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Thrive Challenge

Inspired by the lifestyle changes recommended in Thrive and Thrive in 30, the Vega Community is here to keep you on track, share in your successes, and inspire even greater change to help you achieve optimal health.

January Thrive Challenge

Your challenge this month: The new year is a great opportunity for a fresh start. Rather than broad resolutions, smaller, more manageable changes are the best way to create lasting results. Since the community is place to share and learn from others, the focus of this month’s challenge is to share your goals for 2010.

How to participate: Share your 2010 goal. What steps do you need to take to achieve your goal? How do you plan to overcome obstacles? To participate, just post your answer in a comment below or write a blog post.

Prize: A month of fresh starts! Win a month-long supply of Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer; two tubs, your choice of flavor. Approximate retail value $150.

Contest closes: Entries must be received by January 31, 2009 at 11:59 PST.

Winner: Congratulations to Brandon! His 2010 goal to run a 100 mile road race in Northeastern Ohio was this month’s winning entry.

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Comment by Anne de Champlain on January 28, 2010 at 11:36pm
My goal in 2010 is to continue to trust my instincts and include more passion in my life. The key is balance in everything, to achieve health, happiness, love, contribution and abundance.
So in fact, although I exercise everyday, am vegan and eat mostly raw, these things are not difficult for me, they are just the expression of how I see myself. But, my goal this year, is to listen to inner self more because it's never wrong and steers me in the right direction.
Comment by Caity McCardell on January 28, 2010 at 11:05am
I'm training for my first marathon - Kauai in September 2010. I posted a random, babbling piece about it on my blog: http://www.caitymccardell.com/?p=992
Comment by John Baynton on January 28, 2010 at 7:47am
My goal is to continue my path of improving my health and fitness by changing my eating habits, especially minimising the consumption of those vices (sweets, alcohol, etc), and maintaining my physical activity level throughout the year rather than go through cycles like last year.
Comment by June Pryor on January 28, 2010 at 7:18am
My goal for 2010 actually started in late 2009 as I have gradually been changing my diet towards raw vegan. I am also increasing my physical activity and my awareness of the world around me. I admit that every day I face a challenge to these new changes, but I pick up my feet and keep moving on toward my goals and do not dwell on the little gaps. Friends will tell me that I look great and ask what it is that I am doing. I have forwarded Brendan's site to several so far. "One person at a time!"
Comment by Erika on January 27, 2010 at 4:56pm
My goal for 2010 is to get down to around 135 pounds....I lost 30 pounds but have gained 5 back....so that means I have 40 pounds to lose. I know I have to do it. I lost a friend 2 days ago to cancer. It's a very good motivator to get back into the swing of things. I have a couple accountability partners in getting healthy so it should make it easier to do this time. :D
Comment by Cheryl on January 27, 2010 at 2:49pm
My 2010 goals:
Complete my first full Ironman at Coeur d'Alene in June.
Compete in the Lonestar Half Iron Tri and run the Chicago Marathon
Finally buy that Texas land I've wanted and redecorate my living room!
Comment by Ellen on January 27, 2010 at 2:03pm
oops, i've tried to do this twice and can't figure out how to make the images way smaller. it also won't let me edit copy once entered, so it should read, "the high school coach has invited me to keep working out with her..." so sorry for the largess! ;(
Comment by Ellen on January 27, 2010 at 1:59pm
I'm going to do my first full marathon in Jacksonville. I did my first half marathon this year and finished respectably. I also came in 1st in my age group in a 5K for the first time. I'm not looking to break any marathon records, but this has been a dream of my lifetime that I never thought in my past 30 younger years of running I could accomplish. Everyone in my family has/had heart disease, cancer and/or diabetes, so just being able to finish a marathon would be a major deal for me. The high school track team has invited me to keep working out with her and the team. I want to continue to keep my cholesterol in the 130's or better and be a role model, especially to children, of beating

Comment by Jeannine Scott on January 27, 2010 at 1:10pm
Last year I went from being lethargic and hardly able to walk a few blocks after a long battle with extreme hypothyroid disease. My thyroid became stable Nov/08, and in January/09 myself out of my mental rut. I went off anti-depressants and started eating healthy and exercising. I lost 50lbs. My goal this year is to continue improving myself mentally and physically by keeping myself challenged and doing things that I enjoy, having relationships that are enriching and joyful. I will use Thrive Fitness and Thrive Diet books as my tools for success. I already eat a lot of whole foods, and my goal food wise is to keep improving on that, trying new foods and expanding my vegetable intake.
Comment by Caroline Beedon on January 26, 2010 at 6:58am
Goals for 2010 - I recently went to Brendan's seminar and loved his speech. I'm happy to have found Vega and often tell others about it. As a mother of 7-year old twin boys it's very important to me that our whole family is well nourished. Luckily, my kids are interested in Nutrition as well. They love the Optimizer in shakes and Vibrancy bars for snacks. I want to be more creative with salads, which we eat at least once a day, and integrate more raw foods into our diets. And try to be more green in every way. As for me, I realize how important eating alkaline foods are to heal my body. I also know emotional healing is just as important, so I want to find more time to meditate.
Comment by Bonita on January 24, 2010 at 2:29pm
My goal is to pratice and read my ten commandments for health daily and to always have joy about the raw vegan path that I am on, no matter what the social events.

