Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Happy Feet Challenge Status

First things first!  If you are entering a guess for our contest, click here.

Hello, everyone. We've been having fun being active this month as a family (plus a few friends!).  The project team has been busy setting up the challenge, collecting the data, tweaking the options, and now that we've been running for a good few weeks, we have some data!  The team started with three options - walking, running and biking - but the list of activities has expanded to reflect the different ways we are keeping active. So thanks for your great comments.

The common denominator for all of these activities is that they are people-powered. The activities all require human effort to haul our "keisters" (sorry, Grandma).

Anyway, now that we have some data, we will keep you posted.  As of 9:15pm on Wednesday, June 17, we had accumulated 480.5km all together.  Tana's slightly misplaced guess of 601 was off by 120.5.  Next-closest was Rebecca D (joining the family for the challenge!) who guessed 678.

We'll do another guessing contest to see how much has been entered as of Midnight, June 30.  You can click here to submit your guess directly. The person closest to the actual number of kilometers accumulated* at midnight, June 30 will win the prize - their choice of a $10 gift card to a favourite treat place (Tim's, DQ, Chocolats Favoris...). In the event of a tie (the two closest guessers are equally close), the winner will be decided by rock, paper, scissors over Zoom at the next results meeting.

So there you have it. Lots of fun, and lots of kilometers over which our keisters (sorry, Grandma) have been hauled.

*By "accumulated", we mean submitted and accumulated by that time. So the contest total kilometers for that time have already been calculated. Activities submitted after-the-fact which occurred before that deadline time will still go into the totals, but will not affect the contest total, which has already been calculated. Did we mention that it's already calculated? 

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

June 2020: Late-Breaking News Flash!

The 2020 Happy Feet Group Challenge

Some of Marilyn's family members (young and not-so-young) came up with a great idea to get us all more active and to support Marilyn and the cause of raising awareness about Parkinson's Disease. We'll try this for the month of June (and beyond if we like it).Here's how it works:
  1. Do an activity: your choice of walking, running or biking)
  2. Keep track of your distance for each day
  3. Enter your daily activities and distances using this form
  4. Have fun and stay active!
Each week or so, Casey and Mac will tally up the distance and report the total kilometers.

Get your hat and sunscreen, bike helmet and runners, and GET ACTIVE.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Supporting Parkinson's Research

Thank you for your interest in the 10,000 Kettlebells for Parkinson's Wellness Challenge. I really hope you experienced enough challenge to push yourself and and enough success to prove that you CAN improve your wellness if you want to!

Our objective with this challenge has always been two-fold: to motivate people to improve their wellness, and to raise awareness about Parkinson's Disease. Each year, our final message is an invitation to please consider donating to the endowment fund below. The Royal University Hospital Foundation in Saskatoon, SK has been pleased to add our 10,000 Kettlebell Challenge as one of the designations on their donation page. I'm pleased to say that several thousand dollars has been raised so far - thank you for your support.

Here's our sign-off for 2020:

1. Congratulations on your wellness accomplishments!

2. Thank you for participating.

3. Please consider supporting Parkinson's research. We would love it if you would consider making a donation to the DR. ALI RAJPUT ENDOWMENT FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE AND MOVEMENT DISORDERS RESEARCH.Click here for details.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

February 29 - Our "Extra" Final Day!

February has come and gone - well, in a few hours it will be gone (including this year's extra day). It was a busy month, as usual, but I managed to meet my target of 10,000 Kettlebell swings on Wednesday, so today's workout will just be extra icing on the cake. And one more day of sore-ish hamstrings. At least I'll get to finish watching The Emperor's New Groove.

I hope you have had a challenging and rewarding February, and I hope you were able to feel successful in your efforts to take on a wellness challenge. Beyond today, I really hope you will feel encouraged and motivated by the fact that some basic planning and a bit of commitment can take your "I wish I were more... [fill in your own blank]" and turn it into "Hey - I AM more... [fill in your own blank]."

Part of our challenge here is to prod you to stop just wishing and talking about being more well, and to actually get out there and EXECUTE. Try something. Do something. Fail to reach a goal (well, fail trying, not just fail because you did nothing). I really believe that many of us want to be different, but we struggle to do what is required. We want change, but we resist the process of change.

So, I will reference the workout poster in my basement, inspired by my younger brother...

I want to encourage people to improve their wellness. And to do that, I have to be honest to say that improving your wellness does not have to be gruelling, but it does require at least some level of determination, motivation, persistence and the ability to track along toward a goal you have set for yourself.

So I don't have a lot of sympathy for the excuses we make for ourselves (hence my poster), but I have all kinds of best wishes and support for the efforts we make on behalf of ourselves - the ones aiming us toward personal improvement.

This year, I trust that the wellness challenge - whether you swung kettlebells, did pushups or plank, did more walking in nature, got out to socialize more, or whatever you decided to do - I trust it pushed you a bit out of your comfort zone and caused you to make those micro changes that, together, make up actual change.

Stay tuned for the next post on the hospital foundation fund we encourage people to donate to. It supports research into Parkinson's Disease.

I will have one or two more wrap-up posts following that as we wind down the 2020 edition of the 10,000 Kettlebells for Parkinson's challenge.