The first 15 days of my 30 day fitness challenge

IMG_3381.JPGGetting fit in 2015 has not been easy but I have survived the first 15 days of my 30 day fitness challenge. Whew!

It all started 17 days ago when I got out of bed fed up with myself. Yes totally completely done with the excuses. I had created a great deal of damage over the holidays and my wardrobe was becoming unflattering each day as I indulged my dessert addiction. It also did not help that on that day I had wolfed down a hefty piece of cheesecake with no remorse.

I stood in front of the mirror feeling semi defeated as the unpleasant bulge in my ab area told the story of zero restrain during and after the holidays. My lazy mental self tried to tell me it wasn’t so bad and that I could lose the excess whenever I wanted to; it went on to reassure me that I need not worry about inconveniencing myself just this moment to get fit especially since that was not something I enjoyed doing. I listened … for a day. Still that nagging dissatisfaction with myself continued to rear its head. I just was not satisfied with the status quo and finally refused to succumb to the lazy voice in my head. I knew that if I wanted to feel good and look my best, I needed to do something differently immediately to get a different outcome and that was enough to help me make up my mind to start moving.

Without much fuss and very little planning I made my commitment to get started. I visited an informative 30 day challenge website I had stumbled across last year and used their plans to help put together my fitness cocktail. Armed with a plan, I kicked my mental obstacles and went down to business with just 7 rules of engagement to guide me.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

  1. No stepping on the scale throughout the challenge: This rule was set to avoid discouraging myself. I figured that I will know if my effort was working based on how well my clothes fit.
  2. Focus on being consistent: I made consistency the focal point of this challenge. The goal is to stick to the plan to the very last day even when it is most inconvenient and hard to do so.
  3. Use only what is available: I am not a gym person. As a matter of fact I don’t like working out at all. I knew that if my plan had any dependency on going to the gym, the likelihood for failure was high. Instead, I picked exercises that targeted the areas I cared about but ones I could do in the comfort of my bedroom. I also included stairs in my mix because I have them at home so no excuses.
  4. Eat healthy as much as possible: I did not make this a part of my challenge. I did not want to take on too much so instead I nudge myself each day to eat healthy without the pressure of a challenge. I have to say that I have made some good and bad food choices along the way but I have been getting better each day.
  5. Hold self accountable: Instead of just tracking my progress on some chart, I figured if I shared my progress on social media, I will be motivated to stay the course. Every morning after I wake up, especially the tough mornings, I still get the lazy side of my brain attempt to discourage me and give me an ‘out’. However, I have come to accept that there will always be a reason why I should skip my workout do if I miss a day, I will miss every day. So no excuses allowed. I simply stay true to the commitment I have made publicly to myself.
  6. Get it out of the way and be done with it: As a Mom, making time for myself is difficult. However, that is not an excuse for me. When I started this challenge, it barely took me 15 minutes to complete my routine. Now with the increasing number of sets, it takes about 30 minutes in the morning. I get it out of the way before I wake up my daughter and prep her for the day and so far it has worked out great. For weekends when my daughter is awake when I work out, I encourage her to join me. She thinks of it as a game and has fun imitating me. She occasionally will make things a bit tough by sitting on my back when I am attempting to do my push ups or sit on my belly when I a doing crunches or sit-ups but I can easily distract her and continue.
  7. Have an item that will serve as a true measure of success: I have this one dress, honestly I do not particularly love the dress. I simply hate the fact that I am not able to fit the dress and have not worn it since I bought it. I was tempted to donate it but it cost me quite a bit of money so my goal is to wear it at least once, even if it is just in front of my mirror and have it fit me correctly. That alone will be worth every tough morning I have had since I made this commitment.

I am only half way through my exercise challenge and I plan to see it through to the end. Below is the progress I have made so far and I can feel the difference already in how my clothes fit. My abs are tighter, my thighs firmer, my arms stronger. My clothes are happier and fit better. I am not yet where I will like to be but I can feel my progress. This challenge serves as a reminder that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. All I need to do is have a simple plan toward the right direction and start moving.

