Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Week nine is here and it's the end of another month. One more remains in the New Year Challenge.
New month means new assessments.
This week's theme: Pushing farther.
- Go back to Day One: New Year, and pull out your assessments. Where were you and where did you want to be?
- Go back to the end of January are do the same thing.
- Where are you today? Assess yourself in whatever ways that means. Weigh yourself, do your pushups, do your planks. What else did you want to improve? Be completely honest with how far you've come and write about it in your journal. How are you doing?
- This week we're pushing hard. We're going farther and harder than we have all year. Focus this week on every single workout. If you can kick up the intensity, do it. If you can add a mile, do that too. Give it everything you've got every single time. Don't slack on any. Not this week.
- Encourage your partner to do the same. Plot some workouts for each other. If you don't have a partner, plot some tough ones for yourself. Get outside your comfort zone.
- Stick with focusing on food, too. Now's not the time to slack.
- Pick one of the following and do it every night.
-- 50 pushups
-- 100 situps
-- 150 jumping jacks
-- 40 burpees
-- 3 minutes of planks (doesn't have to be all at once)
-- bonus points for anyone that does all of them every night
- PUSH THIS WEEK.
Monday, February 27, 2012
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Monday, February 13, 2012
Welcome to week seven, y'all.
Week seven theme: Food.
Quote: There is no quote. We all know how big a deal food is. We gotta stay in control.
Week Seven Challenges
- Write a list of your trouble foods. What do you habitually struggle with? Write them down.
- Stay away from those foods this week. We will make this a long-term commitment, but for now, focus on making it through the next six days without those foods.
- Talk grocery lists with your buddy.
- Write down three foods you've never eaten. Ever. Something you've always been scared to try.
- Eat two of those foods this week. Look up a recipe and create it. Eat it, write down your thoughts about it. You may or may not share this with the group during submissions
- FOCUS ON EATING. Count calories if that's what you're comfortable with. Just be vigilant.
- Stay accountable to your buddy. We all know food is tough; we'll need a friend this week.
- Pushups, planks, jumping jacks. Stick with your exercise routines, but this week is all about food.
- Try to eat in. Make it fun. Find great healthy recipes. Cook with friends and family. Cook with your kids or your significant other.
This is what it's all about, folks. It's tough, but necessary. Maybe you're rocking the food. Great. Stick with it. Help those of us that struggle on a regular basis with it.
Do good this week.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Week Six: Getting over the hump. Recommitting.
It's been a month now and this is when people start to relax. This is when New Year's resolutions fizzle out. The holidays are over, the Super Bowl is over, the cold of winter has us curling up in a ball when we could be out running.
Don't settle. Push the pedal.
WEEK SIX CHALLENGES:
(Since we're all at different places in our health and fitness journeys, there will be some differing challenges.)
- Focus on your excuses again. Write them down and defeat them.
- Commit to exercising all seven days even if it's just active recovery.
- Get outside the box. One day, do an exercise routine you've NEVER done. Go to Zumba, try a swim class, go rollerblading. It doesn't matter what it is, but give it your all and push hard.
- Beginners: Do 180 minutes of exercise this week. And 150 jumping jacks.
- Intermediate-Advanced: Do your scheduled routine but add a workout from your partner. Message your partner telling them to give you an assignment.
- Stay connected with your partner.
- Send the Men in Black to my apartment to zap out the Super Bowl. Do not want to remember.
- Push hard, guys. We have to stick with it even when it's getting monotonous.
Saturday I'll make an official submission thread. By Sunday, post your weekly reflections, results, and thoughts there. Be sure to take pictures if you can. Get creative.
Do good, do life.
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