21DFC Day 5 – Tuning Into Our Inner Self

This is Day 5 of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge (21DFC) for Feb 2012. View all posts made during the challenge: 21DFC Overview.


Hello and welcome to Day 5 (Feb 7) of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge! :D

The past updates took quite a bit of time to write, so I’m keeping today’s update short. Firstly, check out the updates by participants so far if you haven’t:

Secondly, our lovely participant, Raymond, recorded a video to cheer us on while he was doing his walk on Day 4! Check it out:

Thank you, Raymond! :D I’m sure everyone will get a boost in their 21DFC after seeing how you managed to keep up with your commitment to fitness, despite the cold weather over there in Holland!

My 21DFC Progress, Day 5

I walked for a good 2 hours today, all done while running my errands. Climbed the stairs as usual. :D  While it was more activity than my more sedentary days in the past, it wasn’t as much fitness as I would like, especially not in light of 21DFC. Kind of disappointing, to be honest. I definitely look forward to tomorrow (Day 6) to get back into gear.

One thing I noticed is that if I don’t start my day on my desired note, it kinda leaves me with a sour taste for the rest of the day. For example, I wanted to jog in the morning as I had done in the past 4 days, but I didn’t in the end because I woke up later than usual (8+am) from sleeping late yesterday.

Since I didn’t get to jog in the morning, I didn’t feel like jogging in the evening either. A part of me was waiting for the day to end so I could start the next day on a fresh note. I also observed myself eating more than the past few days, probably to offset my dissatisfaction with how the day was turning out – remnants of my emotional eating issues at work. This is obviously a very bad all-or-nothing mindset.

My learnings?

  1. Let go of rigid expectations on how I want the day to unfold, and instead creatively manifest my day based on my highest intentions. For example, I could well have gone to the gym after waking up and gotten my fitness fix for the morning, instead of letting the dissatisfaction of not being able to jog hang at the back of my head and affect me subconsciously.
  2. Less listening to the side of me that imposes/forces, and more connecting with my higher self. Even if the initial steps may seem counter-intuitive, go with the flow and allow them to play out – with no expectations of what they should be (as per #1).
  3. Last but not least, sleep earlier so I can wake up earlier.

For tomorrow, I have my first kickboxing class tomorrow evening, so I can’t wait. :D I hope to get to swim too, as my period just ended. An ideal Day 6 would be if I can manage a jog, a swim AND going to the kickboxing class. XD I’ll see how it goes tomorrow.

On a semi side-note, because my phone was misplaced when I was in the States, I’m looking to buy a new phone now. That was part of my errands today – to check on new phones. I’m probably getting the iPhone 4 (can’t believe I’m finally becoming an iPhone user), partly for its apps. I believe they will be handy for achieving my fitness goals (for example, tracking my distance/calorie burnt/time taken during my jogs, music player with podcasts and music to make my jogs even more enjoyable, etc). Will keep you guys posted!

How About YOUR Day 5? Share Your Progress!

How did YOUR 21DFC Day 5 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 6 tomorrow! ;)

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  1. Christine Aicken says:

    I went to gym day 4, so today Im not sure what to do, so I have being doing tricep dips at work trying to build up to fifty, not sure how long that will take, then won’t getnhome till after 5 so maybe more WII if it gets too late to take the dogs for a walk, as it is always so enjoyable, I live in a very pretty peaceful place in Australia!!

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  2. Glenn says:

    Posting now because I quite certain I won’t be do any other exercise for the rest of the day.

    I just did 40 minutes of jumping on the rebounder. An additional 10 minutes since yesterday. It’s still fun :) My legs felt a bit funny after getting off though, in a good way. Since I’m jumping or stepping to the music which is quite fast, I can usually only manage small jumps or steps to stay in time. But in the last 5 minutes I did some higher jumps which I wouldn’t normally do, as they don’t seem like as much exercise. But fun just the same. Thankfully for the 5m high ceiling, no chance of hitting my head either :)

    More of the same tomorrow.

