I once did a 10 km running clinic, which was kind of a 10-week challenge, culminating in a 10 km race. I did it. And haven’t really run much since. I regret not keeping it up, but back then I felt like I’d reached the goal. This week I’ve had to be reminded of the goal of this “90-day challenge”: to break the notion of these challenges all together.
This week, life happened.
What a week! You know the ones: chock full of regular activities, but throw in a sick kid and feeling the effects of burnout, and it makes for a very tiring blur of a week. But I am mindful of the highs like my sister’s birthday. We all went for dinner to Famoso, and it was wonderful to watch my nearly-4-year old’s eyes light up when they threw the pizza dough into the air. She could have watched it for hours.
But this week made it very difficult to find the time to exercise, and as a result, I only managed to fit in activity twice. Looking back on the week alone, I felt like I’d let myself and others down with regards to this challenge. After all, 90-days should be manageable to fit in activity, even 20 minutes, six days a week, right?
Chris reminded me that this challenge, “this un-challenge”, is about the big picture. It’s about being mindful of eating and activity in the midst of everything else in our lives. Forget looking at it one week at a time. Each week adds up to the big picture, and if we can more mindful as a whole, and be more active in general, that will make the difference. A-ha! Makes sense, and I believe I knew that too; sometimes it’s just hard to keep sight of the big picture—it’s the lifestyle change I’m aiming for. This isn’t just a 90-day challenge, it’s the first 90 days of the rest of my life.
Summary of the week:
Day 1 – Life
Day 2 – Brisk 50-minute walk
Day 3 – Life
Day 4 – 40-minute workout at Blitz
Day 5 – Life
Day 6 – Life
Day 7 – Life
I joke by writing “life” in here, but really, I can not consider those days “rest,” ask any parent.
What’s working? What isn’t?
What’s working is being mindful of what I’m eating (whether it’s good or not so good) and being mindful of my activity. Overall, this has helped me to feel better physically and mentally, and I have lost 6.2 lbs in six weeks.
What isn’t working are the 10-minute workouts. If I had a routine that let me just stop what I was doing and workout for 10 minutes, that would be great. But I don’t sit at a desk all day (oh, how I wish I did some days!). Sometimes I’m not home all day, or for hours. Some days I’m up at 5:00 am to do work. Some days I’m in bed at 8:30 pm, others at 11:30 pm. Right now my life isn’t structured enough to regularly stop for 10 minutes to exercise. What works for me is trying to schedule in time to exercise, based on what else is going on in the day.
Chris and I have changed the plan to 30-minute workouts, which I’m aiming to schedule in, preferably in the mornings, three days a week, as well as trying to fit in other things. The 30 minutes is built on a similar principle as the 10-minute workouts. Count seconds, not reps. Go for 45 seconds, then 15 seconds off. Work out for nine minutes, rest for one; repeat three times. This week the workout is this:
- Alternating reverse lunge
- Push-ups on knees
- V-sit torso twist
- Side plank on knees (45 sec each side)
- Bridge hamstring press
- Cross over crunch (45 sec each side)
Starting weight: 211 lbs (size 14/16)
Current weight: 204.8 lbs