21DFC Day 4 – Loving the Sweat, the Pain, and the Aches!

This is Day 4 of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge (21DFC) for Feb 2012. View all posts made during the challenge: 21DFC Overview.

Day 4

Hello and welcome to Day 4 (Feb 6) of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge! :mrgreen:

Sign ups for 21-Day Fitness Challenge are now officially closed. Guess what – we now have nearly 300 participants with us on 21DFC! :D Congratulations to 296 official participants who are on board! :clap:

For all 296 of you, please do and post your pre-work (Day 0) if you haven’t. At the same time,  post your progress for Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 too if you haven’t – it’s the commitment we’ve made to each other when we signed up (remember our 21DFC pledge?). Even if you didn’t do any physical activity for that day, the act of reporting back on the site will keep you within the community, which is one of the keys to success in this course.

If you don’t post anything, instead taking the read and see-only approach, you don’t stand to gain – at all. Share. Engage. Participate. This is how all of us will get the best out of the challenge.

While you’re at it, please read and apply the 8 tips to succeed in 21DFC I’ve shared on Day 0’s post. They are crucial in your success in 21DFC.

Review of Day 3

We’re now into Day 4 – seems just like yesterday when the challenge started. :D It seems that many of you are getting into the fitness groove now, which is great! I’m having a great time reading your progress via the comments for each day:

It seems like some of you are still having difficulty living true to your fitness plans. Here’s one suggestion – If you did not get to do your physical activity for the day, identify what exactly led you to skip/avoid the activitylearn from it, share your lessons with everyone in your progress update, then commit to making tomorrow a better day where fitness is concerned. Don’t just brush it off, because that’s almost a sure indicator that it’s going to recur again. Big rule in personal growth: Whatever does not get addressed will always resurface. Uncover the root and you eradicate the problem.

I’d like to take the chance to say a huge THANK YOU to those of you who have been reading other participants’ replies and taking the time to leave a positive word or two. You guys are selfless beings with hearts of gold. Know that your words do make a difference and you have unknowingly brightened up someone’s day. I believe those of you who have been receiving replies from others can attest to that.

For those who have been participating only by way of doing your fitness regimes and posting your updates, take some time out to read the other participants’ updates and replying to 1-2 of them, at the very least. 21DFC is more than just personal accountability, though that’s one big part of it. It’s also about the community, making new bonds and appreciating them, as are all challenges at PE.

My 21DFC Progress, Day 4

In just 3 days of getting back into fitness mode, I’ve been observing these amazing benefits:

  • My muscles are now more defined, especially with my legs and calves, since jogging and lower body workouts have been my main fitness activities for the past 3 days.
  • My legs are definitely slimmer, hips smaller, and stomach flatter.
  • My face is now sharper with more defined features, probably from weight loss due to fitness
  • My breathing feels more regulated – not that there was any problem with my breathing before, just that when I compare it with the past, it has clearly improved.
  • My natural posture has also improved, probably due to increased muscles throughout my body.
  • Mentally, I’m more alert. My level of concentration is higher.
  • I feel more energized than ever. I don’t feel tired at all during the day, and when I sleep I sleep soundly – no restlessness. When I wake up, I feel wide awake and ready to start the day.
  • Spiritually, I feel more aligned as a being.
  • Emotionally, I feel really awesome that I’m at the top of my fitness game. The positive emotion is in turn rippling out to other parts of my life.

I’m excited to see these benefits, especially since it’s only been 3 days! I can’t wait to see what 21 days of complete fitness will do to my body. :D In a way I’m inspired to go the extra mile for my next exercise session, because, hey – no pain, no gain, right? ;) It’s obvious that the more I commit to my fitness, the more benefits I’m seeing. There’s no doubt about that. And same for you, too.

So Day 4 – I woke up at 6:30am, went for my now routine morning jog of 3.6km (2.2 miles). And unlike Day 3, I was definitely earlier than many other joggers today. :D

Day 4 Sun

Sun rising over the horizon as I jogged along the path

Day 4 hdb

By the time I was done with my jog, the sun was completely up. Rise and shine, people! ;)

Day 4 Dragon Fruit

Enjoying my morning fruit as I start work for the day. ;) This is the Dragon Fruit – a sweet tasting fruit found in South East Asian countries, among other places.

