30-Somethings - "Just Do It" challenge




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lyssalou
04-18-2002, 10:26 PM
I thought it would be cool to start a board like we do with the weight loss challenges, but for exercise. I think we should all set our individual goals. Some of us need to begin, and others of us may need to move to the next level of physical fitness. Maybe some of you just want to keep better track of what you are already doing.

There are 9 weeks until summer if we start counting this from Sunday. So we could make that our goal, or:

I have read that it takes only 7 days to create a bad habit, but 21 days to create a good habit. So we could have the nine weeks as our ultimate goal, but break it up into 3 week mini goals. That is what would work the best for me. Since I have never created an exercise habit, 9 weeks is over whelming, but if I take it in 21 day increments it won't be so overwhelming. But you choose which way you want to keep track of your own goals.

That said, I am committing to exercise Monday through Friday (and some Saturdays when possible) morning using the routine I have created for myself. It consists of Ballet stretches, 30 mins. of variations of marching in place with arm weight exercises included, stomach crunches, and I finish with another round of Ballet stretches. I did it this morning, and I feel great.


Here is what I propose for keeping track. I definitely like it where you come up with some sort of calendar that is edited rather than a whole bunch of posts. But you can do what you like.

Example :

Week 1 : M_T_(etc. where you mark the days in either as you exercise, or on the weekend you mark down the days you exercised for that week.)

Just because I want to track what I've done this week too:

Pre - Week 1:___Th_F--- the main thing is I started!! Now to keep it going!!!

I am going to count the last two days as days I have exercised. I didn't intend to, but, due to a friend in the hospital, I did a lot of walking, and now I am exhausted.

Week 1: Well, I am not off to a good start, but I walked so much in that hospital, that I decided I needed a day off, and I think I will be going back there today. :( I will be glad when my friend gets out of there.
___ Tues. :) ___ Wed. :) ___ Thurs. :strong: ___ Fri. (I didn't feel like it, but I did; now I am glad I did!)___ Decided I really want to take the weekends off, but I am looking forward to exercising tomorrow!!! Everyone is doing so well. :strong:

Week 2: Well, I am slowly adding more anaerobic exercises to my routine. Today, I went from doing wall pushups to doing knee pushups on the floor. Plus I have added some back exercises I saw on Martha Stewart.
_Mon. :) ___Tues. :) ___Wed. :) ___ :( not today ___

Confession time: Felt like it wasn't doing me any good, so what was the point. But then Friday night, I saw what was the point when I got into a skirt that I couldn't wear a month earlier, at the same weight I am now. I understand, and I will be better next week.

Week 3:

Then I will add in my next "mini goal" after I have completed the first. ( I will probably try to include walking to the park with the kids 3x a week)

I think my final "mini goal" will be to restart practicing Messianic Dance, and teach it to my kids!!!

Let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions.


BaileySG
04-18-2002, 11:21 PM
Great Idea Lyssa!

Weekly plan 04-14-02

Sunday
Goal: none set
Actual: No clue - maybe yoga - maybe not (I think this may be when I did denise austin and killed myself - see how useful this thread can be?)

Monday
Goal: None set
Actual: Yoga (for weight loss)

Tuesday
Goal: None set
Actual: 1 mile walk/run in 13 min - almost killed the dog!

Wendesday
Goal: 1 mile walk/run alone, 1 mile walk/run with dog, 20 min yoga
Actual: 1 mile walk/run in 13 min., 1 mile walk/run with dog (slow)

Thursday
Goal: 1 mile walk/run alone, 1 mile walk/run with dog, 40 min yoga/pilates (denise austin)
Actual: 1/2 mile walk/run with dog, Yoga for weight loss

Friday: Running rest day, Yoga for weight loss
Actual: 1 mile walk/run in 12:08:67, .6 mile "with dog" in 12:16:10, Denise Austin tape

Saturday: 1 mile jog, Yoga for weight loss
Actual: 1 mile walk/run in 12:14:26, Yoga for weight loss, clamming (hard work!)


