TREADMILL 13-15/30: Finally, Half Way!

Finally, Half Way! 

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Took way too long to get this point, but I’m so relieved to finally be here.  And right before I have to leave for the beach wedding.  Hoping the last 15days are more successful than my attempt at the first 15days of this challenge.

Day 13
“Walk (2) + Run (1), x5”

Turning this struggle bus around. Did it. Done!👊

Day 14
“Rest or Cross Training”

No, thanks! Rode that struggle bus too long on Days 10-12.  Skipping to Day15… ✌️

Day 15
“Walk Flat (2) + Walk Incline (1), x6”

Did it. Done! 🙅

Here is my half-way point review of the Refinery29 30 Day Treadmill Challenge.

  1. The hardest thing so far about this challenge is making the time for it.   Unlike the Blogging challenge where I could set aside an hour every night to write, I can’t seem to find a consistent time to exercise.
  2. Unlike writing, which I effortlessly enjoy, I don’t enjoy exercise and really need to find motivation to get on the treadmill.  However, similar to writing, I love how accomplished I feel afterwards.
  3. The challenge itself is like having an editorial calendar since it’s all laid out in the Refinery29 post, so theres no thought about what I have to do each subsequent day.  However, I did have to reformat their chart so it would require less thought while in the middle of a workout, trying to keep track of adjusting the incline or speed as required.
  4. The workouts themselves are are do-able. You can adjust the ‘walk’ and ‘run’ degree-of-difficulty to your comfort level, so the Challenge is designed for any type of athelete, beginner to avid, and extremely friendly to a non-athelete (me).

I’m ready to get the last 15days under my belt and working to meet my goal to take this beyond just 30 days.

 

Want to read all 30 Days of the Treadmill Challenge?  View the Overview page HERE

TREADMILL 10-12/30: Struggling

Struggling

Day 10
“Rest or Cross Training”

I was at the office all day, so I took today as a rest day.  But I’m disappointed in myself.  If I made the effort, I could’ve fit it something late hours.  But my head wasn’t there.

Day 11
“Walk (2) + Run (1), x5”

take 1
Fail. Or maybe I should call this ‘take 2’ of Day-10. 😕

take 2
Ok… so every month there’s a time when my body shuts down on me; if you know what I mean. Today is that day.  The day I want to just stay curled up in bed and wish that my next 30 Day Challenge be sleeping.

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take 3
I finally did it!
So, I wrote that before actually doing it. I had to, to force myself to get back on track with this challenge.

The best part about today’s session was that my kids planted themselves in front of treadmill to watch me, pretending I was a tv show, and every Run sprint, they got up and ran with me.

Day 12
“Hills: Walk, Increase Incline 1% Every Minute (5), then Reverse to 0%, x2”

take 1
Struggling…
I had every intention of doing this in the morning, but after a night of tossing and turning in bed, I was ready for a nap as soon as I woke up.  Since I seem to have a spurt of energy at night, I procrastinated to doing it at night. Instead, I fell asleep when putting the kids to sleep.
So, I didn’t get today’s Challenge in, but I did get a full 9hours of sleep!

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Not only did I do today’s challenge, but I added a 2 consecutive laps of running into today’s routine. I want to call it a punishment to myself, but instead I’ll call it a reward for getting my butt off the struggle-bus.

Do you exercise regularly? What do you to do keep yourself motivated?

Want to read all 30 Days of the Treadmill Challenge?  View the Overview page HERE

TREADMILL 7-9/30: Hot Housewife

Hot Housewife

Fitting in Day 7, 8 and 9 of the 30 Day Treadmill Challenge will be a breeze. I’m not scheduled to go into the office the next three days  and don’t have many errands to run this week.

I think when my husband and I agreed that I would be a stay-at-home-mom, he pictured me as that hot housewife running around in a sports bra with a full face of make-up, going to the gym after I drop the kids off at school in an SUV, shopping superfluously during my down-time, and have a decadent meal on the table every night.  I was fantasizing the same thing.  The only thing that’s a reality is driving a SUV.
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DAY 7
“Walk Flat (3) + Walk Incline (1), x5”

✓ Dropped the kids off at school
✓ Worked on my resume and applied for a job online before
✓ Attacking today’s Challenge. Done!
✓ picked up the younger one from school
✓ we built a train track, followed by lunch
✓ we picked up the older one from school
✓ I put the younger one down for his nap
✓ Practiced piano and did homework with the older one.
✓ younger one is still napping as I type this, while the older one is now having her music lesson.
✓ Next, going to start making dinner.
Besides the workout, this is just another mundane Monday so far.