I already planned to head out today to buy lights for the new videos I’m producing for PE. (My room uses ceiling light, which is terrible for shooting videos.) Since I’ve already been exercising twice a day during Days 1-3, I wanted to exercise again after my jog today. So I decided to hit the gym first before going to town to get the lighting (and run some errands).

Day 4 Stairs

As I mentioned on Day 2, I stopped taking the elevator since Day 2 and have been climbing the stairs. I’ll be doing this for the whole of 21DFC.

Day 4 Walk

Walking to the gym again, instead of taking the bus. It’s a nice 30 minutes walk in the sun.

Day 4 Gym

At the gym – it was busier than usual when I reached! Probably because it was during the lunch hour.

I actually planned to sign up for a 6-month gym membership today, but they needed a passport-size photo of me for the membership card. And since I didn’t have one with me there and then, I couldn’t apply for the card today. Oh well – next time, then.

I worked out for 45 minutes at the gym – 15 minutes on the recumbent stationary bike, 15 minutes of indoor rower, 5 minutes on the elliptical, and 10 minutes on the stationary bike. At the end of the session, I was satisfied with my progress and went for my shower, then lunch.

While my “official” exercises for Day 4 ended here, I continued to engage in physical activity throughout the day. For example, instead of waiting for the bus on my way to lunch, I walked my way to the mall – about 15 minutes long. I also stood/walked for a good 2-3 hours today while I was out running errands and getting my lighting in the afternoon. On my way back, I chose to alight at the bus stop next to an overhead bridge so I could climb up the bridge, cross it, and climb back down the bridge.

So all in all, it was a great day today for 21DFC. I continue to feel aches and sores throughout my body for all the physical activity I’ve been doing, but by now it feels a natural part of the (strengthening) progress. Funnily, they’re fading away with the regular exercises I’m doing – and not worsening as one might imagine.

That’s it for my Day 4 – Stay tuned for Day 5 tomorrow. ;)

How About YOUR Day 4? Share Your Progress!

How did YOUR 21DFC Day 4 go? Did you get to complete your scheduled activity? Did you achieve any personal victories? Did something unexpected crop up, which made you learn some valuable personal lessons?

Regardless of how your day went, we want to hear it all. 21DFC is not about sharing ‘flawless’ fitness progress, but about sharing everything our journey towards a healthier, fitter life – obstacles and all. Post your day’s journal in the comments section! If you have any images to share, simply upload them to Photo Bucket or Imgur first, then include the link(s) in your reply.

  1. What physical activity did you do (if any), and for how long?
  2. If you didn’t get to do any physical activity, why? And what can you do about it such that the same thing doesn’t happen again?
  3. What physical activity do you plan to do tomorrow?

Check out other participants’ responses and join in the discussions!

Looking forward to Day 5 tomorrow! ;)

  • Linh

    I just wake up and finish my morning exercise for 15 mins.

    It’s the beginning of the day and I’m going to update my progress during the day ^^

    I have to go to school now but I’m back to jogging in the afternoon. :dance:

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Great job on your morning exercise, Linh! :clap: Keep us posted on your jog and your progress for the rest of the day. :D

    • Linh

      Like I said earlier, I’ve just comeback from my jogging ( I have to admit it was actually walking more than jogging :shy: ) I was running for 5 mins and felt so tired. So I changed to brisk walking for 5kms . Well, I guess my body need some time to get used to more intense activities.

      And like usual, I’m gonna to end my day with 15 mins exercise :D

      • Ian Hind

        Well done.

        When I first started your running, someone told me to not try and run too fast too soon. Which I did! And it hurt.

        I then used the ‘lamp post’ method to get started. Simply jog a couple of lamp post distance then brisk walk the next couple and so, until you have completed your target time. Next week increase the lamp posts jogged and decrease those walked. Etc. Then you can work on speed and distances etc, but to begin with its all about just getting out there, which you are doing!

        Good luck


        • http://www.greatlifeblog.wordpress.com Amanda

          I like the lamp post method. :) I don’t use it, but mine is similar. Since my condo is small, I jog a couple of rounds, then walk, then jog, then walk. And adding in some runs in between. :D

          It works well for me. :)

          Good luck!

  • Christine Aicken

    We had organized to train with free weights at the gym straight after work, I was so tired & my husband asked me if I wanted to go straight, even though I might have said yes, I knew this commitment I had made I must keep, so glad I did worked out with weights for 1 hour, going to bed early feeling good, Thanks!!!!

