP Challenge”

  • Kevin Donahue
    November 30, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Awesome! I’m in. AND I will continue the intensity and focus all the way through the first 2 months of the new year… so all of my fellow VIP’s who are joining me on the VIP trip to BALI will know how well I’m doing.

    My recipe:
    My Premise: I deserve to be in the BEST shape of my life ALWAYS (especially when I’m traveling to exotic places like Bali where there is no place to hide the chub with winter clothing)
    My Vision: I have the photo of the body I desire and I see it daily. Lean, muscular, healthy, high energy, happy, accomlished
    My Purpose: To be the model of health to my friends and family. To be in incredible shape for activities like surfing, hiking, other sports and for feeling strong and confident.
    My Strategy: Stick to my weight training plan 5 days per week. Participate in healthy, challenging activities like surfing, hiking, soccer 2-3 times per week. Clearly map out my diet plan to include fresh live foods, 2-3 liters of water daily, lean proteins, and supplements when I feel necessary. I “JUST SAY NO” to sugar filled and overly processed foods. Create a compelling future to work towards through visualization and reinforce with incantations and a solid work out sound track filled with inspirational music and motivational speakers! Enroll all of my friends and family into my purpose so they hold me accountable and become fans of my success. Report my results weekly to Lifebook VIP blog.

    Cheers to your best health, Happy Holidays, and Pura Vida!

  • Robyn Woods
    November 30, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I’m IN! and I’m committed. Thank you Jon

  • Crystal
    November 30, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I’m in! I started my challenge this morning!

  • Jason Moore
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    MY COMMITMENT FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF DECEMBER:

    I will NOT “engage” ANY traditional holiday garbage – not a bite – no meat, no dairy – other than small amounts raw goat cheese, no starch – other than pseudo-grains, no sweets – other than small amounts of Nandi’s homemade raw deserts or treats, and I will limit my alcohol consumption.

    I will drink at least 3 16oz Green Smoothies and at 3 8oz Green Juices EVERY day.

    I will drink at least 1 L of Alkaline Structured Water for every 40lbs of body weight EVERY day.

    When I do eat, I will eat ONLY greens, vegetables, healthy fats, nuts, and seeds as a MIMINUM 2/3 or 70% of EVERY and ANY MEAL and I will allow 30% pseudo grains and occasionally Clean Fatty Fish – but NO MORE than 2 servings of per week.

    I will take OxyPowder to keep my bowel clean.

    I will start and FINISH the Insanity Workout Program – 60 Days.

    I will get 8 hours of sleep EVERY night – determined by when I am to wake up rather than when I feel like sleeping and will plan in advance to allow plenty of time to settle down and quiet my mind to sleep deeply.

    I will practice my meditation rituals EVERY morning.

    I will operate like a MACHINE and lay the groundwork to ensure I will look, feel, and be my BEST physical, mental, and emotional self by, and throughout, the month of January and beyond – as an example of what is POSSIBLE for myself, my family, and my tribe!

    Its ON!!

  • Jaydev
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Hahahaha! IN.

  • admin
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Nice, Jason!!! I’m going to eat a bacon sandwich now… (but it will be SMALL) :-)

  • Jon B
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Miss and I did a workout this morning that would kill a Navy Seal! :-) We’re in a little town on the island of Crete in the Aegean Sea, so we’ve got a half day jump on the rest of you… No sugar tonight! We’re MARINES!!! :-)

  • Colleen Robb
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Had a REALLY nice trip to Europe and enjoyed REALLY big breakfast buffets – so I’ve got about 4 pounds I’ve got to shave off – so here it goes, this will just push me that much more. Heading to the gym in 20 min – will lengthen my sprinting and continue to cut my caloric intake!!! WOO HOO!!!

  • Brian
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I’m in.
    I will average only 1200 Calories a day
    I will step up my workouts
    I will only eat healthy foods
    limit to 40 grams of sugar per day
    Spend an hour a night for myself before bed and get some good sleep

    More to come…

  • Rick
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    i am IN, SIR!

  • Andrea Metcalf
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I am fully committed to “NO MATTER WHAT” not missing a workout and doing my best to stay financially fit! Jon – I’ve got your back! Day 1- Dec 1 up at 5am to workout before a 7:30am departure to PA. You can’t let yourself give in just because of business travel – don’t make excuses make time for yourself– your business can’t survive without you!

  • Peter Scott
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I’m definitely up for this challenge, but in a different direction. As some of you may know, my goal since September 1st was to gain 15 lbs. of lean muscle by January 1st. The good news is that I have gained 10 lbs…the bad news is that it hasn’t exactly been all lean muscle 😉

    As an ectomorph with a ridiculously high metabolism, this is a huge win for me. So this challenge is perfect timing to push me towards accomplishing my quarterly goal (thanks Jon!)

    So my goal is to gain 5 lbs. of LEAN MUSCLE by the end of the month. Now some of you may be saying, “what an easy goal, anyone can gain 5 lbs. during the holidays.” But I want to stress that I am targeting lean muscle, so I too must say no to Grandma’s Xmas pie and candy.

    My strategy is below:
    Consume 2,800 calories/day
    Track my meals daily on http://www.livestrong.com
    Supplement with 2 Met-Rx protein shakes and 2 green drinks per day
    Limit sugar and salt intake
    Drink 2-3 liters of water per day

    Lift weights 4 days/week (heavy, compound movements)
    Devote 15 mins. 2x/week to core exercises
    Attend one yoga class per week
    *INSANITY Mindset in the gym: seriously, just pushing weight is not going to do anything for me. I will approach every single workout with an intensity that is unlike any other and will focus on every rep of each set.

    It’s an honor to be on this journey with all of you! Thanks for the accountability.

  • Jean Oelrich
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Count me in! Details to follow…

  • Daali
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Count me in.

    I will stay super hydrated
    Lot’s of greens!
    I’ll continue to go to Zumba on a regular basis, but I will no
    longer stand in the back of the room where I slack… front row from now on!
    I’ll go hiking (with a BIG smile on my
    face as the rest of the country goes into a deep freeze)
    I’m hosting Christmas this year… no pies/candy on our menu!

    Hu-Rah!

  • Missy
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Holy crap! I’m blown away by everyone’s posts so far…
    I love it – we are all SO IN this together!
    Did I mention that my quads are killing me?
    JB kicked my booty this morning and I’m on vacation!!!
    EEK – Dec is going to definitely be ‘military style’ for the Butcher clan this month…
    He even had Jade and Justin doing burpees!
    Good luck everyone,
    :) ~M~

  • Amy Katherine Radick
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Yikes-orama. I am in too.

    With windchill it feels like 14 degrees right now in Chicago. I ran this morning at 6 a.m. outdoors. Mother of pearl it hurt to be outside. But it was totally Marine. Might have helped that I had to curse out loud every once in awhile out of sheer pain and anger at Mother Nature.

    Whatever it takes, right.

    Will map out my Shock and Awe campaign and report back.

  • Dr Dan
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    You Had me at “V.I.P.”!!! I’m IN!!!
    Current Weight 200 L-B’s
    Height 6’2″-and that’s not changing…Soo happy w/that!!!
    % body Fat…I’ll get it checked…and report my % decrease in 31 days!!! And it’s sooo going to drop…not much there to begin w/but I’ll seek out whatever is in hiding and annihilate it…no fat is safe on this body…I’m coming after it!!!
    Your On!!! Jon!!! Bring it On!!! The Challenge, if you want to go there, is ONNN!!!

    DD-

  • Kerry Woods
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    100% back on Isagenix and doing the 30 day program right thru the holidays. If its not going in my body its going in the trash can (Sorry Grandma) LOL

  • Jason Moore
    December 1, 2010
    12:10 pm

    How was your bacon sandwich Jon? 😉

    Jules: “…I don’t dig on swine man…pigs are filthy animals…I don’t eat filthy animals. ”
    Vincent: “But, bacon tastes gooood. Pork chops taste gooood.”
    Jules: “Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I’d never know ’cause I wouldn’t eat the filthy *%$#@*%$@!. Pigs sleep and root in sh*%! That’s a filthy animal. I ain’t eat nothin’ that ain’t got sense enough to disregard its own feces. ”

    – Excerpt From Pulp Fiction

    I had a sprouted wrap with avocado, greens, and all the trimmings…but only a small one 😉

    Got off to a GREAT start today – nutritionally, spot on. However, we’re driving between AZ and FL, so it wasn’t perfect – but NO EXCUSES.

