What with illness, lack of time and losing focus, I haven't exercised in months.
And it feels like it. I feel....well....blah!
You know what I mean?
It's not about weight for me any more, as since I took sugar out of my diet back in May, my weight has stayed at a level I'm happy with. But I hate my lack of fitness.
I want to be able to run around with my boys, and our dogs, and not feel like I'm suffocating.
I want to be able to rush through my day, without feeling like I'm dragging my feet, or that I've left my energy supply back at the supermarket.
I want the return of my motivation to get things done, instead of just being dead tired all the time.
I want a strong, fit, healthy body.
And I know I'm not alone!
I hear the same story everywhere.
From school and kinder mums, and Facebook friends, to even strangers on the street, the common complaint I'm hearing is "I want to exercise but....." and the excuses roll on from there.
And I'm the Queen of excuses! Here's some of mine:
"I'll start on Monday...."
"It's too cold/wet/hot/late/early...."
"I'm too tired...."
"I can't be bothered...."
"There's too much I have to do today...."
Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
Recognise any of those? If you're anything like me, chances are you do. Come on, admit it!
So seeing as I know I'm not the only one, I have decided to put together a challenge for all of us who say we "really want to exercise, but...!"
If you really do want to exercise, now is the time to put your money where your mouth is (so to speak)!
The November 30/30 Challenge!
The challenge is, to do thirty minutes of activity every day, for the thirty days of November.
Thirty minutes is nothing, right?
When you think of it, as there are a massive fourteen hundred and forty minutes in every twenty four hours, a mere thirty minutes is just sooo do-able! AND, you can do any activity you choose, as long as it gets your heart rate up a bit! We are aiming for a bit of fitness here, after all. So whether your thing is walking, cycling or swimming (to name a few), this challenge caters to everyone!
I have set the thirty minute minimum, to help those who are struggling, (that includes me), with getting started. But if you can do more than thirty minutes and are motivated to do so, then go for it!
If you already do regular exercise, you can still take part in the challenge, as you can help to motivate the rest of us! Please?
Once the challenge is over, you might decide to stop, but the hope is that you will start to see some positive changes within yourself, and will want to continue. Maybe not everyday, but at least three times a week. That's what I'm hoping for myself, anyway.
A way to help get your mind in the exercising mentality, is to make an appointment with yourself. Block out thirty minutes in your diary, calendar or dayplanner, at a time of the day that suits you, and stick to it. Actually writing it down, can help you to make sure to stick to it!
So what do you think? Are you game?
This is how will it work.
* The challenge will run from 12.00AM November 1st, 2012 to 11.59PM November 30th, 2012.
* You may choose any sporting activity you like, but it must get your heart rate up, and be continued for at least thirty minutes.
* Make sure you join my Facebook page, as that is where I'll be posting daily updates, tips and photos. That is also where you can comment, to tell me and everyone else, what you've done for the day.
* I would love you to take photos while doing your activity and share them on my Facebook page! If you're uploading them to Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #bacnov3030challenge, so we can all see how you're going!
* Please comment below if you are planning on taking part in the challenge, so I can get an idea of how many people are going to join in. Obviously I'm hoping I won't be the only one! :)
Come on. Let's do this together!
Share this with your friends and family, as the more people that join in the better! There must be heaps of people out there that are struggling on their own, like us, but together we can motivate each other! It really helps to know that there are other people doing it too, and I know this from experience! (A big hello to the 'Shredders' girls...you know who you are) ;)
So. Are you in?
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