21DFC Day 3 – Turning it into a Routine

This is Day 3 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 3 (Feb 5) of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge! :dance:

Before we get to the challenge proper, here are some quick announcements!

Quick Announcements

1. Updates will only be sent to those who are signed up

I realized not all readers on the PE newsletter are participating in 21DFC, and there’s no reason to send the 21DFC updates to those not in the challenge. It’s just cluttering up others’ mailboxes with irrelevant material (to them, anyway – not us).

So as of Day 4′s update, I will only be sending the newsletter to the official participants of 21DFC. This means only 267 of you who are officially signed up will get the updates in your inbox. For those who don’t want to participate but you want to receive the updates, well - TOUGH LUCK! :p You need to be exercising together with us to be part of the loop. We’re working out as a community – bystanders are not allowed. ;)

If you still want to join in and rock your body to fitness land, today is your FINAL CHANCE. I’m closing sign-ups after today. Sign up now: 21-Day Fitness Challenge. (Update Feb 6: Sign ups are now closed).

2. Renaming of 21-Day Fitness Challenge to 21-Day Fitness Challenge

Some of you are probably reading the new 21DFC acronym and going “Huh? Isn’t it supposed to be 21DEC? Did Celes make a typo or what?”.

Nope, after some thought, I’ve officially renamed 21DEC / 21-Day Fitness Challenge to 21DFC – 21-Day Fitness Challenge. I’ve been reading the participants’ comments for Days 1 and 2, and felt that the word “fitness” better represented the message I want to drive with this challenge. It’s all about getting fit, being healthier and rocking a stronger body at the end of the 21-days – and increased physical activity, or exercising for some of us, is what’s going to get us there.

So yes, sorry if there’s been any confusion! All the references and links on the site have been duly updated to reflect the change.

If you are using soft copy for the pre-work, simply rename 21DEC to 21DFC, and change “Exercising” to “Fitness”. If you’re blogging about the challenge and linking back to 21DFC, update the links accordingly. If you’re tweeting about the challenge, use #21DFC instead of #21DEC. When commenting, please refer to the challenge as 21DFC and not 21DEC. From now on, we’re here to rock 21 days of fitness together! ;)

3. Post your updates in the respective day’s thread

As I shared in the 21DFC announcement, please share your day’s progress in the respective day’s thread. Meaning post your day 1 (Feb 3) updates on Day 1′s thread, Day 2 (Feb 4) updates on Day 2′s thread, and so on. Some of you are posting your updates in the wrong places (some even posting updates in the announcement thread – WHY?!), and it’s making it quite painful for me to administrate the course.

If you are a latecomer to the challenge and you’re only starting today (Feb 5), you can either start from Day 1′s thread, and play catch-up with all of us, or you can join us directly in today’s thread. Doing the former will probably cause you to be out of sync with the group since you’ll always be 2 days behind in your updates, while the latter means your challenge will only be 19 days, and not 21 days, long. It’s up to you!

For the other challenges in the future, I’ll strive to correspond the days with the dates, so it’s easier for everyone.

4. Check back your previous comments

Many of you have been duly sharing your progress in the days’ threads, which is fantastic! :D However, some of you seem to be posting your comments and neglecting them thereafter – not realizing that other participants are replying to your comments and trying to engage a discussion!

Please bookmark the comments section for each day’s thread, check back regularly, and reply to the other participants who have taken time out of their schedule to write to you. Or an easier way is to subscribe for notification of new comments (the option is there whenever you post a new comment – simply tick the checkbox below the comment box). While you’re at it, drop a kind word or two for a fellow participant. Remember, we’re here to support each other.

Finally – done with the announcements! Ok, let’s now move on to Day 2′s review!

Review of Day 2

Can I say I’m so proud of all of you who have duly filed your progress update for Day 1 (and Day 2, for those in faster time zones), as you have pledged in Day 0′s pre-work? Seriously, you guys are GOLD.

Whether you did any physical activity for the day, the fact that you logged on to post your update is a HUGE sign that YOU are committed to improving the fitness aspect of your life. Give yourselves a big pat on the back for staying true to yourself and sticking to the challenge, vs. hiding / doing the fade-away/disappearing act, or abandoning the challenge altogether.