    I’m ratcheting up tomorrow…HOO-RAA!!

  • Jon B
    December 2, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Wow, Amy!!! Running in Chicago at 6 AM in December is TOTALLY MARINE!

    Daali, LOL – no more slacking in the back of the room! :-)

    Jason, you’ll be happy to know that my ORGANIC bacon comes from FREE-RANGE pigs who actually USE TOILETS and SAY THEIR PRAYERS at night. You know I LOVE your green stuff man! (I just need some swine on the side!:-)

    All you VIPs are BAD ASS!!! No one does this kind of thing during the month of December! Everyone waits till January, after the holiday damage has been done!

  • Jason Moore
    December 2, 2010
    12:10 pm

    HAHAHAHA!! Awesome! I should have known that you only roll with the finest and cleanest pigs JB :) I’m very happy indeed!

    Alright VIPs, I realize a “sprouted avocado wrap” doesn’t sound very “Marine” – whoever heard of a vegetarian Marine, right?

    That’s ok…no problem…I’ve decided to eat and work out like a “Gorilla” Warrior instead – plenty of greens and I’ll be doing one arm pull ups with tree trunks in hand :)

    Rock on everyone!

    And Amy…your a mad-woman…just the thought of it makes my bones cold.

  • Steve Silverston
    December 2, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I’m in!
    20-30% more intensity on my workouts.
    20-30% less caloric consumption.
    20-30% MORE ENJOYMENT!
    Thanks for raising the bar Jon.
    Let’s do this!

  • Jaydev Karande
    December 2, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I just drank a protein shake without carbs for breakfast. I have a dinner meeting and a Christmas Party tonight and was wondering if anyone knows of any Fat Free Vodka or Patron. If not, someone should get on that idea:)!

  • Patrick Kohlhagen
    December 2, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I’m enlisted! My inspiration for this goal is Mr. Bruce Lee. He was the personification of a lean, mean, fighting machine and THAT is what I’m going for. I want to be completely toned with no soft spots on my body. I want every muscle in my body to be used on a daily basis. I want to be strong, fast, and powerful in my movements. I want to be limber. I want a clear head and a vibrant soul.

    Bruce had the right idea by combining his health and fitness, his career, and his spirituality. I’m going to start by combining my health and fitness and my spiritually. Here are my commitments:

    There is a kung fu master giving classes two towns over and I am going to contact him this week to begin taking lessons as soon as I get back from my month long trip to the middle east.
    Dedicate 20 minutes every night to stretching and meditation.
    Yoga 2 times per week.
    I will maintain my daily weight lifting routine, but will increase my INTENSITY by 20%.
    I will increase my consumption of lean, organic meats, dark greens, healthy fats, and natural protein shakes by 25%.
    My NUMBER ONE goal is to gain 5 lbs of muscle by January 1.

    Lets do this! Oo-rah!

  • Mike Malcolm
    December 2, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Already started a 3 day cleanse on the 1st, might as well count me in.. got a good jump start.. Game on
    I agree it seems people in the name of Holidays throw there health out the window!

  • Colleen Robb
    December 2, 2010
    12:10 pm

    LOL Jaydev!!

  • Kyle Ee
    December 2, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I’m in 100%. My biggest challenge will be staying away from sweets and starches, but mostly sweets. I’ve recently found KIND bars – ever heard of them? They’re completely natural and delicious! I also just bought 6 Paleo Kits, so I’m ready to go.

    I’ve been incorporating more weightlifting into my exercise program, and I thought it would be fun to put my work to the test and signed up for an olympic weightlifting competition this month. My goal is to beat my previous personal records in clean & jerk and snatch. I will let you know how it goes.

    Yesterday was a fun one:
    4 sets: complete following in 3 minutes:
    500m row
    max double-under jump ropes
    (rest 4 minutes between each set)

    I’m so happy to see so many people commit to their health and fitness this holiday season. Good luck to everyone!

  • Keenan Wells
    December 2, 2010
    12:10 pm

    This is a great challenge. I’ve been intrigued by the concept of moving toward a raw vegan diet. While I love seafood, I’ve been eating mostly vegan the last few days and I want to keep that going indefinitely. I feel great!

    As a triathlete, this is a challenging endeavor because calorie intake needs to be pretty rich to sustain workouts, but I was introduced to guy named Brendan Brazier, who is a professional Ironman triathlete who eats a completely plant based diet and author of the “Thrive” series ( http://www.brendanbrazier.com/book/index.html ). I haven’t read his books, but that’s one of my goals this month.

    I’m excited to learn more about this guy! Some of you out there may have heard of him, but if not, here’s some videos:
    http://vimeo.com/3924392
    http://vimeo.com/7757478

    My goals this holiday season:

    • I want my diet to be 75% raw
    • I want to only eat 1 serving of seafood a week this month
    • I will read “Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life”
    • Increase my workouts by 20% intensity and duration during this period. I will focus on offseason strength training, while maintaining my cardio base.

  • Daali
    December 2, 2010
    12:10 pm

    A Christmas tin of cookies arrived in the mail today …

    I kept the tin. Pitched the cookies.

  • Peter Scott
    December 2, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Jaydev – Here’s a good solution to kill two birds with one stone:

    1 part Myoplex
    1 part Creatine
    1 part Patron

    I call it the “Arnold Bomb” 😉

  • Jon B
    December 3, 2010
    12:10 pm

    My BAD ASS VIPs,

    I LOVE THIS!!! We’re all moving in exactly the same direction, but with our own, individual P, V, P, S…

    Keenan’s about RAW,
    Kyle’s about Paleo and powerlifting,
    Patrick’s about spiritual and king fu,
    Amy’s doing arctic runs,
    Jay’s looking for the perfect vodka :-)
    Colleen’s doing sprints,
    Peter’s going to GAIN weight…

    It’s SO Lifebook!

    I had a great second day yesterday… I literally increased my workout by 20% – went from 10 sets of everything to 12. It was friggin’ HARD. I’m also happy with my calorie intake from yesterday. A month of this and I’m going to be scary… :-)

    Robyn, Crystal, Rick and Jean – share a little more about your vision or your strategy with us so we can encourage you and hold you accountable! It will make a big difference to make a public commitment – at least it did for me!

  • Steve Silverston
    December 3, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Went to bed a little early, a little hungry…
    Up at 4:45, killer workout…
    20-30% MORE… INTENSITY!
    20-30% LESS… consumption.
    20-30% MORE… FUN!!!

  • Kyle Ee
    December 3, 2010
    12:10 pm

    This is AWESOME guys!!

    Pat – I love the concept of combining health, career and spirituality. And I think you’ve got a great strategy for accomplishing that. It’s poetic man.
    Keenan – I’m very curious to see how going 100% raw affects your performance. Keep us updated.
    Jon & Missy – you guys are the only people I’ve ever met who not only work out while being ON vacation, but actually work out HARDER! I love it and it’s a great inspiration!

    I’d love to comment on everyone, but that would take a really long time. I’m just incredibly proud of you all.

    I think next Wed is the season finale of the Biggest Loser. If you’re looking for a little extra incentive, I get inspired every time I watch that show.

    Yesterday I worked on my power clean and jerk technique. I spent 20 minutes working up to my 1 rep max and got a PR of 215lb! Already seeing results!

    After that, I did 6 rounds of:
    2 135lb push press
    3 burpee box jumps at 30inches

    Is there away to subscribe to this comment string somehow or do I need to keep coming back to the page? Either way, I’ll do it.