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  3. Lina says:

    Today’s classes have been suspended due to the massive amounts of snow so I woke up at 6:30, did warm up exercises and then used this cardio/aerobic workout:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkzscyvXiwY

    It’s a fast paced workout, which I haven’t done in a while. By the time I reached minute 7 I felt my thighs buzzing (can’t think of a more appropriate word, lol). Tomorrow I intend to do the same aerobic workout and also add a strength one.
    As a downer, my mother thinks that working out at the age of 19 is useless and she keeps telling me that “When you’ll reach your 30s you’ll need to workout to stay in shape but if you exercise from now, when you’re young and you don’t really need it, you’ll have to workout even more later and you won’t have the time, life will get busier” etc. etc. But I really think there is no age to be an active person and tend for your health and physical condition.

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    • Celes says:

      Awesome job, Lina. :clap: LOL @ thighs buzzing – I sure know what you mean. :lol: I feel that way when I go *all out*, in a very rapid motion within a short frame of time, for my workout.

      That’s kind of weird that your mom thinks that way about fitness – I’ve personally never heard of this before. It sounds more like a limiting belief than anything else. Working out will improve the fitness condition of anyone, regardless of age. I’m glad that you are not letting that affect your fitness plans. You go girl! :D

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      • Lina says:

        Thank you! :D
        Yeah, kind of. But it’s just how my parents think, they’re both really caught up in routine and it’s not like I have the power to change them. But at least they don’t stop me from doing what I wish, the things I like. :)

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    • Nadia says:

      Thanks for sharing the aerobics routine Lina, I hope I can give it a shot soon especially because of the encouraging review you gave it!

      I think it’s great that your parents are giving you space & letting you do something even if they disagree with it. But maybe you can ease your mom’s concern with the info below:

      “Those Who Exercise When Young Have Stronger Bones When They Grow Old”
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100503111744.htm

      “Regular Exercise While Young May Slow Middle-Age Spread”
      http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/647483.html

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    • Bette says:

      Lina, thanks for posting and including the cardioaerobic workout! I went right to it and really got into it. At this point, I modified it since I have knee issues that compromise my standing tall. But I am going to try different moves with different postures and make it work for me. As long as I am MOVING and increasing my physical activity, I’m on the right track! I can feel my leg muscles already kinda sore, so I know I am getting results.

      Who knew that I would be doing a workout already this morning?! I am jazzed about that! I also worked with bands too!

      So thank you Lina for being here, and sharing your experience and the video, and keep on buzzing those thighs, girl, you are doing great! Being fit is a good thing at ANY age! :dance:
      Bette

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      • Lina says:

        Aw, such a nice comment! Glad I could help. :D
        As long as you’re committing yourself to being more active than usually, you’re doing a great job! Keep going,Bette :hug:

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    • Ian Hind says:

      Hi

      Glad the weather didn’t stop you, it’s good to find ways to improvise. Well done

      Ian
      :-)

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  4. Nadia says:

    Day 5: Lots of walking x lots of sitting

    This morning I walked to the library and took the longer route to increase the distance + increase the calories burned. There were lovely trees and colourful flowers to see along the way and the fresh smell of grass was very …refreshing (have to work on my poetic skills :mrgreen: )

    I arrived at the library, got on a computer & with the help of walkjogrun.net (thanks Celes!) it was easy to figure out the total distance walked (~1 mile) – they even calculate the speed & calories lost!

    Still at the library right now & will occupy myself in bookwormish activities for a couple hours before going back and walking the same route; I’ll try to make it longer then.

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    • Lina says:

      1 mile plus the walk back (which you intend to make longer), that will make more than 2 miles :) Not bad! :D
      And hurray for bookworms! haha. I love reading.

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    • Celes says:

      Hey Nadia, I love your current lifestyle. Walking/Keeping fit, reading, taking part in life improvement challenges such as 21DFC, improving yourself – I’m so proud of what you’re doing with your life! :clap:

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  5. ASLO says:

    Smiling to myself, cleaning the dusty bits of my life’s shelf
    Every day now has something new to look forward too
    no more laziness or lethargic blues
    going to reach out to a fit and fine life’s colourful hues….

    20 mins of cycling, would take a walk later…..

