21DFC Day 2 – Building Up the Momentum…

This is Day 2 of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge (21DFC) for Feb 2012. View all posts made during the challenge: 21DFC Overview.

Day 2 of 21-Day Fitness Challenge!

Hello and welcome to Day 2 (Feb 4) of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge! ;)

Sign Up First!

If you have not signed up yet, today is your last day to sign up (Update Feb 6: Sign ups are now closed). Head over to the announcement post, sign up there, do your pre-work (Day 0′s task), and get started on your fitness regime! It’s okay even if you’re starting 1 or 2 days late – simply join us on our latest day and go from there. In the long run, these 1-2 days don’t make any difference – but the successful cultivation of the habit to exercise will.

For the 255 of you who have officially signed up (refer to: official participants list), let’s get rolling now! ;)

Review of Day 1

Thank you to all of you who have posted your progress for Day 1! Looks like everyone is off to a great start, and I’m so proud of you. :D Keep up your momentum as you proceed to Day 2 today.

For those who have not posted your progress, do join us in the comments section whenever you are ready. :) If you missed your exercise for whatever reason, simply learn from it, share your lessons with the group via posting in the comments area for the day, and move on to the next day. (Remember the 21DFC Pledge you did in Day 0? “I shall report my progress on PE daily be it rain or shine … I shall not beat myself up if I were to miss my exercises – but instead learn what got me offtrack and not let it happen again.“)

Remember that no one is here to judge or berate anyone. No one is here to compete or see who exercised the most. This is simply about increasing the level of physical activity in our life, so we become healthier, fitter, and stronger. We do this not as self-punishment, but because we love ourselves and we treasure ourselves. And what better way to express our self-love than to become fitter, so our physical bodies can last longer. What better way than to improve our physique, so we achieve the ideal look we desire.

By the way, even though I don’t reply to all comments (it’s really not possible for me to do that and still have time to do other things in my life), I do make a point to read them. Also, I encourage all of you to read the other participants’ progress too, and interact freely with each other. Encourage each other, give kudos to those who have completed their physical activities for the day, and help anyone who may need help. We’re all doing this as one big community! :)

Last but not least, for those who have not read this yet, please do: 8 Tips To Succeed in 21DFC. Apply all those 8 tips – they will be essential for success in the 3 weeks ahead!

With that said, let’s kick off Day 2 now, shall we? ;)

My 21DFC Progress, Day 2

After the 5.5km run/jog and swimming 20 continuous laps (without goggles) yesterday morning (read my Day 1′s progress), I started feeling a bit woozy in the evening. I had a weird throbbing headache and my vision was somewhat blurry. I reckon it was probably one of my neck muscles that was strained from swimming with my head above water, and turned in early for the night.

Morning sunrise

On the early morning of Day 2, I woke up, and my body was SORE. SORE with a capital S-O-R-E. That wasn’t a surprise at all, considering I have not exercised in a while, and I did 2 exercise sessions in a day! But hey, the soreness to me is a good thing, because it meant my body is now becoming stronger, my muscles are being built, and my fats are rolling their way off my body!

Not only was my body sore, my headache was still there too. And I had a slight fever as well.

So what did I do? Did I go back into bed? Nooooo. Normally I would have snuggled under my covers, using these as convenient excuses not to exercise. I would have told myself a myriad of things, including: “My body is tired; it needs its rest.” “I worked so hard yesterday – I really should rest today.” “I should not push myself too hard or I might become sick/die.” “I still have 21 days to go, so I should go slow.”

But seriously, these were nothing more than the byproducts of not exercising after a long while. Rather than not exercise in the face of them, they were more indicators that I should be exercising more often now. Also, the human physical body may have limits, but these are not the limits. I was far, far from even touching the limits of the human body. Historic, world-class athletes of the past would be snorting and rolling about in their graves if someone even remotely suggested that idea to them.

Think Roger Bannister who broke the 4 minute a mile record in 1954, or Wilma Rudolph, who won 3 gold Olympic Medals in the 1960 Olympics – with a sprained ankle. Or about a million other athletes or regular people who have undergone grueling trainings of their own. What I did yesterday was paltry in comparison to the workouts others do on a daily basis.

So I got up, walked to my usual jogging route, and gave myself the option to brisk walk (vs. jog/run) as my physical activity for today. But I decided I felt like jogging/running still, and completed 3.6km (2.2 miles) at the end of it – again, without stopping to walk. A big yay for a personal victory! :D And interestingly, the headache subsided while I was jogging, and was gone at the end of it. (Go figure.)

