While I’ve been feeling pretty good about life in general, I’ve noticed that a lot of healthy habits have been slipping. Despite constantly thinking about what I need to do, I’ve only been working out about once a week on average, and I may have had corn dogs for breakfast the other morning in a rush to get out the door. Darn adulty things and poor planning keep getting in the way.
I know I don’t have it in me to do a Whole30 yet. With the rabid Holiday season upon us now, I have some even to go to or host every weekend until New Year’s, including both of my kids’ birthdays.
I know I need to do something to pull my healthy habits back on track. I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin on my commute to try and inspire me, and decided a challenge with some at-home support sounded like a good idea. So Hulk and I cobbled together what I’m calling a Workit30 (in homage to the Whole30), a 30 day challenge to work out every day.
Here are the rules:
- Exercise every day for at least 30 minutes
- Any moderate to high intensity exercise counts – running, weights, power or flow yoga, HIIT drills, etc
- Low-impact stuff like walking only counts as a recovery day, and must be preceeded and followed by a moderately or high intense workout day
- Warm-up, mobility work, and stretching/light yoga are encouraged, but don’t count towards the 30 minute minimum time
We started on November 5th. I went on a 2 mile run/walk using my Couch to 5k app. I have literally been doing a couch to 5k for ten months now, because I never finish the program, and when I want to get back into it I just restart at Day 1.
This morning I threw some weights around in the home gym. Olive participated by selecting random trash bits on the floor to chew up in her favorite garage spot, the trampoline.
- Squats 3×10 @ 45lb
- Bench press 3×10 @ 45lb
- Assisted pull ups, 1×8
- deadlift, 3×10 @ 45lb
- Kettlebell swings, 1×10 @ 35 lb
I’m hoping by the end of the 30 days I’ll have more of a rhythm going when it comes to working out, and maybe get a bit of my strength back. Let me know if you want to join in, or if you’re doing a similar challenge right now.
Go make it a great day!