You know, reading the comments, I feel worried for some of you. I really am. You see, some of you are so friggin’ hard on yourself. I’ve seen more than one participant beat him/herself up over not doing/completing his/her desired physical activity for the day. And then for some of you, your comments open up with full-blown, lengthy explanations on why your desired activity was not done for the day, even though no one asked for any explanations to begin with.

You know what? IT D-O-E-S-N-’-T MATTER. We’re not here to police each other or laugh/scott at anyone who did not do/complete his/her desired physical activity for the day. We’re not here to play the blame game. We’re not here to cast judgment. This challenge is not about perfection. This challenge is not about competition (with each other). This challenge is about improving the fitness in our lives.

Scr*w it if you didn’t get to your desired physical activity today – simply learn why, and move on. Focus on understanding why, over justifying the occurrence. Focus on identifying the lessons learned, over turning a blind eye to the slip-up. Think in terms of how you can make it work out tomorrow onwards, over mulling “what if?” (Principle #10 of How To Be Happy). Must I remind everyone of our 21DFC Pledge? “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.

Let’s make the best out of our 19 days ahead, shall we? ;) With that said, here’s my progress for Day 3!

My 21DFC Progress, Day 3

Day 3 morning – I woke up at about 7:15am, and automatically thought – “It’s jogging time!” This was in spite of a sore body (still), from Day 1′s running/jogging and swimming, and Day 2′s jogging and workout at the gym. And normally I wouldn’t jog after 7am because the sun is coming up and it gets progressively warmer by the hour.

But for some reason, those didn’t seem to be of any concern to me. I just truly felt like getting my workout for my day. It almost felt like this is turning into a routine, even though it’s only Day 3! (I guess with the dual exercise sessions I’ve been doing, it feels more like today is Day 5, not Day 3!)

Again, I went to my usual jogging route, and gave myself the option to brisk walk if I wanted to. No forcing, no self-pressurizing, only a desire to increase physical activity in my life and to enjoy every moment. But nope, I felt like jogging, so off I went!

Park connector
Off we go! Seems like others are already up and getting their morning exercise before me. Next time I will be earlier!

Flowers
Enjoying the sights as I slowly jogged along the path

Jogging
I bet the other joggers must be wondering, “Why is this person taking a camera with her for her morning jog?”

Sun rising
The sun rising over the horizon ♥ 

At the end of it, I completed 3.6km (2.2 miles) without walking, just like yesterday! Hurray for a personal victory – jogging when I could have walked the distance! :D

Oh, because I haven’t exercised for a long time prior to 21DFC, I got a couple of blisters from my 5.5km barefoot run/jog on Day 1. Hence, I decided to go jogging with my track shoes for the time being, until they get better. It’s also more jogging-friendly as it’s the rainy season now, and the tracks are partially wet whenever I jog.

Anyway, I could have called it a day where fitness is concerned, but I decided it wasn’t enough. I knew I could do more, even though my legs were aching from all the jogging/exercising I had done in the past 2.5 days alone.

So when the evening came, I decided to go for another jog. :dance: Am I on a roll or what?! I’m telling you, this fitness thing is addictive! Once you start, you can’t stop!

Park connector at night
The park connector at night. It’s not as dangerous as it looks – there are people jogging/cycling/walking by me every 5-10 minutes

It was another 3.6km (2.2 miles) jog for me, without stopping to walk. I ended Day 3 on a fully satisfied note, knowing that I made the best of the day where fitness was concerned. :D A big “YES!” for exercising twice a day when I can only be exercising once!

For those attributing my 21DFC progress to a good fitness condition or background, I can assure you it’s definitely not. I have a non-existent fitness background. I was never an athlete in school. I hated exercise with a passion and I was so glad when I graduated from high school because it meant no more regimented exercise sessions. Prior to 21DFC, I have not exercised for 1 year (after my fast in February, I didn’t exercise since I wanted to focus on regulating my diet post-fast first, and then when I began traveling in June, it blew my fitness plans out of the water.)

If anything, this is the first time in my life I’m exercising so regularly/intensely! AND I’M LOVING IT! No self-pressurizing, just sheer enjoyment. I’m telling you, it feels awesome. I’m already seeing benefits from just a few days of proper workout, too – more on that in tomorrow (Day 4)’s update.

