A few favourite 30 Day Challenges {Workouts}

I’ve tried so many 30 day challenges and failed at 99% of them, seriously! Oh, and I’m extremely fine with not completing the challenge but more happy that I started them and got as far as I did. I thought I’d share a few of my favourites since it’s NOVEMBER 1st !!!! When did that happen!

Plank Challenge (Loved this one)

plank 30 Day challenge

This is the one challenge I’m doing this month, only because I love it and I want to see if I can continue after the 3 minute plans. Time will tell.

Cardio Challenge

Jodi Higgs 30 Day Cardio Challenge

Sun Salutation Challenge (I liked this one)

30 Day Sun Salutation Challenge

Posture Challenge

30 Day Posture Challenge Jodi Higgs

Are you go at sticking to 30 day challenges?

What’s your favourite challenge you’ve participated in?

What’s the worst one you’ve done?

Please note – I did not create any of these challenges but either found them on Pinterest and tired them myself. I’m not a fitness instructor or Doctor. You should check with your Doctor, fitness instructor or fitness professional when starting these activities. 

30 Days Done in 30 Day Challenge

Well, it’s officially, the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge is all done! It’s been a great 30 days of workouts, meal planning, lost a little weight and lots of blogging 🙂

The last set of 10 days I managed to:

Hours of workouts: 5 hours of workouts (walking, yoga, soccer, zumba)

Pounds lost: 0

Blog Posts: 13 (lots…wow!)

My goal: To workout four times a week this month and lose a weight (no specific goal on the weight)

  • Workout four times a week – yes.
  • Lose weight – yes.
Reasons:
1. I want to increase my fitness level to help with my running goals for 2014.
  • On my way.
2. I want to plan better meals for the whole week for my family, prepping for my return back to work from maternity leave.
And to meet / support the other bloggers in this challenge.
  • Sure did. I loved meeting other bloggers, learning about their goals, reading their posts. I’d have to say all the new blog’s I’ve been following I will continue to do so.

Now what?  

What’s on tap for December

  • Elf 4 Health Challenge – kinda failing at this one; I’ve done most of the challenges but I find myself slowly drifting away from the challenge. My elf is fun and we seem to be on the same page with the challenges. Not 100% sure if I’ll continue for round 2 as I just have too much going on with my return to work, the girls, my husband away and Christmas coming.
  • I have signed up for the Holly Jolly Challenge. Your probably thinking, Why? you can’t do the #elf4health one, why do another. Well, my goal is to work out 4 days a week for the remainder of the year and the Holly Jolly Challenge is to workout for 4 days of the week. I feel I can do this one and stick to it….I just have to remember to sign in and leave my comments.

No major races for me this December. It’s time to focus on returning to work (going well so far), the girls, maintaining the house, workout 4x week and get ready for Christmas….oh and blog of course 🙂 I’m looking forward to sitting down and focusing on my running plan for 2014; which races to run and when to train.

A BIG thanks to Katy from Happiness Through Health and Tori from Tone It With Tori for the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge. It was fun and I’d totally do it again next year.

Have you finished any challenges?

Would you do them again next year?

Have you started thinking about your 2014 goals or resolutions ?

Lunch Time Run

I packed my bag and I was ready to go.

The temperature called for 4 below.

I put on my gear and laced up my shoes.

Eager to get going, to warm up my toes.

Out into the cold to get my body moving.

My heart rate now pounding and lungs were a booming.

It felt great to be out and pounding the pavement.

Dam you Garmin you pushed me again.

Speeding up  my pace before the next lap began.

Now only four more working hours until I can call it a day. 

And then I’ll go pick up my little sweet babies, hurray!

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Nothing like a lunch hour run.

Meal Planning Week #5

Even though the Fall into Fitness Challenge is almost done, I am going to continue to meal plan for the remainder of the year. The big reason I wanted to start meal planning four weeks ago is because I return to work today! Yup, today’s the big day…back to work. Mixed feelings.

I chose my meals each week with plans of freezing a little of every meal so this week wouldn’t be a stressful week meal wise. Week #5 looks a little something like this:

Sunday: All Things Red Soup for Sai, Russian Chicken with Rice for everyone else. 

Monday: On the road with family….not eating out but at my parents.

Tuesday: Sweet Chili for everyone. (Make rice for Wed.)

Wednesday: Chicken a-la-King with Rice and veggies.

Thursday: Grilled Cheese and Veggies. (I’m traveling this day for work so I’m keeping it easy)

Friday: Mini Pizza’s.

Saturday: Home made Philly cheese Steak sandwiches. I have to get the recipe from my sister still…but I have a few days 🙂

Today’s my last day to get a workout in for the Fall into Fitness Challenge. So I packed my bag with all my running gear and plan/hope to get out for a 20-30 minute run at lunch time.

