Posted in 30 Challenges, 30 Days, Fitness, Getting Started, Lifestyle, Style

Strength Conditioning and Style Changes

Tomorrow starts a new month and two new 30 Day Challenges!  The first challenge is a fitness based challenge: 30 Days of Strength Conditioning.  The second challenge is more of a new lifestyle challenge: 30 Days of Style Changes.

30 Days of Strength Conditioning

The inspiration for this challenge came as a direct result of my experience from Swimming Around Lido Key last week.  After some post-swim reflection, I realized that while I was happy that I accomplished my ultimate goal of completing the swim, I felt a little disappointed with my overall performance.

When it came down to it, I felt pretty physically and mentally defeated by the ocean current.  So this month I am looking to focus on a physical fitness challenge that will be spent predominately out of the water in the hopes that I have more physical strength to tackle future endurance swim challenges.  For 30 days, I will dedicate myself to strength conditioning of my core, my arms and my back.  Specifically, I have downloaded a 30 Day Ab Challenge, a 30 Day Push-Up Challenge and 30 Days of Arm Workouts.

30 Days of Style Changes

This challenge is a pretty big departure for me from a lot of the challenges I have done up to this point as the majority have been focused on new fitness routines, personal growth or diet. That being said, I have been really looking forward to this.

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For the next 30 days, I will be changing up my style.  I probably spend an average of about 4 minutes deciding what I am going to wear in the morning and it never really deviates much.  This month I am mixing up what I wear and how I think about my clothes and overall style.  I will be integrating new wardrobe pieces into my normal week of outfits, asking for new weekly ‘stylists’ and playing with new styles and clothing combinations.

To get me started, I have enlisted the help of my first two ‘guest stylists’, granting my mom and younger sister full access to my closet to each pick out a week’s worth of clothes for me.  Their combinations of my clothes were unexpected and in many cases not what I would have put together for myself.  It feels a little nerve wracking to go outside my clothing comfort zone but it should be a fun few weeks of new style choices and hopefully it sheds some of my self consciousness about what I wear.

Posted in 30 Challenges, Minimalism

Staying Fit and Going Minimal

I am about 19 days into my challenge to Get Fit.  After a few early stumbling blocks, I now feel pretty confident in my progress, not necessarily in terms of weight loss or skinnier mid-section but rather in overall feeling and well being.  I have been working out every day, whether that is weights or swimming or treadmill.  I have also been diligent in not eating junk food.  It’s funny because I don’t really even miss it at this point, so I will consider that a success.

On a separate note, I am a few days into a new challenge this month to ‘go minimal’. I already feel like this challenge (perhaps more than any other challenge I have tried to date) can actually become a lifestyle change.  Already have been able to do an initial purge with about 6 bags of stuff donated to Good Will.

Minimalism is a whole movement. In my interest in going minimal, I did some initial research and found some helpful resources like the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  There is also a website I like about becoming a minimalist.

I will be honest, I like stuff. I have really had to come to terms with that aforementioned love of stuff.  Through this challenge my goal is not to truly adopt the title of ‘minimalist’ but there is an intoxicating pull to minimize and focus on what is most important.  I don’t intend to become one of those fancy people in a stark white, super urban apartment with soft lighting and a single utensil in a drawer.  I am not getting rid of everything so that my life can fit in a bag, but I am eager to simplify.

By minimizing, my larger goal is to reduce clutter and refine my focus. I plan to do this by adopting several of the most popular minimalism techniques and going through every part of my house to determine what I am holding onto unnecessarily. What stuff is important and what stuff is just stuff?

Posted in 30 Challenges, 30 Days, Fitness, Getting Started, Healthy Eating

Get Fit… Or Die Trying

Well hello there.  Today marks Day 10 of a rather unsuccessful and rather unremarkable attempt to GET FIT.

This may sound very familiar, as I actually attempted a similar 30 day challenge back in December to similarly poor results.

The month of February was an attempt at redemption from my not-so-impressive flop at 30 Days of Fitness from December. The plan was simple. Eat well. Work out. Get Fit.

Here’s what I challenged myself with:

  • Eat Well– No Junk Food! No cookies, cake, candy, donuts, pastries, fried food, fast food, chips, ice cream, or soda for 30 days
  • Work Out– Work out for a minimum of 30 minutes every day! I can diversify my workouts as much as I like (swim, bike, run, weights, abs, etc.)

Now I realize I am only 10 days into this challenge (only 1/3 of the way through, by golly!) but things have not been going well.  Thanks to a pesky cold I haven’t felt much interest in eating well and certainly have not had any desire to hit the gym.

And now, with what I can only classify as deeply rooted masochistic behavior, I decided I would Swim 7 miles around Lido Key.  The swim is in April and I feel woefully out of shape so I can only hope this will serve as a strong motivating factor to get me to work out and eat well.

So let’s hope the last 20 days of this challenge go a lot better than the first 10.

Posted in 30 Days, Fitness

30 Days of Fitness

December marked the beginning of a new 30 Day Challenge.  30 Days of Fitness.  The intended outcomes are fairly straight forward: get fit, develop good fitness habits, try some new types of workouts.

The Rules:

  • Work out for at least 30 minutes each day, every day for 30 days
  • Diversify workouts with swimming, cardio, weights, stretching, running and anything else that catches my fancy