Friday, December 27, 2013

Fitbit or C25K, Anyone?

My knee still isn't at 100% but I'm dealing with this
when trying to fasten ALL my jeans, not just my favorite pair that I was lamenting last spring.

So I ordered a Fitbit One at Thanksgiving. I do have a regular pedometer, but it's huge and I kept knocking it off. It was also hard to wear in the summer, because it made an unsightly bulge under my t-shirts and tank tops. The whole reason I don't wear tight pants and shorts is to cut down on the unsightly bulges.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fitness Challenge Wrap-up

From what I'm hearing, the challenge went much better for you than it did for me. LOL I was just getting to the point at which working out was something I wanted to do every day... or at least remembered to do every day. Then, on Day 20, I sustained an injury that brought everything to a screeching halt. 

I tried on the jeans last night. Those still don't fit. I tried on a dress this morning that I purchased a few months ago. It would have fit back when I was working out three years ago, and it was my "goal" dress. It still doesn't fit, either. It's as annoyingly close as the jeans. I took measurements this morning, and none of those have changed, despite the fact that I can see more definition in my arms, calves, and waist. I have no clue if I've lost (or gained) any weight, because I don't own a scale.

I have noticed that since I stopped working out, my energy level has tanked again. :-(

So, while I didn't reach my ultimate goal (get back in those jeans!), I did meet two of my goals:
1) Make exercising a habit
2) See enough progress to keep me moving

I'll keep up with the arm workouts, and start stretching soon. In a few weeks, I hope to be back to regular workouts. I'll have to start all over with building up my time. Maybe I'll have another challenge. I can't use "spring" in the title, though. Maybe "Summer" something. How about "Summer" Us Need to Get in Shape. Or maybe that's just the Southerner in me coming out....

How did you do? Did you see any progress in any areas? Did you enjoy the group challenge (although it was a small group)? Do you have any suggestions for things to do differently if I host future challenges (exercise or others)?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 29

Well, we're almost there! This didn't quite end the way I'd planned, but over all, I'm happy with it. I'll try on the jeans tomorrow and take my measurements again and see if there's any change. 

I almost didn't get it done today, because other things kept coming up, but some time after 9PM, I finally did my 10-minute arm workout on the Sparkpeople DVD. I'm hoping that in another week or so, my knee will be recovered enough that I can at least do stretches with the other leg. I don't think I'll be ready for anything on the left for a few weeks. I'm planning on giving it the six weeks or so usually required for healing a serious injury.

I only got 1,870 steps yesterday, but I got 2,838 on Saturday. I was definitely ready for bed Saturday night, though. LOL

How are you doing? Ready to wrap it up?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 27

We're coming into the final days of the challenge. I kept saying that I wasn't yet excited about working out, but now that I can't, I'm really missing it. *sigh* LOL

I did do the 10-minute arm workout on the Sparkpeople DVD today. It's the only thing I have on all my various DVDs that don't involve any leg work. I'm only doing it every other day, because there is no purpose in working the exact same muscles every day without letting them rest.

I did get two more stretching DVDs from the library today. I don't expect there will be much I can do without using my legs, but I can at least watch them and see if I want to try them. And I may be pleasantly surprised.

I did get 2,117 steps yesterday, passing 2,000 for the first time since last Friday.

How are you doing?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 25

I did do most of the 10-minute All About Your Arms segment on the SparkPeople DVD this morning. I couldn't do the pushups or tricep exercises that used the chair. (You know the one where you "dip" and use your triceps to lift you up?) Yeah, I couldn't do those because they do use the legs a bit. I did do something, though, so I feel better.

I got 1,391 steps yesterday. *sigh*

Just a few more days! How are you doing?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 24

Gah. That is all.

Okay, maybe not. Day 23's post didn't get lost on the interwebs; I just didn't post yesterday. I was kind of in a "why bother?" funk. I'm mostly over it (the funk, not the exercising). There is no way I'll be back to working out by the end of this challenge. Not for 30 minutes a day. I'm walking as little as possible, and have my 11-year-old and 4-year-old running extra go-fer duties. On Monday, when I found out that it was just my tendon, and not a dislocated patella, I was very relieved. I still am, because I don't have to be as paranoid about how I move. However, I was thinking that I just "pulled" or strained or whatever happens to tendons. It has since occurred to me that it may actually be torn. I'm not going to an orthopedist to find out. He'll just want me to take drugs and/or physical therapy that I can't afford, and therefore won't do. 

