21DFC Day 6 – Seeing New-Found Muscles ♥

This is Day 6 of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge (21DFC) for Feb 2012. View all posts made during the challenge: 21DFC Overview.

Hello everyone! Welcome to Day 6 (Feb 8) of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge! :D

Review of Day 5

The comments sections have been brimming, thanks to you guys! ;) Check out the comments for the past 6 days:

By now, I think it’s pretty clear how serious all of you are about improving your fitness. You see, it’s easy to be driven by a surge of enthusiasm at the beginning of a challenge, put your name up for participation, and then commit yourself to XYZ activities.

However, it’s a totally different ball game altogether to follow-through on those activities and actually bother to log onto the site daily to report your progress. Even if there have been days where you did not live true to your plan, the fact that you make an effort to still report that is telling of your commitment to your goal.

To all of you who are talking the talk and walking the walk (no pun intended), please give yourself a big pat on your back, because YOU deserve it.

Based on yesterday’s comments, it seems that quite a number of you are getting the hang of your increased / new-found level of fitness – to the point where you feel weird if you miss your workout! It’s the same for me too, as I shared in my Day 5 update. It’s a sign that our physical activities are getting normalized into our routines / subconsciousness, for sure. Definitely a positive sign. ;)

My 21DFC Progress, Day 6

After yesterday‘s non-exercise (thanks to waking up slightly later than desired), I really wanted to get my workouts in place for today. So I intentionally turned in early yesterday night, applying my #3 learning (from Day 5): to sleep earlier if I want to wake up early.

And that was my holy grail to getting the day off on a strong start. I woke up at 6:15am today in full enthusiasm, and promptly set off for my first workout session for the day. The morning jogs/runs are certainly turning into a routine!

Early morning
Sun rising over the horizon. Yay for early morning runs!

After that, I returned home and rested for a few hours, before setting off for a swim. I’ve been looking forward to that, especially since I had to postpone my swims in the past week due to my period. The weather was great today too – bright and sunny.

Swimming pool
The only shot I managed to take of the pool before a lifeguard came over to speak to me because he saw me using my camera <.< 

The swim was good – my usual 20 laps in the olympic-size pool.

Originally I planned to go for my kickboxing class in the evening, but after 2 workout sessions today, and knowing that I have to wake up early for my morning jog tomorrow, I decided to skip the class. I realized today that it might not be a good idea to have evening sports classes, especially if I still want to jog the next morning. Reason being it’ll be hard to wake up in time because I’ll be home late after my class, and it’ll be about midnight by the time I finish showering and get my stuff done. Either I move my daily exercises to evening time, or I don’t go for my morning jogs on Thursdays.

Whatever it is, I’ll need to sort that out soon, because there are still 10 classes left and it’d be a waste not to go for any of the classes, especially after having paid for them.

Regarding workout aftermath, I’m still feeling aches, considering (a) I’ve been rigorously exercising since Day 1 (except for yesterday) (b) I’ve been doing two exercise sessions a day when I never did more than a session a day in the past. But I know these aches are just temporary. They are but my body’s way of telling me that it’s becoming stronger. If anything, the sensations are gradually fading away as my body adjusts to my new-found level of fitness.

For tomorrow, I’ll probably be doing the usual – morning jog, followed by swim. I’m looking forward to that. :D

By the way, tomorrow will be the last day I’ll be blogging about my fitness progress, as (a) my fitness activities moving forward will pretty much be the same as what you’ve seen for Week 1 (b) I’ve accomplished what I set out to do with 21DFC, which is to incorporate fitness into my routine, so there’s little point writing about my day-to-day fitness activities in such extreme detail. Rather, I’ll be joining you guys and sharing my updates in comments sections of the daily 21DFC posts. ;)

In place of that, I’ll be using a slightly different format for the 21DFC posts for Week 2. I’m thinking of something similar to our 21-Day Meditation Challenge last October, where I post a daily question (related to fitness) for us to reflect upon. So besides being engaged on a physical level with our daily fitness plans, we’ll now also be stimulated on a mental (and possibly emotional) level. It will be a fun addition to the challenge. Stay tuned!