* Well, I realized that my 20 min yoga tape is actually Much longer! Don't know how long. Wonder where I ever got that idea?

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lizzard_h
04-20-2002, 08:16 AM
I'll join you guys here...

Saturday & Sunday
Goal: housework & yardwork
Actual: no yardwork but tons of housework

Monday
Goal: 2 mile jog, 2 mile walk
Actual: 2 mile jog @ 23 min, 1.34 mile walk, 5 mile rollerblade

Tuesday
Goal: 15 min jog, 15 min walk, 40 min weights
Actual: 15 min jog @ 6.0 (1.5 mile), .8 walk, 40 min weights

Wednesday
Goal: 2 mile jog, 2 mile walk
Actual: 1 mile jog & 1 mile walk (leg is hurting a little), 7.8 miles bike, and 3 miles on elliptical

Thursday
Goal: 15 min jog, 15 min walk, 40 min weights
Changing Goal: 30 min walk, 40 min weights
Actual: 33 min walk (2 miles), 40 min weights

Friday
Goal: 3 mile slow jog, 1 mile crawl, don't pass out
Actual: 3 miles @ 36 min, 1.3 mile walk, stayed conscious!!:lol:


BaileySG
04-21-2002, 10:14 PM
Welcome Liz! I will be thinking about you on friday!
Lyssa: Keep it up! Doin great!

Weekly Plan 4/21/02
* Jog 1 mile without stopping, 2X each yoga tape, 2X weights

Sunday
Goal: 1 mile walk/jog in under 12
Actual: 1 mile walk/jog in 10:46:26:D, kayaking

Monday
Goal: 1 mile walk/jog in under 12, Denise austin 20 min yoga 20 min pilates
Actual: 1 mile walk/jog in 10:47:11, 1/2 mile walk with dog, Denise (ugh!)

Tuesday
Goal: 1 mile walk/jog in under 11, Yoga for weight loss
Actual: 2.5 mile walk, 1 mile walk/jog in 10:38:24, 1/2 mile with dog

Wendesday
Goal: Weights, Denise Austin
Actual: NOTHING :o

Thursday
Goal: 1 mile JOG
Modified goal to make up: 1 mile Jog, both tapes, weights
Actual: 1 mile JOG in 11:21 on treadmill:D, 1/2 mile walk,weights (doubt I will get to the tapes)

Friday
Goal: 1 mile jog, Weights
Actual: 1 mile walk/jog

Saturday
Goal: Yoga for Weight Loss
Actual: NADA

Welcome Rabbit!
Liz good luck tomorrow!
Lyssa you are doing great!

Well, did well with the "running" program, but not great on the other stuff. Will try for same goals next week, then modify if they seem just impossible.

Rabbit
04-24-2002, 05:55 PM
hi all. I like the idea of an exercise thread. I presently keep track of my exercise on the journal thread, but don't list goals.

My goals for this week: rec ctr. M-F, walking atleast 2 miles/day; back to doing weights 4 days; get back to yoga class; atleast 30 minutes of exercise Saturday & Sunday.

good luck all.

Rabbit:strong:

week 1: So far, so good. I went to the club M-F, did my weights as planned, went to my yoga class. Now for the weekend.:) ~ Saturday done! ~ Sunday done! :D

BaileySG
04-28-2002, 07:25 PM
Weekly Plan 4/28/02
* Jog 2 miles without stopping, 2X each yoga tape, 2X weights

Sunday
Goal: 1 mile Jog
Actual: 1 mile jog in 10:45:23

Monday
Goal: 12 minute nonstop jog (try for 1.2 miles), Denise austin 20 min yoga 20 min pilates
Actual: 1 mile in just under 11. Could bear no more.

