Christmas parties consumed the last week of December 2007 for our family.

It was great to see everyone again, and eat good food.

But, as usual, everyone ate too much food.

So, I came up with a little “calorie burning contest”… which didn’t make people very happy…As a creatively naturally healthy guy, I thought it would be good fun to have a little “calorie burning contest” at my wife’s extended family Christmas party last Saturday!

So… while at my wife’s aunt & uncle’s house, I made a list of everyone there (5 and older) and put them on the contest list. I explained to everyone that, to help get a start on our 2008 New Years Resolutions (of losing the extra weight we gained by eating too many Christmas goodies), we were going to have a fitness contest – divided into three age groups, and three categories:

#1 – Jumping Jacks for 2 minutes – who could do the most? (1 point for each).

#2 – Head-Shoulders-Knees-Toes for 3 minutes – this is where you have to touch each part (basically like touching your toes) as many times as possible. (I did 123 and was VERY sore the next day… in fact, I’m still sore today!) One point for each “cycle”.

#3 – Hold out your arms straight for as long as possible. This was tough… most people bailed within 5 minutes. The winner was my 9 year old son, who held them out for 30 minutes! (1 point for each 10 seconds).

We tallied up the scores and declared a winner for each age group (50+, 18-49, and under 18).

The winners received $25 gift cards to either Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body, or Olive Garden.

Here are some pictures:

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes 🙂

Jumping Jacks
Jumping Jacks

Arms Out Contest
The Champion – Arms held out straight for 30 minutes!

So now, I’m sure, my wife’s extended family HATES me!! Well, not literally… but, if they’re as sore as I am, I’m sure they’re grumbling a little bit.

Happy New Year 2008! Make it your best year yet!

For excellent, creative, natural health,

Joe Barton
Barton Publishing 2008