Also, I took the chance to link up with a friend today (whom I used to play badminton with) to let him know I’m back in Singapore. I suggested getting together/forming a group to play badminton again, like in the past. Turns out that he’s been playing badminton regularly with his work colleagues (they just played last Thursday, in fact), and he will invite me the next time they have a session (likely soon). Here’s another big “YES!” for combing fitness, fun and socializing all in one activity! :D

That’s it for my Day 3 – Stay tuned for Day 4 tomorrow! :D

How About YOUR Day 3? Share Your Progress!

How did YOUR 21DFC Day 3 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 4 tomorrow! ;)


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  1. ASLO says:

    Sunday big bad lazy Sunday
    You wake up late, take a heavy breakfast, take an even heavier lunch and hey an even even heavier dinner…
    but for me, i’ve taken a pledge to fitness first, yes I woke up relatively late {7.30 am instead of the routine 5.30 am} but thats not a problem….its still early…..i’m going to complete my walk…you know just put up some music and how your walk goes on so fast, you never know, you lose track of your trek…..

    also am going to get the cycle covering the kms….when i go to the mall, i wouldn’t take the escalators but use the stairs or the ramp…mind you i find going up the ramp more challenging than taking the stairs….

    this is for all the women in their pre-menopause stages like me…..its a vicious cycle once we are to get there, weakened bones, raging hormones….its not yet too late….invigorate the routine, instill it into your lives….getting through that stage us going to be a breeze….

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    • Celes says:

      7:30am is still early. :D Some people wake up as late as noon on a Sunday! You’re doing great work, ASLO. Thanks for keeping us in the loop of your plan for today, and let us know how it goes. :D

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      • ASLO says:

        went great followed all my aspirations for the day
        thank you for bringing about this change….. :hug:

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    • Kate Britt says:

      Hi Aslo,
      Your mention of menopause caught my eye. At 63, I’m entering year 2 of my “pill-delayed” menopause… when I entered menopause at age 45, I immediately started taking hormone pills to stop the symptoms, and wow, that has sure been carefree and great. But last year I decided I’m a bit old for that (one of the rare things I’ll admit to being “too old” for!!!) so I stopped taking the pills and got hit with the symptoms. :( Actually, they’re not too bad compared to what they were at age 45. It’s only the hot flashes that don’t want to go away. I’ve tried lots of herbal & nutritional approaches and nothing changes those heat waves. I’ve recently read that regular, vigorous exercise can help diminish symptoms. Well, I’ll try to remember at the end of this challenge to let you know if that’s true for me. I sure hope so!!! :dance:

      Anyway, it’s great that you’re reminding every woman here to incorporate a fitness routine into their life so that it’s in place when the hormones decide to rule the roost.

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      • ASLO says:

        its our duty to stand by the feminine population of the world….for years we give all for our families definitely now is the time put aside at least an hour or so a day for ourselves for though our family will be there during the difficult times, till date we haven’t been a burden on them and won’t be in the future either
        that’s one hell of a deep thought…don’t you think so?
        anyways do get back to me at the end of the challenge
        :heart:

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      • VickiB says:

        Kate — and anyone else experiencing hot flashes — dairy products are known to trigger hot flashes because of hormone additives. My mother, now in her 80′s, still has hot flashes! She had early menopause.

        BTW I think that calling them “flashes” is just plain wrong. Heat waves is good — some women call them power surges.

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        • Kate Britt says:

          Ack! I didn’t want to hear your mom’s 80-something-year-old heat wave story! Thirteen months has been enough for me and it’s all I can do to stand the thought of …what, another 20 years?! Eeeek! :( My sister-in-law is in her 8th year, and I thought that was long!

          I didn’t know about the dairy thing, Vicki; :idea: I’ll go and do some reading-up on that. Thanks!

          Menopause is my proof that god is NOT :!: a woman, because if that were true, her design of the human body would NOT have included this endless, hot and wet autumn for our lives. Right?

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    • P.Callychurn says:

      Impressive -your willpower to sacrifice what you call the delights of a lazy Sunday and do all that you said you did.I do understand i t is not easy. I participated in the meditation challenge earlier.Soon after I forgot all about it. This time my real challenge will not be these 21 days, but what I shall do when left on my own. And it will be all to my interest to be able to better manage the days to follow ,and as far as possible to avoid a situation of being at the mercy of others, even if they are our own children. I have the strong feeling you WILL make it.CHEERS.

