When 2013 began and we were headed home from vacation, I decided that I would do a 30 day challenge to kick things off on the right foot. I didn't follow any program or anything like that; I simply wrote down goals and strived to meet them. I started on January 2nd and finished up on Thursday, January 31st. I would say my 30 day challenge was a SUCCESS!! I am a fan of challenging myself and setting goals...this year might just be a year full of 30, 60 or however many day challenges!
- Consistently add more weights into my workout routine
- Push myself everyday with my workouts
- Less processed foods, more whole foods
- Plan school lunches ahead of time
- Quit chewing gum
- Drink more (2-3 L) water daily
- Be consistent about digging into God's word
- Get out of my comfort zone!!
Lets go through these one-by-one....
- With the help of my personal trainer, aka my husband, I created a weight routine for each day of the week.
- Monday - Biceps and Triceps
- Tuesday - Squats, Lunges, Step-ups, etc.
- Wednesday - Back and Shoulders
- Thursday - Hamstrings, Quads, Calves, etc.
- Friday - Full Body Circuit - Burpees, Planks, Push-ups, Dips, Mountain Climbers
2. SUCCESS - I started adding weight, reps and more circuits all on my own! It usually takes Ben going to the gym with me and yelling at me, but I wanted to see results!
3. I really tried to plan out our meals and get more whole foods in my meals. On the nights when we were both busy and there was no meal planned, I tried to choose better quick meals. I used to choose things like cereal, but this time I went with protein shakes, Amy's frozen meals, etc. There were a couple nights where cereal was just the best option and I didn't beat myself up about it.
|Salmon, Quinoa and Roasted Broccoli|
|Roasted Kale, Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts with Feta and Black Beans|
|I love Amy's!! My favorite is the Black-Eyed Pea Bowl!|
|Zoe's Kitchen Spinach and Chicken Roll-Ups...2 eaten for dinner, 2 wrapped up for lunch|
4. Semi-succees. Like I mentioned before, dinners that could be taken in tubberware helped, but frozen meals that could be grabbed in the morning while running out the door did too.
5. I would say this was an incredible success!! There have been a few days that I have chewed gum, but I no longer want piece after piece after piece. I was able to chew 1 or 2 pieces and then be done for the rest of the day! MAJOR SUCCESS!!!!
6. Mostly a success - I struggle to drink water during the day while I'm teaching. I find it really annoying when I constantly have to pee during class. I can't exactly just leave my students, plus I am always cold and drinking water constantly doesn't help. I used my big Starbucks Venti cup to help and a 1L water bottle that I tried to fill up at least 2-3 times a day. Still working on this!
7. Still working on daily quiet times, but I joined a Women's Bible Study that meets on Tuesdays and Ben and I attended Elder Led Prayer on Wednesdays. We also attended church on Sunday, but I would still really like to get into a daily routine.
8. This, I have done. It was definitely not in my comfort zone to join a Women's Bible Study. I tend to stick with being around people that I am already comfortable around and who know me. I don't exactly open up easily, but I am have so enjoyed the 2 weeks so far that we have met. I just had to get out there and do it!!
Also going along with getting out of my comfort zone, I am now doing a 30 day, maybe a 60 day if things go well, challenge doing INSANITY. I started yesterday with the Fit Test and already know that this is going to be killer! I am really excited and can't wait to share my results!
Hope you have had a fabulous first 32 days of the New Year! Make this your year!!
PS - Something else that has helped is keeping track of my meals and workouts in this adorable little spiral. I love feeling the accomplishment of writing down the really tough workouts!