Thursday, January 1, 2009

1.01.09: The Save the World Diet Challenge for '09

What do you want to do in 2009?
The Save the World Diet is all about picking a physical challenge for charity as a fitness goal. Of course you should first check with your doctor, and assess your own capabilities, but find something that care about and you would like to work toward in the coming year -- a charity walk, a fundraising bike race, and so on. There are really so many fun things out there, and many charities in need of your support.
A physical challenge for charity doesn't have to be an organized event, it can be feeling strong and energetic enough to shovel your elderly neighbor's driveway.
Think about what you want to do, not what you want to lose. Think about how best to fuel your body to get there. (For example, each time you eat today ask yourself if what you're about to put in your mouth will help you tackle your life's work and your exercise goals.)
I'm feeling fantastic after my first physical challenge of the year (I'm doing one a month in 2009). I did the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in Central Park on behalf of UNICEF. ( was crazy cold out there but not so bad once we started running the four-mile course, which happened to have a non-alcoholic champagne stop at the half-way point! My next event will be the Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics Feb. 7 in Burlington, Vt. (

I started a discussion group on The Save the World Diet Group page so you can share inspiration and ideas about events in the coming year. You can also check out my website,

So what will you do in 2009? The world is waiting for you.
All the best for a wonderful New Year, Kara

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