For right now, I just plan on resting my knee as much as possible until it can heal. My left calf and ankle, and right knee, have started hurting, too. I'm assuming it's because I'm walking funny and it's putting a strain on everything else. Fun. So I have both knees and my left ankle wrapped. *sigh* It works.

I got a new stretching DVD from the library yesterday. I do think I'll really like this one if I can ever do it. I tried to do the upper body segment this morning, but so much of even that involves the legs, that even sitting down, I did very little. It did help a bit, though. The DVD does have some yoga, but I'm not sure there's anything out there that doesn't. Most of it isn't yoga, so it'll have to do.

Tomorrow, I'm going to try the Upper Body workout on the SparkPeople DVD. I think it's only five minutes, but it's all seated dumbbell work. I think I can manage that.

I got a whopping 1.476 steps yesterday. First day I've topped 1,000 since Saturday.

How are you doing? Less than a week to go!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 22

I went to the chiropractor this afternoon (for the first time in almost five years) and learned that my kneecap is not dislocated. I do, however, have a problem. The tendon at the top of my patella is severely strained. Maybe sprained, I supposed, although he didn't use that word. All I know is it really hurts, though not as bad as yesterday.

I need to start going back to the chiropractor, which isn't going to happen for a couple weeks. Until the pain is gone, I have to rest it, ice it, use arnica, all that stuff.

So the question is, do I keep posting so you can post your progress? I'm also thinking about giving it another two days to heal, and finding those limited-mobility exercises I mentioned yesterday, now that I know I won't be injuring it just by moving it. Which means no exercise tomorrow, but I would start back on Wednesday. I really hate to break my momentum this far in.

Any input? And how are you doing? No injuries, I hope.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 21

Well, if you're friends with me on Facebook, you already know that I'm not likely to be working out today or tomorrow. Possibly for the rest of the challenge time.

I'm pretty sure I dislocated my kneecap yesterday. And it really, really, really hurts. And of course, it's a weekend. It did feel better when I woke up this morning, but it turns out that was just because it was able to rest overnight. As soon as I was up and moving around, it started hurting again. You should have seen  me in Walgreens. And why do they put the knee and ankle braces and wraps at the very back of the store? Let's think about this for just a moment, shall we?

*sigh* So, it's wrapped, with ice on it, and I'll call the doctor tomorrow. I did consider looking up some limited-mobility exercises and just doing some upper body stuff, sitting in a chair. But I don't want to do anything that might make my leg move, even accidentally. 

I only got 1,535 steps yesterday, because I couldn't walk for most of the day. I don't expect today will be any better.

How are you doing? No injuries, I hope.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 20

Yes, I said "Day 20"! We're 2/3 of the way through! And in case you're wondering, after thirty days, you will want to exercise every day. Or at least, you'll remember to do so. I just finished the April A-Z Blogging Challenge on my main blog, and after writing a post almost every day for a month, it feels like I'm missing something if I don't write a blog post every day. So, don't give up! There is a point to all this. :-)

The weather forecast wasn't wrong, and it rained all morning, so no walk today. I did 27 minutes with a TaeBo DVD, and about five minutes of stretching after. That will be pretty much all the exercise I get today because I need to work all weekend, which means a lot of time in front of my computer. I'll get up and take a walk around the house every couple hours, though.

I got 5,802 steps yesterday.

How are you doing?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 19

Is it just me or has this been the longest 19 days ever? LOL I know this is good, and I know I need to doing it, and I'm already looking forward to a time in a couple months, when I feel like I'm in good enough shape to start doing some 5Ks and 10Ks. I'd love to do a half-marathon, but I don't have the time to train for that.

This morning, I did the stretching/workout on a video I got from the library. It was made in 1994, but funky outfits aside, I always worry about fitness videos from that long ago because things change in the fitness world and some exercises or practices that used to be common are no longer so, because it's been determined that they do more harm than good. 

I own about 10 fitness DVDs, and I've owned and sold several more, as well as borrowed quite a few from the library. I also started studying to be a personal trainer about three years ago. (I've never been any good at biology and trying to learn all the body parts was too much for my non-science brain.) But nothing on this video rose any red flags, except a hair-do or two.

What did bother me was that one of the main things the doctor (did I mention it was a back-care specialist?) said at the beginning was that twisting, as well as twisting and bending were very bad for your back, and to avoid them if at all possible. So what's the last exercise she has you do? Lie on your side, with feet up in almost-fetal position. Then keep your knee down while you twist your elbow to the ceiling. Which, if I'm not mistaken, is quite a twist on the old spine. I didn't do that one.