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  2. Glenn says:

    Celes, your jogging path looks nice! Very green and well maintained by the look of it.

    I only just got started today. Nothing too exciting to report.

    I did 20 minutes of jumping on the rebounder in time with some faster dance music first thing in the morning. I set the alarm on the oven and keep jumping until it goes off. Today that 20 minutes didn’t seem as long as it normally would, so I might increase the time. I do two kinds of jumps. One that’s lie stepping or running, and the other jumping on two feet whist twisting at the same time with my hands in the air.

    Later in the afternoon we went to the beach. We were going to go snorkling, but the waves around that part of the beach were too rough, so we just went in the normal part of the beach between the flags. I don’t now how much exercise that woud be, but I guess I was using a certain amount of force to avoid being knocked over by the waves :)

    Tomorrow, more rebounding and hopefully a long walk, or jog in the afternoon. With the Vibram Five Fingers shoes I bought recently, I feel more like running when wearing them. No other shoe I’ve worn has ever made me want to run!

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    • Lina says:

      I wish I lived near the seaside. :D It would be a fun and efficient way to workout (at least during summer, ’cause now it’s snowing continuously here, haha).

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    • Celes says:

      Hey Glenn! Thanks. :D Yes, the path is very well maintained. Actually all of Singapore is, to be honest. Have to give credit to the government and the cleaners for the great upkeep.

      Great job on your progress for today! :D I’m planning to jog later in the evening. No set targets, though I’m hoping to go more than 3.6km later.

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  3. Monisha says:

    Did you achieve any personal victories?

    I think it is that I was able to power walk for a little more than 4 minutes without stopping. And some time ago, I couldn’t keep up with my dad because I walked slowly. With regular exercise and with increasing the time (and my speed) slowly, I was able to increase my exercise endurance. Now my dad can’t keep up with my walks! :D He sometimes has to run to keep up with me! I have improved! :dance:

    Did something unexpected crop up, which made you learn some valuable personal lessons?

    The footpaths (where I exercise on) are not very good. I need to remember to walk on my heels when exercising on the footpath. Today, I got hurt on a part on my legs while exercising on the footpath then I had to stop exercising.

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

    Exercises I did where Jogging, walking and powerwalking, time taken for exercise was more than an hour.

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    • Lina says:

      I’m glad to hear about your improvement, congrats! Hope your leg will be fine. :hug:

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    • Monisha says:

      @Lina Thank you sooo much, Lina. :hug: :hug: Good job on your work outs by the way :clap: :heart:

      ________

      Update: I forgot to mention that I also did some stretching and jogging in place too!

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  4. Lina says:

    Morning, PE people :D
    Today I’ve been working on some essays and during a break I worked out for about 10 minutes. I did the basic abs exercises I had planned for today and also some push-ups and a couple stretching moves at the end. I’m really content to be honest. I used to exercise cause I had weight problems but I find it more pleasant to do physical activity when the purpose is a healthier lifestyle. It doesn’t seem a burden anymore, but a way of living better. :)

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    • Celes says:

      Good morning, Lina. Great work on your ab exercises, push ups, and stretching! :clap: You’re right – it’s about committing to a healthier lifestyle, and not exercising for the sake of it. When we are clear of our motivations, everything falls into place seamlessly.

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      • Lina says:

        Agreed.
        And this actually applies to many other situations/fields. For example, medicine: I know people who choose this field because it’s well-payed but they hate their job, while others become doctors to help others&make a change (which IS the purpose of medicine) and they love it, all the extra hours spent at the hospital representing well-spent time and not a burden for them. So making your motivations clear leads indeed to a better overview on life and makes it all easier.

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  5. Christine Aicken says:

    So much for my wood chopping day that we were going to do it was supposed to be 32 in this part of the world, but instead it rained most of the day,so it was an inside day today & trying to decide what excersise I could do I decided that I would use the WII & started with 100 pin bowling for 40 minutes, then followed up by 20 minutes of WII tennis, very enjoyable day of excersise!!!