Tuesday
Goal: 1 mile run in under 10, Yoga for weight loss
Actual: TOM self-pitty party, Yoga for weight loss

Wendesday
Goal: Weights, Denise Austin
Actual: 10 min of 12 min nonstop jog

Thursday
Goal: 2 mile Jog
Actual: nope

Friday
Goal: 1 mile jog, Weights
Actual: 2 mile jog in 24 min:D on treadmill

Saturday
Goal: Yoga for Weight Loss
Actual:

lizzard_h
04-29-2002, 08:28 AM
Saturday & Sunday
Goal: wash Jeep inside and out
Actual: Jeep clean

Monday
Goal: 2 mile jog, 2 mile walk
Actual: 2 mile jog outside in heat, 10 min walk

Tuesday
Goal: 30 min walk, 40 min weights
Actual: 30 min walk (2 miles), 40 min weights

Wednesday
Goal: 15 min run, 45 min walk
Actual: 11 min run @ 6.2, 4 min run @ 6.0, 45 min walk

Thursday
Goal: 30 min walk, 40 min weights
Actual: 30 min elliptical, 40 min weights

Friday
Goal: 3 mile slow jog @ 11 min pace
Actual: 4 mile slow jog @ 12 min pace

Rabbit
04-29-2002, 04:16 PM
Hmm. My plan for this week will have to be a little more complicated as I'm leaving town on Thursday.

Plan: M-R 1 hour workout at healthclub (walking, weights, elliptical, bike). One yoga class. Try to get walking in each day while gone.

BaileySG
04-30-2002, 12:23 PM
:strong::strong::strong::strong::strong:

Go team go!!!!

Everyone is doing great! Especially Lyssa, since starting is the hardest part (no offense Rabbit and Lizzard, but you guys are already old hats). Keep up the great work!

:strong::strong::strong::strong::strong:

lyssalou
04-30-2002, 05:47 PM
Bailey - Will it ever stop feeling like a chore? I guess if I keep pushing myself, it will at least be more like a habbit rather than a chore.

But, yes, we are ALL pushing ourselves, and I hope we will all see the benifits of our efforts!!!

BaileySG
04-30-2002, 08:56 PM
Lyssa - TOM just arrived. Will be best if I wait and respond to that question at a later date.:devil:

lizzard_h
05-01-2002, 01:13 PM
Lys, I've been working out five days a week for 1 1/2 years and it finally doesn't feel like a chore anymore. I don't know when it stopped feeling that way but now it's just something I'm responsible for doing -- kind of like brushing your teeth. I have terrible allergy and sinus problems so when I used to not exercise it would take me hours to get my head cleared in the morning so that I felt like a normal person. I think that's the main thing I enjoy -- it has really helped me to breathe easier throughout the day. There are still some mornings I hate going to the gym and I whine the whole time I am there but I know that I will feel great as soon as I'm done. I also know that on the few days that I have skipped the exercise I get really mad at myself and feel like crap all day. It's just something I have accepted and incorporated in my life. Wow!! Never thought I'd say that. However, I know that if I don't stay focused I could easily quit going and not think twice about it.

Does that help??

lyssalou
05-01-2002, 04:17 PM
Thanks Liz, it does help. I was thinking recently how unfair it is that we have to exercise to keep fit. But I realized that our bodies were created to do hard labor, and in our modern world, we don't go out and work the fields and do all the labor that it used to require just to survive; so now we have to exercise to survive. That thought is helping me a little, and what you said helps even more.

Rabbit
05-01-2002, 06:39 PM
It doesn't feel like a chore to me anymore either. It's the way I start my day & I feel odd if I don't do it.

Rabbit

lizzard_h
05-06-2002, 08:25 AM
Here we go again :D

Saturday & Sunday
Goal: lots of housework
Actual: did all my chores & 2 mile walk on beach

Monday
Goal: 3 miles @ 11 min pace & 30 min evening bike ride
Actual: 3.1 miles @ 10:54 pace (completed 5K in 33 min), 40 min bike ride

Tuesday
Goal: 30 min elliptical, 40 min weights & 30 min bike ride
Actual: 30 min ellipt, 40 min weights, 40 min bike ride

Wednesday
Goal: 60 min on treadmill (5 min fast/slow intervals), 30 min bike
Actual: 60 min treadmill (intervals for only 20 min), no biking :(

