Fitness Challenge

Normally at 11pm on a Sunday night I’d be curled up in the fetal position on the couch swaddled in a big fluffy blanket praying to all that is holy that time could somehow remain still and allow me to savor a few more hours… let’s be honest.. DAYS of weekend.  This evening, however, is one from a different tale because I’m in the midst of an extended Thanksgiving holiday back home in the Motherland.  There’s still a couch and a big fluffy blanket but that typical Sunday anxiety for the impending workweek is delightedly absent.  Instead I’ve got thoughts of plans with friends, family festivities out the wazoo, lasagna, the upcoming Turkey Trot I signed up for (my first race EVER EEK!), MORE lasagna, oh and of course the mental preparations for my annual Black Friday Blitz.

When I started preparing for this long trip home, I knew in my gut that it would involve a ton of food and a ton of exercising… wait…. shopping counts as exercising, right?!  Right. So what my gut was REALLY saying was that the trip home would involve a crap ton of food and next to nothing in the physical exercise department.


I came up with the idea to challenge myself to a 14 day fitness challenge to ensure I kept my butt in gear (literally) over the holiday.

14 days of back-to-back fitness.

Here’s what I’ve accomplished in the first 7 days:

Day #1:  Ran 3 miles

Day #2:  Body Pump!

Day #3:  30 minutes of high intensity interval training

Day #4:  Body Pump!

Day #5:  Ran 5 miles

Day #6:  1.5 hours of Strength Training & cardio randomness

Day #7:  Ran 3 miles

So far so good!  This challenge really helped me to stay on track during a rather stressful week that included MANY instances of trying to talk myself out of going to the gym.  Too tired.  Too much to do.  Too far behind… etc.  Too, too, too.  Blah, blah, blah.  Each of these days I’d remind myself of the challenge I posted on this here blog and how extremely disappointed you all would be in me if I did not hold up to my end of the challenge.  Am I right?  Just the thought of your sad faces has gotten me out there doing SOMETHING physical every day.

To that I say THANK YOU!

Oh by the way, did I mention I have this whole week off of work?  Oh… I did?

Hmmm… well I guess there’s nothing else to say then.  EXCEPT to announce the winner of the NuGo slim giveaway!

The winner is….



Katie!  Congratulations!!  Please email me with your mailing address!



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    1. Body pump is a strength training group exercise class. We use barbells that we add various weights to (depending on the exercise) to work all the major muscle groups (to music). I LOVE it!