It is with a mixture of pride and embarrassment that I announce: I exercised 12 days in a row!
Pride because I haven’t exercised 12 days in a row for about two years. Embarrassment because well, I haven’t exercised 12 days in a row for about two years.
I started the 12 Days of Fitness Challenge to give myself a much-needed kick in the pants. Mission: Accomplished. My pants are officially kicked–but they’re not quite as snug as they were 12 days ago. My abs feel stronger. And dare I say that my arms have a hint of definition to them?
That feels pretty good.
It also feels good to complete a goal. Sure, it was modest by many standards. But putting a sticker on each day of the calendar was deeply satisfying. Turns out, I need that kind of tangible proof of my progress. Here’s what else I learned:
- Having a workout and a shower under my belt by 7am is one of the best feelings in the world.
- I need more cardio in my life. According to Shelli Sanzo, the ideal weekly routine is 3 days of cardio, 2 days of strength, and 1 day of mind-body (such as yoga or Pilates). Doing too much strength can add bulk (and I am certainly not looking for bulk).
- I have crap knees.
- The more I exercise, the more I want to exercise–the more I actually (really? really!) look forward to it. Ditto for reading about all of your workouts on the Facebook page. The tap dancing! The hula-hooping! The rock climbing and running and ballet workout DVDs and kickboxing! Simply hearing about all of you getting your workouts on every day made me want to run out too (or rather, briskly walk).
- Most of you work out way, way harder than I ever do.
- I have missed exercise. It is good to be back.