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January Jumpstart Challenge - DONE!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I can't believe this. Up until now, I have found it impossible to motivate myself to get regular exercise, but this year I decided to join the January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge. And much to my amazement, I not only completed it, but enjoyed it!

The first week I had to get into the routine of doing a video every morning. Some were too hard for me, but Coach Nicole would point out an easier option, so I could manage to do something throughout. Some were easier and some - dare I say it - were FUN! In addition I had to do 5 Cardio workouts, and walking the dog over hilly fields is a workout, so that wasn't a problem. But Buster was pretty surprised - I walked much more regularly that usual, and didn't fob him off with a quick turn around the block - we went for good long walks.

In the second week, I had to do all this and add an extra video twice. I had a great time with a kickboxing cardio workout!

By week 3, I was making sure I got my 5-a-day of freggies, and "amping up the cardio". Now I was putting a jog into my dog walks. OK 100 steps jog, 200 steps walk, but it's a start!

Week 4 had me do the videos twice on three days, log my food and keep up with the cardio, and the extras. I was out all day on Sunday so had to put the challenge on hold, but picked up the following day, which is why I finished on 29th not 28th.

So, what have I achieved? Well, for the first time, I have maintained a fitness streak for 4 weeks. I have received a 1,000 fitness minutes award for the first time ever. I found I really enjoyed the videos, and even liked pushing my walks into (small) jogs!

I have learned that starting the day with a small injection of fitness makes me consider it for the rest of the day and puts me on track to make more of an effort. I have learned that, even 55 and overweight, my health and fitness can improve.

What next? I am going to stick with the general pattern of this challenge for the next 4 weeks, seeing if I can continue to improve my form and get the hang of some of the workouts that still elude me. After that, I aim to open my horizons to more challenges. 1,000 minutes a month will be a regular thing, not an exception.

I have lit the Spark!
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    That's absolutely brilliant! Well done!
    I'm doing the consistency thingy with the Spark Coach for the next four weeks, because that's what I have most of the trouble with.
    I'm doing the walking and jogging round the park with my dog too. I'm not fit enough to jog UP the hill yet so if I get to a jogging interval when the hill is looming, I run round the tennis courts instead.
    If we stick at this, not only will we be a lot fitter and healthier, but our dogs will too.
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    2721 days ago
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    That all sounds brilliant.
    2722 days ago
    Great blog. Congratulations on sticking with the jumpstart challenge I did this last year and enjoyed it. You never regret spending that 10-15mins at the start of the day as it is so easy to put it of till later then not do it. Looks like the dog will be fitter to. lovely to read your progress through the weeks.
    2722 days ago
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