Day 21 aka The Grand Finale

Day 21, the very last day is upon us! Would you pretty please shower me with accolades? Cause I did it, y’all!

Yeeeeeeeehaaaaaaw, itchbays.

I sincerely started and finished something health related. I didn’t miss a challenge. I completed every single one.

Today’s challenge is to reflect and review our Day One Goals.

So far I have accomplished:

Week One- No cheese danish when visiting my family. You can totally laugh! I went easy on purpose, didn’t want to set myself up for failure from the get!

One Month-I actually had two, both are in progress.

I’m on week 2 of C25k. And I have a pretty solid list of healthy dinners and their corresponding grocery shopping list. Both are a work in progress, and I’ll continue to share along the way.

I just want to say a huge thanks to Fitness Jenn for hosting the challenge. If you live in Central Jersey near the Shore, (coincidentally my hometown where Snooki and Jwoww are living and filming) go check out one of her Zumba classes or hire her for some personal training.

Then come tell me so I can live vicariously through you, cool?

Day 20

Day 20 was made for my day yesterday. 10,000 steps is about 5 miles.

We went to a La Leche League meeting 2.2 miles away. Then we walked down the main shopping street in our ‘hood, which was another 2 miles.

And that’s not counting all the incidental steps, like pacing the library for an hour and a half while we were stuck the previously mentioned two plus miles from home in a rain storm.

Thank goodness for baby wearing though! Aubrey was able to eat and sleep in the carrier, and I just read books about games to play with infants.

(Hint: You already know them all. It’s just songs, variations of peekaboo, and fetch for parents. Seriously.)

This made me lol, for real:

Days 18 and 19

I’m catching up here! Ever have those days weeks where it seems everything has gotten away from you? I need to vacuum, do the dishes, laundry, and put away the folded clothes. How does it just pile up so fast?

Day 18

Anyone else happy she wasn’t watching 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea? One thing I’ve been surprised about with these physical fitness challenges are how daunting they seem at first, but how doable they actually are. Except burpees. You can take those and shove them up your

Moving on…

Day 19

And this is one that seems easy, but I think will be pretty hard. Cutting out sugar for a week? I don’t drink anything but water and coffee with Splenda. Wait, do I have to cut out Splenda too? Crap. I’ll let you know how this one goes in a week. Yikes!

Edit: Click here for a list of added sugars. This will be tough!

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C25K update

I’m on week 2! Wanna hear something hysterical?

The app I’m using stops after week 2 and you have to buy the full version. How smart are they?! Giving me just enough to like it and bam, “May we have your wallet, please?”

Same thing happened to me when I was in labor. I was using a free app for timing of my contractions, when it said the trial was over. I called the app maker every name in the book, and plenty that aren’t!

I get it though, I do! I hate it, but I get it.

I’m looking for a 5k that allows strollers, hopefully after late October/November, in NYC or NJ. It’s a bit intimidating, but totally exciting!

I guess it’s intimidating because a few years ago I talked a big game about running a 5k and never did. No one called me out on it, either.

I don’t want that to happen. I want to do this. And I want, no, need for you to call me out if not.

Pinkie promise? Please?

 
Jogging is hard work!

Day 17

Day 17. Again, this came at a perfect time!

We just started the 10 day pledge at 100 Days of Real Food. So I had to get rid of any processed garbage anyway. But seriously, shh…don’t tell my husband! He hates wasting money.

He also isn’t aware that we’ve taken the pledge. (Hey babe, if you’re reading this!)

Days 13, 14, 15

I’m a little behind, huh? It’s been a little crazy here!

Husband has a crazy time at work coming up, so we’ve been spending the last 3 days soaking up all the time we can together as a family.

We’re back to normal tomorrow and I’ll be back to blogging like normal.

I have completed all the challenges, I can’t believe it’s less than a week until it’s over! Crazytown.

Day 11…and Day 1

Day 11‘s challenge is perfect for me, yet again. See, when I was in NJ, I got an awesome new-to-me jogging stroller. It’s a Baby Jogger Q Series and it’s a beast!

If you think back to a far away time, eleven whole days ago my one month goal was to start a Couch 2 5k program.

And I did that today! I dressed Bree up in a pink super girl outfit, loaded her into the stroller and left before I could talk myself out of it.

I’m considering it a success! Not only did I finish, but I did so without anyone stopping me to ask if I needed an ambulance or coming home to reports of seismic activity. Woot!

Super Girl had fun too. We stopped at my favorite park on the way home to relax and cool off. She had fun one armed spasming waving at all the kids. Love her!

I’ve still got to burn about 200 more calories to complete the challenge, but I’m confident I for got it.

Day 10

Not gonna lie, Day 10 scares me. 100 lunges? I hate lunges. Everyone hates lunges, don’t they?

Suck it up, buttercup, right? Right.

I’ll be picking up my new baby carriers this weekend. I’m super excited!

Day 9

♫All by myself….I don’t wanna be…all by myself.♫

I’m not sure if it was an oversight or a really clever lesson in self motivation, but there wasn’t a fitness challenge posted today.

So what’s a girl to do? Exercise on her own, of course!

See, I’m not totally at all the type of person who sticks with a diet and exercise program. I hate to not do anything, when I’ve done the last 8. It would make it easy for me to just skip today, and then make an excuse for tomorrow and then totally forget about this whole crazy idea within four days.

But I can’t do that. Not this time. Have you seen Ms. Blue Eyes? Girl is crazy cute and needs her Mama.

Shall we make our own Day 9 challenge?

Already did, thanks for asking!

Husband took a half day today since he didn’t have a day off this week and we took a 2 mile walk. But that doesn’t count, because really, it doesn’t.

So I did three sets of the following:

Plank for 1 minute (owww)
Cobra for 1 minute
Bridge (20)
Opposite arm and leg reach for 1 minute
Press out (20)
Crunches (20)

I pulled out my handy dandy Biggest Loser book and looked up some of the exercises.

Reach over and pat me on the back, would ya? I deserve it.

Update:

Apparently I went to bed too early! Which, ironically, was the daily challenge. Get 6-8 hours of sleep a night for the next week. I can’t promise it’ll be uninterrupted, but I’ll be able to do that no prob!

Day 8

Day 8’s challenge was just posted a bit ago.

Since it was a little late I had to do it while my husband was home. Picture me on the floor hysterically laughing while grunting in pain trying to hold a plank.

Husband is on the couch holding Bree trying to be supportive. Or taking pictures, I’m honestly not sure which one.

I made it past the 30 second goal.

Day 7 (a day late)

How freaking excited was I when I got home last night and saw Day 7 was 30 minutes of stretching before bed, something that I could easily do, and did, albeit it lazily.

We’re a officially a week in, which means I also met my one week goal avoiding cheese danishes. More importantly, I’ve done all the challenges!

I’m finding myself looking forward to the emails that the newest blog entry is up over on Fitness Jenn.