Her exercises all seemed quite gentle, things that I've done with other programs, or toned-down versions of moves I've done before. So I don't know why my back has been hurting since I did them this morning. My back wasn't hurting before. It hasn't hurt since I did the one day of yoga last week. I haven't needed to do any more. I guess my body is finally getting used to working out, and also I've been making sure I stretch more after.

Needless to say, this video will be going back to the library tomorrow.

After my 30 minutes of back exercises, we took a 15-minute walk. I wanted to walk tonight, but the weather is getting ridiculous again. I probably won't be able to go out and walk tomorrow, either, so I suppose it'll be a DVD in the morning.

I had 5,813 steps yesterday.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 18

This morning, I did the first three (allegedly) 10-minute workouts on the Sparkpeople Fit, Firm & Fired Up DVD. Turns out the segments are only nine minutes each (WHY do fitness DVD producers do that? Now that I have a player that shows the time, I can see how off all these times are.) so I did that for 27 minutes. I did take a 15-minute walk with the boys, so it's okay.

I'm not getting many steps in this week. I need to work out a system for getting more steps in even on days when I spend most of the day working on the computer. I only got 4,143 steps yesterday.

How are you doing?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 17

We're rolling right along now. Despite my on-going jeans issue, I am seeing some progress. I can see the definition in my calves when I walk or stretch. Yay! That's the kind of thing I need to see to keep myself motivated.

This morning, I did the lower body workout of the DVD I started yesterday. Kathy Smith Lift Weights to Lose Weight. It's about 25 minutes. I didn't realize until we were already into it, that because it's not the first track, the timer doesn't start at zero. Other DVDs have, but I also hit the wrong buttons to start it, so that may have had something to do with it. Hopefully by the time I get back around to this DVD, I'll be able to do the whole thing in one day.

We took our 15-minute walk this morning, and I got 4,780 steps yesterday.

How did you do today? If you're blogging, feel free to leave your link in the comments.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 16

This morning I did a 25-minute workout on the Kathy Smith  Life Weights to Lose Weight - Upper Body. And my arms are jelly now. Makes it a little hard to type.

The boys and I went for a 15-minute walk this morning, and also yesterday after I wrote my post.

I only got 4,908 steps yesterday.

How did your day go?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 15

We're halfway through! And my jeans are actually tighter than they were when I started. I have no idea why. I didn't expect to see any changes this quickly, but getting bigger was certainly not anywhere in the plan. It's a bit frustrating. I'm starting to enjoy working out, though.

I did 30 minutes of the Abs of Steel DVD this morning. And I can still move, so that's something. LOL

I had 9,844 steps yesterday. I thought about walking around the house until I hit 10,000, but I just didn't have it in me by then.

How did your day go?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 14

We're two weeks into the challenge, and I'm almost to a point where I actually want to workout. Honestly, if I could take a long walk every day, I'd be happy, but that's not possible, and it wouldn't do much for my arms or back.

I walked my regular route at the park this morning for 46 minutes. It was a little weird, because there was hardly anyone there. I thought the weather might keep a few people away (we were in between storms), but this was more (less?) than I expected. There were one or two other walkers and joggers, but there were several groups there playing frisbee golf, so at least I wasn't in the park alone. I wouldn't have stayed if that were the case.

I did rescue an amazing number of worms today. There are always a lot out after a rain. The brainless little things start crossing a street or sidewalk while it's wet, and get stuck as the pavement or concrete starts drying out. I pick them up and throw them back into the grass. It only occured to me yesterday that they may not fare well as they land. I may need to reevaluate my rescue strategy.

I ended up with 11,864 steps yesterday. 

How did your weekend go? 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 13

I need to get back to posting early in the day. I've been going strong all day, and only sat down an hour or so ago, and I've been moving through all the stuff I need to do online.

I walked at the park this morning. The weather was much nicer than last Saturday morning. I walked for 44 minutes, and even got a tiny bit of jogging in there. And I mean a really tiny bit. 

I have over 10,000 steps by 4:30, and I have more than 11,233 now at almost 8:00, so that should tell you what kind of day I've had. And I'm not done yet. A nap would be good right about now, but if I lay down, I won't get up until morning. LOL

I got 7,021 steps yesterday.

