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I Choose Joy! 6-Week Fitness Challenge #1, Week 5



I had high hopes for this fitness challenge, but it seems that going into high drive and losing a size or two wasn’t meant to be at this time.  Although I have “exercised” sometimes 4 times a week for the last month, I haven’t done 4 full work-outs a week.  I haven’t done enough to make a change.  I have not lost a single pound or inch in the last month.  But at least I haven’t gained any!

Here’s what I know I’ll need to do:

–Full work-outs at least every other day

–Change my eating habits  (I eat way too much sugar/desserts and love to get fast food 1-2 times a week.)

So, am I able to make that a priority right now?  No, I’m not.  I’m still very sleep-deprived.  I’m trying to transition my 4-month-old into her own bed (out of mine) but it hasn’t happened yet.  So, I’m up with her about  4-5 times a night nursing.  The other 7 kids are very demanding right now and require quite a bit of my time, so mornings are hard to fit a work-out in.  Lately, I’ve been doing my exercising  in the evenings, but if I get too tired or it gets crazy around here, it doesn’t happen.

I checked my BMI and found out that I am in “normal” range.  Size 10 isn’t too bad for the present.  I still want to get down 20 more pounds and into size 6, but I’m not going to stress about it right now.  The saddest part is that I still can’t wear my rings–and it’s been a year!

So, here’s my new goal:  I will exercise as much as possible every week.  I will eat more sensibly.  But if I stay at the same weight until January, that’s OK.  I’ll revisit my Fitness Challenge then!


Here’s a recap of our our 6-week fitness challenge: Are you ready to lose some inches and get healthier before the holidays? I am! My goal is (was) to lose 1-2 sizes by November 12.

We’re going to keep each other accountable and encourage each other to keep at it by linking up here each Monday. I know I need the challenge spirit to keep me motivated. Exercising is not my favorite thing to do! Link up your blog post telling us how you did the previous week. I’ll share how I did, as well as highlighting a few of you!

If you don’t have a blog, no problem! Just leave a comment here each Monday telling us how you did.

(Also, if you missed the start date, join in with us at any time!)

The rules:

1. Choose any exercise program and do it 4 times each week for 6 weeks (starting Monday October 1 and ending Monday November 12.). Examples of an exercise program are a DVD, gym, class, a 30-minute walk, etc. I’ll be doing T-Tapp, of course! I want the most benefits for the least amount of time invested. 🙂 (Notice, I didn’t say the least amount of effort.)

2. Link up your blog posts each Monday with a report on what and how you did during the previous week (how many work-outs, any inches or pounds lost, benefits to your health). If you don’t have a blog, just leave a comment.

3. Bonus–Add a new healthy habit each week, such as drinking more water, eating more fresh vegetables, getting 10,000 steps with a pedometer, etc.

4. Please follow I Choose Joy! (see sidebar) so that I can remind you to come back here each week to link up your update. Also, please leave a link back here so others can join us! I’ll be posting on my Facebook page throughout the weeks to keep us all motivated — so be sure to Like I Choose Joy! (link in sidebar).


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