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    • Bette says:

      Love this, ASLO!
      Here’s to a fit and fine life’s colorful hues!
      I’m am so on board with this…bye bye lazy, “lethargic blues”!
      Hello, smiles and fitness! :D :dance:

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      • ASLO says:

        Yup 21DFC is now bringing out the poetic side of me……
        and i like your sign off, really what we all need the perfect reminder at the end of very conversation right….
        So hello, even more smiles and fitness to you too….. :D

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  6. Amanda says:

    Hi guys! My plans crashed on me (the ones on swimming and running) because I was dead tired. I don’t know why, but I just had to sleep. And then my chance of exercising was gone. :p

    But at least…there was an hour of PE today morning (and maybe, that was the reason why I was so tired). 600m run, plus some throwing and catching skills for handball.

    Then I was late for early recess (I had to go earlier so I can be on time for duty), so I sprinted there. :rolleyes: It wasn’t more than 200m. :) Then during duty I walked around again for about 600m (3 rounds of the field).

    I also managed to keep my stop-one-stop-earlier promise. I realised it wasn’t very long, so I’ll be extending it to two stops tomorrow! :D

    That pretty much sums up my exercise today. I’m also trying to get down for minimum 20 minutes to run later. :D

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    • Kate Britt says:

      I haven’t been reading ALL the posts every day, so this is the first of yours I’ve read. I got curious when I saw “PE” and “recess” in your post. Wondered if you were a PE teacher. Clicked to your website and saw that you’re 11 yrs old and in school. Wow, I’m impressed at your website, your participation here, your youth-and-maturity all-in-one package. Good stuff! You’re pretty amazing. Keep up the inspirational work, Amanda! I have high hopes that your generation can take over the world and heal it! :hug:

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      • Celes says:

        LOL, that’s what I’ve been telling Amanda too, Kate! It’s impressive that she’s doing what she’s doing at the tender age of 11. Definitely shows that people are becoming more conscious at a younger age these days. You go, girl! :D

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    • Amanda says:

      Kate and Celes – thanks! :D

      “Wow, I’m impressed at your website, your participation here, your youth-and-maturity all-in-one package.” Youth and maturity? Really, that’s flattery. :p

      Thanks so much again. :D

      Oh, and by the way, my update for the night: nope, I didn’t manage the 20 minutes. Dragged myself into bed after eating. :rolleyes:

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  7. Raymond says:

    brrrr. Still too cold to enjoy walking outside. After doing my walk yesterday my legs were tingling for hours after.

    Nevertheless I did reach my steps aim for today. :D Although it cost me more effort than yesterday. :(

    Tomorrow afternoon I’ll play it safe and go to he gym.

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    • Sailor Girl says:

      Thank you for the video Raymond! Those encouraging words were just what I needed to hear this morning!

      Sorry to hear that getting your walking in is tough. Hopefully the gym works out better for you today!

      Wishing you a wonderful day!

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    • Nadia says:

      Hi Raymond :) Just saw your video and I thank you for making it, wish you the best in this challenge too! It’s admirable that you can take a walk in that freezing weather, guess I can give no more excuses to myself & complain about a simple chilly breeze during my walk :D
      Have fun at the gym!

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  8. Tina Davis says:

    20 minutes of knee strengthening exercises, 30 minutes stability ball work (upper body and abs), 10 minutes stretching, and 10 minutes of meditation.

    I am also making an effort to stand up more at work. (I work two jobs that require me to sit for long periods.) I’m going to try to do a few laps around the office today. :D

    Side note: I feel a difference in my upper body and core since I started using the stability ball. I highly recommend it!

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    • Bette says:

      I’m interested in the knee-strengthening exercises, Tina. Where from did you get those exercises, I’m wondering? And I am not sure of what the stability ball is?
      Anyway, that is so great that you see a difference in your upper body and core. Congrats on that, Tina! Keep moving toward your fitness goals! :heart:
      Bette

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  9. Kristen says:

    So, today was my first school-day trying this out. Since my parents just got back, I put off the exercise until the evening so I could spend time with them. I did ten minutes on the exercise bike (about 4km) and another ten on the Wii Fit.