How did your day go? If you're blogging, feel free to leave a link in the comments.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 12

Sorry I'm posting so late. Fridays are pretty hectic for us. I did get a DVD from the library yesterday, and it's very different than any yoga DVD I've ever seen. It's yoga for athletes, so it has 16 different sports, and 12 different workouts for each sport. Basically, it's for cross-training. It's just a bunch of separate poses, rather than a full routine like I'm used to. I did 40 minutes (it was supposed to be 45 minutes, but I've found that the time isn't always accurate on workout DVDs) of basic poses in the Running category (they didn't have a walking - although they do have Hiking), and I feel SO much better today. 

I hadn't thought of looking for stretching DVDs until a reader mentioned it. (Thank you, Kemi!) I did get on my library's site this afternoon and reserve several stretching DVDs. I'll try them all out and hopefully I'll find one I like enough to buy, because I really need to be doing something.

I did walk for a few minutes with the boys today, but they were both grumpy so we cut it short. I went to the park after I took them to their dad's, and got 24 minutes in there.

I had 8,176 steps yesterday.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Day 11: Fitness Challenge

Have you ever started something then thought, "What on earth was I thinking?" Yeah. The last time I started a new exercise regime from nothing was three years ago. That time, I was energized and feeling good, and not only was I not exhausted and sore all the time, but starting from the very first day, I really had more energy and was staying up for 2-3 hours more than I had been previously. It was great.

So what's going on now? I'm sore, and I'm not even doing the full workouts on my DVDs. I'm tired and falling into bed at 10:30-11:00 every night. No reading in bed for me anymore; my eyes close as soon as my head hits the pillow.

I realized this morning what the problem probably is. I'm not doing yoga. I've recently been reading a lot about yoga and Christianity, and while I've never gotten a nudge from the Holy Spirit telling me to not do yoga, what I've read makes a lot of sense. So I've been looking at a few of the "Christian alternatives to yoga" DVDs. Except that I can't afford any of them right now. So I've put my yoga DVDs aside to sell or giveaway, but I'm not doing anything in place of them. I decided this morning that I need to be doing something until I can replace the DVDs. Except I can't find my yoga DVDs now. So I'll be seeing if my library has something. Because I am pretty much at a point where I can hardly move. A trip to the chiropractor would not go amiss, but I can not afford that, either. I already know that yoga works wonders for my back. (I'm not sleeping on a real mattress right now, either. That can't be helping.)

Which reminds me: if you want to get some exercise in, but are restricted in your movements for some reason, whether it be a wheelchair, arthritis, or some other issue, you can do a search for "limited mobility exercises" and find things that you can do.

Are you ready to throw in the towel? Have you hit unexpected roadblocks?

For the love of Pete. I forgot to tell you what I did today. I did 18 minutes with the Leslie Sansome Power Mile DVD. It's supposed to be a 20-minute workout, but it's not. I also did 8 minutes of a Billy Blanks Cardio Blast. It only lasts 8 minutes or I'd have done more. I did take a 15-minute walk with the boys. 

I only had 2,823 steps yesterday because we didn't walk yesterday (I did walk down to get the mail) and I spent most of the day either on the computer or sitting in the floor helping my 4yo with his reading.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Day 10: Fitness Challenge

This morning, I did 40 minutes of TaeBo. I like TaeBo, but I don't like that he doesn't do any cool-down or stretching at the end. He just stops. I just do stretching after I turn the DVD off, but it bothers me that people who don't know any better might think that just because Billy Blanks is an "expert" and has put out several DVDs, that if he doesn't do a cool-down, then it's not necessary.

We did end up walking yesterday, with no injuries. We haven't walked today, and probably won't since it's supposed to storm this afternoon.

I forgot to report my steps yesterday. (I knew there was something I was forgetting.) 
Yesterday: 5,006
Monday: 6,003

Oh, and the shoes yesterday? I feel compelled to point out that those were accumulated over several years. I don't run out and buy new shoes every month. :-)

We're 1/3 of the way through! How's your week going? If you're blogging, feel free to leave your link in the comments.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Day 9: Fitness Challenge

Okay, I'm slowly getting back to actually enjoying the workouts. Very slowly. This morning, I did 40 minutes of Jillian Michaels' Extreme Shed and Shred DVD. I'm not sure who's crazier: Billy Blanks, Jillian Michaels, or me for actually trying to do their workouts. 

The boys are sleeping late today so we haven't walked yet. I'd wake them, but it's so quiet. LOL

And just for fun, here's a picture I took yesterday of all my walking shoes. If you workout every day, whether it's walking, running, or whatever, you need to have at least two pair of shoes so your shoes can "rest and recover" between uses. I think I have enough shoes to let mine have a very good rest. 