How About YOUR Day 6? Share Your Progress!

How did YOUR 21DFC Day 6 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?

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  1. Lina says:

    Morning!
    Another free day from classes so I was able to exercise in the morning. Woke up at 6:00, read a few pages from a novel I’ve currently borrowed from the library and then I worked ouuut! I’m so excited! Instead of the plan I had yesterday in mind (cardio plus strength workouts), I used the one posted yesterday by Jaleen. And it was intense! I haven’t exercised for 30 minutes in ages. Ah, sweet victory coming in waves of sweat, :lol: .
    Hope you guys have a great day today! :D Now I’m gonna wrap everything up nicely with 10 minutes of meditation. :)

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  2. Rakshitha says:

    walked for 30 minutes in the morning from 6:55 to 7:25 ( into and out of mist, end of winter season in our place :) ) then 10 minutes of yoga and… Lina.. even I think meditation is nice way to wrap up and I too do that :D

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    • Lina says:

      Yes, it is indeed. :) You catch your breath after the workout and relax every single part of you, both physically and spiritually.

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  3. Amanda says:

    Swam for 50 minutes today (20 minutes frontcrawl, 20 minutes breathstroke). Also, I managed a 10 minute leg strengthening exercise in the pool – breathstroke kicks with my hands outstretched not moving.

    Oh, and something possessed me; after school before my CCA, we ran up 3 floors, down, played some catching, then up again. Whew. :)

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    • Monisha says:

      Wow, that’s a lot of work. You did fantastic work! :)

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      • Raymond says:

        Swimming. That’s certainly a great exercise.

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        • Amanda says:

          It’s certainly a great exercise, but not too tough for me (swimming is the simplest of all exercises for me!). I haven’t experienced any change to me physically – perhaps because I’m used to 20 minutes in the pool almost daily.

          But mentally, I’ve experienced a change. I’m having a longer attention span, I’m more alert and focused. :)

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          • Celes says:

            Interesting that you mentioned being more alert and focused Amanda, because that’s exactly what I’ve been experiencing too. :D Looks like fitness doesn’t just being us physical benefits; it also brings us mental and emotional ones too.

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      • Amanda says:

        Thanks Monisha! :D It’s definitely a lot for me, usually I just spend 20 minutes in the pool, and even then (before 21DFC) I do not swim continuously, just play about in the shallower end. >.<

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  4. Monisha says:

    Exercises I did: Stretching, skipping, jumping jacks, jogging (I jogged in my grandma’s house a little), walking (I also did some walking in grandma’s house), jogging in place and dancing.

    Total time taken is more than 32 minutes. Of all these exercises, II did dancing the most, I danced for more than 21 minutes :D I wanted to do the exercises more almost or more than an hour but I was feeling very tired and I thought I needed more rest for tomorrow’s exercise :)

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    • Tina Davis says:

      I love to dance. Its such great exercise but its so fun that you don’t realize you are exercising!

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    • Monisha says:

      Update: Yesterday night I also walked for more than 1 mile :), I think it is almost 2 miles :D

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    • Amanda says:

      Hi Monisha – you did really well! I used to dance ballet weekly, but then stopped after changing school because there wasn’t any classes. :p

      If you’re tired, you really should stop. Don’t force yourself, otherwise you may end up sick. Last time my father told me when I was trying to force myself to eat finish my food: if you force yourself to eat so as not to waste money (on the food), you may end up making me use more money to bring you to the doctor. :D

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  5. Tina Davis says:

    45 minutes of biking followed by 10 minutes of stretching and 10 minutes of meditation.

    I feel like I am being more active. I am making sure to get up from my desk often and move around. Its hard when you have a desk job but I’m trying. :D

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    • Jaleen says:

      Wow! That’s great~!

      I used to be sitting in front of my desk all day long too! Actually, even while we are sitting in front of the desk, we can do some simple exercises in sitting position too. :)

      But of course, it is always better to get up from the desk to do some movements so that we can relax our bodies and eyes.