  • John Vieceli
    December 4, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Count me in on this. Jon, I started on Dec 1st but I haven’t had time to post. I am in Vegas right now. Mere and I are running the Rock N Rock Roll Half Marathon.

    Here are my goals for this month…

    1.) No alcohol or caffeine.
    2.) Beat my last half marathon time. (1:59:00)
    3.) Attend 5 am LTF bootcamp Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

    Keenan I wish I knew you were going raw and reading Brendan’s book. Mere and I went to his lecture at Karen’s raw restaurant last month and I would have invited you to meet us. We were able to spend some time with him after the lecture. We are planning on interviewing him when Mere launches her online nutrition program.

    Note: Won money at craps, blackjack and video poker tonight. Just warming up. Planning on taking the casino down tomorrow.

  • Stephan Szollos
    December 5, 2010
    12:10 pm

    The viking warrior is in!! That is if I´m not too late in the entry:-( Anyways, here´s my promise. I will keep up my ongoing work-out schedule: at least 3 rockclimbing sessions a week focusing on finger- and corestrength. At least 2 of the following a week: running 5-10km, ashtanga yoga session approx. 1,5hour or gym-training with focus on core and bodywork. On top of that I will add a morning routine of 100 push-ups, 25 reps sets of 4 and in between 40 reps of ab work. I currently weigh 148.7 pounds and I will stay at that weight.
    For tips on killer workouts go to http://www.gymjones.com or go to youtube and enter “gym jones workouts”. Crazy stuff!!

    Go hard everyone, greetings from Sweden!

  • Robyn Woods
    December 6, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I couldnt do VIP this month :( but I am in..in spirit anyway!

    My goals and strategy: 1.Learn to master conscious eating..no more autopilot! 2. Get more focused with my motivation and make the motivation bigger/more inspiring. 3. To lose 10 lbs. by New Years 4. 5-6 mini meals/day (complex carb/protein balance), 70-90g protein/day. 5. Run 3-4 miles or cycle 10 mi/day..5-6 days/wk

    Thanks for all of your input..its very encouraging! Let’s live at our highest level this month!

  • Stephan Szollos
    December 6, 2010
    12:10 pm

    100+pushups, 160+ab reps. Run 6.9km 38.14mins. -9degrees C. Hey Robyn, way to go keep up the challenge!

  • Natalie Whitten
    December 6, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I am in – in spirit as well since I’m posting late BUT the holiday food fests at work have begun. I’ve used up all my sugar, chocolate and other baking mixes and took it all in to work today and didn’t taste a bite of it and yippee its all out of my house! I have started running this month. I’ve done it only sporadically in the past but my personal trainer has urged me to be more serious and consistent and the firefighters/paramedics at the Fire Department I work with invited me to run with them as well – and what the heck – I know if I pass out or keel over 25 paramedics will be there to pick me up so I can’t think of a single excuse I could come up with that would convince me not to. Your posts have been really motivating – thank you!

  • Karla
    December 7, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I’m so proud of everyone that has signed up for the VIP Fitness Challenge in the month of over indulgence. I’m so IN!

    I was enrolled in bootcamp for 3 days a week for the months of October, November and December. At the beginning of November, I broke my ankle while running sprints at bootcamp. The silver lining in breaking one’s ankle is being able to pre board airplanes and go to the FRONT of the line through customs avoiding an hour and a half wait. Plus, everyone feels sorry for you and takes really great care of you. And, in case anyone was wondering, I’m thrilled that I’m not outside in the frigid temps at bootcamp right now. Amy, you are crazy girl to be running in our frigid temps, but I’m so proud of your commitment to your body.

    So, here’s what I’m signing up for this month!

    First and Foremost:
    1. Take care of my broken ankle by not putting any weight on it for 6-8 weeks.
    2. Take a calcium supplement each day
    3. Avoid pain medication as possible

    Work out commitment:
    1. Do 100 reps of sit ups, knee push ups, arm haulers, flutter kicks 7 days per week

    Meal plan commitment:
    1. Reduce dinner portions by half
    2. Savor Sweets 3x this month and have just a bite for taste and satisfaction
    3. Enjoy Mexican food, chips, crackers, and breads 3x this month (this will be the hardest – these are staples in my diet)
    4. Increase my vegetable portions daily and/or drink green drinks to supplement as
    needed
    5. Enjoy diet coke, alcohol and cheese only 2x a week (SO HARD)

    Other:
    1. Get back on a sleeping schedule
    2. Begin my day with meditation
    3. Get up on my crutches and move more often while being careful

    This is going to be an AWESOME December! Hang tough everyone……let us know if you need any extra support. Everyone is here to kick YOUR a** into shape!

  • Mike Malcolm
    December 7, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Day 7, down 10lbs Only 20 more to go to reach my goal!
    Since I never consume refined sugar, the holidays arent a huge challenge for me. What I found I crave are other carbs, While I only eat organic spouted grains breads, milet, flax seed etc I tend to crave them. Its why I am also doing a liver cleanse, kindey cleanse and candida cleanse. I do enjoy treats like choca mixed with natural limited cane sugar in combination with 7 of the top super foods in the world. I was a vegan for 3 years while I dealing with cancer. On my 5th year out I have added some grass feed quality meats, avoiding shell fish and pork. Flooding my body with anti oxyidants, super foods from around the world I avoid most chemical supplements like the plague. Our bodies have evolved on whole foods for thousands of years, not chemical supplements cooked in some lab. A person can drive themselves nuts if you listen to all the experts, go raw, go high protein etc. Pick a plan you can live with, Listen to your body. I am a work in progress and much like a flower were either dieing or were growing. In mind, body and spirit.. Jon has made that so clear in his lifebook program!

  • Rick S.
    December 7, 2010
    12:10 pm

    This is my weekly report. My goal is 180 by December 31st. I weighed 196.8 after working out this morning, down from 210 six months ago. I will NOT have more than one alchoholic beverage in a day, until I hit my goal. I will not snack between meals until I hit my goal. I printed a copy of Jon’s challenge above, and I’ll read it every day when I get up. My workouts have been AWESOME. My problem is I’m stuffing too much pie, into my pie hole.

  • Todd
    December 7, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Well, I was all in for this on Dec 2. Had a great diet that day, then on the 3rd began P90X Plus, doing a double routine (am and pm routine), and the 4th also did a double routine. Unfortunately, the second exercise routine on Saturday was karate advancement test, and my partner busted my ribs! On a non-contact drill! Oops! So, little set back in the exercise department. But Karla’s post helped me suck it up. I will concentrate on diet while my ribs mend, and I will lose five pounds by the end of the month. I will restrict my calories and make more raw and lean choices, even while away from home this week. I will bring as much intensity as I can to workouts, and workout longer if intensity is limited by injury. This will be the healthiest December yet!

  • Crystal L. Peairs
    December 7, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Down 5 lbs…glutes are letting me know they are there and ready for more action! Figured out today that you can actually shut Tony Horton up during your P90X workout with a touch of a button…BONUS!

  • Dr Dan
    December 8, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Soo happy I made this commitment…who knew it wouldn’t ONLY be Grandma’s Cookies that were going to be the challenge, I’ve had to lock out the neighbors (not really, but not completely inconceivable at this point…).
    I’m hitting it hard & making it happen!!!
    I’ve lost 4 pounds…& the challenge continues…
    Dr Dan-

  • Sandra Garest
    December 8, 2010
    12:10 pm

    You guys ROCK! All of your posts have been fun to read and totally inspiring so I’m in!

    This time of year I definitely need the added accountability. I love the sweet treats of the season and this cold Chicago weather has a way of making me crave comfort foods like pasta and bread.

    I’m just 2 pounds away from accomplishing one of my exclusive goals, and it’s going to happen by December 31st.

    Last week I bought a juicer and challenged my workout routine with a new fitness class…I’m sore and a little bruised, but that’s okay because I’m a Marine…

    For the rest of the month, here’s the plan:
    Eat completely dairy and gluten free 6 days/week
    Get more protein in the AM – find recipes for protein & fruit smoothies that I like
    Have at least 1 green drink and drink 75 oz water each day
    Purchase a biomat and do a meditation on it 3 times/week
    Start O-tropin supplement and take daily
    Take a new Zumba class & continue weekly Dailey Method classes
    Replace after-dinner treat with fruit & allow just 1 day/week for a real treat

    Let’s make it happen VIPs!

