So I’ll cut right to the chase: the last few days of my 21 day challenge, I didn’t work out. In case you don’t know what I am talking about, I challenged myself to workout for 21 days straight. Even though I didn’t workout every single day, I think the challenge was a success because (1) I got off my duff and back into the habit of working out (or at least back in the mental habit of working to fit in working out back into my hectic days) and (2) because although the first week, my heart was literally about to pound its way out of my chest cavity, I have definitely improved my cardiovascular fitness in this short time because today I was really working hard and my heart was beating comfortably inside my chest!
I realized that the majority of the days that I missed during this challenge were weekend days. And as I confessed many moons ago, the weekend is my Achilles heel when it comes to eating but it also seems that way when it comes to working out too. And interestingly enough, I think that if I were to figure out how to consistently workout on the weekends, then I would probably be able to counterbalance some of the “fun foods” I like to consume on the weekend. I mean you can’t exercise away a bad diet, but you certainly can dramatically stave off the weight gain process with exercise.
In the few days after my challenge ended, I only worked out once.
Clearly, a short term challenge works for me…it gives me something very specific to focus on and the boundaries provide me with some mental structure.
So on Thursday (8/9/13) evening I said to myself that enough was enough and I was launching a new 21days the following morning.
And so I have. That picture of the treadmill summary is of my treadmill workout Friday morning. (I posted it on my twitter feed @WorkoutMuzkDiva) and had a quippy little comment to go along with it. At that moment, I didn’t have a plan for this 21 days, I just knew I didn’t need to wait around untill a theme inspired me. No, sir! I got my booty up Friday morning and out the door and into the fitness center at my job and punched up the incline to 6.0 and started off at a 3.5 mph pace.
Then, it hit me. I should make this 21 days about loosing weight from calorie burns (since the first one was just to boost couch potatoes into action). So I decided that I need to burn 500+ calories a day every day for the next 21 days. It has to be done. I have to do it! My goal is to loose 7 – 10 lbs in the next 3 weeks.
So there you have it….that gauntlet has been thrown down to me by me… and Im picking it up!
And I’ve been off and running…I’m already 5 days in and I have been burning my 500 calories up every day like fire and I’ve been overcoming what ever scheduling issues I’ve been having by working out at times that I wouldn’t normally. I tell ya, there’s nothing like a short term goal to keep you focused! I’ve been checking in on Twitter everyday so check me out at @WorkoutMuzkDiva.
What can you challenge yourself to accomplish in the next 21 days?
Here’s to being focused!
Denise Renee aka Workout Music Diva
So yesterday was my son’s 2nd birthday…boy, does time fly! I already knew I was going to indulge in some cake and ice-cream so I had a plan! In the morning, I hit the fitness center at my office building hard and fast…I walked at a 3.0 – 4.0 incline and got up to 4.0mph speeds to toast about 300 calories in 30 minutes (I got there late so I couldn’t do my usual 45 minutes).
Here’s my playlist of original music:
Diva In Training
I’m Just Getting Started
Then for lunch, I laced up my sneakers and took an easy-breezy 40 minute walk outside. I decided to walk to my Latin House Music channel for a change of pace. While I am not paying particular close attention to my diet right now, I did have a big salad with grilled chicken for dinner… all to make sure I didn’t do too much damage with my indulgence! I think you can have your cake and eat it too…as long as you have a plan and execute it well!
DAY 16 – JULY 31, 2013
Since I’m here, I may as well just tell you now, today is one of “THOSE” days where everything is going on and I simply won’t be able to fit in exercise. I got to work too late to hit the fitness center. Then we have an office lunch today so I can’t even go walking outside. And finally I’m not likely to get home till about 9pm so at that time I’ll likely have just enough energy to plop into bed!
Better luck tomorrow!
Here’s to having your cake and eating it too :>)
Denise Renee aka Workout Music Diva