      Keep going! ^^

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    • Amanda says:

      It’s tough having a desk job, or being stuck to my desk practically the whole day; (for me) on Wed and Friday even more, from 7.30 to 3.45. :p

      You did really great – keep it up. Make use of your free time for exercising. Or, you could bike (or walk!) to work (or wherever you want to go) instead of alternative transport.

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  6. Jaleen says:

    Today I got back home late. One hour after taking dinner, I ran in place for 30 minutes while watching anime. :p I usually run in place either by listening to music, or watching anime. To me, I enjoy activities like this to relax myself.

    Again, today I manage to exercise! Although it was only half an hour, but at least I moved on with the plan.
    And, today, another colleague said that I look thinner even I was wearing the same shirt like before!! That really motivate me to continue moving! :dance:

    Tomorrow, my class will end at 1pm. After the class, I will go to have lunch with colleagues and then plan to go for gym in my college around 2:30pm for only RM1.50 per entry. After the gym, I will take a bathe in college then go to zither class straight away. :) I hope this plan moves for every Thursday of this semester (7 weeks) ~

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    • Lina says:

      30 minutes is a reasonable amount of time, just like Glenn said earlier, it’s the optimum amount of time and I share his opinion.

      Good luck with the plan you’ve made! :D

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      • Jaleen says:

        Thanks, Lina. I will do my best to achieve the plan! ^^

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      • Kate Britt says:

        Glenn & Lina,
        Speaking of optimal amount of exercise time, I hear/read “30 minutes” from various experts. I posted a Very Interesting and Motivating :!: :!: video to my 21DFC section of my blog. It’s 10 minutes, but really FUN to watch because of the graphic technique used to illustrate the talk. (Click my name here to arrive at my blog & that video.)

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    • Celes says:

      Congratulations on the compliment, Jaleen! Consistent effort will *surely* bring you results, so to be honest I’m not surprised to hear that! :dance: And it’s only been 6 days so far – the results will be even greater at the end of 3 weeks, no doubt about it. :D Keep up your incredible work! :clap:

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  7. Glenn says:

    Another 30 minutes on the rebounder for me today again. I’d eaten something beforehand, and didn’t really feel like doing 40 minutes again. Although I put a bit more effort into my arm movement.

    Tomorrow will most probably be the same again :)

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  8. ASLO says:

    what a day had a tiresome day arranging the house, directing the house help and working with her too….
    early in the morning i managed a 17 minute walk…have made up my mind to up that to 25 minutes, going to try to achieve that by changing the music i listen to while taking my walk…..from bollywood to trance……
    Though am aching, i still plan to cycle later for some time, over the 5 days, i’ve kept walking and cycling a mantra and i wish to stick to it…….
    dasvidanya guys, happiness and fitness to all

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    • Celes says:

      Great job, ASLO! :clap: That’s a great idea, to effect your physical activity via music. I just got my new phone today and I can’t wait to incorporate music/podcasts into my jogs. Have you considered listening to podcasts? I find it’s a great way of combining productivity with fitness.

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      • ASLO says:

        Podcasts during exercise…..hmmm….awesome idea Celes :clap:
        Assimilating a world of good and wisdom while the brain is getting more oxygen and energized….
        would definitely try that and get back to you

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    • Kate Britt says:

      You’re right, Aslo, music is a great way to motivate doing more minutes. It seems to make the time fly by, doesn’t it. Good for you for planning to increase to 25 minutes!

      I was going to post the same idea as Celes. I enjoy podcasts during my walks, not to add productivity though. I mostly listen to learn stuff — things I want to know more about. Right now for me that’s podcasts about buddhism or meditation, or podcasts from the Chopra center, etc. Plus I have a couple fitness-motivational talks in my list. When my mind isn’t up to all that learning :p , I do love my music playlists. Currently Lady Gaga’s Born This Way is my best energy-booster.