Riding on yesterday’s momentum, I decided to go swim again today, after my morning jog. Believe it or not – after I got my stuff together, got dressed, and went to the washroom before heading out for my swim, I realized my period just started. *facepalms*

What does that mean? No swimming for today. But does it mean no exercising? Nope. (By now, you should be getting the drill that it’s really about mind over matter, and as long as the intention to exercise is there, there’s seriously nothing that can stop you.)

After some thought, I decided to go to the gym as the alternate choice.

Not the gym that I go to, but looks somewhat similar. I guess most gyms look the same anyway? o_O

Normally I would have taken the bus, but today I decided to walk instead. Hey, every little bit counts, right? ;) (By the way, I didn’t mention this at the start, but as of today, I’ll be taking the stairs over the elevator. I’ll be doing this for the rest of 21DFC, and probably integrating it as a habit from thereon. (I stay on the 5th floor.))

To be honest, part of my inspiration came from my friend Armen (from LA). He does some form of physical activity almost every day, and is 100% in shape and fit as a fiddle.

His ‘secret’? He opts for physical activity whenever he has the chance. When we met up while I was in Los Angeles, we went hiking, under his recommendation (we could have just met at a cafe and ate, or caught a movie, but hiking allowed us to socialize, workout, and enjoy nature’s beauty – all at the same time). Every Tuesdays and Thursdays, he plays basketball with a group of folks he barely knows. He goes hiking/trekking whenever he can. He’s just constantly on the move when he can, over sitting on his butt and letting it grow.

The important thing to take away from 21DFC is that it’s not just about increasing physical activity – it’s about integrating it into our lives.

So anyway, my walk to the gym turned out to be about 30 minutes (yay for movement!), after which I worked out continuously for 45 minutes in the gym via a series of machines (elliptical machine, stationary bike and indoor rower). And that marked my second and last exercise session for Day 2!

Oh, while I was at the community center (where the gym was), I signed up for the kickboxing class on Wednesday. They already started their first class 2 days ago so I missed that, but I’ll be joining in next Wednesday onwards. And the trainer is one of my favorites too – I went for his classes before and he’s always cracking jokes and taunting the students (in a good-natured way), hence making the classes more fun. Here’s to more variety in my exercise sessions! :D

That’s it for my Day 2 – Stay tuned for Day 3 tomorrow! ;)

How About YOUR Day 2? Share Your Progress!

How did YOUR 21DFC Day 2 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, I 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.

In your comment, feel free to share the following:

  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 3 tomorrow! ;)

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  1. Brenda says:

    Uh! Oh! I posted this in error on day one. Sorry folks! Here it is in Day 2!

    I was surprised at how eager I was to receive a response in reference to my 1st day. I think that is the best reward ever. Taking your advice and letting go of the disappointment today. I will read the pledge daily to remind me this is possible. Today I awakened at 6:30. Will check in later today for update on exercise. :clap:

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  2. Bilal Kamoon says:

    While my favorite exercise is running, the rainy weather seems to conspire against me. :@

    My second choice is an indoor soccer field that I found yesterday that’s open most of the time. So today I had another round of soccer with my friends, and maybe I’ll do some aerobics later if I felt like it.

    Note: for the sake of this challenge, I decided to “run” the stairs instead of walking them. I always take the stairs but during the next 20 days, I’m going to run them every time I get out or return to my house. I live in the second floor but I get out of the house a lot so that should add some significant workout.

    Off to day 3!

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    • Celes says:

      Wow, playing soccer with friends – it sounds like you have the perfect set-up, Bilal! Exercising, having fun, connecting with friends, AND improving your motor skills all at the same time. I’m envious – I wish I have a team of friends to play team sports with. :D (I used to be part of a frisbee group, but it’s been disbanded.) How often do all of you play?

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      • Bilal Kamoon says:

        haha yes it was very fun :D maybe you’ll join us some day when you decide to visit Lebanon (;

        I have a bunch of friends who are obsessed about soccer, they play almost daily, but I join them from time to time.

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        • Celes says:

          Nice, I wish I have friends who are as sports-obsessed. :D I just located a badminton group which I can join, and I believe they play every week. So it things fall in my favor, next week I can probably get started on that. :D

          I’ll definitely love to join you guys when I visit Lebanon one day. ;) But something tells me that you guys are probably good enough to play on the competitive level, if you play so regularly!

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  3. Jaleen says:

    Today, it was out of my plan. I went out for whole day, from morning to night. However, I still managed to work out the body stretching for about 15 minutes. It is just some sort of body warming up activities.

