Welcome to August 2007! Today begins a new month and a new challenge. Iím so very proud of everyone who participated in our Mid-July Exercise Challenge. Our final week put us at 24.58 hours worth of workouts. We posted 66 hours Ė thatís 2.5 days worth of cardio workouts Ė since the middle of July. Thatís incredible and everyone who participated should be very proud of their accomplishments. A special YaHoo! for those who got on board with their pedometers (thatís Texan for Good Job!)
Now donít feel bad if you didnít participate, or only got to participate for just a couple of days. The point is that it was in your mind and you simply canít just begin a new ďhabitĒ just because of a challenge. Habits are things we learn and when we begin a new action, it isnít a habit at first. AND we donít do it correctly either. The first time you brushed your teeth did you do it correctly? Of course not. You had to be shown, and you had to be told by your parent to do it over and over and over for years on end. Iím guessing brushing your teeth didnít become a habit until your teens (if then!) If youíre my son, I still wonder and heís 22! LOL Anyway, habits are things that we develop over time. Sometimes it takes a very long time.
So this is where Augustís Kick It Up or Keep It Up Challenge comes in. If you need to Kick Up your exercise, now is the time to do it. Try to do 15-20 minutes of any activity that is new to your routine and keep track of it. Whether you post it on our Challenge string daily or you write it on a scrap of paper that ends up in the bottom of your purse and you only post it once a week, thatís fine. Just get it into your mind that you need to do somethingÖAnything!...that counts as activity and keep track of it. Keep track if you donít do it every day too. Even once a week is better than you did last week.
For those of you exercise monsters who wouldnít think of going a day without cardio, Keep It Up!. Youíre stronger and healthier than you were a year ago and your body thanks you. Look for ways to vary your routine to add in some strength training every other day or go buy a ball and work on your balance and core exercises. There are lots to choose from on SP.
Post your activity in this thread like the example below and Iíll provide a weekly total each Monday.
Iím Kicking It Up!
8/1 - 15 minutes treadmill
Iím Keeping it Up!
8/1 Ė 45 minutes elliptical
Think about it. Get it in your mind, and make a point to take care of you this month. Let the idea of being better to yourself take root in the corner of your mind. Donít forget to post your progress. Good luck!
~~ Becky ~~
Started back with Weight Watchers on 2 Sep 10.
Menopause is a whole new ball game.
H: 5''9", 46 y.o.
| current weight: 171.2