Active Challenge – Week 1 Update

First week completed and boy, was that rough!  It probably wasn’t the best week to start my challenge, but we all have to start somewhere right?  And if we keep making excuses why this week or this day isn’t a good day to start, we will continue to find excuses to NEVER start getting our health and nutrition back on track.

So here I was starting my new active challenge knowing that I had Bible study for 2 1/2 hours after work on Monday, Election Day on Tuesday, Wednesday was a 3 1/2 meeting for work after school, Thursday I got sick (unexpected), Friday I had GNO planned, Saturday I was going out of town and then had a birthday party that evening, and Sunday was church and a Challenge Party.  WHEW!  If that isn’t a reason to not start an active challenge, I’m not sure what is!  But – I did start it and I did not give up.

Was I able to go to the gym every day like I had hoped?  Nope – sometimes life, job, husband, and social gatherings get in the way.  However, there is always time to fit things in here and there at home.  For example, on Wednesday, I didn’t have time to get to the gym before heading over to my meeting at 6:00 PM.  So instead – I walked my dog around the neighborhood, turned on On Demand, selected a workout program and pressed play.  Was it the best workout I ever had?  Not by any means, however, it was better than sitting on my butt and watching TV for 30-minutes.  Other days I simply had to complete push-ups and sit-ups in my house to get SOMETHING in.  But like I always say, something is better than nothing.

My take-away for the week: It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do it.  If we are always waiting for just the right time or the perfect opportunity, we will never do anything because in truth there is no such thing as just the right time or the perfect opportunity because life isn’t perfect.  So we look at our schedule and we plan accordingly.  If something comes up, because it will, you must be flexible.  Traffic caused you to miss your favorite group fitness class.  Do you just skip the gym altogether?  No – you go anyway and do something else.  You forgot your gym shoes at home.  Do you just go home and call it day?  No – go home and grab your shoes and go for a walk or do an at home workout if you don’t want to drive back to the gym.  Make it happen.

The only thing standing in the way of your weight-loss/active/fitness goal is you.

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About Food4Thought

I am no fitness expert. I am simply someone who has found joy in fitness and nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor. I’ve been teaching at the local health club for about 3 years now. While Zumba was my first love, I have since added Total Conditioning, Bodyworks plus Abs, and Core to my repertoire of classes. I work with a personal trainer to help me reach my fitness goals that I cannot obtain through group fitness alone. This year I ran my first 5K and plan to run my first 10K in March. To further my knowledge in the fitness realm, I have begun reading Strong Women Stay Slim, New Rules for Lifting Abs, and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. On my list to read next is Wheat Belly. I am always looking for new ways to further my education and knowledge to better serve the members that take my group fitness classes. Lately, I have started tinkering with recipes, buying healthy cookbooks, and finding easy, tasty, and healthy foods to make. Like I mentioned earlier, I am by no means an expert, but the things I share with you have helped me tremendously with my fitness journey. It is my hope that with these easy tips and recipes, that you too can make these tiny steps and see big positive changes in your life.

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