#28 - Complete a 30 Day Challenge on EA Active...check!

As part of my goal to shed some baby weight, feel better about myself, and set a better example for my kids, I began a 30 day exercise challenge on April 1st of this year.  I committed to doing 30 straight days of dedicated exercise.  Despite a business-traveling husband, ailing back and neck muscles, and the general chaos otherwise known as my life, I managed to complete the 30 days on on the last day of April, a day before my second 5K.  My first 5K was part of the list, and I got addicted (for lack of a better word).  I found it so fulfilling and rewarding that I opted to sign up for another so as not to fall into my usual habit of couch-sitting and potato-chip-eating. 

And because I'm sneaky and that pesky 101 list is always on the back of my mind...I started my second attempt at completing a 30 Day Challenge on EA Active (on the Wii) halfway through my 30 days of exercise, thus forcing a few extra days of exercise onto the original 30.  The EA Active 30 days started on April 13th and I finished up on Sarah's 1st birthday.  (Are you keeping up?  It's only slightly convoluted.)

It's curious to me that finding time for an EA Active workout was far more difficult than doing other unstructured exercises of my choosing, like jogging 2 or 3 miles.  For some reason, I found myself dreading it.  It's not that it wasn't a good workout.  It was decent, though hardly extremely challenging.  I just felt that if I was going to spend 25 minutes exercising, I really wanted to get my heart rate up and do some serious sweating.  You know, the kind of exercise that you're sure is working. 

At the end of my 30 days plus half of my EA Active 30 Days, I had gained 4 pounds.  Hardly the kind of results I want to post for the blog world to see.  However, I felt good.  I still feel pretty good (though, here I am couch-sitting).  That was part of my goal.  The "shedding baby pounds" part will have to come some other way.  (I'm just SO not ready to utter that terrible, horrible "D" word...because, well, I love food too much.)

As for setting an example, I think there was some success.  Throughout many of my workouts, Abby stood right by my side mimicking the moves.  Ben was more interested in my outdoor jogging adventures.  And Sarah, well, she just ate inedible objects whilst I was exercising.  (She's her mother's daughter...always scrounging for food.)

But now my kids know that I value exercise, and that's an example I hope and  pray that I can continue to set for them.

P.S. - They were the world's best 5K cheerleaders!

(Look it, I even got a fist pump from Abby!)

If that's not worth every drop of sweat, I'm not sure what is. (And believe me, there was a lot of sweat...here is proof...EWWW!)

In conclusion, summation, and all of those other lame closing words:

#28~Complete a 30 Day Challenge on EA Active...check!

Next stop...triathlon!  Just kidding.  (Maybe.)


Debbie said...

Wooohooo! I need to be inspired by you. Need to... want to... ought to...

I write as I sit here slurping coffee.

Diane said...

well done, Jennie! and triathlons are even more addicting than 5K races. You can do it!

Jennie said...

I'd be slurping coffee too...at 5:42am. ;)

That's the word on the street, Diane. I guess I'll have to find out for myself!

Kristen said...

I'm curious about your list, and am thinking of making one myself, but then I suppose I'd have to follow through on it...good on you for doing yours

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