If anyone gets offended by this blog, I apologize in advance. It truly is meant as a personal vent and a personal, likely very selfish issue I have right now with a specific thing. It is not meant to be generalized to all the lovelies on here who may feel that I am some way incorporating you into my problem. I'm not. This is a completely outside of Spark thing. And I welcome any feedback or criticisms with open arms.
*gets onto high horse*
Alright, you may remember a month or so back me mentioning my workplace is getting involved in a "Spring into Action" 6 week challenge. 30mins a week, 5 days a week. Broken up into teams. I've also learned that this is actually a province-wide thing, which is pretty cool! They say you can count anything from light housework to running a marathon. It is about changing your actions and getting active!
I've been hitting anywhere between 350-500 minutes a week. Same with my coworkers who are also pretty active. I mean, that's a respectable amount of activity! I figure, "oh, we've got this!" We're running, doing fitness classes, Wii games, DVDs, major gardening (one coworker of mine spent 2 hours digging in her backyard!). So I'm thinking, our team is surely going to win.
Every week the sponsoring organization posts the leaderboards. There are people logging 2000 minutes! If you work that out to 7 days a week, that's 285 minutes a day! More than 3.75hrs a DAY! I'm sorry but...
If the challenge was to "Spring into Action", does that not have some kind of underlying connotation to get your arse in gear and MOVE!? Do something outside of normal?
If you are able to dedicate 3+ hours EVERY DAY to fitness, I want your life! Part of me wants to get the details of these peoples' logs. I feel like they are counting the 10 minutes of walking around the grocery store, or everytime they stand up to do the dishes or fold a basket of laundry.
*throws temper tantrum* - IT'S NOT FAIR!
I work my behind off (literally!) when I work out. If I didn't sweat or have a peak HR of AT LEAST 150 - it doesn't count! If I am late for the bus and run the 2 minutes to get to the bus stop, that wasn't working out! It was being late! I have gotten up at 0500 on my days off for this thing to accomplish workouts that otherwise I could easily brush off, if I've accomplished my calorie burns for the week, but maybe not my minimum 5 days.
The gals I work with have been doing extra too! One normally puts in 60 minutes, 5 days a week. She's increased to 75-90 minutes. Another has been running before a workout class. Another joined Spark and has been doing the 10min fitness videos. We have been changing up our routines (and we all work shiftwork, so it ain't easy to do it!) to kick ass at this challenge, and we are being poured to the bottom of the barrel because someone wanted to claim their walk to the mailbox.
Trying to be the better person: I'm choosing to get over it and believe that everyone else out there that is claiming 2000 minutes a week is making a huge lifestyle change because up until the challenge started, they were on bedrest.
*rant over, climbs off horse and back to the Grace you know and love - I hope*
Alright, here's your pic. Silly Grace is sleepy in nightshift, and took a silly bathroom duckface pic. For silly mcsillyness.