    As this challenge has been going along, I’ve been getting away from the balance games and aerobics and instead doing more yoga and strength exercises. Hopefully this week I’ll unlock more things that I can do.

    Good luck everyone and have fun :dance:

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    • Celes says:

      Awesome – keep us posted on your progress, Kristen. :D Wii Fit sounds like a lot of fun – I do wish I have a console I can use for my workouts, but then I’d be buying it solely for the fitness aspect of it only, which I can do with the parks/swimming pools near my home. How much did your Wii cost, do you remember?

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      • Kristen says:

        It’s very nice to have since there aren’t really places near here to do activities (except the pool in my yard) and if there’s bad weather or something.
        I can’t remember how much it costed (my brother got it when it came out) but I checked and it should probably be 200-300 SGD by now since it’s older and there aren’t many good games for it.

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  10. Rakshitha says:

    Yoga, some dance :dance: and jogging in place for today. Feels good but nothing like walking.

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  11. Jaleen says:

    Today, Day 5, finally I got the chance to do home aerobics for about 30 minutes. Below is the video clip of the home aerobics that I follow usually.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3ZDwFiLmTY

    The actions are not too hard as I have knee problem, yet I start sweating after 5 minutes.

    Tomorrow I will have class until 5pm. By the time I reach home, it will be late, so I guess I will only go for running in place as normal. Listening to music / watching anime will running in place is quite enjoyable to me. :P

    P/s:
    I just got to know that, yesterday I felt dizzy, and that was the vertigo effect. I knew the word in Mandarin, and today my friend just told me the word in English –> Vertigo. It is because of a dysfunction of the vestibular system in the inner ear. As far as I know, there is no medicine for this type of dizziness, usually it is caused by the heat within the body.

    I ate too much of biscuits and Mandarin oranges during the CNY… That’s probably the cause of the vertigo happening. :p Luckily, the dizziness has gone now.

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    • Bette says:

      Jaleen, thanks for posting this video. I will definitely check it out. I have knee issues too, so I modify the postures so I can do the moves. I can do alot from a seated position. Alot. I am encouraged with every movement that I am able to do that I haven’t been able to before!

      Haven’t searched vertigo, and wonder if symptoms are sometimes reflecting what one eats/drinks. Wonder what is causing too much heat/inflammation in the body :?:

      Thanks for being here in this challenge and sharing :!:
      Bette

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      • Jaleen says:

        Bette, yes, some of the actions keep pressure to our knees, so I would encourage you to only do according to your comfort ability, do not force yourself too much. I got my knee hurt because of hiking, so now I hike slowly, cannot move too fast. :(

        For vertigo, according to my mum’s saying, it is usually caused by the heat of body, but it seems that I cannot find any other cause of vertigo, other than my mum’s saying. In Chinese, we usually say a food is “heaty” or “cold” or belongs to “wind” categories.

        For examples, chocolate, Mandarin oranges (my favorite fruit…), fried food, etc, are heaty. If a person eat too much of heaty food without taking much of water, they will get fever / flu easily. (That’s me =.=” )

        Whereas celery, cucumber, etc, belong to “cold” category. If a person has arthritis on certain part of the body, and he eats too much of the food under “cold” category, they will feel pain on their body. That is kind of serious and might cause a person unable to walk at all.

        Also some of the fruits like banana, jack fruit, they belong to “wind” category, which might cause stomach problem to some people that cannot take it. They will feel like vomiting or have diarrhea.

        The above are the categories that I learn from my grandmother… We always take care of what are the food that we can eat more or less, especially for old folks. :)

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        • Bette says:

          Hi Jaleen, thank you for your comments.
          Interesting about the cold, heaty, and windy categories of food. It all makes sense.
          Amazing how much what we eat affects our bodies and our lives!ette
          On to the next day, shall we? :dance:
          B

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    • Lina says:

      I’ve watched the first minutes of the video and it looks like a lot of work on the arms and my arms are a really weak point for me, lol. I do 5 push-ups and my arms react like “Stop…Stop, please…Now!”,haha. But I think I will try out tomorrow the workout you posted. Thank you for the link, Jaleen! :D

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      • Jaleen says:

        You are welcome, Lina. :D

        At the first few times of workout with that video, my arms (and legs) are very painful after that too. Now I’m still ok, finally can get through all the actions they do. XD

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  12. Monisha says:

    Did you achieve any personal victories?

