Alternachicks - Cardio Alterna-challenge

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09-30-2009, 06:15 PM
I just embraced my "alternachick" side, reclaiming it from the "mommy" I've become by dying my hair back to my unnatural but much loved black as the black hole black. I did my 7 year old sons hair too, since he was begging for it. I havn't felt this good in years. I feel like me! Now, i just need to shift this extra mommy weight and I'll be all me all the time.

If anyone is up for a challenge, which I am, always, I wanted to throw one out there. I need a little motivation to get my butt to the gym for cardio. I have no problem getting there for my zumba class, but the other two days (my goal is four days a week) the thought of the elliptical, treadmill and recumbent bike makes me want to take a shot of vodka and a nap.

Now, I'm not proposing that everybody do cardio 4X a week, you can set your own goal there, but I thought that maybe we could assign a point system.

How long will it run you ask? How about a solid 90 days starting tomorrow, 10.01.09. Since the challenge starts on a Thursday the weeks will be tracked Thur-Wed.

What is the incentive? A hawt bod of course!

The point system:
5 points for each week you meet your excercise goals.
1 additional point for exceeding your weekly goal (as stated below in Metal Chicks post).
1 additional point awarded per week if, in that week, you participated in a walk/run or race for a charitable cause.

Point losses:
Lose a point for skipping a workout (we are, of course, using the honor system so honesty is the

Does this sound fun to anybody? I hope so, or I'll feel quite sheepish for throwing myself out there.

Metal Chick
09-30-2009, 09:18 PM
I'm in! I'll probably just be doing cardio at home. Comcast On Demand has Exercise TV and I've been doing different programs on there. I'm pretty sure I won't be participating in anything that would require I be in public. haha I'm just not that comfortable yet.

How about 5 points for meeting your goals and 1 point for each time you go BEYOND your goal?

Like if you meet your goal that would be 5 points, But you exercised a fifth day, or twice in one day, you get another point or something? That would inspire people to get their asses in gear. :devil: What about losing points if you don't meet your goal?

Either way, I'll commit to continuing my cardio 5xs a week, AND I want to start working out (though not as hard) on my off days too. I want to start viewing exercise as something I always have time and energy for. I want to change my mind that it has to be time-consuming and tiring so I don't make excuses to avoid it! Every bit counts, right?

And I'm so glad you're feeling more "You", Mango. I totally understand what you mean. I'm trying to wipe the dust off my soul as well.

09-30-2009, 09:23 PM
Hi! *waves obnoxiously*

Thank you for joining me! I'll ammend the points to include your suggestions, great ideas!

10-02-2009, 05:59 AM
Hey Im in!!

But i think i go for 3x a week exercise ;)