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Dance in the New Year with The Fit Nic

We have so much in store for you in 2024, and the new year is going to start off with a bang!

One of your favorite things has been the monthly challenges, and we're going to shake things up--literally--with our first challenge of 2024. The January challenge will be a 31-Day Dance Challenge! Each day in January, you'll dance for 10-15 minutes, sometimes to an assigned dance fitness video and sometimes to a self-selected video or playlist. Check in daily for accountability in our private group. Dance the most days or the most minutes, and you could win the cash prize! As in our other monthly challenges, the entry fee is $30, which covers both administrative costs and funds the prize pot, and your odds of winning and the cash prize value depend upon the number of participants. In case of a tie, the winner will be selected using a random generator. Join the challenge here.

January is a great time for a clean slate, and I know many of you will be doubling down on

your weight loss goals. For this reason, I'm also offering the Jumpstart 2024 10-week weight loss challenge that will take us from January 7-March 16--right up until Spring Break! During this challenge, you'll have weekly areas of focus to help you keep your mind on your goals, you'll get support and guidance, and you'll have accountability, including "penalty payments" on weeks that don't result in a loss. You'll pay $2 on weeks where you maintain your weight and $5 on weeks that result in a gain of 0.5 pound or more. All penalty payments will go toward the prize pot for the challenger who loses the highest percentage of his or her bodyweight.

Medical and pharmaceutical weight loss interventions have become prevalent, and while I am not against someone's decision to seek help in this way, these interventions do offer an unfair advantage in a weight loss competition. For this reason, the competition aspect of the challenge is only available to those using only reasonable calorie deficit and exercise to lose weight. However, those who are using other weight-loss interventions are still welcome to participate for accountability and support at a reduced rate, as their entry fee will not help fund the prize pot.

The entry fee for competitors is $75, and the entry-fee for non-competitors is $50. As an added bonus, Jumpstart 2024 participants get half-price entry into the January and February monthly challenges if they choose to participate in those. Request to join here, but make sure to answer the membership questions!! Membership requests that don't answer the questions will be denied.

Finally, the Piedmont Public Library is welcoming us back for Restorative Yoga on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. for the month of January. This program is free to participants as part of the library's Health Literacy program made possible by federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

Restorative yoga uses props such as blocks, blankets, and bolsters to help participants maintain comfortable poses that provide a gentle stretch while allowing for complete relaxation. Restorative yoga is not meant to provide a workout, but to help achieve a feeling of well-being, centeredness, and deep rest.

Space is limited for this class, so please contact the library at (405) 373-9018 or to RSVP and secure a spot.

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