Editor’s Note: We’d like to give a warm welcome to Wendy Post, a CK Staffer who is passionate about healthy living! She’s got fitness on the mind this month and would love to tackle it with you!
Putting Excuses Aside
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do or learn, but just… haven’t? I’ve wanted to be fit for years, but I’ve never committed myself to reaching this goal. Enough is enough. I’ve decided to hit the pavement every day for a month. What would you like to try for 30 days?
The inspiration for my challenge –and it is challenging indeed for a naturally lazy person like myself to leave my warm nest half an hour earlier- came from blogger Matt Cutts. He tries something new every month, something he’s always wanted to add to or subtract from his life. One month he gave up sugar, another he went vegan and another he rode his bike to work… and loved it! I’m already wondering what to try in June… the possibilities are endless!
The idea appeals to me; 30 days is not too long and still sounds like enough time to form a new habit. Putting all excuses aside, I can make room in my schedule for a half hour run or walk and I might even notice a difference on the scales! And if I keep this up, I can proudly say that May 2012 was Wendy’s Month of Improved Fitness.
May 1st, 6.30am. My alarm clock wakes me up and for a while I don’t even know why I’ve been so crudely awoken so early. Then I see my workout gear that I neatly laid out beside the bed the night before. I’m deeply tempted to crawl back into the covers, but decide that I won’t be able to look at myself in the mirror if I don’t at least give my challenge a go. So out of bed I stumble and head out, stiff and chilly in the morning air. After a brisk walk warm up I sprint and walk in intervals and cool down for the last few minutes. And goshdarnit; when I come back all sweaty half an hour later, I feel pretty darn good about myself. My mind is fully alert, my shower is more refreshing than usual and I feel I’ve really earned my poached eggs and yogurt! I hope I’ll still feel this way in two weeks.
So these are my first steps on the path to reach my goal. I’ll keep you updated over the next 30 days to let you know how I’m doing. What have you always wanted to try? I’d love to know! Share your plan below in a comment and let me know if today is the day that you start YOUR 30 day challenge. We can keep each other motivated. The next 30 days are going to go by no matter what… let’s make them memorable!
~ Wendy, CK Staff