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#dosomething Everyday – Week 2 Summary

Hey guys!

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.

We did it!

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):


Not *MY* abs, but I can do that to them

I thought that it would be very interesting to monitor my abdominal  appearance VISUALLY, so I’ve taken pics to share with you:

May 16, 2011 - 6 months post-partum

For reference, this is what they looked like 5 months ago (January 2011) when I was 2 months post-partum from having Amber:

January 13, 2011 - 2 months post-partum

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!!


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  • Greta
    May 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    OMG the change is very noticeable!! You rock every day and inspire me at least once a day!!! Thank you!

    • Janice
      May 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks Greta! I’ve slowly been doing my thing – just being consistent, nothing fancy – you CAN do it too!

  • Amanda Odair
    May 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I am on your plank team!!!! AND HOT MOMMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Growl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Janice
      May 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks Amanda! Go planks go!

  • Roz Batson
    May 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks for the post Janice. Really inspiring. I need to get my sorry self out into the rain for a run and I’ll think about joining you for those planks.


    • Janice
      May 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      Have a good run tomorrow!

  • @klwschmidt
    May 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    OMG the ab thing looks rather painful!! OWIE!!!

    Awesome on keeping up with your do something every day challenge too!

    I may have to check out the planks challenge… Cant’ believe I missed that one. I really need to focus on these online challenges because I get bored with fitness routines too easily. These will add something interesting and different!

    HAve a great week hot mama!

    • Janice
      May 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      It doesn’t hurt at all! The fascia that attaches the muscles in the middle is weakened – that’s all. It’s very common in women who have had several pregnancies 🙁

  • Michelle
    May 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Congrats on your do something every day challenge, that is awesome. And doing plank six times a day? I don’t think I can handle that!

    • Janice
      May 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Yes you can do it!!!

  • Kia
    May 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Great week for you. I am glad you are having fun with all these challenges. Planks are wonderful for your core but consider isolating transverse abdominus moves as well to reign in that diastasis (e.g. elevator moves in an easy pose). This is a topic I cover weekly in my mommy + me classes as well as core + restore when I sub for that one. My diastasis was less than 1/2 finger width and I got silly with running my 1/2 marathon at 4 months and advanced yoga moves… at 6 months it was 2 finger widths. I had to do a lot of work to get it back under 1/2 finger width again… but our bodies can do it.

    • Janice
      May 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      I’m at 2 finger widths at my bellybutton, then it reduces to 1 finger width as I get closer to my rib cage. Do you know of a good website with examples of moves I could do to strengthen my core?

  • Rachel @RunningRachel
    May 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    You are so inspirational and motivating!! I am in on the plank challenge!! I would like more info about the sugar free challenge – THAT seems scary intimidating to me! LOL

  • Jackie
    May 17, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Wow, you look great! You are an inspiration to all of us. Keep up the good work and keep sharing 🙂

  • Robert Foster
    May 17, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I love the fact you did Xbox Kinnect! Very Cool on those rainy days we can’t get outside.

  • Jon
    May 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I have been doing the same for about a week – well, doing something every day. Just finished my elliptical workout (25 minutes). A bit late, but still managed to do it. Yesterday I did some weight training, day before was cardio again. I am certainly feeling better for exercising daily, although I do not feel any fitter yet!

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