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      • ASLO says:

        Deepak Chopra? Well seems like we share similar interests :cool:
        I think I’ve gone through almost all his podcasts from the Chopra Center and LearnOutLoud
        Currently I’m tuning in to Wayne Dyer and Lousie Hay…..
        Now the next step, listening to self-help audio while exercising seems to be not just a new but a heart-warming concept…..would try that for sureeeee

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        • Kate Britt says:

          Aslo, I kind of sensed that we have similar interests. Definitely! I’m subscribed to WD’s and LH’s feeds online. Haven’t checked for podcasts, but now I will! I have several of LH’s books, and have lived by her You Can Heal Your Life ideas for 25+ years! (See my description about it here: http://personalexcellence.co/challenges/2012/02/21dfc-day-2/comment-page-2/#comment-23414)

          I just googled LearnOutLoud. THANKS! for the awesome info; I’m going to start exploring that exciting site and do some downloads today! Weeehooo! :dance:

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          • Bette says:

            Like both of you, Kate, and Aslo, I also have been/am into Wayne Dyer and Louise Hay from waaay back when. The last one by WD that I read was “Change your Thoughts, Change your life.” Looking forward to reading his latest. Also receive so much from his “Sacred Self.” LH’s ideas have always made sense to me.
            Good exercise for the brain! :idea:

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            • ASLO says:

              Its amazing how so many enlightenment seekers are bound together by the power of good reads and authors Bette, i cant wait to get my hands on WD’s new book…. :D

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              • Kate Britt says:

                Yes, and it’s kind of fun how there’s a subgroup of enlightenment-seekers are showing up here seeking motivation and support for a physical enlightenment of sorts. I mean, I apply all my self-help knowledge and experience to *everything* in my life except, um, I’ve begun resisting physical activity in recent years… so I came here because I know Celes is wise and can help me get insights about why this resistance has come up in my life. Happy to say, I *am* getting some great insights and finding ways to sort of spiritually absorb what I intellectually know about the importances of fitness.

                My main insight so far is that, for me to stick with daily fitness after this challenge is done, I absolutely need to focus on the benefits that fitness provides for my spirit, joy, energy, mood, etc. I do believe in mind over body, in belief leading to action. “If the spirit is willing, the body will follow” — is that the quote?

                Anyway, it turns out that, for me, this challenge is less about doing something physically active each day and more about incorporating into my daily thought processes a deeper realization of the obvious influence that increased activity has on everything internal.

                Sorry…. that got rather deep…. I do appreciate having people here who understand this way of thinking and being and changing. :angel:

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          • ASLO says:

            Yup, you can find many speakers, like Deepak Chopra, the now late Davidji, Wayne Dyer, Lousie Hay and Zig Ziglar on learn out loud
            Also if you have an android phone you can try looking up apps on either of the above from the Market
            If I remember right, the first self-help book I read seriously with the urge to learn something new was You Can Heal Your Life, I recorded some of the better snippets in a diary, I guess I now be turning to that page, thanks for reminding me about that….25 years that’s a great achievements….its amazing how old she is yet how she crusades on
            By the way, I currently have The power of intention by WD, have also read a lot of his books from the local library and am sure my next buy would also be one of his too…..youtube also has a lot of talks of his, have you tried that?
            Finally you might want to look up Skye Dyer (WD’s daughter) on myspace, she sometimes guest appears on his talk shows, she has quite a few nice inspirational songs…..
            Awrite then….would update you if i come across something new….thanking Celes now’s coming on a lot (right?), cos if it weren’t for her,i don’t think i’d ever get to know you Kate, staying almost half the world away…… :D :heart:

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  9. Raymond says:

    back on the chain gang (or should I say treadmill).

    Made it to the gym by foot and did 1 hour on the treadmill plus some muscle strengthening exercise. {I am
    an awful long way from a six-pack though ;-}

    Feeling good and excited. Nearly 1 week on the challenge.

