Holiday Challenge, Weeks 1 & 2

Here’s an update for how I’m doing on the Holiday Fitness Challenge. If you missed the post where I described how I lost my mind and signed up for not one, but two Holiday Challenges, be sure to catch up.

Healthy for the Holidays

This is the challenge we are doing at work. We are logging healthy eating, weight control, exercise, and stress reduction activities.

Week 1: 17 items logged
Week 2: 19 items logged

My goal for Week 3 to increase the number of items logged this week.

Coach Jenny Hadfield’s Holiday Challenge

My goal for the first two weeks of this challenge was run on the elliptical for 10 minutes a day, 5 days per week.

Week 1: 5 days, 58 minutes, 1.39 elliptical miles
Week 2: 4 days, 45 minutes, 1.02 elliptical miles

So there’s good news, fabulous news, and not so good news.

The good news: I met my goal the first week! It was tough. You gotta understand that the elliptical and I have some rocky history. I will be the first person to confess that I am not in love with the elliptical. When my trainer Paul used to beg me to get on the elliptical, I usually could not make it longer than 3 minutes before bailing. It hurts more than it is supposed to. I have muscle imbalances… I use my quads too much and don’t use my glutes. Well… Paul might argue that my glutes have never turned on and worked correctly. I talked to Paul on the phone this week, and told him that I was committed to putting in 10 minutes a day on the elliptical. He was impressed.

The fabulous news: I felt rather embarrassed to post my teeny, modest goals on Coach Jenny’s Holiday Challenge Facebook page. People are posting huge mileage on this page… the first week some people logged half marathons, marathons, and some people were logging over 60 miles for the week. And me? I’m just over here minding my own business, logging my 10 minutes a day on my elliptical, and occasionally posting about how much time I need to spend on my foam roller in order to accomplish that goal. Well… The Challenge Elves were listening! I won a Week 1 prize- TriggerPoint Grid Mini foam roller! Check it out:







My teeny goal won me a teeny foam roller! I’m so excited! I can’t wait to add this beauty to my foam roller collection. I also can’t wait to see what color I’m getting.

And yes… there’s the not-so-good news: I did not make my goal for Week 2. It was Thanksgiving week. We had 5 days in a row off work, the longest stretch of days in a row off work since school started in August. And it was my first Thanksgiving Day spent alone… divorced, son away at college, moved across the country, yada yada.  I was a little emotional, a little distracted, and a little off track with self-care. The only good thing I have to say about this is: the upside of not having a big Thanksgiving dinner is that there’s no morning-after regret.

I did notice one thing: there were days when I was thinking about doing the workout, and I would say… naw, I can do it later. I would intend to do it later, but those were the days when the workout slipped off the agenda. You think I am kidding about the Blerch? The Blerch lives, and he is me.

Oh yes…. The Oatmeal started selling his Blerch 0.0 running stickers this week. I got me some Blerchy merch. This is the only thing I bought on Black Friday. I love this sticker. No really, I adore it. The Blerch is the embodiment of 0.0 miles. Yes. This is perfection.









One of the participants on the Holiday Challenge Facebook Page sent me a message of congratulations for winning the foam roller. She’s been reading my posts about how I was struggling, and she sent me a workout song. So here you have it, the workout song for Week 3.

Let’s go dance in the fire, Señor Blerch.

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