    1. Got smaller hips :)
    2. I was able to jog for a little more than 2 minutes without stopping :D
    3. Today I didn’t feel nauseous because I took action to stop it.
    4. My exercise endurance increased!

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

    Walking, jogging, stretching, lunge with twist, jumping jacks, marching in place, skipping, push up with leg extension, the plank. Total time taken was a little more than 50 minutes :)

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  13. Bette says:

    Day Five is really getting off to a great start! Already had a cardioaerobic workout and worked with my bands! The youtube videos that Lina and Jaleen linked in their posts are now a great addition to my fitness plan. SO happy about that! And so happy about having this “on the move” mindset that will increase my fitness! What a difference in outlook and quality of life! Hmmm…let me count the ways this is changing my life…I need to journal about that.

    Already worked out for 20 minutes, and the day is just beginning!….
    Stay tuned…

    Really am motivated by reading others’ posts. Thank you everyone for being here, being committed to improving fitness level, and sharing! :hug:

    :heart: Bette

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    • Lina says:

      Woohoo, cheers for being active! haha.
      Good thing we are a community (virtual one, but still a community) whose members support each other; we’re making each other proud. :D

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    • Jaleen says:

      Great to hear about that!

      This is the first time I join the community to workout together in a big group. It’s feeling good to have people supporting each other as well! :clap: Thanks to you and other members for sharing their experiences!

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    • ASLO says:

      cardio workouts, always hear about them never really got a chance to try it out
      maybe 21DFC and this forum growth would invoke one more bright side to my life……

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    • Celes says:

      Sounds like fitness is beginning to become a routine for you as well, Bette! I’m so happy for all of us. :dance: The increased fitness is definitely making a difference for me, too. As I mentioned to Linh in a separate comment and also in Day 5′s update, I feel weird if I don’t exercise now.

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  14. Ian Hind says:

    Hi all

    Day 5 and I’m feeling really excited and motivated about everything. I completed my exercises todays which included clockwork jumps, leg raises and pull ups. I had to improvise with the pull ups as I have not bar or safe place to dangle myself! Also my upper body strength is not good so I find pull ups really difficult (be interested to hear of any alternative exercises that don’t use a bar). I balanced a pole across some benches and laid down and pulled my top half up (obviously making the exercise a bit easier too)…

    Anyway, very happy with my work out. Another 30min run and some exercises tomorrow.

    Hope everyone is feeling ok. Keep up the good work

    I :-)

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    • Jaleen says:

      I just learned about clockwork jumps. It seems to be fun jumping in this way! Probably I could try it out within these 21DFC!

      Thanks for sharing :)

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    • Raymond says:

      You are setting a great example. Pull ups. I’m nowhere nearly there yet ;)

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      • Celes says:

        Me too! My upper arm muscles are near non-existent at the moment. :rolleyes: I’m slowly building them up with the indoor rowing machine at my gym.

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      • Ian Hind says:

        Thanks guys.

        The clockwork jumps are really good, I discovered them through this iPhone app I’ve been using strangely enough.

        The pull ups are hard. Very hard. As I mentioned I’ve modified them to make them a bit easier whilst I build my upper body strength up.

        Ian :-)

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  15. tibi says:

    I feel good about today. I made some exercise in the morning and also didn’t use the elevator.
    After work, I’ll go to gym so will be some more extra work there.

    Good luck to all of us!

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    • zingfairy says:

      Well done tibi! Going from elevators to stairs makes such a big difference in the long run so it’s ace that you’ve got a way of embedding it in your routine :)

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    • Netta says:

      Good luck Tibi!! I liked the part about taking the stairs. I can think of so many times I have had the chance to do that and actually out of just not thinking about it, took the elevator. Since this challenge though, I won’t be looking at elevators the same again. :D

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