How did you do today? And am I the only one with an insane sport shoe collection?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Day 8: Fitness Challenge

Here we go, the start of week 2! This morning, I did 30 minutes of the Buns of Steel DVD. Then the boys and I walked for 15-20 minutes. Not sure how long we were actually walking because we did stop a couple times, including once so I could pick Bennett up after he slipped off the curb and scraped his knee. He was sure he'd never walk again. (He still is, actually.) So I carried him home. Fortunately, we weren't far from home when he fell. I'm sure I get a bonus on my time for carrying extra weight.

I got 7,086 steps yesterday.

How did you do today? If you're blogging your workouts, feel free to leave your link in the comments.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 7

Day 7! You made it through one week! I made it through one week! LOL I still haven't hit that point yet where I want to work out as opposed to I have to work out. Soon, I hope. LOL

I do love walking, and I could walk until my legs go numb, but I stopped at two laps around the park this morning. It was 2.69 miles and 49 minutes. Not a great pace, but it'll get better.

I did figure out something cool this morning. I couldn't figure out what to do with my car key while I walked. I usually just carry them with me. Fanny packs are too big to fit me, and I did buy an armband last week for my phone and key, but it turns out it's too big, too. I need to find the packaging and receipt and take it back. (And at this point, you may be thinking, "If she's so stinking small that nothing fits her, then why is she even doing this challenge?" Trust me - Even small people can be out of shape. That's why this was never about weight. My weight has never been an issue. My fitness level, however, has.)

Anyway, back to the key. I just put the keyring (with just my car key and remote) on the strap of my pedometer. Voila. Instant key holder. 

Oh, and yesterday I got in 10,026 steps! 

How did your first week go? Feel free to leave a link to your blog in the comments.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 6

So this morning, I put my "crazy" hat on and went to the park to walk. I should have stuck with my original plan of waiting until it warmed up a little this afternoon. It was 51 degrees and very windy. In less than five minutes, my hands were numb and my nose was running. I will never understand why people choose to live in places where it's cold most of the year. Give me hot weather any time. Now would be good, actually.

I did walk for 39 minutes. Yesterday, I got in 7,185 steps. 

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How did you do on our first weekend day of the challenge? Feel free to leave your blog link in the comments.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 5

I'll have to come back and edit this this evening. I wanted to get it up so y'all can leave your comments. I didn't sleep well last night, and couldn't get out of bed this morning. On a typical day, that would mean that I wouldn't get a workout in, but the boys will be going to their dad's this evening, so I can do it after they leave. I can workout when they're here and awake, but if you have kids or pets, you understand why it's easier if they're not. LOL

It's rainy today, so no walk, but the kids have PE today, so at least they'll be moving.

I did get a lot of walking in yesterday, because we were furniture shopping. Or furniture browsing, since we still don't have any. We think we know what we want now, though. Either way, I ended up with 7,161 steps yesterday.

Did you do better than I did? If you're blogging, feel free to leave your link in a comment.

Update 7:52 PM
The temp has dropped 20 degrees since we got up this morning, so I thought it would be a good idea if I mall-walked in Kroger. I wasn't up for another DVD and walking is my exercise of choice. So I set my timer and walked around the inside of our big ole Kroger store. After walking around twice at a slow pace, so as not to freak anyone out, I looked at my phone. Seven minutes and 57 seconds. That obviously wasn't going to work. So I bought some Moose Tracks ice cream (hey, I mostly eat healthy food, but I don't do "dieting") and headed home.

Then I walked around my neighborhood for what turned out to be exactly 30 minutes. To the second. It was very weird. It's cold out there, by the way. 

I'm going to write another blog post (about food) for my main blog, then go have some ice cream and decompress.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 4

Well, today I was reminded how uncoordinated I am. I really don't like those DVDs that have you doing all kinds of complicated moves for cardio. I just can't keep up. By the time I figure out what they're doing, they've moved on. That's why I like TaeBo. Most of the moves are pretty straightforward. 