    Tomorrow, I will have another gathering with friends. If we go for photo shooting, then I will be walking a lot. If we didn’t go for photo shooting, then I will come back home for a home aerobics session. :)

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  4. tibi says:

    today I walked a lot (more than one hour) in the snow and also didn’t use rolling stairs and elevator.
    Also I made some abbs in the morning and now I’ll do 4 series of push-ups.

    Success to all of us!

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    • Elezhara says:

      Great work Tibi! Enjoy the snow for me!! It´s been a long time since it last snowed in my hometown and I really miss it. :)

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  5. Linh says:

    I started my 2nd day with my 15-mins exercise :) I also tried some new exercises. And I’ve already felt that I could do more without feeling as tired as yesterday. :)

    Today I also went jogging ( actually I didn’t jog the whole time but changed between jogging and brisk walking). My distance was 2.66km. It wasn’t too long but honestly, I felt so great and accomplished after that. It was quite a good step for a lazy bum like I used to be :shy: However, the weather in my school today is =.=” :lol:

    It’s just 5 pm in my place so I’m going to do another 15-mins exercise before I go to bed.
    Everybody seems to do greatly as well :hug: Reading other participants’ comments makes me more motivated and excited for tomorrow activities. :dance:

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    • Celes says:

      Great job, Linh! :clap: And “it wasn’t too long”?? Are you kidding me? 2.66km is quite a distance! And you even topped off your Day 2 with other exercises besides jogging/walking too. You ought to be really proud of yourself. :clap:

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  6. Mark says:

    Did about 30 mins of differebt stuff today, not so strenuous. It was snowing outside and below freezing, so I decided not to walk anywhere.

    So making a quick repair on my car, I used the stairs as a treadmill, did some stretches and then some isometric muscle building. All in all, about 20 minutes today but that was about what I had planned.

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    • Susan Parker says:

      That’s great, Mark. You moved your body even though the weather wasn’t cooperating.

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  7. Raymond says:

    Today went rather smooth. Considering it is Saturday. Normally a day for shopping etcetera. The weather is still freezing here and with the gym closed I decided to walk through the countryside.
    My wife joined me which was an added bonus.

    Posted some photo’s here http://twitpic.com/8fnpjo

    I am feeling quite good. Confident I’ll reach my goals.

    Take care

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    • zingfairy says:

      Hi Raymond, lovely photos – the countryside looks so beautiful in the snow! Hope you felt it beat the gym :) Good luck for the rest of the challenge!

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  8. cloudio says:

    Today was my laziest day of the year.
    It’s probably related to the fact it was the coldest I have experienced since maybe Winter 2006 when I worked 40 days in the Olympic Mountains in Turin. The minimum this morning was -11C, the maximum -1.

    It was also cloudy, not sunny like in the last 2 days. It was Saturday and I have nothing to do.

    I woke up at 7, check some stuff on line came back to sleep. Got up at 9, I felt cold, despite heaters fully on, my house is old and glass windows are not properly isolated.

    I had breakafast, I did some reading and fell asleep again on and off until 12.

    I didn’t have a proper lunch, but I had lots of fats yummy calories: a divine Tiramisù, some bread with slices of Val d’Aosta lard with herbs, a glass of red wine. I even resorted to zapping Tv for a couple of hours, something I didn’t do for years and took another nap.

    Then finally at 16 I came alive.The day was not inviting for a stroll outside, so I exercise with Wii. Despite all the food I had since yesterday my BMi was 23,15 so only 100gr more from yesterday. Then I exercise for 30′, playing various games and burning 100 calories.

    Then I watched a rugby game in tv: France-Italy, does it count as exercise? :twisted:

    It’s 20.16 now and I just had dinner, so it’s probably all for today.

    It was basically a day off. I need that once in a while. Tomorrow first thing in the morning I’ll go for a stroll in the park no matter what, because I’m not going out tonight.

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    • cloudio says:

      I forgot to say yesterday evening after my report I did 30′ yoga.
      So yesterday i exercised a lot, but today I didn’t feel sore at all, just very sleepy.

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  9. lotusbleu says:

    Day 1 had come and gone without doing a single fitness activity.

    Hardly moved an inch on Day 2 except got of bed for dinner – was oh-so tired from not sleeping the day before…

    …which explained why I had indicated for one of the 21DFC objectives was to become an early riser and hopefully to develop better sleep habits & bedtime routine throughout the 21DFC.

    :shy: Hoping for a better Day 4…

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    • Ozum says:

      Sometimes I also feel very tired, so I don’t do anything the whole day but sit on the couch and watch tv. But you know what, if you get up and do something, doesn’t matter small or big, you feel much more energized..

