Well folks, I made it to 30 days!!! If you have no clue what I’m talking about, let me share with you. I accepted a Challenge from my friend to exercise for 30 days. We were to exercise for 5 days straight, take two days off, and continue that for a total of 30 days of exercise. That took us about a month and a half (6 weeks).
During the challenge, I mostly walked. I walked around our neighborhood, I walked at the park, and I Walked Away the Pounds on days I couldn’t get out of the house. Rick and Jack joined me for two weeks walking in the park. I loved that! Rick would push the stroller, while I got busy walking. We are up to walking 3 miles a day!
Last week, I noticed a change in my walking. I walk pretty fast to keep my heart rate up, and after a while, I was having trouble keeping up with Rick – he always pushed me to walk a little bit faster. All of a sudden, I started to speed walk. My stride changed, my hips swayed differently, and my arms were bent like a runner’s. I found that I could not only keep up with Rick, but I could go even faster with no extra effort. It was amazing! I felt like I could walk more than 3 miles.
This week it rained every day! So, I stayed in every evening to Walk Away the Pounds. Rick tried to watch Jack while I walked in my living room, but sometimes Jack just wanted me to hold him. At one point, I did a knee raise right into his little cheek! It was then that I decided to put him in the baby carrier and walk with him on my back. That lasted for a little while, but thankfully, he asked to get down not too long into the walk. That did add a little more intensity to my workout though.
I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking with this challenge for 6 weeks. I don’t see any difference in my body or the way my clothes fit right now, but I’m planning to give it another 4 months to really evaluate how it’s working for me. I figure that after 20 or so weeks, I should see some difference in the way my clothes fit! I can tell a difference in my stamina though. I don’t get winded as easily, and I feel like I can walk farther than I did when I first started. I don’t get winded walking up the stairs either!
I’m not sure what the next 30 day challenge will be, though, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be about food. Heather said something about giving up sugar. I stopped reading her blog right after I read that. No, just kidding. I don’t think I’m going to go so extreme yet. For now, I’m going to add more plants to my diet. I need to eat more fruits and veggies. I’m not sure how that will translate into a 30 day challenge, but we’ll figure something out.
I can’t wait to report back in 4 months on my weight loss and how my clothes will be fitting better. I better stick with this!