Day 1: 30 Day Fitness Blogging Challenge

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I am so excited for fall but at the same time, I can’t believe it’s September 1st! The kids start school on Tuesday and I’m not really ready for it. Our 5-year-old is starting Kindergarten this year and our youngest will be starting Kindergarten next year. So that means, when I’m 30 years old, all four of our kids will be in school. Ahhhhhh! I don’t think that’s gonna be an easy time for me but for now, let’s think happy thoughts.

If you’ve read my 101 in 1001 Days post, I mentioned that I wanted to start this fitness challenge today so that’s the plan. It’s actually a “Tumblr” challenge but I’ll just be blogging it here instead.

The purpose of this challenge for me is to focus more on what I want to work on or achieve in the next 30 days. Blogging each day about a specific idea will help me do that. I hope to learn a bit more about myself along the way.

Wanna join me? Let’s go!

Day 1: Measure and Weigh Yourself

I have already taken measurements but I’m not worried about weighing myself right now.

I’m in a healthy range right now for my height and am not focused on the number on the scale. I used to have a goal weight of 125. I met that goal for the first time post-pregnancy last summer and then again after Les Mills Pump. Now, looking back at my photos after completing LMP, I think 125 might just be too “skinny” for my frame. If you know me, you know I hate that word!

So for right now, I’m not focused on weight. If I like what I see in the mirror than that’s good enough for me. What I will be focusing on is building muscle. The hard part? Eating enough!

If you’re thinking about doing this challenge and you are wanting to lose some weight, definitely do weigh yourself. This will give you a great starting point but please do not focus only on measuring your success by weight. You should also measure by inches lost, the way your clothes are fitting, photos and body fat percentage if you’re able to.

{See: 6 Things You Must Do Before Starting a New Workout Program}

 

All 30 Day Fitness Blogging Challenge Posts

30 Day Fitness Blogging Challenge! 30 Days of fitness-related questions to answer on your blog or in your journal.

Day 2: List the Reasons for Improving Your Fitness

Day 3: List Your Favorite Health Foods

Day 4: Who Are You Inspired By?

Day 5: Top 5 Things That Motivate Me

Day 6: Favorite Music for Workouts – Mindi’s Playlist

Day 7: Favorite Time of Day to Exercise

Days 8 & 9: Favorite Exercises and Exercise Types

Day 10: Most Effective Exercises for You

Day 11: Exercises you Hate

Day 12: Favorite Things to do After Exercise

Day 13: Favorite Recovery Method

Day 14: Favorite Place to Exercise

Day 15: Fantasy Exercise Venue

Day 16: Fantasy Exercise Partner

Day 17: Exercises You Just Can’t Get Right

Day 18: Exercises You Have Mastered

Day 19: Things You Think About While Exercising

Day 20: Favorite Rep Structure or Timing for Exercises

Day 21: How Do You Stay Challenged?

Days 22 & 23: What New Exercises Will You Try This Month? Abandon?

Days 24 & 25: How Much Water Do You Drink?

Day 26: How Do You Avoid Junk Food?

Days 27-30: Temptation, Energy Drinks, Relaxing and Unwinding

 

Workouts

Yesterday’s workouts included Body Beast Bulk: Back and a cardio-based circuit workout I came up with on the fly. I did the back workout first and then this 15-minute workout:

calves and cardio blast circuit

The idea is to push as hard as you can during those 15 minutes but definitely take small breaks if you need them. You could even add in a minute of rest in between each circuit if you’re more comfortable with that.

It was tough!

Strawberry Orange Vanilla Protein Smoothie

For my recovery drinks I’ve been getting pretty creative lately. I have a hard time drinking whey shakes post-workout. It’s almost like I need something a little fruity and more on the sweet side.

So here’s what I came up with yesterday:

post workout protein smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop vanilla whey
  • 1/2 scoop p90x results and recovery (tastes like a Dreamsicle)
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • handful of strawberries
  • water
  • ice

It was kid-approved. :)

If you’re thinking of joining in on the fitness challenge, definitely feel free to comment below and let me know so I can check out your posts!

xo mindi

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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!
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