My Fitness Challenge: The first 15 Days

  • Day 1
    • 50 Squats
    • 100 Stairs
    • 12 Tricep Dips
    • 12 Pushups
    • 15 Mountain Climbers
  • Day 2
    • 55 Squats
    • 100 Stairs
    • 12 Tricep Dips
    • 12 Pushups
    • 15 Mountain Climbers
  • Day 3
    • 60 Squats
    • 100 Stairs
    • 12 Tricep Dips
    • 12 Pushups
    • 15 Mountain Climbers
  • Day 4
    • (Rest Day) Squats
    • 100 Stairs
    • 12 Tricep Dips
    • 12 Pushups
    • 20 Mountain Climbers
  • Day 5
    • 70 Squats
    • 150 Stairs
    • (Rest Day) Tricep Dips
    • (Rest Day) Pushups
    • (Rest Day) Mountain Climbers
  • Day 6
    • 75 Squats
    • 150 Stairs
    • 15 Tricep Dips
    • 15 Pushups
    • 15 Mountain Climbers
    • 10 Sit ups
    • 15 Crunches
    • 5 Leg Raises
    • 10 Seconds Plank
  • Day 7
    • 80 Squats
    • 150 Stairs
    • 16 Tricep Dips
    • 12 Pushups
    • 24 Mountain Climbers
    • 20 Sit ups
    • 8 Crunches
    • 8 Leg Raises
    • 12 Seconds Plank
  • Day 8
    • (Rest Day) Squats
    • (Rest Day) Stairs
    • 16 Tricep Dips
    • 16 Pushups
    • 24 Mountain Climbers
    • 20 Sit ups
    • 10 Crunches
    • 10 Leg Raises
    • 15 Seconds Plank
  • Day 9
    • 100 Squats
    • 150 Stairs
    • 16 Tricep Dips
    • 16 Pushups
    • 24 Mountain Climbers
    • (Rest Day) Sit ups
    • (Rest Day) Crunches
    • (Rest Day) Leg Raises
    • (Rest Day) Plank
  • Day 10
    • 105 Squats
    • 150 Stairs
    • 20 Tricep Dips
    • 16 Pushups
    • 30 Mountain Climbers
    • 30 Sit ups
    • 12 Crunches
    • 12 Leg Raises
    • 20 Seconds Plank
  • Day 11
    • 115 Squats
    • 150 Stairs
    • 20 Tricep Dips
    • 16 Pushups
    • 30 Mountain Climbers
    • 35 Sit ups
    • 15 Crunches
    • 15 Leg Raises
    • 25 Seconds Plank
  • Day 12
    • (Rest Day) Squats
    • 150 Stairs
    • (Rest Day) Tricep Dips
    • (Rest Day) Pushups
    • (Rest Day) Mountain Climbers
    • 40 Sit ups
    • 20 Crunches
    • 20 Leg Raises
    • 30 Seconds Plank
  • Day 13
    • 130 Squats
    • 150 Stairs
    • 16 Tricep Dips
    • 16 Pushups
    • 24 Mountain Climbers
    • (Rest Day) Sit ups
    • (Rest Day) Crunches
    • (Rest Day) Leg Raises
    • (Rest Day) Plank
  • Day 14
    • 135 Squats
    • 150 Stairs
    • 16 Tricep Dips
    • 16 Pushups
    • 24 Mountain Climbers
    • 45 Sit ups
    • 30 Crunches
    • 30 Leg Raises
    • 38 Seconds Plank
  • Day 15
    • 140 Squats
    • 150 Stairs
    • 16 Tricep Dips
    • 18 Pushups
    • 24 Mountain Climbers
    • 50 Sit ups
    • 50 Crunches
    • 30 Leg Raises
    • 38 Seconds Plank

And so the challenge continues …

 

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