Sunday, February 23, 2014

100 Challenge and a New Blog Addition

What a week it has been! Talking to a friend of mine, I explained that it has been the fastest and slowest week I've had in a while! In some respects, I felt like I was speeding through an emotional and physical obstacle course, with lots of extra events and changes to my daily routine. I am also in the midst of concert planning, and if you ask any music teacher, that becomes a CRAZY time of year! On the other hand, it seemed like a really slow week, in that I couldn't wait for the weekend to arrive! We've had some really crazy weather this week, including a very thick layer of ice, 3-4 inches of snow, and a huge thunderstorm with several inches of rain, so that has made the rest of the week pretty crazy.

With all that said, I only lost 0.8 pounds this week. It is disappointing, but at the same time, I am learning! I once again let a small treat and a rush of emotions control my food choices for several days, and so recovering from that took some work! Luckily, I am still very much in the habit of exercising, and managed to do so 6 times this week - between 1-2 miles/day (and sometimes more, if I use the Walk Away the Pounds dvd!)

ANYWAY...so today I stumbled upon a new blog (have I mentioned that I LOVE reading other weight loss blogs, especially if they are people who have lots a lot of weight - so inspirational!). Clearly this is a blog I should have been following for a long time, but it is Tanee's blog at http://fromfattofitchick.blogspot.com/ She has lost over 200 pounds, is a mom and a runner! I absolutely love her posts!

As I was poking around her site, I came across this fitness challenge she did for November last year:

you can find her blog post  about it here. And I thought, "I CAN DO THAT!" Ok, probably with a lot of modifications, but I can do it! I have been looking for something to add to my walking routine, especially something to get me up and moving in the morning before I head to school, so this should be perfect! I love that I can break it apart into as many pieces as I need to (which I am sure I will!) To modify, I plan on using modified jumping jacks (no need to put all of that pressure on my knees right now - I need them for walking!), wall push-ups, and I will also be cutting out the sit-ups, as I tend to get the absolute worst thigh cramps when I attempt these (I'm not sure what is up with this - a good question for my doc the next time I see him).

Tanee suggests that if you need a rest day, take it, so I'm just going to start and see how it goes. Has anyone else tried a challenge like this before? Did you finish it? Like it?

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