  • Jessica Dietrich-Marsh
    December 8, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I’m in, late but in!!
    I will share a gluten/grain free month with my family introducing new foods at Christmas Dinner.
    I will meditate every morning focusing on my body healing and growing younger with each cellular birth!
    I will focus on fresh salads, proteins and good fats for every meal.
    I will drink my daily water requirements.
    I will encourage exercise with my children by dancing to funky music daily.

  • Brian
    December 8, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Still on target. Even while traveling.

    Going all the way!!!!!

  • Crystal L. Peairs
    December 8, 2010
    12:10 pm

    My commitment:

    25% more intensity on workouts (P90X full program and soccer).
    25% more enjoyment in my workouts.
    25% less caloric consumption.
    90% reduction in carbs and sugars.
    1 latte per week.
    100% IMPROVEMENT ON HOW I FEEL ABOUT MYSELF GOING INTO THE NEW YEAR.

  • John Vieceli
    December 9, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Goal 1 Achieved.

    Previous half time was 1:59. Ran a 1:55 half marathon. Kind of bitter sweet though… I was shooting for 1:51 time. Was running 7:50-8:00 minute miles and then fell apart at mile 10. All this means is more training particularly core and thats what the second goal is for… core boot camp Mon, Wed and Fridays.

    On a side note… at mile 10 I was spent. Actually felt like walking a bit to get my AT down but the ONLY thing that kept me going was the fact that I posted my goal on this forum. The last thing I wanted was to report back failure. So I’d like to thank Jon and everyone else who have posted their goals.

  • Kyle Ee
    December 9, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I cheated and had some cookies yesterday. I’m amazed at how quickly I feel like shit afterward. But this is what accountability is all about, so I’m making it public and moving forward.

    Hitting the gym this afternoon. Weightlifting competition is Saturday!

  • Jon B
    December 9, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Did you guys hear a really loud CRASH in the middle of the night earlier this week? That was Missy and I falling off the wagon! :-)

    We were flying Emirate Air from Athens to Dubai – and wouldn’t you know it, their house Champagne was 2000 Dom and their house red was 2002 Chateau Pavie (literally my favorite red wine in the world). I won’t go into all the gory details (“Yes, I would LOVE another slab of cheese to go with this wine please… Chocolates, yummm, I’ll have 6…”), let me just say that A. Emirates lost money on that flight B. It was not pretty and C. It was definitely not MARINE! :-) It was lots of FUN though!

    But now we’re back to being MARINES again! We’re ALL THE WAY back on the wagon, running sprints in the desert, doing cross fit and yesterday I did a double workout. We’ve been SUPER disciplined with our diets for the last few days too.

    By the way, I’ve found that it’s actually GOOD to throw in a big, over-indulgent meal every now and the with a disciplined routine. About once a week seems right. If you go 6 days in a row with low calories, then you throw in a big Indian or Mexican feast, your body goes, “Whoa! Where did this come from?!” and your metabolism CRANKS UP to deal with it. If you go straight back to being disciplined the very next day, you can get a major, noticeable bump out of this strategy, because your body takes a couple days to come down from “high metabolism mode”… I’m always leaner on days 2 and 3 than I would have been if I hadn’t splurged. The key is to not do it much, and not do it in any kind of pattern your body can figure out (like every Sunday).

    And NO, this is NOT an excuse for us falling off the wagon last week. That was spontaneous and unplanned (and, I must admit, FUN! :-)

    Onward and upward, VIPs!

  • Kevin Donahue
    December 10, 2010
    12:10 pm

    OK, my weekly report:

    Last week I started off with a regiment of pull-ups, dips and abs. I did about 80 pull-ups and 100 dips. Followed by a killer ab workout. But then my week got very busy with a conference that came to town.

    Normally I hit the gym no less than 4 days per week but last week was Awesomenessfest, a really incredible conference and networking event here in Costa RIca. So I did get my mental and emotional workouts by listening and hanging out with incredible speakers like Sean Stephenson, Lisa Nichols and the incredible David Jackson (along with many others like Karla Ortiz!). But I did get to get in the water and do a little surfing and teach lessons as well. The good news is that my diet stayed good, only I should have been eating more! I stayed consistent by eating local food all week (beans and rice, eggs, chicken, plantains) and drinking one Met-RX meal replacement shake every day. I may have another advantage over everyone else now too… this past week I got to spend time with former Mr. Universe and body building legend Gunter Schlierkamp and his wife, professional fitness comeptitor Kim Lyons! So I got a few extra tips from the pros!

    Today I get back in the gym. I will train my back and chest and then tomorrow I do legs. :)

  • John Vieceli
    December 10, 2010
    12:10 pm

    @Keenan. I thought this might be interesting for you as well as everyone.

    http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/60642/109_YEARS_OLD_ON_MAINLY_RAW_FOODS__Bernando__The_S/

    Week one of 5 am boot camp in the bag. Did an interesting camp on Wednesday and thought I would share the strategy. Imagine boot camp meets card game. Split into two groups. Create 4 exercises. Each groups gets a deck. Assign the 4 exercises to the suits of the deck. Face value determines the amount of reps (aces are 11). Each team turns over cards one at a time doing the exercises and reps before turning over the next card. After 5 cards complete, teams complete 10 suicides (or whatever you want.) Back to cards until whole deck is completed. First team to finish wins. This could be a cool way to get kids to exercise.

    I wish I was on that champagne plane ride. Sounds like fun.

  • Colleen Robb
    December 10, 2010
    12:10 pm

    LOL!! I’ve had those days – oh yeah, just a few weeks ago in Europe! :) I killed it this morning with a crazy 45 minute non-stop bodyweight cardio/interval workout. Huff huff… :)

  • Jaydev
    December 10, 2010
    12:10 pm

    The challenge continues…..

    I’ve trained everyday this week and will take a rest day tomorrow. Everything from flipping monster tire trucks to being strapped in a harness and pulling weights on the inside of a tire all the way around the track, followed by military presses. F*c%ing painful!

    Next week I am going to start yoga. It’s so important to have mental strength and core body strength. For those on this challenge who have thought about yoga, join me. Starting next week, find a yoga class in your local area and lets track the benefits together.

    I am finding great benefit from controlling my diet however its soooooo hard!

    Let me know if anyone comes across FAT FREE Vodka:). I’m still looking! lol.

    Jaydev

  • Natalie Whitten
    December 10, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I’ve started my running this week and made it to the gym each day AND bonus I gave my emergency Kit Kat bar (the one I keep in the back of my pantry) to someone else.

  • Robyn Woods
    December 10, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Jon,
    How could anyone pass that up?! haha I remember during the program you said you love pasta and bread occasionally and that moderation is key. I agree…balance is important and when you have that balance, going Marine feels real good! Lol You can still have a rockin body if you play your balance card right!

    Ive leaned out by 1 lb (slow but on the wagon) and in addition to my plan above I started yoga :) My Whys are really keeping me on track. Hopefully Im helping people around me too!

    Everyone who posts here is inspiring! Rock on!

  • Robyn Woods
    December 10, 2010
    12:10 pm

    You too Stephan! Keep it up Viking Warrior! :)

    Kerry, I saw you throw Grandma’s sweets in the trash…good boy!

  • Celeste McLean
    December 10, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I love this…. I do think that approaching health and vital living from a warrior aspect sometimes creates a mirror. I prefer a bit more kindness and finesse. So, I am definitely IN!!!! I will however, stretch, move, rejoice, wiggle, breathe, expand & contract throughout my perfect sacred geometry daily…… All day long…. So that I may continue to do this with grace until I am 103!!! Yoga, meditation, love of nature, thankfulness of nourishment, rejoice in LIGHT, & just get silly… Thank You all for your shared energy!!!