This year I was able to determine my eating rhythm, eating speed, my toxic dietary beliefs, how to always using quality foods and my macronutrients

My Ten Commandments of Health
1. Get 7-8 hours of sleep
2. Pre plan my day the night before
3. Wake up every day with graditude
4. Drink 1liter of pure water upon rising
5. Sweat daily ( exercise, sauna, )
6. Eat 1-2lbs of green food or green supplement (love the ChlorEssence )
7. High quality fruits, veggies, vega shake
8. Be of service to others
9. Eat before 6pm
10. Walk, talk, act like Superhero "Veggie Girl"
Comment by Cathy Kumnick on January 22, 2010 at 9:43pm
My goal is a simple one. But a beautiful one. To live my life with more love. For myself, for others and for the world.
I've always pushed myself hard. Constantly. I've lived for years 'out there' on the edge, hungry for the next insane experience. Whirlwind of new countries, new people, new challenges the bigger the better. I've set sky high limits and killed myself till I blasted right past them. Yoga every day. The next bigger longer more extreme hike. A longer open ocean passage, with the rougher weather! Free diving just that little bit deeper into the dark water.
But the ultimate challenge now is just to soften, to do less. Acceptance and peace. And to love it!
Comment by Veganacious on January 22, 2010 at 1:15pm
Your emphasis on rest and recovery really resonated with me, so that is going to be one of my goals, along with more nutrient dense and raw vegan foods. Also, I want to increase the following of my vegan/fitness blog and reach out to other people, and make a profound impact on the way the animals and the earth are treated. They need rest and recovery, too!
Comment by Sarah Ni on January 20, 2010 at 9:20am
My goal for 2010 is to complete the AIDS lifecycle: a 7 day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los angeles. My goal for this month, and to bring me closer to my goal of completing the AIDS lifecycle in 2010 is to up my training and to really start doing my fundraising! I am going to be riding more hills (not hard to find in SF) and longer distances, and to focus on nutrition while doing so to recieve maximum benefits. Using the WFHO and eating a high raw-vegan diet I want to prove to the life-cycle nutritionist that I am able to ride longer and build awesome muscle WITHOUT a grilled chicken sandwich or sport GOOS (yuck!)... As far as fundraising goes, I have set my goal to raise 5,000 dollars towards AIDS research and I am using my printmaking and drawing skills to create art cards that I will place in stores with a jar for people to donate towards my ride as well as creating an online store where people can purchase prints or paintings as a way to donate. I am arranging a meeting with Wells Fargo in the hopes that they will sponser me and hope to do this with various local businesses in SF as well.

MOST of all, my goal is to show that one can complete this race WITHOUT all the gadgets and a fancy bike. My goal is to raise money for AIDS research not to spend money that I dont have to look awesome doing it. I have a 2006 "turkey trot" jersey I train in that I bought from goodwill for 2 dollars, I ride in jeans, I carry my water bottles in my back pack as I dont have water bottle cages, my shoes do not have clips because they are vans, my helmet and waterproof shell are hand-me-downs and my bike is not a road bike or racing bike, its a get around town hybrid with wacky gear shifters. But I am a 22 year old girl who relies only upon herself for transportation, maintenance and a good time. Now I need to work on my spelling. Second goal for this month.
Comment by Amanda W. on January 18, 2010 at 12:11pm
My goal is to be more conscious about my food choices. I'm already vegan but I also want to think about what I'm eating and why (no emotional eating) and how it will make me feel. I also want to think about where my food came from (local, organic, amount of processing, etc.) Also to take life one day at a time and not get overwhelmed or frustrated by a bad day.
Comment by Sherrie on January 17, 2010 at 10:03am
My goals for this year are to become a healthier athlete by incorporating vegan eating into my life, completing my 4th marathon injury free and complating my first triathalon!
I am going to live a more earth friendly lifestyle, read five books that will change my life (the Kind Diet and the Thrive Diet) and see the staue of liberty (travel).
I want to be ina healthier place with my body image and feel that by eating and living "kinder" this will happen naturally.
Comment by Kat Reed on January 17, 2010 at 9:15am
My new year's resolution is to get my stress UNDER CONTROL! As a student full time with a full time job, I'm always under stress, and it prevents me from reaching my ideal body and mental condition.
I've started going to the gym 2 hours 6 days/week as opposed to my previous 1 hour 5 days/week to get my stress levels down and improve my body condition further. I'm also taking steps to minimize my nutritional stress by using more thrive-diet foods!
Comment by Rebecca on January 17, 2010 at 7:15am
My goal for 2010 is to complete the Thrive Diet's 12 week. I am determined to get through the twelve weeks outlined in the book...after that will be figured out based on how it went and how I feel! Yesterday I prepared as much as I could for today and today is day 1 of the challenge! Wishing everyone well with their resolutions!
Comment by Sara Jelley on January 15, 2010 at 5:25pm
My goal for 2010 is to have fewer goals, as they tend to stress me out. I do have a few important smaller ones for the next few months, and a few long term ones for this year are that I want to swim a 10k open water and be hired as a teacher. Usually I have about 15 goals each month and even more per year so this is good. for me. :)
Comment by shar on January 15, 2010 at 4:17pm
Well I am well on my way to healthy lifestyles changes in every area, I am enjoying yoga and Nia weekly, I am drinking green smoothies with Vega Sport, I am laughing, I am encouraging friends to not talk stuff this year but talk joy and movement, if its not good to hear its not good to share, so I am enjoying a prosperous joy filled year. I am already enjoying my dream job and its soon to arrive. Hoping everyone out there is laughing more and releasing those things that they can not change and putting energy into the changeable
Shar Vass

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