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    • Celes says:

      Hey Raymond! Congratulations on your progress thus far. :clap: As I always joke with my friends, we already have 1 big pack by default (*cough*). When we sit down we have 2 packs, occasionally 3. If we work our way up from that, a 6 pack goal doesn’t seem that intimidating all of a sudden. :lol:

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  10. Ozum says:

    Just finished my workout!
    I was very sore from yesterday’s strength training but now I’m more sore if such a thing exists..
    Today I did 20 min of cardio on the elliptical and around 50min. of strength training. It took that long because I still don’t know the moves and I need to read the instructions a couple of times and also I’m still deciding what my strength training routine will be, since there are soo many exercises to choose from..
    I’m doing strength training more, because I want to give some shape to my body..
    I’ll be doing the same routine tomorrow..

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    • Celes says:

      Fantastic work Ozum. :clap: Which parts of your body did you work out during your strength training?

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      • Ozum says:

        Thanks Celes for inspiring me with your 2 exercises a day!
        I’m focusing on my abs, thighs and glutes..
        By the way if anyone is looking for some exercises you can find really nice 6min. trainings on pinterest. I’m doing all my strength training from there =)

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  11. Ahmed says:

    Hi,

    Today I went for my usual jogging / brisk walking in evening. Workedout for around 40 mins. Additionally, used stairs for reaching my room at 6th floor.

    I didn’t felt much pain esp at my thigh & hamstring muscles.. I guess my body is getting used to the stress :D

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

    Cheers
    Ahmed

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    • Ozum says:

      Good job! I envy you that you don’t have much pain..
      My body is aching..
      And great additional workout with the stairs, I’m also using them instead of the elevator =)

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  12. LisaT says:

    Getting ready to head over to the gym where I plan to do a 20 minute treadmill run followed by a free-weight session.

    Celes, I like your idea of posting a fitness question everyday.

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    • Nadia says:

      Hey Lisa, your exercise plan sounds like a great gym exercise combination! (Strength + cardio) Way to go :D

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  13. cloudio says:

    Another great day.
    30′ yoga + 32′ jogging in the morning (3,2km but it’s not the same Course where Celes train ;) )
    1h walking + 45′ yoga in the afternoon

    First day with maximum temperature above 0C in a week.. +2 :angel: felt like 15, this afternoon I could walk without gloves..Milan has never had such a long spell of freezing weather in maybe 40 years

    I still have some discomfort in my stomach, but my breathing is getting deeper

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  14. Linh says:

    Thanks to my ”strong” internet connection, I lost my comment after typing a long one in the afternoon @.@

    To be honest, I felt quite annoying and wanted to skip the update. But eventually I realise that if I didn’t update my progress just because of a small internet problem, I’d feel really disappointed about myself. :shy:

    So here’s my day. I woke up later than normal so there was a moment of laziness. :shy: I thought of skipping the morning exercise. Luckily, I still composed myself and did it as usual. :D
    I went swimming in the afternoon for an hour and a half. :dance: Swimming makes me feel so fresh and great :mrgreen:
    I planned to jog around my school, however, I changed my mind due to the bad weather. So instead of jogging, I’m going to do aerobics later.
    Well, I’m going to end my day with another exercise for 15 mins as usual. :)

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    • Kate Britt says:

      Ack, I know what you mean about losing a comment for technical reasons, and that being a real discouragement. That has happened to me so often that I now have the habit of using Ctrl-A then Ctrl-C before hitting “post comment”. (Keyboard shortcuts for Select-All then Copy.) I do this at every site every time. It’s saved my long-winded bacon many times. :lol:

      Good for you for ignoring the annoyed feelings and not disappointing yourself.

      I’m currently relating to you for another reason. It’s mid-morning here, I’m feeling lazy, and I’m thinking of skipping this whole activity thing for today. Luckily, I have you to inspire me to break through that laziness and …. OK….. I’ll do it anyway. Thanks for your post, Linh!

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  15. Daniel says:

    Thank you for the challenge. It is important to start slow to avoid hurting one’s self. I’ve been doing 1/2 mile trots without any permanent soreness. Here in Ohio we’re having a slight snow dusting this morning.
    I expect to get up to 2 miles before the end.

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