    Love, Me

  • Steve Silverston
    December 11, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Hey VIPs,

    When I went to Lifebook in July 2010 I set my health and fitness goal as my overriding priority. I then weighed between 205-210 with a 38 ” waist (I am 5′ 8″ tall). My goal was to get to a 34″ waist and get a 6 pack (abs) by December 31, 2010.
    I started training every day and eating more consciously. Simply creating a calorie deficit.
    I hit my fitness goal in October but around the end of August a friend had challenged me to work out 100 days straight so I did it as another layer of accountability.
    I had only taken 1-2 days(can’t remember) off from training prior to August 27th.
    That challenge kept me going even though I hit my goal and part of my brain (old premises) was telling me now that I accomplished my goal that I “deserve” to go back to some destructive habits (exercise less, eat ice cream, etc.)
    The 100 day exercise challenge kept me on track but that ended on December 4th.
    Once again, old premises resurfaced and I was going to/ thinking about coasting a bit, “rewarding myself”, etc.
    “I could take a break now (time off from exercise, eat more indulgently, etc.) once the 100 days was over, after all we’re coming into the holiday season…”
    but then Jon threw down this December challenge and I’m now looking forward to my daily exercise anyway, so…
    right now I’m doing the 10-10 transformation program by Chad Waterbury:
    http://www.chadwaterbury.com/products/books/10×10/10×10.pdf
    Check it out. It’s awesome. I’m a week in now and feel amazing! It is “turbo-charging” my training!

    With the exception of that 1-2 days between July 22 & August 27 I haven’t missed a day of exercise since my Lifebook session started July 22,,2010.
    To date I’ve lost 35 lbs and can now fit into a 33″ waist (and the abs keep getting better). My health and fitness continues to improve ( when I started I had some other increasingly serious health chalenges that are now mostly resolved.)
    I really feel like I owe my life to Lifebook. It was the spark that woke me up!
    I realize now that the challenge(s) must never end.
    My commitment is to always have another goal/challenge I’m working on, so I will keep moving in the direction of my dreams.
    This December challenge was perfect timing. Thank you Jon.

    PS- Last weekend I went to Cafe Panache and indulged in PG’s wine (a nice California Cab), Lobster ravioli, Ossobucho, and White chocolate mousse (OMG, it was good), so Jon’s story about that loud CRASH, and the whole concept that throwing in an over-indulgent meal (with disciplined traiining) is a GOOD thing, makes me happy :-)

    Off to the gym…

  • Daali
    December 11, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Whew! This was a huge week in business for me and I never put my health on the back burner. Very proud of that! I’m down a few lbs, skin looks great, energy is high! Last night I got a facial, and it was such a great reminder that my health goes beyond working out and eating right. Spa time makes me crave health.

  • Kyle Ee
    December 12, 2010
    12:10 pm

    The weightlifting meet went really well yesterday. I’m so appreciative of this challenge and all your stories to keep me pushing harder. I hit personal records for both lifts! My wife was a wonderful support and happened to get some great video. You can watch it here if you’re interested: http://vimeo.com/17737506

    Karla, so sorry to hear about your injury. Take care of that sucker and I wish you a speedy recovery.

  • Stephan Szollos
    December 12, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Ok, quick entry before going to bed; gotta get my beauty sleep:-) Managed to keep up daily ab and push-up routine, almost slipped up today though. Tue: rocksession 2,5hrs, Wed rest, Thu rocksession 2 hrs, Fri rest, Sat Yoga, Sund Yoga + rocksession 1 hr. Will have to modify the next week or so since I´m heading to Turkey for a week of…yes, rock-climbing!

  • Karla Ortiz
    December 13, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Checking in for the week……It has been fantastic hearing from everyone! Let me start with where I nailed it this last week:
    – Reducing my dinner portions by half – I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who is struggling with those last stubborn lbs. I feel SO much better. I’m feeling lean. I had more alcohol and cheese this week than my allotment, so I’ve got to have more discipline in this area. But, even with indulging a bit, by reducing portions, I’m still on track.
    – Exercise – it was hard getting back into it and my limited routine right now is very boring, but I’m going to stick with it. I only did 6 days vs 7 days, which is fine with my reduced calories. I’m going to take a rest day each week going forward.
    – Ankle is healing great and I’m taking good care of it. I moved around more with my crutches which helped work off some of that extra wine and cheese I indulged in.
    – I did not do any meditation this week, let alone daily. So, this is my big focus for this week. I need more zen in my life, especially this time of year.
    This is the best I’ve felt in a December in a very long time. Congrats to all of us!

  • Mike Malcolm
    December 13, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Exercise for me must be enjoyable to maintain a routine long term. I enjoy spin classes three days a week, and in summer I do long distance bike trips. 2800 miles recorded last season so its important for me to keep my legs strong on the off season with spin. I do core exercise on Tuesday and Thursday at 5am, in the evening I enjoy piliates. I find I need the stretch my biker legs! Its also important for me to keep my immune system strong so I make it a point never to push past the point where I cant carry on a conversation with the person next to me. I am not a professional athelete nor is it my goal to become one, so I do what works for me! I would say I would be in the top 15% range for fitness in my age group ( 56 years young), that works for me! I attended a Christmas party this past weekend, made it a point to bring my own goodies so not to be tempted. I do know one thing I am sure I felt better then the majority of people at the party come Sunday morning! All the best in health, Mike

  • Chris KNight
    December 13, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I am in!

    I even hired a personal trainer for December to keep my workout intensity on track. I felt my bodyfat was off-course and it’s time to self-correct.

    PS: See ya Jan 27th!

  • Jason Moore
    December 13, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Like some others, last week didn’t go perfectly…in fact, I totally blew it :)

    I hurt my back over-exercising which slowed me up a bit and I wussed out in the face of family and friends I hadn’t seen in over 6 months (we just returned to FL after being out of state for a while) and indulged in some celebratory food and drink.

    I fall down, I get up…

    NOW…I’m back in full force this week, doing some full on Living Liquid and Live Food Feasting to flush out the junk, eliminate the inflammation and pain in my back, and set the stage for a new level of as kicking – HOO RAH!

    I’ve been pounding fresh green juice, fresh almond milk, raw vegan sweet potato soup, raw vegan broccoli soup, and more all day! I feel fantastic in spite of the temporary injury and pain.

    It is my MISSION to build my BEST damn body EVER – a WHOLE NEW LEVEL – inside out.

  • Jon B
    December 14, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Kyle, that video is AWESOME! (did the rest of you VIPs see it?) I can’t believe you can do that… It’s inspiring, man! :-)

  • Jon B
    December 14, 2010
    12:10 pm

    All,

    OK, we’re halfway through the month, so let’s have some updates…

    Here’s mine:

    Some days I’ve done REALLY good… Maybe even MOST days.

    Some days I’ve done just OK, but my OK days are still better than my average days before the challenge.

    Miss and I fell off once, which I have already confessed…

    Overall, halfway through the month I feel like I’m pretty well on track. My main objective, after all, is to GAIN ground in December instead of losing ground, and I’m definitely doing that!

    Planning to crank it up in the next 2 weeks and finish STRONG!

    How’s everyone else doing?

  • Alba Bejarano
    December 14, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Hi,
    We have an excellent alkaline diet and eat very healthy and delicious food, I also exercise and do Yoga. I want to be an image of health, energetic and fit because my body deserves that.
    However, I love french Champagne and for X-mas an New year’s eve I will celabrate with a big glass or two….(?)