    • Ozum

      Good job! There is nothing like saying ‘I did it!’…

  • http://www.greatlifeblog.wordpress.com Amanda

    Thanks for the earlier upload! I swam for 30 minutes about an hour after my lunch (and before doing my homework!) non-stop: breath stroke and front crawl. 20 minutes breath stroke, because that definitely is my stronger stroke. This is the longest so far: 30 minutes non-stop. Whew.

    After completing my homework I went down and ran about 10 rounds round the condo, which took about…
    1 minutes each round, so 10 minutes in total. I really look forward to my new house where it’s definitely bigger and has a running/jogging track. :D

    New plan: I’m going to stop one stop earlier near my destination, so I have to walk for about 5 minutes more. Not a lot, but every bit counts. ;)

    • http://www.greatlifeblog.wordpress.com Amanda

      Woop. I did another exercise tonight. 20 minutes of alternating between slow walk, jog and run. I’m really sweaty now. :) But running under a full moon is really too good to miss.

      Tomorrow, I am aiming for 15 minutes duty, 5 minutes walking from bus stop home and 30 minutes running / jogging, as well as 30 minutes swimming.

      Btw Celes, I can’t seem to view and write comments on the challenges posts on my mobile.

      • Linh

        Wow , Good job :clap: You seem to be really sporty :mrgreen: Reading your progress truly motivates me :hug:

      • Ian Hind

        Well done! Good work outs :-)

      • http://www.greatlifeblog.wordpress.com Amanda

        Linh and Ian: Thanks. :) NAPFA (a fitness test in my country for students) is really catching up on me, I have to do 1.6km and I really want to break my last year’s record! :)

      • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

        Hey Amanda! Thanks for letting me know. I just switched to a different mobile plugin for my site. Can you check and let me know if you still have the same problem? Thanks! :D

  • Lina

    I’ve walked back home from school through tons of snow, which made me feel like I was going to die under the heavy winter coat plus the effort of making your way through snow up to your knee, lol. It was fun though, reminded me of childhood :lol: And once I got home I did a cardio workout for a few minutes (not sure how long, I really didn’t keep track of it…Around 7 mins I would say.).

    • Ella

      I think walking through snow counts at least like hiking :D My muscles hurt from walking, I think it’s ‘cos I try to walk as fast as I can because it’s sooo cold!

      • Lina

        Haha, well it totally works up muscles! And yeah, I know that feeling, it’s like your brain subconsciously makes you speed up in order to warm up your body.

  • http://tranquilitynow.blog.com Tina Davis

    Biked for 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of stretching and 10 minutes of meditation. :D

  • http://raymondleblanc.com Raymond

    Hi guys,

    completed a 1 1/2 hr walk outside.

    On this video you can see my face having a red glow from the cold.


    Enjoying the challenge. Feeling very much alive.

    • http://avene.org Glenn

      Hi Raymond, it sure does look cold where you are there! Thanks for posting the video.

      • http://raymondleblanc.com Raymond

        It sure is. People are talking about a new “Elfstedentocht”. The world’s largest and longest speed skating competition and leisure skating tour. Well we’ll see.

        BTW: You have a beautiful website imho

    • http://kate-is-pre.posterous.com/tag/21dec Kate Britt

      What fun to see a video! So much better than a photo in a get-to-know-you community like this. Thanks, Raymond. Oh, and kudos for walking such a long time in that cold weather! :clap:

      • http://raymondleblanc.com Raymond

        Thank you for your kind words! :)

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Hey Raymond, thanks so much for the lovely video with the good wishes for all of us for the challenge. :D

  • Yaleryn

    woke up at 6am!
    Rollerblade for 15mins
    Jogged to a reservoir.
    And did more stair climbing!

    Starting to get body sores, which indicates my workout have been effective!

    keep going guys!

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Yes, you got the right attitude, Yaleryn! Body sores means our body is truly getting a workout. Let’s keep rocking! :D

  • http://avene.org Glenn

    Ahhh, you just had to tease me with the Dragon Fruit photo Celes! They’re yummy, but expensive here. Usually $4 or $5 for just one. Although I actually prefer the ones that are red inside, as they’re usually sweeter.

    Nothing much to report today, but I increased my time jumping on the rebounder from 20 minutes to 30 minutes. So I’ve set a new standard for myself there. I’m yet to do a long walk yet. Hoping to get that in later in the week.

    Tomorrow, if I’m feeling up to it, I might increase my time on the rebounder even more.

