21DFC Day 12 – Why Did You Join 21-Day Fitness Challenge?

This is Day 12 of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge (21DFC) for Feb 2012. View all posts made during the challenge: 21DFC Overview.


Hello and welcome to Day 12 (Feb 14) of the 21-Day Fitness Challenge! 😀


Day 12 – Why Did You Join 21-Day Fitness Challenge?

Today’s question is: Why did you join 21-Day Fitness Challenge?

Each of us have different reasons for joining the challenge. Some of us want to lose weight. Some of us want to be healthier. Some of us want to be stronger. Some of us want to reacquaint with our past, glorious self that represented our prime in our health and fitness.

I created and joined the 21-Day Fitness Challenge primarily because I wanted to lose the excess pounds I had put on since my fast last year. Bad eating habits, driven by my underlying emotional eating issues (which I had since addressed towards the end if last year), resulted in my gradual weight gain. I’m glad to say that they are now swiftly sliding off my body with my daily rigorous fitness sessions. (It seems like a handful of you are reporting having emotional eating issues, which are subsequently thwarting you on your fitness/weight loss goals. If so, I highly recommend you read the 6-part emotional eating series. It may well give you that added insight to overcome your eating issues.)

The reason why I’m posing this question to you today is because it’s now mid-way through the challenge. As we pass the initial euphoria of starting on a new goal, of joining a new challenge, some of us may get sidetracked by other unimportant, mundane things and forget about our fitness goals altogether. Some of us may get overwhelmed by the aches, pains and sores of our exercises, and give up on exercising as a result. Some of us may experience an unknown, growing resistance towards exercising, and abandon our fitness goals in jest.

When that happens, all it means is that we’ve lost touch with our original reasons that got us on this path to begin with. In the words of Sydney Smith, “Obstacles are the frightful things we see when we take our eyes off your goals.”. It’s then merely a matter of reconnecting with our original motivations, of refreshing them in our mind. This is the fuel that ignited our engines; this will be the fuel that will keep us going on and on with our fitness sessions even way after the challenge is over.

Why did you join 21DFC? Do you remember? How can you keep this reason close to your heart as you progress on your fitness journey?

(PS: It’s Valentine’s Day today as I’m writing this, so Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! 😀 Don’t forget to workout even during this special day of the year! 😉 )


Share Your Plans/Progress for Today!

What is your intended fitness plan for today? What physical activities are you going to do, and how long do you want to do them for? Share with us!

Update your progress as you go along. At the end of the day, review your progress and share your learnings.

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