  • Crystal L. Peairs
    December 14, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Very busy week so far. I actually ate 2 small cookies today, but have managed to curb all other temptations. I reviewed my Health and Fitness section of my lifebook and am proud to announce that I had to recreate everything in this section. I had accomplished all of my goals including getting my Honda Ridgeline (my reward for all of my hard work and dedication.). It’s great to be fit, healthy, look good and feel strong again! Thank you Jon, lifebook and all of the VIP’s for the inspiration during this busy month as staying focused and on purpose is crucial. I an so very thankful for each and every one of your posts and wisdom. I hope to keep this challenge going and going and going…

  • Kevin Donahue
    December 15, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Hola Amigos VIP! Todo bien en Costa Rica! Pura vida…

    Life is very good and my physical fitness is peak! I’ve been sticking with my regiment of pull-ups, abs, dips to change up my workout and I’m seeing incredible results. I do pull-ups until failure (b/t 15-30), abs on the ball for a set of 200, then dips until failure (b/t 15-30), then repeat this sequence for 7-8 sets. I start weight training again today. I was sad to see that I had LOST weight (not trying to) the week before. So I need to start consuming MORE food…. I need more calories to build and maintain the muscle that I have. But what was great is that the 5 pounds I lost made it easier for me to do a TON more pull-ups and dips. So it worked out. I’m feeling very strong and I’m lean which is good….

    Today I hit the gym for squats and core. And probably hit the ocean for some surf. Just ate a breakfast of 5 eggs, avocado, tomato, plantain, cucumber and a little granola with peanut butter. I FEEL STONG LIKE BULL! haha.

    Keep up all the great work my friends! I love reading your entries….

  • Daali
    December 15, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Still going strong over here!

    I’ve really cut down our eating out and have been cooking clean healthy meals at home. I’m getting back into my Saturday Farmers Market routine- being in AZ there’s lots of local, organic produce this time of year! Haven’t missed any workouts, mostly because I’m only doing workouts that I LOVE! Tomorrow night is “my” night … so instead of meeting a girlfriend for dessert, I’ll be out salsa dancing. Best workout EVER!

    My family is flying in from WI for the holidays and they are experiencing the winter blues like they do every year- so I’ve got lots of fun stuff planned. Hiking in the mornings, river rafting down the Salt River, farmers markets, relaxing by the pool,etc…

    A holiday all about health- how refreshing!

  • Todd
    December 16, 2010
    12:10 pm

    This has been great! Down three of five pounds for goal :) Spent four days in Vegas with a net zero change I’ll take as extreme! Would not have done that without the challenge whispering in my ear. Ribs healing nicely, will start P90X Plus doubles tomorrow and rock out the next week before Christmas!

  • Kyle Ee
    December 16, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Workin hard. Are you?

    Monday:
    floor press: 5-5-5; rest 3 minutes
    +
    5 rounds for time:
    8 hang power clean, 155lb/105lb
    8 chest-to-bar pull-ups
    8 handstand pushups

    Tuesday:
    10 sets – for total time:
    30 double-under jump ropes
    5 box jump, 30″
    rest 1 minute

    Wed: Rest

    Thursday:
    5 sets:
    thruster: 3-3-3-3-3; rest 2 minutes
    strict chin-up: max x 5; rest 2 minutes
    +
    for time:
    50 wall ball, 20lb medicine ball

    Friday: rest

  • Robyn Woods
    December 16, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Going strong here too! I’m getting lean and feelin mean! Running longer distance and feeling so good. Yoga feels good too..I’m more flexible and relaxed. Eating consciously. Trying not to feel like I’m a buzzkill when I say no to excess food and drink everyone else is having. I’m imagining giving the clothes that won’t fit me anymore to charity and buying new smaller ones!!

    Let’s DO this!

  • Chris Knight
    December 17, 2010
    12:10 pm

    My current workout schedule:

    Weight training 3X a week
    Racquetball 3X a week
    17-21 miles of running
    90 min of intense swimming

    I can feel the effects of strength training as I sit at my keyboard with my arms sometimes trembling or shaking from the morning workout. I’m also having to use an incline when I run on the treadmill because I can’t get my heart rate up as high as I’d like because my conditioning keeps needing less heart BPM to do the same energy expenditure as previous.

    Short term goal I started 4 weeks ago is to drop from 21% bodyfat to 17% in about 8 days. I’m feeling like I’m on track and must be around 18-19% bodyfat right now. I use the Withings wifi scale and iPhone app to help give me data on my progress.

    I admit to falling off the horse often, but I keep getting back on… get focused and keep my self-talk positive. :-)

    Rock N Roll!

  • Mike Malcolm
    December 17, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Middle of the month already where has it gone? Being in retail my work schudule averages 70 hours per week so not as much time for extra work outs. But still getting in my five days at 5am workouts. Things are on track to reach my goal! Finish strong!

  • Heather Rice
    December 17, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Just finished reading of all your commitments and successes and being human. I started this idea end of september inspired by hearing about finishing the year strong by committing to the last 100 days of the year. I did it on my own with no accountability to anyone else. I did great until Thanksgiving and have been luke warm since then. This really shows me the power of accountability. So I am definitely in and excited to get back on track. Thanks everyone!

  • Heather Rice
    December 17, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Right! so here is my committment: morning exercises daily; infrared sauna 3x wk; only gluten free complex carbs and on a limited basis of 3x wk or less; 75% raw vegan; 8 hours sleep per night ( my biggest challenge!); get adjusted 1xwk or more; Order a Kangan water system for myself… Thanks, Santa!

  • Heather Rice
    December 17, 2010
    12:10 pm

    one more thing I commit to: floss and hydro floss daily… now I feel complete :-)

  • Rachel Ellis
    December 18, 2010
    12:10 pm

    OMG I’m so happy I finally logged on and saw this challenge! YOU GUYS ALL ROCK!!!

    I started my own healthy challenge December 1st determined to close the year with more energy, more brain power, more discipline and less FAT! So glad I’m not alone.

    Here’s what I’ve been doing….

    I started December motivated to lose 10lbs but more importantly change my daily habits that would help me have more energy and motivation than my tired old eating on the run habits. I knew that if I treated my body and brain like a priceless machine that needed proper fuel to run at its best, and actually GET STRONGER THE MORE IT RAN the human body is the only machine we know of that gets stronger with use, Anyway I knew that if I did that the weight would come off as a side effect.

    So I’ve been eating about 40% the amount I normally eat. And only food that adds essential nutrients fat and protein to my diet. Eggs, lean protien (only 10% of diet) and lots of dark greens, flaxseed meal, apples, tons and tons of water and herbal tea. Everything organic. No sugar or anything processed. I have allowed myself 1 glass of wine a night if I want it and half the time I do. I’m going to omit the wine for a while and see if I notice a difference.

    I feel amazing and have lost 6lbs since Dec 1st, even more exciting I sleep deep and wake up early with bright eyes. Hell Yeah!

    What I HAVE NOT been doing this month is working out like a MARINE! That starts today. You guys have inspired me to raise the bar way higher than a couple of yoga classes a week.

    I’m committing to running 5 x week, hot yoga 3 x week and doing strength training with my trainer 2x week and a spinning class on Sunday.

    Thanks Lifebookers!!!!!!!!

  • Sandra Garest
    December 19, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Weekly update…

    Okay my fellow VIPs, the good news first…I signed up for a month of Bootcamp classes with a place called Underground Core Fitness, much to my surprise:). And I went twice last week!

    I’m a new Marine, right? So of course going to Bootcamp makes perfect sense even though this type of workout never appealed to me before! For the next 2 weeks, I’m going to step it up to 3 times a week. I also received my Biomat and did 3 meditations on it last week.

    Now for where I fell off the wagon…I indulged in sweet treats 3 days instead of my goal of only 1 each week. Although various holiday happy hours and social events did sabotage my ideal meal plan for the week, I know that my indulgences weren’t as bad as they would have been without bringing consciousness by way of this challenge.

    So keep the accountability coming everyone – thanks for the inspiration!

  • Robyn Woods
    December 20, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Good morning everyone! Ive lost 4 lbs! In addition to this challenge, Ive been doing the Sedona Method of releasing. Always heard of it but never put it into practice til now. Im so excited! I will emerge from this holiday season better, stronger and faster as Jon said. Its not worth the regret and extra bulge. I want to stay ahead with my New Years resolution NOW.