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    • zingfairy says:

      Good on you Christine for not letting the weather get in the way of your fitness! :)

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    • Kate Britt says:

      Waaa, I’m jealous, Christine. I want a Wii! That sounds like such a fun way to get fit! When you bowl or play tennis, do you win? Is there such a thing as winning, when it’s just you? Is there an in-Wii competitor? Are they good? Can you change Wii settings so that your competitor is really lame at the sport so that you can win? :twisted:

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      • Celes says:

        Hey Kate! I don’t have the Wii but I played it before. If I remember right, there’s a competitor that can either be controlled by the computer or by other players. And yes, there is a winner for each game. :twisted: It’s definitely a great way to bring fun into fitness.

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  6. Yaleryn says:

    Hello!
    Missed the very first day although i signed up on that day itself. LOL.

    I love the idea of waking up early, but on many occasions i fail to do so. I definitely have to read up on Celes article on waking up early and try to cultivate that habit.
    Today, I started off my exercise regimen at 830am. I would like to start off earlier, preferably before 7am.

    Here’s what i did today:
    1km jog
    1km walk
    running up 25-story (with 3 intervals of short rests)

    The workout I had today definitely brighten up my day, especially when I encountered several strangers who said “Hello/ Morning!” or just gave a smile :D

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  7. Raymond says:

    Hello Celes,

    love reading your updates. But those photo’s are making me feel a little bit envious. Green landscapes and obviously pleasant weather conditions in Singapore.

    Nevertheless I had a breakthrough today. For the first time since ages I went to bed before 24:00 on Saturday and woke up before 09:00 on Sunday. But the real breakthrough for me was that I actually went to the gym to exercise!! On a Sunday morning!!!!! Feeling good and happy to be on schedule.
    45 minutes on the Elliptical and 15 minutes using a Treadmill.

    take care fellow 21DFC’rs

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    • zingfairy says:

      Gym on a Sunday morning is impressive by anyone’s standards! How full was it? :) Well done!

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    • Celes says:

      Awesome, Raymond! Big A+ for hitting the gym on Sunday. I can never bring myself to do it because it’s usually so crowded!

      I like the weather in Singapore. :D But don’t let the pictures fool you though – that’s when the weather is good (since I wouldn’t be jogging when the weather is bad). There are probably many who would give different comments re: the weather here (i.e. rains/pours half the time, too humid, etc). But being someone who hates the cold, the weather here is perfect for me.

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  8. mrs says:

    today i did some 20 minutes aerobics with warm up exercises.tommorow be the same programe but with little more addition of time.

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  9. Suzi says:

    Great start to the day with a walk looking forward to more walking.

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  10. Arnold Tse says:

    Today was an exciting day for me! I attended kayaking lessons. I have been kayaking occasionally for almost a year now. I didn’t paddle really far today, because we were learning new techniques which involved rescuing someone who has been capsized. We had to go underwater…

    Today’s weather was quite warm – compared to the previous days, that is. Still, water temperatures were below 20 degrees Celsius. Luckily, we were provided with proper equipment to help us keep warm.

    The lesson will continue next Sunday, and it will involve a long journey. I can’t wait for that!

    I still haven’t decided what kind of exercise to do tomorrow. I might walk home from school, which would take me over an hour.

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    • zingfairy says:

      Way to go Arnold, combining exercise and fun at the same time! :)

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    • Celes says:

      Wow, nice Arnold! Are your kayaking lessons part of school curriculum or did you sign up for them yourself? How much are they? Maybe I’ll sign up for some too.. hmm. Been wanting to learn a water sport for a while. (besides swimming, of course)

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      • Arnold Tse says:

        Hi, Celes =)

        I signed up for kayaking lessons outside of school. In Hong Kong, the government provides quite a lot of funding for things like watersports, so one lesson only costs about $4-8 USD. I’m also learning how to windsurf. I believe that watersports are exciting and safe (if you receive the right training), and you can get a great workout at the end of the day :D

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  11. lotusbleu says:

    Another marvellously lazy day! I got around to doing some household chores (mopping), visiting & playing with cats @t a cattery, watching a movie @ the cinema, did some shopping (does that count towards walking?) and bought some new workout gears to -ahem- hopefully inspire me to actually start exercising!

    No exercising whatsoever!

    :twisted:

    The thing is I think I’ve managed to psyche myself to believe that I could start working out only when I am ready – mentally and/or physically. But I also know I will never be ready to start anything as long as I maintain such mindset. I need to break out such mindset & in Nike’s oh-so cliche words: just do it.