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Tell me about it, Glenn – I got a dragon fruit in Chinatown in New York City, and got the shock of my life when I was charged $6.50USD for 1 small fruit alone. I kinda just took it without seeing the price, assuming it will be reasonable – it’s only about $0.50USD for 1 fruit here in Singapore. You should come over to Asia and buy truckloads of it back!

      Great work on increasing your jumping time to 30 minutes! That’s a 50% increment. :D How does the rebounder look, anyway? For some reason I keep thinking about it as a trampoline. Is it the same?

      • http://avene.org Glenn

        Yes, I remember buying a lot when I was in Singapore in 2006 after seeing how cheap they were :) And $6.50 for just one is crazy!

        My rebounder looks like this – http://cdn.dealsdirect.net/m/products/780/52780/6/product1_52780.jpg Except it has a logo on there.

        • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

          That looks pretty badass Glenn. And not what I’d imagine as a conventional fitness activity too.

  • Joe

    I woke up at 4:30 a.m. and worked out the upper body. Here is my routine:

    Day 4 – Workout #1: Upper Body
    Warm-up Circuit
    • 2x’s through the circuit using a 1-0-1 tempo for each exercise.
    • Rest 30 seconds b/c circuits.
    o Prisoner Squat x 12
    o Pushup x 10
    o DB Rear Deltoid Raise x 10
    Superset #1
    • Do 2 warm-up sets for DB Chest Presses @ 75% of your regular weight.
    • Do 1 warm-up set for Pullups, doing only 3 reps.
    o If you don’t have equipment for Pull-ups, do DB Rows, 8 reps per set.
    o If you can’t do all the Pull-ups, do the 3-second lowering only for 6-8 reps.
    1A) DB Chest Press (6 reps) 3-0-1
    Rest 30 seconds.
    1B) Pullups (Max Reps) 3-0-1
    Rest 90 seconds.
    Repeat the superset 3 times.
    Superset #2
    • After you complete the 3rd round of this superset, decrease the weight by 10% and try to get 8 more reps.
    2A) DB Incline Press (8 reps) 1-0-1
    No rest.
    2B) DB Chest Supported Row on Incline Bench (8 reps) 2-0-1
    Rest 1 minute.
    Repeat the superset 3 times.
    Superset #3
    3A) DB Chest Fly (12 reps) 3-0-1
    No rest.
    3B) DB Lateral Raise with Slight Forward Lean (10 reps) 1-0-1
    No rest.
    Repeat the superset 3 times. Use light weight and focus on form.

    I used more weight than Friday’s workout; about 25% more weight. Feeling stronger. Tomorrow the forcast is cold and raining. I have my back up plan.

    • zingfairy

      Wow Joe! Not sure which is more impressive: your routine or the fact that you woke up at 4:30am!! Anyway – good going!! :clap:

      • Ian Hind

        I would have had to get up at 4.30 to start working out what all that meant!

        Well done

      • Joe

        Thanks for your comment. :p

  • ASLO

    A quickie here
    I took a cold morning jog for 17 odd minutes, a small victory by 2 small minutes compared to the 15 minutes before….now i’m to set my eyes for much longer bit by bit……its difficult and tiresome at the start but soon would be easy and much more fun….am sure
    Then 15 mins of cycling later in the day….
    Tomorrow i might try skipping, used to love that as a kid, just a teeny bit scared if it would cause a dislocation of the gas bubbles in the intestine (at least that’s how google translates it from my native tongue (pechoti it is for those who know Gujarati))…but whats a challenge if you shy away citing your ridicules and fears……
    Good day…..

    • http://bilal-kamoon.blogspot.com/ Bilal Kamoon

      I say go for it ASLO! And if those gas bubbles wants to get dislocated, then you’ll get new ones later (;
      “Just keep swimming.”

      • ASLO

        would do so

  • Vedat G.

    I’ve been a bit lazy on posting in the last 2 days, however i wasnt lazy with my GYM routine.
    Seeing all you guys and girls working out and posting here, pushes me to keep going. Normally today, i feel like going to home and having a nice rest but, NO NO NO , i will hit the gym within half an hour and i will workout 1 hour, plus go to a cardio class for 1 more hour. Afterall, i like the gym :)

    I am not a quitter :)

    • http://bilal-kamoon.blogspot.com/ Bilal Kamoon

      That’s the spirit Vedat! Keep up the good work :D

  • Monisha

    My personal victories:

    1. I lost a kilogram
    2. My grandmother said that I looked a lot thinner :)
    3. Physical pains are fading away with the regular exercises
    4. I feel more energized than ever.