  • admin
    December 21, 2010
    12:10 pm

    OK, VIPs – it looks like we’re all seriously ROCKING IT this month!!! It sounds like everyone in this Challenge is going to GAIN ground in December instead of LOSING ground! How many people do you know that will be able to say that??? We’re a BAD ASS group! :-)

    So, there’s just over 1 week left in this Challenge and it’s the TOUGH week. All the Christmas goodies, including Grandma’s Pie, are going to come out… And then there’s New Years Eve, which I intend to fully participate in, so I’m planning to make some good health deposits before then!

    Let’s all stay focused, committed and FINISH STRONG!

    At the end of this month we’ll collect the Challenge success stories. The Lifebook Team will narrow it down to the 3 or 4 biggest successes (will you be one of them?!), then all the VIPs will VOTE for the winner. We’re going to give some GREAT gifts and prizes for this Challenge – and you guys deserve it!

    Keep up the good work, Lifebook Marines! Talk to you soon! :-)

    – Jon

    PS: I’ve already got a Challenge planned for next month that you’re going to LOVE… So look for that the first week of January.

  • ALBA BEJARANO
    December 21, 2010
    12:10 pm

    My dear fellows,
    My life book is a big challenge, it takes effort, integrity ,discipline and commitment.
    I have visualize myself as the person I always want to be. Healthy , energetic and vital. Health is priority number one, because when you are healthy you can enjoy the gift of life. In order to make my vision a real fact, I created my personal strategies and I would like to share them with all of you as my X-mas gift.
    In an alkaline blood it is difficult for viruses and bacteria to grow, therefore if we eat alkaline food and exercise and get ride of stress we will have a healthy body and a healthy mind.
    The first thing In the morning when I wake up I am grateful to the Supreme being for living a new day, then I stretch and start with my 32 Asanas exercises of Hata Kundalini Yoga , then I relax and make meditation . All this takes approximately 1 hour. The body works in 3 cycles: elimination, intake and digestion and processing. In the morning .
    In the morning I help my body to cleanse and eliminate toxins I eat only fruits , green vegetable drinks and lots of water.
    From 12 noon I have my concentrated food, I have for example organic raw vegetables, nuts, salads avocadoes chicken , fresh vegetable soup. And after 8pm my body rest and I will not intake any food.
    This routine makes me very energetic and I can see my body appreciates what I do. I look younger and vital .I am planning to increase my aerobic exercises , I love dancing and hard walk.
    I avoid any intake of artificial or processed food, I do not take medications, I have Chiropractic care and I drink Ionized water.

  • ALBA BEJARANO
    December 21, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Oh, I forgot to say that I really enjoy this Life style..and of course I will be allowed to have my glass of French champagne on X-mas and New Yaerar’s
    Thanks Jon, it is very nice to know that you really care and you are a great support!

  • Jason Moore
    December 21, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Hey Gang!

    Had an AWESOME week last week.

    Using a powerful hydration, nutrition, and supplementation strategy, I knocked out my back inflammation and pain in less than 48hrs and was able to get back into exercise.

    I modified my commitment and decided to focus on rebounding, running, and calisthenics for a couple of weeks before getting back into my Insanity Workouts – I feel GREAT!

    I’m sticking mostly to Living Liquids (juices, smoothies, etc) and Live Foods (vegetables, greens, fatty fruits, nuts, seeds, etc) – about 80% or better (I broke my word and had some popcorn, a couple pieces of pizza, and a bite of chocolate this weekend, but got right back on track after).

    For Christmas, my aunt (who usually cooks southern fried, buried in sugar and cheese, holiday food) is making vegetables and fish this year – I can’t believe it! Now I only have to be responsible for navigating the food obstacles at one Christmas Feast instead of two.

    I’m not stopping at the end of December, I’ve decided that in order to go to the next level and build the BEST damn body I’ve EVER had, I need to focus on a 90 Day commitment at LEAST…so I went ahead and planned my strategy through the beginning of March – HOO RAH!!

    I’m not interested in perfection, only consistent progress – its a journey, not an event!

    Its awesome playing this game with you all – have the healthiest, happiest, holiday EVER!!

  • Alba Bejarano
    December 23, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Good morning
    It’s almost Christmas ! I keep my daily routine, no temptations , not candies or x-mas toxics I do my Yoga exercises everyday for 1 hour and meditation I also added aerobic dance, later in the day. I really enjoy this process more and more…
    I have been in parties and I only drank water, dance like crazy and eat what could be good for my health. I do not miss sugar, chocolates or other goodies . And you know? I feel fantastic , healthy and sexy! I will keep doing this for the rest of my life and looking for more improvements . I deserve it ,so by body. Alba

  • Celeste McLean
    December 23, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Bliss-ology….. This is what I read, Which would of course mean the study of bliss. I feel that I have been a student of finding my bliss and balance for most of my conscious life. I was intrigued so I watched what it was all about an here it is
    DAILY-
    1) Yoga
    2) Meditation
    3) Food Awareness
    4) Nature Appreciation
    5) Gratitude
    6) & the Wild Card

    So about 2 weeks ago I decided that I would embrace and consciously seek my bliss. The yoga was pretty easy, meditation not quite as easy but with my dedicated practice it is improving. Appreciation of nature is deep in my ocean loving soul, but when it is part of a bliss-centered life it takes on a whole new vibrance. Food awareness is something that I am already rock solid on, and gratitude has been coming together quite nicely with all of the other pieces in place. The wild card is the juice… daily random, beautiful, radiant joyfulness. The idea is simple and sweet, dedication to making myself a better, wiser, and a more radiant being so that I may share more light with others. Thank you all for your dedication and inspiration. And know that you are perfection in action.

    Happy & Joyful whatever you Celebrate- Love, Me

  • Karla Ortiz
    December 23, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Happy Hoildays VIPs!

    It’s been a one of a kind December being focused and conscious about my lifestyle as it relates to this over indulgent season. This past year, I put a tremendous amount of energy into my health & fitness…..and now it is a way of life for me. This was not easy, but my purpose kept me moving forward. One of my greatest lessons has been to be patient and to love my body in the journey. This summer as I was struggling to do push ups, my drill instructor said, “don’t expect to be good at something that you never do”. And with that in mind, I continue to persevere to perfect my pushup. :-)

    I plan on over indulging on Christmas Day but I know that I will do additional exercises and cut back the days after to compensate. As I think about 2011, my focus will be on replenishment of the spirit. Focusing on incorporating meditation into my life. I’ve been making small strides in this area and it is so powerful!

    It’s been great to hear where everyone is on their H&F journey. Keep sharing- your struggle or victory could be what someone needs to hear to challenge or forgive themself.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Robyn Woods
    December 29, 2010
    12:10 pm

    This challenge has really helped this holiday season! Even though there were times when I went off the path a few times, its been such a positive and successful month! The thing that has really changed is breaking through habitual ways of thinking and behaving that I wasnt conscious of before. And also enjoying changing…just trusting to do something different and that it will turn out great!

    Only a few days left of the year…let’s finish STRONG!

  • Mike Malcolm
    December 30, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I’am A Winner
    Yes I am a winner, even thought I did not reach my goal for weight loss this month. As Jon said the average person gains 10 to 12 lbs during the holidays! I was 12 lbs down for the month, less then half what I need to lose. The good news is I have a huge jump start and will continue on in January until I reach my ideal weight. For me its not about a prize here in Lifebook, its about quality of life period. I would rather set my goals to high and not achieve then then to low and reach it. I will reach my goal one day at a time. Move forward and Kick some butt! Please dont consider me for the prizes and I never did get my weight loss confirmed by anyone else. For I am already a winner to the person it matters most! ME Healthy New Year!

  • Stephan Szollos
    December 30, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Hey everybody! Been awhile since my last entry so…just like pretty much everybody else, I´ve had a few times when I´ve not kept up completely to par but overall I´m doing great! Went to Turkey 8 days rockclimbing before Christmas which meant on average 5+ hrs climbing every day. Sooo much fun and super workout! Weight is on track so looking good! Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

  • Heather Rice
    December 30, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Right on everybody! I too have had a few slips but found that 1 bite of the choc torte was enough and then my body gave me great feedback after pizza so it helped me get right back on track. For the New Years Eve potluck i’ll be serving up exotic HEALTHY smoothies with cilantro, orange blossom water and a variety of frozen/ fresh organic fruits. I also found that after an early crash off my plan I needed to look closer at my belief systems that were allowing it. To help me renew my committment instead of just passing it off, I watched a great documentary on “30 days to reversing diabetes” My belief system was renewed at what is possible with a strong commitment to the right lifestyle choices.

