Monday, May 4, 2015

Day 1

Good afternoon, fellow fitness seekers!

Today I made a rash decision - to exercise every day for forty days. I will be taking a break once a week on Sabbath, so this personal challenge will go from today, May 4, through Thursday, June 18.

If you're like me (and I assume I'm not alone, so some of you are), you've started fitness programs in the past and some of them lasted longer than others (one day, anyone else?).  They say if you share your goal, you are more likely to achieve it. On the other hand, I've also heard that if you share it, you already feel like you accomplished something, and you don't achieve as much. So which is it? Good question. One I don't have an answer for, but I will by June 18 (limited sample size that this is).

So today I started by running on my treadmill this morning. Only 20 minutes, which is my daily goal. This was my Facebook post when I was done:

"I ran on the treadmill for 20 minutes and my kids thought they were going to die. ‪#‎fitnesschallenges‬"

Allow me to explain. 

Our (very old, dilapidated) treadmill is in the garage. There's just no other place in this house for it. And I have three young children. So, imagine me going out to the garage and asking my three children to be OK while I run for 20 minutes. Do you think they'll be OK? Well, you already know the answer. 

Sunshine (the oldest) came with me to the garage. She wants to be close to me. I hear Bug (the middle) crying in the house, while Squirt (the youngest) is doing just fine. 

About 8 minutes into my run, I ask Sunshine to go into the house and check on Squirt. She tries, but the door to the house has been locked. She starts crying and freaking out. I try to calm her while I continue running, at least until I'm halfway done. Then I stop the treadmill and try, without success, to get Bug to unlock said door. Giving that up, I opened the garage door and marched us around back, where the door was unlocked, and came inside to teach Bug how to unlock the door when asked to do so. 

I get back on the treadmill and both Sunshine and Bug come with me to the garage. While Bug is happily reading a book while sitting on his scooter, Sunshine is now crying uncontrollably because she cannot put on her helmet by herself. All the while, Squirt is playing happily on her playmat in the house.  

All that being said, I had a pretty good run. It felt good to complete, though with all the happenings it actually took longer than 20 minutes. I guess in the chaos of being a mom of three youngins, I should just expect that much. 

So who's with me? I'm going to feel great on my 34th birthday!

Happy fitness!


  1. Oh how fun!! Lol. Gotta love having the kids while trying to exercise. I admire you for doing so. Love the blog post, love that you started a blog to help keep you going. If I was feeling better I would join you, but need to get my nutrients replenished first. Love you!

  2. Thanks for reading! I wish you could do this with me, I need company! But get better, first. #fitnesschallenges