Stop making excuses and stop procrastinating. Too often will I say “tomorrow” when it comes to really taking care of my body. Today, as I pulled out my running shoes, I remembered one of my favorite memories in high school running on the cross country team. I tried to relive the freedom running gave, time and time again, starting my mornings with my running shoes. I would head outside and give it a go only to give up before the mile mark and start walking. Why? What changed? I’ve always loved running. And I am determined to do this. Seriously!
I started my morning with running shoes! Today was different though. I ran the full mile without stopping. The difference? I didn’t do it alone. I had a friend to run with. It motivated me to go with full force like my many runs back then. And there it is! To have something as easy as success in a run or workout is the same as in life. You need people, to help and to motivate. We both helped and motivated each other to not stop until we reach our goal. And in life, the best stories of success come with a community being involved.
So I set a 30 day challenge for myself. Everyday I will post the advancement in my workout and updates with my community, YOU. My hope – to be motivated knowing I am being held accountable to these posts and to encourage others to get up and get started. Whatever life has for you, wherever you go, don’t do it alone. Have a community that will help you as you help them and see how much you can accomplish when you’re not alone. #day #workout #challenge#community #30daychallenge#makingithappen #notalone #running
I already feel the motivation to check in and be responsible for my word.
Day 3: It was definitely hard to get started today. My brain fought my body with excuses to not get started. “I got home late last night”, “I need more sleep”, “I won’t have time before work”, “maybe I’ll rest it off today” and then… “you said you’d be posting daily your results and you don’t want to start giving up on day 3”. My body finally beat off the thoughts and rolled me out of bed. “I can still do something”.
Day4: Today, I made the choice to roll out of bed and make this happen.
Not to tough of a workout. In fact, I’m going for more in this #30daychallenge. I’m creating a habit to check in, have accountability, wake up an hour earlier than I think I can. And I’m already seeing changes. From one choice to make this workout happen I’m waking up an hour earlier and making my time more productive. I’m getting things done before my husband wakes up giving me time to be with him when he’s ready to start his day. I’m not wasting time. I’m making the choice to create new habits.
Day 5: I’m finding it harder to make excuses in the morning. This is good and new. I’m curious how others are doing in their workouts. Let me know. I’d love to hear.
Day 6: last night my husband made a deal with me. If I make him #morning #coffee he would go on a run with me. 😱😆 I was so surprised and encouraged. He’s been watching me during my challenge as well as hearing from me to get more active. This was huge. Especially #RUNNING. He hates running. He ran #onemile with me and crashed. That’s the #loveofmylife.
Day 7: Anyone have children? Don’t make them your excuse for not working out. Today I’m watching my friend’s daughter (3 years old), took her to the park to run and get tired up. Did some #pull-ups there on the bars then took her to my place to each lunch and watch a movie while I do my…
Day 9: Today was marked as REST. Um, ya. That didn’t happen.
These workouts are about me keeping healthy. Not having to prove anything about my body. Because of that, I’m having fun with it. Keeping some routines the same and changing up the #cardio daily. DONT CHANGE YOUR BODY FOR ANYONE BUT YOURSELF with the focus to #stayhealthy.
Day 10: It’s been a long a busy day, and I usually get those followed by excuses to why I can’t work out because of time. Admitting that TIME is not an excuse. It’s there and ready. Your body wants to embrace it, only a strong section of your mind tells you convincingly you have NO TIME.
Day 11: another busy morning in rehearsals and work. Made my workout happen while chilling at home. Substitute movie & popcorn for movie & workout.
Day 12: Hope everyone is enjoying time with family and friends.
Day 13: Found something new to do today for my cardio.
Most of the workout pushing me further in time daily. The splits and plank today… OW!!! Those were long holds. Anyway, I hope this is encouraging you in your workout and helping your body stay healthy. Let me know. What’s your favorite workout? Do you like routine or changing it up?
Day 14: I started my morning at 4 AM. Ya, you’d think I was productive with the day. I tried, only to come home and take a nap. 4 AM is an ungodly hour, at least for me. I woke back up to a chill and some rain. Guess I won’t be working out outside. Still, I have always loved the rain and the tranquility it brings.
So today’s #workout is #indoors. #yoga and lots of #breathing plus my usual 10 #crunches 10 #situps 10 #squats 1.5 min #plank 35 sec side #plank 40 #sidebends 45 #russiantwists and a 3.10 min #splits hold. Ouch.
Day 15: Have fun with life. It’s a gift and it should be cherished the same way a child rejoices in a new day.