    Happy HEALTHY New Year everyone!

  • Alba Bejarano
    December 30, 2010
    12:10 pm

    Hello everyone,
    Yes! I did it ! I was strong to keep mi promise! I had wonderful Christmas time , but I did not break my routine , I enjoyed it and I am very proud of myself.
    It was not too hard because I visualized the woman I want to be . I feel good, fit and did not get extra pounds. Even if I have been parting a lot , I realize one of the things that makes me happy is being healthy and energetic. By the way, I did not have my glass of champagne, maybe tomorrow ..who knows!
    Happy new Year!

  • Jon B
    December 31, 2010
    12:10 pm

    I just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you for joining the December challenge!

    December was an awesome month, wasn’t it?

    I didn’t do perfect, but overall I ROCKED it and I had some BIG WINS this month…

    I worked out 30 of 31 days in December – and I don’t think I’ve EVER done that before! The one workout I missed was on a travel day (the infamous wine flight☺). Some of my workouts were a little short, or a little lame, but most of them were MARINE!

    I also did GREAT with my meals, which was not an easy project, because we’ve been living in the Middle East this winter. The quality of the food is what it is (it’s especially difficult to find fresh, green vegetables here), so I’ve been focusing on QUANTITY. I cut my overall portion size an average of 20-30% during the month of December. It feels GREAT and I’m planning to make it my lifestyle.

    Here’s the most important thing: I finished the month in a MUCH better place than I started… How many people can say THAT about the month of December?! Only Lifebook VIPs, I think!!! ☺

    I’ll officially close the challenge tomorrow (so be sure to log on to read about prizes and how to submit your success story), but let’s give each other one more round of love today on our blog – OK?

    I’ll also be announcing the January Challenge later this weekend, and I’m hoping you all participate. Let’s keep the momentum going right into the new year!

    Have FUN tonight everyone! Happy New Year to ALL of you, my bad ass Lifebook VIP Marines! ☺

  • Kevin Donahue
    December 31, 2010
    12:10 pm

    the final day of 2010… what an incredible year! The gym is closed today so I paddled out to surf, which might be the greatest exercise in the world. Also, I’m getting ready to do some ab work out here in my home. The past week or so has been great. I got back into Yoga and it was amazing. I had forgotten how good of a stretch that is. I also hit the gym pretty hard. The week before I took a few days off for the Christmas holiday. I did have some deserts at the 2 Christmas day meals I was invited to… but it was well deserved!

    I’m going into 2011 in peak shape and only a couple of weeks out from the best shape of my life. Glad to have particiapted with all of my Lifebook friends on this challenge! Thank you and Happy New Year!

  • Crystal
    December 31, 2010
    12:10 pm

    This VIP challenge was just what I needed this month! I finished the year off with a day of skiing! Thank you all for the inspiration and the challenge!

    Happy New Year!!!!!

  • Tim Ferriss
    January 3, 2011
    12:10 pm

    Keep up the great work, everyone! I know you can CRUSH it in January and beyond. Also look out for a Secret Santa gift from Jon soon :)

    Upward and onward — here’s to becoming healthier, wealthier, and wiser in 2011!

    Pura vida,

    Tim Ferriss

  • Heather Rice
    January 3, 2011
    12:10 pm

    My final report: Success in all categories because it was better than it would have been without this challenge :-). Fulfilled all commitments except the daily exercise which was done 50% of the time. How do we add the 3rd party verification?

  • Alba Bejarano
    January 4, 2011
    12:10 pm

    My report and results on this process
    Yes I did it !
    Yes indeed , 2010 was a year of big challenges, and December was a month of big temptations, parties, sweets, different meals etc.. however I am proud I could have the discipline and strong vision to work for my vitality and health! I did not get any extra pounds, I feel great, energetic, vital my body is in shape and I even did not get the flu that is affecting many friends , colleagues, and others on this time of the year . That is what I call vitality, and I did it because my healthy eating my daily routine exercises and meditation ! I Thank God, Thank Jon, Missy,and Sandra for inspiring and guide me on this process . Of course, this is not only December, is for life, my life experience !

  • Jon B
    January 4, 2011
    12:10 pm

    Hey, Lifebook VIPs!

    Did we ROCK December, or what?!

    I know that MOST of you who joined the December Challenge had a GREAT health and fitness month! And I’ll bet that ALL OF YOU finished the month healthier and happier than you would have without the Challenge! I know I did! :-)

    Now it’s time to share your success with the rest of the Lifebook Community!

    Just write an essay describing your success in the December Challenge and send it to me at: jon@mylifebook.com

    Make your story as moving, compelling and emotional as you can. If you want an edge, include photos, a video, or any kind of 3rd party verification (your spouse, your trainer etc).

    The Lifebook Team will narrow it down to 3 or 4 finalists. Then we’ll post the Success Stories on our blog and ask the entire VIP community to vote for their favorites!

    > 1st place winner get’s a trip to Chicago this spring for a luxury weekend with Jon and Missy, doing a complete Lifebook makeover! It will be an experience you’ll never forget!

    > Runners up will receive a gift certificate for a free Lifebook session! Use it yourself or give it to whomever you want!

    > Everyone who participated in the December Challenge is going to get a HAND SIGNED copy of Tim Ferriss’ breakthrough new book, The 4 Hour Body! Tim was really impressed with all of you, as you can see by the comment he posted above.

    Essays are due by January 12! The winners will be announced before the end of the month!

    Make your stories GREAT, Lifebook VIPs! When the rest of our community sees how well we did during the month of December, EVERYONE will want to join the January Challenge! (which is coming soon!)

    I look forward to hearing from you!!!

    – Jon

  • Kyle Ee
    January 5, 2011
    12:10 pm

    My story is not terribly compelling, but it was still a fun challenge and exciting to read how everyone tackled it in their own way. Here’s my top-10 list of what I learned while being a marine:

    1. It’s impossible to say no to Mom’s cookies. :)

    2. (Mom, don’t read this) Accept the cookies and re-gift them to your neighbor as a “thank you” for occasionally walking your dog.

    3. Put a one-hour body massage on your wish list. Relaxation is very healthy.

    4. Christmas music does NOT make good workout music.

    5. When visiting family, offer to bring food. Make something healthy that you like.

    6. The holidays are busy. More hours in the gym doesn’t always mean more results. Try doing 20-minute workouts as fast and hard as you can.

    7. Do bicep curls when loading the car with all those gifts.

    8. Shoveling the driveway counts.

    9. Challenge your kids to that new Wii Fit game that Santa brought.

    10. At the end of the day, treat yourself to some mistletoe with someone you love.

    Great job to everyone who participated. It was fun!
    Have a happy, healthy and successful new year!

  • Todd Hamilton
    January 12, 2011
    12:10 pm

    Thank you for the challenge Jon! This was truly a challenge, who thinks to exercise more, eat less, and set weight loss goals in December! Only Life Book! I was glad I participated, my typical December would be to fall further out of shape, only to sluggishly plod into January uninspired. This was different though. Despite a rib injury, I was able to be very consistent with my workouts the first half of the month. Even up to Christmas my diet was great. I was on track to lose five pounds for the month, but could not resist the Christmas meals. Ended the month losing half my goal. But, for holiday’s, left-overs, and the distractions I’ll take that as a good win. The dedication to fitness in December allowed me to surge into January with a ski trip Aspen that was wonderful. Now that we are settling back into our Life Book lives, we will easily be able to set great year goals because of the powerful frame of mind the challenge gave me. Congratulation fellow challenge participants, I’m ready to make 2011 our best ever!

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