Hello, my peeps!
True to my word, I’m starting another 7 Days of Sanity Challenge today.
Since December 15th, I’ve been building healthier habits and kicking a little ass…and I’ve dropped 30 pounds in 3 months with just old fashioned common sense. I’ve been losing about 10 pounds a month. Not bad for a fat girl, eh?
As you know, I missed my goal of hitting 349 by March 31st…by a dinky 2 pounds. My inner perfectionist is still cringing about it. However, the only way out is through for me…so onward I go, because I ultimately have faith that if I keep going forward I will hit my goal – and I’ll hit it faster if I increase my physical activity level, yes? Yes!!
That being said, those of you who are regular readers (and I love you for that!) know how I feel about the fitness gurus out there and all their ridiculous “fitspeak.”
Obviously, obese people aren’t avid exercisers…or we wouldn’t be obese, would we? No. Honestly, I think anyone who wants to develop a real healthy habit of exercising regularly should approach the task methodically. I don’t believe in jumping into something with the “no pain, no gain” mentality – especially if you can use any of the following words to describe it: brutal, shred, turbo, or…you guessed it…insanity.
I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who will disagree with me, but I know myself better than any of those people…and this I know for sure: I will not be successful starting a real habit if I cause myself so much pain that I’m waddling around like a truck stop hooker after a convoy rolls through town. I want to encourage myself to get more cardio and live a healthier lifestyle – and if I can’t lift my legs out of bed in the morning without screaming, well…that’s not going to give me any incentive to do it again.
Pain like that is going to do is send me straight for the couch, never to bend at the waist again. (Understand, I’m not talking about the normal discomfort that can come from using muscles you’re not used to working…I’m talking about going from completely sedentary to 90 minutes of extreme cardio insanity tap dance Zumba ninja moves and then limping in to work on crutches Monday morning.)
Enough with the extreme turbo insanity shred…BULLSHIT.
7 Days of Sanity is about starting a good, solid, healthy habit (or reinforcing something you’ve already started). Let’s be normal. I don’t want to be insane (some of my friends would argue that that ship has already sailed). I was used to no exercise in the beginning. Lately, I’ve exercised sporadically. Now it’s time to really dig in and make this a consistent habit. Here are my goals for this challenge:
Starting today, I will walk on my treadmill every day for at least 30 minutes. I will rest on the 8th day.
It’s so much simpler when there aren’t all kinds of rules, stipulations, and other crap to remember isn’t it? 7 days, 30 minutes a day…that’s it. I’m hoping to repeat this pattern twice more before the 7 Dwarfs of the Apocalypse come back and get me all bloated and crampy again.
What healthy habit would you like to start or reinforce? It doesn’t have to be exercise. Are you ready to join me for 7 Days of Sanity? It’s enough to help build a habit, but it’s not so daunting that it seems impossible. We can do 7 days, right? I know I can. Who’s with me?
Post a comment here if you’re joining the 7 Days of Sanity Challenge. Tell us what you’re going to focus on and how you’re going to do it. We’ll cheer each other on right here.
7 Days. We got this. Who’s with me?
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