What are your meal plans for the week?

Do you ever freeze meals to have later?

Do you workout at lunch time when working?

Meal Planning Week #4 – How It Really Went

It’s been four full weeks since I started meal planning and I have to say, I like it. Though I don’t always stick to the plan, I have an idea of what we can eat throughout the week (what’s in the house), how much time I have to make a meal (or not). I love not having to come up with a meal last-minute.

This is what last week looked like:

Sunday: Vegan Sheppard’s Pie. It was really good but I realised it’s not my favourite meal.

Monday: Meatless Monday leftovers: Vegan Sheppard’s Pie or All Things Red Soup. Successful night 🙂

Tuesday: Sweet Chili. Lilly and I made it together in the morning and put it in the slow cooker. I love slow cookers.

Wednesday: Salmon, baked sweet potato and veggies. Didn’t happen….we ordered out Fish n’ Chips. Best decision ever.

Thursday: Mini Pizzas. Lilly and I made mini pizzas … Hilary had her first “pizza”. She thought it was pretty good and then decided she didn’t want anymore. 

Mommy’s pizza’s, Big L’s pizzas (right) and Little H’s toast pizza (left)…missing Daddy’s vegan pizza.

family pizza

Friday: Vegan Waffles. I totally forgot this was on the menu, ha! I made the salmon, baked sweet potato and veggies.

Saturday: Hilary’s Birthday PARTY!!! We basically ate from 3:30 – 5:45 the following food: cheese, crackers, veggies with dip, fruit, pb & j roll ups…a little cake too 🙂

A pretty successful week! I’m planning today for the upcoming week and things are looking like it might be an easy food week!

Any good eats this last week or weekend?

Kid birthday parties: morning or afternoon?

Anyone start their Christmas/Holiday baking?

Countdown to Christmas Workout

You guess it, another month … another challenge to share. I’m not great with challenges. I start out with good intentions and then somehow get lost, then stop it all together. The last 30 day challenge I did was the Thigh Challenge and had to stop around Day 14 due to an injury.

The Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge is coming to an end next week…crazy, eh! It’s been 30 days of blogging about my workouts, my meal planning (since that was a goal of mine) and I might be sad to see it end. I’ve met some great bloggers which I’ll continue to follow, so that’s a bonus.

I did sign up for the #HollyJollyFitness Challenge for the month of December. The Challenge is: to work out 4 days a week and post on the page about it. Which brings me to the “Countdown to Christmas” workout by Jodi Higgs.

Countdown to Christmas by Jodi Higgs

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Days 1, 7, 13 and 19 are Ab Days, with a cardio element thrown in between each exercise.

Days 2, 8, 14 and 20 are Arm Days, with some jumprope added in between.

Days 3, 9, 15 and 21 are Back Days, again adding some cardio between each set.

Days 4, 10, 16 and 22 are Thigh Days, with the skaters cardio exercise in between.

Days 5, 11, 17 and 23 involve simple squats, crunches and bicep curls, while

Days 6, 12, 18 and 24 promote some of the principles of the Eat Clean Challenge with a rest from the physical workout.

Again, I did not create this workout…just sharing and *trying* to challenge myself this December!

Do you like 30 Day Challenges?

Do you stick with the challenge or give up?

Anyone doing a challenge this month? Do share…. 🙂

Fit In Your Workout

It’s been a crazy week here and I haven’t had time made time for a good workout. I haven’t let that get in my way of trying to do a little here and there. I try to find some time to workout (a.k.a. increase heart rate) each day  even if I can’t make time, I always have 10 minutes.

So, I fit my workouts in where I can this past week….

1 – While running errands at the mall for 2.5 hours….I walked extra laps on each floor of the mall (1-2 laps) and up the stairs multiple times – even after I was done shopping.

2 – While cleaning the house last night once the girls went to bed as I had to get the house ready for Hilary’s Birthday party today. I did this workout below twice. Randomly in-between cleaning the upstairs of the house and the basement. I used the girls play mats since they are soft on the body versus the hard floor, kept my sticky-note and pen with me. I messed up my stop watch and was only able to “time” the first round. It was around 10 minutes of fitting something in….better than sitting on the couch.

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Not major workouts but it was something. A few tips on fitting small workouts in during the day:

1. Park your car further away from the store and walk a little more.

2. Walk extra laps before shopping, in-between different stores and after shopping.

3. Take the stairs – ALWAYS.

4. If you take the bus, get off earlier and walk for 20 minutes or more.

5. Stop what you are doing and do 10-20 of the following: jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, tricep dips and then get back to what you where doing, Repeat it 1-2 more times, this could only take 5-15 minutes of your time. Think of it as some “me time” 🙂

How do you fit in your workouts?

How do you keep track of your workouts?