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Activity is a challenge…

This week, I think I’m making activity a priority.  I have things going on every day this week, but I’m sure I can get some activity in and make it something I would miss this week.

Today, I mowed my lawn.  I spent 1:19:59 in the yard, walked 1.23 miles and managed to burn “443 kilo calories” according to Runtastic. My Fitbit was decidedly nicer-it gave me credit for burning 600 calories. It was humid and cloudy, but I didn’t let that stop me today.  I was griping about not being active, so I made sure that I kept my word to myself. I worked out.

I’ve also joined a challenge with a friend.  She’s doing a squat challenge and after asking her about it, I decided I’d join her.  I did 36 squats yesterday-my thinking was that squats will help my cycling in that it’ll help strengthen my legs.  I was going to alternate legs and arms, but I promised that I would join her in her challenge.  It’s a month long thing. I started it yesterday, unofficially, but added in another 10 today, so I have 46 squats to my credit. I’m also looking at a challenge that WeAre2Fit2Quit is running.  I am intrigued by his challenge and am thinking that yes, I can and should do this.  Of course, I haven’t quite made up my mind how I’m going to sneak in that challenge (not sure on how to do Plies and I don’t like butt kickers, but hey, only 7 is fine for me…but that’s 7 x 2 because I have 6 things to do and my name (the one I am going by for this challenge) is 3 letters long.  I may get my husband involved in it too.  Just depends on him.

I can tell already that the next 30 days are going to be interesting. That’s the squat challenge alone. The one challenge for this week, I’m looking at.  If I start it today, I can finish it on Saturday (and I’d have to add in additional reps because I missed yesterday). I am planning on making this a good week. I promised myself I would work out and work out, I will.

I need motivation.  I need a bit of accountability.  Who’s up for pushing me and asking me, DID YOU WORK OUT TODAY?  I won’t get cranky and crabby. I promise.


After spending most of yesterday being upset for no good reason, I decided to go ahead and let it all go. I won’t be successful in anything if I carry around resentment and anger. All it does is aggravate me, upsets my stomach and makes me miserable.  I chose the option of being happy.

I committed myself to joining a weight loss challenge that looks like it’ll be fun.  My commitment is to make sure I actually use the tools I have.  I have a DVD program that is fun (hard too, but really, fun!) and the instructor is, well, nice to look at.  He makes it fun. I promised myself that I will work out with this on a regular basis.  I believe the program requires the entire week. If I stick with it, I’ll actually come out ahead of the game.  The lady who is running the challenge is NOT going to let me off the hook either.  I have more accountability now. My group of friends is still in place. They aren’t going to let me off the hook either. I know that they want me to succeed. 

I was able to document my food intake for today.  I ate all my points and I feel pretty good.  I haven’t gone over–if I did, it was by a small amount, but it’s allowed on WW.  You are given 48 additional points for the week to use as you see fit. I am earning activity points as well.  I think I’ve gotten about 5 activity points for this week.  I’m debating on taking my fitness ball to work and substituting that for my regular chair.  I’ll force my muscles to work as I sit on the ball. Yes, I think I can do this. I will join about 3 other people who have fitness balls at work instead of their chairs.  

I told the challenge organizer that I plan on adding my bicycle to that mix.  I absolutely have to get outside. I am really looking forward to the return of warmer weather.


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