    A problem: I feel a little nauseous after exercise. I have been noticing this these couple of days. I know the reasons why this happen and I need to tackle the problem.

    What physical activity did you do (if any), and for how long?

    Walking, skipping, stretching, jogging in place, the plank, jumping jacks, bicycle crunches, squatting, push up with leg extension, seal jumps and lunge with twist. Total time taken could be 42 minutes, almost 42 minutes or maybe more than that.

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Hey Monisha – Congratulations on your weight loss and increased energy. :D Sorry to hear about your nausea – you said you know the reasons behind it. Is it okay if you share them with us?

      • Monisha

        Hi Celes, thank you! :heart:

        The reasons behind me feeling nauseous after/during some exercise is dehydration, exercising on an empty stomach and I may have hypoglycemia.

  • http://bilal-kamoon.blogspot.com/ Bilal Kamoon

    Oh the ache! Oh the pain!

    I knew that yesterday’s activity http://personalexcellence.co/blog/21dfc-day-3/comment-page-2/#comment-23458 was going to make my muscles sore today, but this is soo painful. I can’t sit for a few minutes without bursting in pain. The soreness have even reached deep inside my head.

    Today’s exercise consisted of:
    -30 minutes of Muslim Prayer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_prayer
    -30 minutes of walking (my school is 15 minutes away)
    -walking up and down the stairs 4 times.

    I hope that by tomorrow the pain will be a bit less so i could get back to exercising again.

    • zingfairy

      Hi Bilal

      Hope your muscles stop aching soon! If your body is in that much pain then I think it’s right you let it recover!

      And in the mean time, don’t write off the walking you did – it all counts as exercise! :)

      • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

        What zingfairy said. Don’t write off the walking, especially if you normally don’t walk that much to begin with. It all counts as physical activity. :D

  • http://jaleen.blogspot.com Jaleen

    This morning, I had a sudden dizziness. When I was reading something on the computer, I suddenly felt that I was unable to balance my head. I laid down on my bed, and I felt that the room was spinning!

    I fell asleep after all, but the condition remained the same after I woke up. In the evening, I took a bathe then suddenly I heard a sound “wong…”, and the dizziness had gone.

    It was weird. However, I managed to do a simple walk for around 15 minutes, cannot make it for home aerobics again as my plans were massed up by the dizziness. :(

    I really hope that I can make it for home aerobics tomorrow…

    • http://bilal-kamoon.blogspot.com/ Bilal Kamoon

      maybe your ears were plugged or something (that explains the sound). Anyway, try resting for a while and try again tomorrow (:

    • Ian Hind

      Hopefully you feel better for Day 5

      Ian :-)

    • http://jaleen.blogspot.com Jaleen

      Thanks Bilal and Ian.
      I’m feeling well today. Should be able to complete it today! ^^

  • Ella

    Day 4 is yoga day! I love yoga because while doing it I feel every muscle in my body stretching. Besides, yoga goes great with meditation and I’m gonna try to make a habit of it also.

    • Ozum

      I do some pilates but have never done yoga before.. I want to give it a try…

      • Moira

        Do. Yoga is amazing.

  • Ozum

    Just came from the gym..
    I feel really good, since I couldn’t exercise yesterday because of the full day Superbowl activities..
    I increased my workout today from 30min to 45min on the elliptical.
    I also stil feel sore since the second day’s workout but I kind of like it =)

    There is no change regarding my body, but I feel like my endurance has increased. I used to get very dizzy, and very tired(I mean sleeping all day tired) every time I tried doing some sort of exercise.

    Also for those of you who gets very hungry and wants to eat everything in the house (like me) after working out, I found a great healthy shake recipe: http://www.anahelenacampbell.com/peanut-butter-banana-shake/
    It’s very filling and fast to make..

  • ST

    I was able to complete the one hour walk on day 2 and day 3 but could not complete the walk on day 1 and day 4. For day 1, I was out of town and for day 4 I had some commitments which prevented me fom completing the walk. Today I am planning to walk for one hour in the afternoon.

  • Ahmed

    Woke up early in morning at 5.30… went for routine walk / running.. workedout for 40 mins as I have to reach office by 7.30. Got chance at 9pm for running / brisk walk for 30 mins..