This morning, I did 24 minutes of a Kathy Smith cardio workout. Sort of. At least I was moving the whole time. Then the boys and I went for a 14-minute walk. Getting up at 7 is much easier than trying to get up at 6. I found an article yesterday that talks about motivating yourself to get up and exercise. I see no reason I can't hit snooze for an hour THEN go exercise. LOL

I forgot about the pedometer! I've been wearing it. I just forgot to report in. 
Tuesday: 5526
Wednesday: 5454

Yesterday evening, I only had 4600 steps, so I walked around the apartment until I got 5,000 steps. Jeffrey asked me what I was doing. LOL Reminded me of the days when I used to pace or run in place to hit 10,000 steps before I went to bed each night. :-D

How did you do today? If you're blogging it, feel free to leave your link in the comments.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 3

I have come to the conclusion that rather than setting my alarm for 6, hitting snooze for an hour, then getting up at 7, I'll just set the alarm for 7. I can't seem to get to bed before 11, and I need 8 hours sleep.

This morning, I did the 30-minute lower body Pilates workout on the Kathy Smith DVD. Gah. I'm trying to remember how much I used to enjoy working out.  It takes a little work to get all those muscles in shape again. LOL After the boys got up, we walked outside for 15 minutes.

How did your day go? Let me know in the comments. If you're blogging about it, feel free to leave your link in the comments.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 2

I know I should be all enthusiastic and cheerleadery, but honestly, it's hard for me to get excited about working out until I start seeing and feeling the results. And right now, all I'm feeling is tired and sore. LOL 

I did get my new pedometer last night. It wasn't even shipped via FedEx, but by regular mail. So there was no reason for them to not deliver it Saturday. *sigh* It's fine. I have it now, and I just have to get used to wearing one again. It's bigger than the ones I used to wear, but it can also ride in my purse when I'm out, so it'll work. I do love that I don't have to worry about remembering to record my steps every night. It keeps the data, resets at midnight, and has a program I can upload my data to. I'm such a gadget girl. If you're looking for something smaller, and have more to spend, I hear the FitBit* is excellent. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fitness Challenge: Day 1

It's only Day 1, and really, if it weren't for all of you, I wouldn't have gotten out of bed. LOL I set the alarm for 6, and finally woke up enough to get up a little after 7. Guess I'm going to have to go bed before 11 tonight.

This morning, I did 41 minutes of Tae-Bo. Billy's Boot Camp: Mission One, for the curious. And I've already had 22 oz of water.

So how did you do today? Let us know in the comments. If you're blogging about the challenge, feel free to leave your link in a comment! You're welcome to use this image as long as you're linking back to this blog. I do have a smaller button, but it needs some work. I'll try to get that up in the next couple days. It won't be today. :-)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The "Spring Into Fitness" Challenge Starts Tomorrow! Are You Ready?

Get your pedometer and your walking shoes. Dust off those workout DVDs. Dig the weights out of the closet.

Are you ready? My pedometer is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. It was actually out on the FedEx truck on Saturday, but judging from this shipment and past events, if it's a regular FedEx shipment, even if it's on the truck, it will not get delivered on a Saturday. And I even have a rented box at one of those Pack & Ship places, so the driver has to stop there anyway. It's very frustrating. 

So I'll go through most of tomorrow without a pedometer, but starting Wednesday, I'll post my steps, too, from the previous day. I'll do my best to get my post up early each morning so you can post your comments after you finish your 30 minutes.

Remember, this is all about group motivation. No guilt! I will not chase anyone down or kick anyone out. :-) It's also not about weight. I did take some measurements this morning, though, and a picture of my sad jeans not buttoning. If you need to do something like that so you can see your progress in a few weeks, then do it! 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Take the "Spring Into Fitness" Challenge

There was a time not too long ago when I exercised every day. At least thirty minutes, and usually 45-60 minutes. I used DVDs five days a week and walked several miles on the weekends. Several different variables conspired against me, and eventually the workouts no longer worked out.

And there came a point at which my favorite jeans no longer fit.

Do you know how hard it is to find the perfect pair of jeans? I do not take jean-shopping lightly.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Faithful, Fit & Fabulous Challenge

How are those resolutions going? That's what I thought. The problem with resolutions is that they are usually impossibly huge and intimidating and many times aren't things we want to do, but things we "should" do; stop smoking, lose weight, exercise more. If you really wanted to do those things, you would already be doing them. In order to move forward, your goals need to come from within and you need to be motivated. Without a clear reason, you won't stay on track for long. I had a long blog post written, but then I found out about the Faithful, Fit, and Fabulous Challenge. Check it out.

Faithful, Fit & Fabulous
Filled with humor and “I can relate” life experiences, Faithful, Fit, and Fabulous is the ideal 8-week life boost that will refresh any woman's life. Create a personal and effective life plan, and learn how to readily apply it in your busy daily life. Establish holy habits, feel fit and fabulous, and get organized. Just one goal a week for eight weeks—it's simple and fun.