    :p

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    • Kate Britt says:

      Hi lotusbleu (love that handle!),
      I had to laugh — not at you but at myself — because I totally get what you’re saying. I, too, have a history of buying great workout gear for similar reasons. I’ve noticed that I’m more into doing something if I pay for it… like when I sign up for an art class, not to learn more but so that I have to create something each week because it’s an assignment. So taking that self-knowledge, I’ve been known to buy some really expensive walking shoes (thinking: wow, these are such great shoes and so expensive that I’ll feel really guilty now if I don’t get out there and use them). Sad to say, the self-imposed-guilt process has never worked well for me. Duh! I keep trying, it keeps not working. :rolleyes:

      So OK, here I am, fellow procrastinator with some great reasons for waiting until the body/mind is “ready”, here I am to say: You’re ready now! OK? I know this because you signed up for this challenge. That means your mind is ready. Your mindset is, um, set. ;) Hop to it!

      As my partner tells me when I really don’t feel like getting out for my walk…. “Just do a short one. Just go out for 10 minutes.” That’s a trick I fall for every time. It gets me out there because hey, 10 minutes is nothing, right? And then once I’m out there, I feel so good about myself and the fresh air and trees and birds and whatever that I keep going much longer than 10 minutes.

      You can do this! TODAY you can do the first thing. Just for 10 minutes, OK? :clap:

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      • Moira says:

        I can understand this as well. I spend quite a lot of money on my Bikram yoga studio and if I do not go at least 3x a week I start feeling guilty about spending the money. Money usage can definitely work as motivation.

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  12. Sejal says:

    Well, the first two day were a little lame were the exercise was concerned but I did get to exercise today. I pushed myself a little today and took a round-about route from the bus-stop to my place. Brisk-walking! YAY!!

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  13. zingfairy says:

    Did a 7km walk in the snow this morning. Took about 2 hours as I kept stopping to take photos. I enjoyed being out and about when the snow was relatively undisturbed and there were few people around.

    I’m unlikely to go out again today so checking in to Day 3 early, but am planning on keeping to my routine and doing some floor exercises later tonight.

    I hope the exercising will become addictive! I quite like walking as it doesn’t feel like any effort and you have the privacy of your own thoughts out and about. Will be better once my gym re-opens again & I can up the cardio!

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    • Celes says:

      Great work, zingfairy! 7km walk is LONG. When does your gym reopen? :D

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      • zingfairy says:

        Allegedly the gym re-opens 13 Feb. But then it was supposed to be opening on 28 Jan so I’m not holding my breath! Good thing I have your challenge to keep me going in the mean time :)

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  14. Lory says:

    I just got back from taking my poor little doggies for a 35 minute walk, I haven’t done that in months! They loved it!! They said to thank you for the challenge, maybe they’ll get some bonus walks.

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  15. Jaleen says:

    Today, or I should say, 5-Feb, I ran in place for 20 minutes. Due to short of time, I didn’t do home aerobics and the video clips I have for home aerobics are more than 30 minutes usually.

    After all, I went out for a gathering with friends again until now, I just got back home after 12am. Because of the Thaipusam festival in Malaysia, it was all traffic jam everywhere. So I had to park my car far far away from the shopping center, which I needed to walk for around 15 minutes to reach the shopping center. It was a long way along the seaside, but I felt good breathing in the air from the seaside. :)

    Tomorrow, I will do my home aerobics which I planned to do today earlier.

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    • Celes says:

      Great job, Jaleen! :clap: Running in place – I reckon that’s probably harder than actual running! Did you do it in your own room? What’s the Thaipusam festival, by the way?

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      • Jaleen says:

        Thanks Celes! Hmm, to me, it’s the easiest exercise. I listen to music when I run, so I enjoy running and listening to music at the same time. Following the bits of the music, 1, 2, 3, 4… the feeling is nice! XD

        Thaipusam festival is a great Hindu’s festival celebrated among the Tamil community in Malaysia, which fall on this coming Tuesday. If I’m not mistaken, it is to celebrate the birthday of their God, Murugan, but there are also saying that it commemorates the occasion when a goddess gave Murugan a spear to vanquish the evil demon. They started to prepare for the procession a few days before the actual day. :)

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