    Overall experience was good.. although I still feel pain at my hamstring but I feel my stamina is getting better as compared to yesterday and I feel deep breath throughout the day..

    For tomorrow, will continue the same pattern.. will try to increase the duration..

  • http://kate-is-pre.posterous.com/tag/21dec Kate Britt

    Celes, I’m amazed at the extent of the benefits you’re already feeling. Well you deserve it, you’re working out so much and so hard. Great commitment! Keep up the good work.

    Thanks for your idea (http://personalexcellence.co/blog/21dfc-day-3/comment-page-2/#comment-23452) about us back-of-the-pack time-zoners posting early in the day with thoughts and plans, then following up later with my report. I’m here to try that for today.

    Today I’m going to ‘meditate’ on fully appreciating the main/major benefit I’m getting from this challenge — the amazing mood lift. Beginning at the end of Day 2, I noted that my whole outlook each day is so much improved, lighter, happier, more energetic. I want to eat better, do more. I feel more creative, inspired, planning new art-craft projects, etc. I am absolutely in a better mood all the time. I’m more open to making other plans, other commitments, even when they’re nothing to do with fitness. (But I guess they are, really — they’re all about fitness-of-Kate’s-inner-self.) Yesterday, I found myself making no less than 3 suggestions to my partner about things I want to sign up for with him and do with him — including the 2 fly-fishing classes I mentioned in my Day 3 report (http://personalexcellence.co/blog/21dfc-day-3/comment-page-2/#comment-23454).

    I had an insight yesterday. Many years ago I officially gave up procrastinating, very successfully. Doing so changed my life. Only after giving it up did I realize that procrastination had been taking up an enormous amount of my energy, emotion, resistance, avoidance, you name it. I always had kind of a low-level tension, that something’s-not-done feeling. OK, back to the present now, I absolutely know, intellectually at least, that keeping fit helps one’s mood and spirit. And I’ve felt it, of course, whenever I’ve done something active. But I forget to remember that feeling from one time to the next. I forget that I have that easy route to a lifted mood and brighter energy. So yesterday, my insight was comparing procrastination to my laziness about fitness. Procrastination was nothing more than avoiding doing stuff I knew had to be done, even stuff I *wanted* to do. My laziness about keeping fit has been very much like procrastination in its effects on me. (Duh — why didn’t I see this before?!)

    Making this 21-day commitment that has changed the landscape of how I approach all activity, everything I do and think and how I feel during the rest of the day. I guess my mind, emotions, and body all know it’s inevitable, I WILL be keeping active, no question, so what’s the point of resisting. As they say, “Resistance is futile.” :cool: AND I will be remaining on this endorphin high for the rest of the challenge, so get used to it, Kate. (Yay!) It’s a done deal, and everything in me has already made the adjustment. Not just my body, but also my mind, mood, emotions, etc. have already switched over to acceptance rather than resistance. So voila! I’ve let go of the bad energy that comes with resistance.

    Happy days! :dance:

    • Bette

      Kate, this post is awesome! I love how you are discovering so many insights that are giving you such clarity and energy to go forward. Way to go, girl! I feel energized and motivated just reading this! Thanks for sharing all that and being so into this challenge and in the groove to keep on keepin’ on. It’s inspiring! :angel:

      • http://kate-is-pre.posterous.com/tag/21dec Kate Britt

        Thanks for your kind words, Bette. :hug: I’m glad my musings are of some help…. although I do have to learn how to say it all in fewer words here!!!

        Actually, I edited the above down a bit and made it into a blog post in the 21DFC section of my blog: http://kate-is-pre.posterous.com/tag/21dfc) because I wanted to have it handy to re-read when I need to remember about that energy and mood boost that comes with doing something for my body.

  • http://40andnow.com/ cloudio

    Today I woke up energetic and I did some exercise before breakfast, an habit I developed last year but I had lost in the last month.

    I planned a run in the park in the afternoon but I got an invitation to watch a movie, so I run-jog to catch the subway . My pedometro tracked 2573 steps 1,85km distance in 24.08 minutes.

    When I tried running, especially on the way back at 5.30pm it was very hard getting into my stride, because it was very cold (max -5 although felt -10 according to http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/16080.html?sp=IMILANOS4) today and didn’t warm up.

    Once at home, after a little rest, I did 35′ yoga. My legs were shaken and I couldn’t stand in warrior pose, so I focused on another areas of my body.