Day 16: I was tempted to say ‘half way there’ only to catch myself and realize I’m not doing this for 30 days. I’m trying to hit past my 24 days to create a habit that sticks. I’ve had some cool responses from people giving themselves their own #30daychallenge. Whether it’s been 30day healthy eating, 30day of thankfulness, or 30day workout, i am so grateful to hear how others are encouraged by this. I can’t stress enough that this #workout is not to prove anything to anyone but myself. I started this challenge with the goal to test out me excuses of “Not having enough time” and see if it’s true. NOPE!!! It’s only an excuse. I have had the time to make these workouts happen and I feel great, awake and aware of my time more and am learning so many things about myself as a result of just a few minutes working out. The power of HABIT.
Day 17: there are moments I feel like I’ve done my part, I’m done. Then I remember how easy it actually has been making taking the time to take care of me body. It’s worth the work. Keep going.
Day 18: REST!!!
Yay. All this hard work is paying off. Two weeks working out and I’m seeing the difference. In four weeks family and friends will. And in eight weeks everyone else will.
Keep moving forward ~#WaltDisney
Day 19: Maybe yesterday’s day of rest was a bad idea, even if it was recommended by my workout plan. It made it all the more easy to tap out today making it a long restful weekend without a workout. Might I add that this would have been okay in any other circumstance except this challenge I’ve chosen to accept comes with the plan to create new habits. And I haven’t even hit my 24th day. Ahhh!!! Lesson… we all fail. But failure just means we get a fresh start. Here’s to the new start tomorrow.
Day 20: Fresh start to my day and making up for the days lost. That does not mean I’m doubling up my workout. But it does mean I’m not holding back. I love my body. It’s a home for my spirit. So today I’ll take care of it and make sure it is strengthened.
Today’s workout was 10 #crunches 10 #situps 25 #squats 50 sec side #plank 1.5 min #plank 55 #sidebends60 #russiantwists 4.10 min #splits and #yoga in the park on a beautiful morning.
Day 21: Suck it up and one day you won’t need to suck it it.
Today’s #workout 20 #situps 15 #crunches 35 #squats 55 sec side #plank 60 #sidebends65 #russiantwists 4.20 min #splits.
Day 22: A beautiful morning for a run and of course finishing it with an afternoon snack. All those who know me know I love my food and I love keeping it heathy and sweet. #teatime #strawberries#honey #pecans
Day 23: As you’re moving forward it’s better not to look back. Just keep going. Your past can be good to remind you where you came from but moving forward helps you see the finish line.
Going strong with my #30daychallenge
Day 24: Woke up early for a long day of meetings and running around. I just got home now and preparing a meal for my hubby and me. While the food is prepping I’m staying committed and getting my #workout done. No matter the time, put in the work. #noexcuses
Day 25: Came down to San Diego today with my hubby and did not wake up early enough to get my #workout done. In my breaks I’m finding small moments where I can focus on my body. Taking the stairs instead of an elevator. Long walks. And when I have a moment to break I add my…
Day 26: Long day visiting family and driving from San Diego back to Los Angeles. How do you squeeze a workout in between all the driving and family time?… Wait till everyone is ready to sleep and take care of the basics.
Night time #stretches 30 #situps 30 #crunches36 #russiantwists 15 #pushups 1 min #plank.
Day 27: Seriously, anyone saying they enjoy planks are LYING!!! They may like the results but no one likes holding a position so torturous it feels as though your body is begging to be pulled out of deaths grip.
Day 28: The 30 days are almost at an end and I’m seeing improvement in my strength and flexibility and only want to push myself further. You don’t need an extreme workout to make change happen. A little at a time.
Day 29: Continuing my journey to making this a lifestyle, not just the challenge. I won’t necessarily be documenting my daily workouts but I will continue to stay active and take care of my body. I will add… doing this via web, as the #community that it is, has helped me move forward with #noexcuses. Grateful for your #encouragement and I enjoyed hearing how this has helped move you forward to a #healthier way of life and #habits.
DAY 30!!!! Woohoo! The habit is here and I’m planning on making it stick. I naturally have it in my routine and calendar to set time aside to take care of my body. I learned so much about myself and my character through this #30daychallenge. It went deeper than just working out for a better body. I did it to keep my body healthy, strong, and develop better habits that come as results from working out.
#Habits such as waking up early, managing my time better, and ignoring excuses. I think what hit me the hardest though, growing up in a society where we feel entitled to #quick results, was embodying the knowledge “Results come from small steps and hard work”. Instead of just knowing this I got to live it, test it, and add it to my daily life. I want to be someone who creates #change in this world for the better. But one step towards that is to actually fix the way I think. Start every project with small steps and hard work and watch it grow. Just as a seed is planted in the garden so is your life on earth. Make every #choice count.