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Getting my run on.

Black Friday Challenge

I don’t even know where I’m going right now on the fitness front.  Working out has been relegated to a low priority which means it is not getting done.  Sometimes I’m going to bed early instead since the baby has had a runny nose and is getting up more often.  Sometimes I’m choosing to watch television (hello Glee!) instead.  Sometimes I’m busy with household tasks like cleaning, paying bills, laundry, etc.  If I truly want to get healthy and stay healthy then I have to make working out a priority at least a few times a week.  I’m not currently doing that.  Any ideas?  Other than, you know, just do it already and quit talking about it.

I guess I haven’t hit that low yet though.  You know the one where you feel crappy enough, fed up enough, sausage-like enough to finally do something?  Yes, I’m unhappy with my post baby body.  Yes, I want to be able to go out and run a 5K at the drop of a hat.  Yes, I want exercise to be a normal daily activity akin to doing the dishes and brushing my teeth.  It’s not right now though and I’m having a hard time finding the motivation to make it that way.  I’m so tired in the evenings that the last thing I want to do is go to the basement and exert any more energy.  I’d much rather lay on the couch and watch TV or sit at the computer or go to sleep early.  It’s just not happening.

Maybe I need to re-think my strategy.  Maybe I need to leave my evenings to my family – taking care of my children, taking care of my home, taking care of my husband and make the mornings all about me?  Maybe I need to try and get up at 5am a few times a week so I can head to the basement and get some me time in.  I do like working out in the mornings.  It energizes me for the rest of the day.  I eat better when I don’t want to “undo” all the hard work of that morning.  And I don’t have to go all hardcore and get up at 5am every day.  Two – three days a week should be sufficient if I can also be determined enough to get a workout or two in during the weekend.

Maybe I also need to make some short term goals for myself.  If I have something to work for where I can see results quickly instead of long term goals like do a triathlon, maybe I can use that as motivation to get to work.  I was toying with the idea of doing Jillian’s 30 Day Shred every day for a month as a jump start but realistically I would be setting myself up to fail.  I just do not have the time or more importantly the energy to do a workout every day.  I would like to incorporate that video in once a week or so though.

As you can tell I’m kind of working this all out as I write.  Blogging at its finest, huh?  OK, I’m setting some goals and giving myself a reward if I meet them.


1.       Work out at least three times per week from 10/10/10 to 11/20/10.  This is a period of six weeks.  (I, uh, need to get three workouts in this week and it’s already Wednesday to make this goal.  I can do it!)

2.       Lose four pounds from 10/13/10 to 11/20/10.  My weight this morning was 160.4 and I’m using that as my starting point.  On 11/20/10 I need to weigh in at 156.4 or less.  Since I’m still breastfeeding I can’t be too restrictive with my calories.  Plus breastfeeding and hormones are a little out of my control right now – my body is not entirely my own – so I’m setting what I think is a realistic goal of four pounds in five and a half weeks.  That should be doable I think.


1.       Spend $50 on new clothes for myself.  I rarely buy myself new clothes right now due to budget reasons plus just, well, putting myself last so I can get everything my kids need first.  I’m giving myself permission (and working it into the November budget) to spend a bit of money on myself in November.  I don’t want to go crazy here because this is still an interim weight and size.  I should be able to get a new pair of pants or a sweater or something for $50.  Especially if I go shopping on Black Friday!

Hopefully giving myself this little challenge will be the shot in the arm that I need to once again make exercise a priority in my life.  Would you like to join me?  Is there something you’d like to do better?  Eat more real food?  Less processed?  Lose x amount of pounds?  Exercise goals?  A new distance?  Pace?  Other?  Please add your own personal challenge with goals (SMART goals!) and personal reward in the comments.  If others sign up, I can do weekly status updates where we can each report our progress too!


  1. by Maria LaPorta, on October 15 2010 @ 1:07 pm


    First time reading your blog today and so I like the way you think. I just wanted to tell you not to be too hard on yourself. As you know, the first year of you baby’s life is the hardest on you. If you are breastfeeding, you are asking alot of you body. I just finished my long stint of pregnancy and breastfeeding. I was on or both of those for 3 years 3 months consecutively. I did not work out much at all during that time. I just didnt have the energy. I finished breastfeeding and I am now dedicated to working out and doing great. I feel like I have my enery and time back to be able to get my work outs in. I HAVE to get up at 5:30 to work out or it just doenst happen. So, I know how you feel and was just in your shoes a few months ago. Babies grow fast so take this time and enjoy your baby. Work out if you can and focus on eating healthy (for you and your baby), and dont beat yourself up. That is my 2 cents for what it’s worth. Hang in there!


  2. by Pam, on October 22 2010 @ 12:58 pm


    I’m in for a Black Friday goal. I’ll have to think some more about what it will be, but I’ve already got the reward figured out… I *am* going to step on the scale tomorrow morning and call that my starting point.

    On nicer days, like it has been all week, would you be able to get a 1-2 mile walk in around work before lunch?

  3. by Mark, on October 25 2010 @ 11:02 pm


    I could do a Black Friday goal. The scale is creeping upwards a little bit, plus I need to get back to lifting weights again. Planning to start that up next week after Monster Dash is done with. Does getting back below 190 (I was 196 last time I checked) and lifting three days a week while running twice a week sound reasonable?

    If so, what should my reward be?

  4. by Kristina, on October 26 2010 @ 9:51 am


    Have I ever told you that Maria is my new BFF? Just kidding. Thanks for the words of encouragement Maria!!

    Pam – Good for you! We can do this!

    Mark – Good for you too! I think those goals are very reasonable. Nip that problem in the bud! As for a reward – is there something fitness related that you’d like to purchase but have put off for whatever reason? New running shoes? A Garmin 305 or 405? Aero clip-on bars for your bike? (Read DC Rainmaker’s post today for talk of clip-on bars.)

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