Thursday
Goal: 30 min elliptical, 40 min weights & 30 min bike ride
Actual: 30 min ellipt, 40 min weights, no biking again

Friday
Goal: 4 miles @ 11.5 min pace & 30 min bike ride
Actual: 4 1/4 miles @ 11.5 pace, 3/4 mile walk

I've got to ride my bike for a little while every night to get my butt ready for a bike event on Saturday. Every year we do a Beach-Bar-Bike-A-Thon to raise money for the cancer society. They get 100-200 bicyclists together to hit ten local taverns. It's totally insane crazy fun!!! I'm going to limit myself to three drinks though instead of ten!! It's an all day activity but we probably only cover ten miles. :lol:

lyssalou
05-06-2002, 10:57 AM
Ok, it is getting hard for me to keep up with where your posts are, so I am joining you guys where you are.

I am changing when I do my exercise, and I think I am going to break it up into two sessions, aerobic exercise and stretching in the morning, and anaerobic exercise and stretching before bed.

Week 3: M :) ___ T :) ___ W :( ___ Th :( ___

5/8 - I injured my shoulder by pushing myself further than I should have in exercise. So I am taking the day off of exercise, but I will go back to it tomorrow.

5/9 - I skipped again. I had to go to the dr. to check out what is wrong with me. Need to revamp my plan anyway.

Rabbit
05-07-2002, 12:51 PM
HI! Me again.

My plan for this week is to walk & do weights Tues - Fri. Get atleast 30 minutes of exercise over the weekend. Go to my yoga class.

Rabbit

BaileySG
05-07-2002, 09:26 PM
Hey! You guys are doing great!!!!

Sorry I am not here. I will be back as quick as I can.

:strong::strong::strong::strong::strong:

lyssalou
05-07-2002, 11:08 PM
Bailey - Just know that you are loved, and that you were an inspiration to me to change. Thank you, and take care of yourself, what ever that means!!!

lyssalou
05-13-2002, 05:12 PM
Well, I am now beginning my 2nd three weeks of exercise, and I have to admit, that it is becoming more and more of my routine. And even though I blew it last week, I am not giving up. I want to re-do the stretching part of my exercise this week, and also start walking to the park some.

Week 4: M :) ___ T :) ___

12/14: I have injured my hip over the past two days from using a stair step that is too high. I guess I will have to take off a day or two. I will use this time to work on my stretching exercises.

BaileySG
05-21-2002, 10:45 AM
:strong: :strong:

Where is everyone?? Sorry for being MIA for so long. We can do this!

OK, new goals to get me going:
Tues - just slapped on the old pedometer. Already out of the house and at work, but better late than never. Goal = 10,000 steps.

Wendes - 10,000 steps, with part of them being used to run/walk a mile.

lyssalou
05-28-2002, 05:35 PM
I'm back. I am not exercising today, but I am committing to exercise begining tomorrow. I will go back to what I was doing before, but a little more carefully.

Week 5: M :( ____ T :( ____

5/29 - I was sick in bed, I think that excuses exercise. I ate something bad, and spent the day in sheer agony!!!

lizzard_h
05-29-2002, 02:48 PM
I'm back too. I'm taking it kind of easy this week just trying to get back into the swing of things so my goal is to just make it to the gym each morning for at least an hour.

Monday - Holiday, doesn't count :D
Tuesday - 30 min treadmill, 40 min weights
Wednesday - 65 min treadmill
Thursday - 30 min elliptical, 40 min weights
Friday - 60 min treadmill

5/29, my body is in shock from lifting weights after being away for two weeks. I'm looking forward to a long soak in the tub and some rest on my massage mat tonite!! What sucks is I'm going to get back into this and then it will be time for our vacation to Ohio for 2 weeks. After that I should be home for awhile.

5/31, sorry you're feeling bad lys. I hope you're all better soon.

BaileySG
05-29-2002, 08:17 PM
Yeay!!! Good job guys. I did 1 mile today - mostly running, but a little walking. Will try to run the whole thing by the end of the week.