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  10. Moira says:

    I woke up and pried myself out of bed at 7am this morning but went to the 9:30am class. I had a glass of wine last night and it seems like that was a bad idea with my 30 day challenge. I have now completed day four.

    Tomorrow I intend on going to the 3pm class after I get off of work.

    The rest of the day I just need to rest. It’s been so long since I’ve had a day off work.

    No alcohol for the next 30 days at least, possibly the full 60 days if I feel I want to take the challenge that far.

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  11. Elezhara says:

    Reading the comments by all of you really motivates me!! Keep the amazing work everybody and thanks for sharing!!

    1.What exercise/physical activity did you do (if any), and for how long?
    I did a 15 minute routine focusing on my core. I also worked on a dance routine for about 45 minutes. It was fun!

    2.Any reflections for today?
    I´m really proud of myself for exercising today. This past week has been really tough for me and getting back to doing my exercise routines hasn´t been easy, but I know it´s good for me and I need to push hard!

    3.What exercise/physical activity do you plan to do tomorrow?
    I want to do a cardio workout. I wish I could go out running but it´s way to cold outside! I guess I´ll just have to stick to my home workouts!

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  12. Rosa says:

    I had to run a lot of errands today, so I could only squeeze in ten minutes of situps, crunches, and pushups :(

    And reading about your period made me laugh, because I’m almost done with mine :lol:

    As for reflections, I’m glad I still squeezed in those ten minutes even though I was busy and a bit sore from yesterday. I really do feel like I can slowly increase the length of whatever exercise I do…

    Yay for Day 2! See you guys for Day 3! :hug:

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  13. Susan Parker says:

    I was gone much of the day (having fun!) and got home in the late afternoon. It is cold and cloudy here, and I didn’t want to do anything but sit. However! Since I had made the committment, I bundled up and Bruiser (dog) and I walked. It was glorious. Woodsmoke in the air, cool air on my face…it was the perfect winter’s walk. The enjoyment part of exercise may get through to me yet. :)

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    • zingfairy says:

      Well done for getting out there Susan! Glad you enjoyed it too! (I bet Bruiser did as well ;) )

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  14. Mirna says:

    Update Day 2:
    I did a 7 minute run and a 10 minute wall back home. Some aerobics and later played ball tossing with my little sister, fun :)

    Reading the updates here is pretty motivating, good job everybody! And thank you :)

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  15. Kate Britt says:

    Weehooo! A walk to the sushi place, holding hands with my sweetie. After that light lunch, we took a long, brisk walk along the seawall near Vancouver’s famous English Bay. What a glorious spring day!!! Saw blossoms in some trees, snowdrop (flowers) pushing through the earth…
    Photo: http://i.imgur.com/x5B2J.jpg – that’s me in the red jacket.
    (Imgur a very convenient photo-sharing site; thanks, Celes!)

    I’m having to ignore my hip, which is telling me to stop all this walking and working. Metaphysically-speaking, according to Louise Hay’s theories that is, a sore hip has something to do with fears about moving forward. Hmmm, the beginning of 20 more days of workouts, my hip is afraid, very afraid. :lol:

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    • Celes says:

      Lmao @ hip being afraid, Kate! I L-O-V-E your non fear-based attitude towards the sensations on your body, and instead stopping to analyze them. And you look so lovely in your jacket – and is that a white turtle neck? And the place looks lovely as well. :D

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      • Kate Britt says:

        Thanks for checking out my photo, Celes. Yes, Vancouver’s seawall is a fantastic, beautiful place. That’s a tucked-in white scarf…. although it was a relatively warm sunshiney day for Vancouver early-February, I guess the cold sea breeze didn’t get the memo about warmth.

        I’ve worked with Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life” ideas since the book came out in 1984. (http://www.hayhouse.com/details.php?id=267) Whenever there’s anything untoward going on with my body, I immediately investigate the mind-body connection. Louise offers affirmations alongside her short “analysis” for each body part. The hip, for example: “Carries the body in perfect balance. Major thrust in moving forward.” Her affirmation for the hip is “Hip Hip Hooray, there is joy in every day!” (How cool is that!) Hip problems suggest a “fear of going forward in major decisions and/or nothing to move forward to.” The affirmation to work with hip problems is “I am in perfect balance. I move forward in life with ease and with joy at every age.”

        The thing I’ve found is that saying the affirmation instead of complaining or a giving in to the pain seems to speed up the healing. At the very least, her short body-part-based snippets ALWAYS give me something to examine in terms of what I might do to improve my health with those specific areas. The mind and the body are so very connected!

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