Two weeks ago I decided to challenge myself to try and #dosomething everyday in May for a minimum of 20 min. For me, being healthy is not about depriving myself, or punishing myself with exercise for bad eating. This is a lifestyle, and as such, I try to remain positive. This is why I set personal challenges to keep things fun and motivating, things such as the Joggermom Marathon, the #fitblog planks challenge (this is a new one that I’ll tell you about at the end of this post), and the 10 day sugar free challenge that I’ll be participating in during the first 10 days of June.
This week was a fun week, even though it started off with a sick/teething baby that made getting up for the gym hard! I’m loving this challenge as it’s been motivating me to workout on days that I probably would rather sit on the couch or lie in bed 🙂 The high light of my week was a tweetup 10k race that I did with my two twitter friends @rozbatson and @virgomommy.
May 9 – Ran 4k Pushing the kiddos in the stroller
May 10 – Lifted weights at the gym
May 11 – 20min Power walk with the kiddos
May 12 – BodyPump Class
May 13 – 20 min Stretching
May 14 – 10k Race (read my race recap)
May 15 – 40 min of arm flapping, jumping and sidestepping while playing xbox Kinect Adventures with the kids
May 16 – Weights at the gym
My body is sore and tired from the week, but not over-trained (no signs of that yet). I’m challenging myself to reach deeper and push harder, which is needed to progress to higher levels of fitness. LOVE!
Today is the start of the #fitblog Chats PLANKS Challenge… UGH! My abs are very weak and there is definitely a ridge where I can sink my fingers into when I try to do a sit up (a sign of diastasis recti):
I thought that it would be very interesting to monitor my abdominal appearance VISUALLY, so I’ve taken pics to share with you:
For reference, this is what they looked like 5 months ago (January 2011) when I was 2 months post-partum from having Amber:
Notice that my posture now is way better? I’ve also already lost a fair amount of that bulge (15lbs and 18 inches overall!!) since that photo was taken, but I know that a 6-week plank challenge will really *tighten* things up. That said, being healthy and living a long life is more than just what you weigh – strength, balance, flexibility, endurance and nutrition, all have a huge role to play in determining our longevity and quality of life. Strengthening my core will be another thing I can do to help preserve my quality of life and to help longevity – this is why I’m REALLY going to work hard during this challenge. My personal goal is to increase how long I can hold a plank from 1 min 20 sec to 5 minutes!
I’m pretty sure that if I hold a plank for as long as I can three times in the morning, and another three times at night, I’ll be able to reach my goal – if not, at least I gave my abs a great workout twice a day for 6 weeks 🙂
Anyways, I would really like for YOU to join me in the #Fitblog Chats PLANK Challenge, or my #dosomething Everyday Challenge, or even to consider trying to go Sugar Free with Run To The Finish for 10 days (starting June 1). What do you think? Are you up for a challenge? Are you ready to challenge or body? How many days in a row can you exercise?
Have a great week everyone!!