Tuesday, March 4, 2014

my weight loss toolbox: activity challenge

An activity challenge is one way I keep myself motivated to exercise. Those of you who have been reading for a while know that I started exercising using Jillian Michael's DVDs (and Turbo Jam DVDs). Jillian's (I affectionately refer to her as Jill at my house as though she were my friend- she would be one, intimidating friend.  Anyway, Jill's) DVDs often name the challenge in the titles: 30 Day Shred, 6 Week Six-Pack, Ripped in 30. You get the idea. I think it's brilliant... "Just stick with the DVD for [x amount of time], and you'll see results." I was hooked after 30 Day Shred because, yes, I saw results, and I felt good about those results.

Fast forward to now and I still love the results after sticking to an activity challenge. I am now setting my own challenges, and customizing them to fit my schedule and my workout preferences. I've been in somewhat of a transition finding what works for me and what I enjoy, but I think I've finally found a rhythm and it's very motivating.

I mentioned that I've been going to a Ripped class offered by my gym and a Zumba class offered locally. I've been going regularly to those classes (that was 4 times a week Monday through Thursday), but I wanted to step it up. This month I am challenging myself to go running on Sundays and workout to one of Jill's ;) DVDs on Fridays.

To hold myself accountable, I have printed my list in the past for the month, 6 weeks or what have you. This is one activity challenge I completed a few years ago, which was originally posted here:
summer routine: workout

I did print my list for this month, but I printed them on 4 Project Life core cards (these are from the Midnight Edition)- one core card for each week:
activity challenge
I love 'em! I stuck them in my planner with washi tape.
activity challenge
As I complete each day's activity, I highlight the activity.
activity challenge
It feels amazing to see all of the highlighted activity at the end of the month. I'm very goal oriented. It feels like a great achievement.

I will very likely be doing this for the rest of the year.

(Want to know more about My Weight Loss Toolbox?  Start here, and continue here). 

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