DAY 8
“Brisk Walk (20)”

✓ After breakfast, the younger one and I dropped the older one off at school,
✓ then off to Costco, ToysRUs, the pediatricians, and Macy’s before soccer class.
✓ After soccer I took my little guy out for a lunch date before we had to pick up big sister from school.
✓ Put him down for a nap, practiced piano,  off to martial arts class, back to homework, and finally a bath while I put dinner tonight.

Did you see what I missed? The treadmill!
It’s easy to let the day get away from you, especially when each day is a little different.

✓ After the kids went down for the night I did today’s 20-minute brisk walk. Done!

DAY 9
“Walk (3) + Run (1), x5”

✓ dropped both kids to school
✓ husband is home from work, so I went back to sleep!
✓ husband picked up the little one from school and took him out
✓ completed today’s Challenge. Done!
✓ lunch
✓ picked the older one up from school
✓ younger one naps at grandparent’s / take older one ballet
✓ attend parent’s back-to-school night
✓ dinner with the grandparents

 

Being a housewife, for me, is taking care of my kids first and myself last. Making a log of what I did these last three days with/for my kids proves to me that I’m not sitting around eating bonbons.  I will never be the hot housewife, nor do I want to be. But I’m slowly learning that I can make the time to fit in exercising, if I make the effort.  And I know my husband loves me, hot or not.

 

Want to read all 30 Days of the Treadmill Challenge?  View the Overview page HERE

Random Rambles: 10Years Experience with an MBA Seeking Entry-Level Position

10Years Experience with an MBA Seeking Entry-Level Position

Deciding to leave the workforce after working over a decade in the media industry and being quite comfortable in both my career and finances was the hardest and easiest decision I made.  Almost four years later, I resent the outcome, but not my decision. 

My family was excited about my new life as a stay-at-home mom. We just gave birth to our son, and our daughter was entering preschool.  I was now able to fully manage the construction of our new home.  And we figured once all was settled, going back to work wouldn’t be an issue.  I had over 10-years agency experience, good relationships with my peers, clients and colleagues, and a bachelor and masters degress in marketing. So, devoting 5 years to my family seemed small in the big picture.

After 3 years, I was ready to go back. The house was completed in just over a year, we moved in and now call it our home.  Our older one started school full-time and our younger was entering preschool.  It took me a few weeks to update my resume (which I hadn’t touched since post-college!) and get myself set up on several career sites. Once I felt what I put together was presentable, I submitted my cover letter and resume to numerous postings for which I technically fit their qualifications.  But it felt like I was sending applications to a black hole.

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When I finally got some call-backs, the first comment was usually “So, I see you’re not currently employed?”.  I share my story about deciding to be a temporary stay-at-home-mom, which everyone finds admirable, but I sense the disappointment in their tone.  These calls go no where. When I ask for feedback, the suggestion is … to “look at more entry-level positions instead“.

After months of my ego and my confidence getting shot, I started looking into how to take this challenge and turn it into an opportunity.  I created my own unpaid adult-internship with a local ad agency.  So there I was, in my 30’s, interning because, apparently, I was un-hireable.  The decision to raise my kids killed my career.  Imagine if I stuck to the full 5 years!

Was it worth it? Absolutely.  I was there for every moment for both of my kids. As a mom, you always get the advice about how kids grow up so fast and to cherish the moments.  I did exactly that.  I walked the walk.

Was it easy? Absolutely NOT.  As someone who is career-driven, being a stay-at-home-mom took a toll on my psyche. But I’ll leave that for another post.

Where am I now? With the internship, it put a ‘recent’ line item on my resume and the responses finally started coming in. I still had to share my story to explain how I went from a mid-level manager to an intern, but now employers saw someone who was ambitious.  I got hired.

Employers are missing out on a strong breed of women
by passing over moms looking to return to the workforce.  

 

Here’s the thing – there’s no person more ambitious than a mom, especially a mom who is looking to take care of her family but also wants to take care of herself.   Employers are missing out on a strong breed of women by passing over moms looking to return to the workforce.  Our priorities are balanced.  Our goals our greater.  Our commitment is stronger.  We are not entry-level.

TREADMILL 4-6/30: Proof

TREADMILL Challenge: Day 4-6 of 30

Proof

DAY 4
“Brisk Walk (20)”

I thoroughly enjoyed my day off yesterday while feeling the reward of sore legs – proof that I’m making my body work.
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Today was a busy day of errands and a GNO (girl’s night out), leaving me little option to take a “20minute brisk walk”.  Then last minute some things moved around, giving me a brief 1-hour window.  Before I knew it, I had thrown on a sports bra and was on the treadmill doing today’s challenge.  As for the workout – easy peezy.

 

DAY 5
“Walk (4) + Run(1), x4”

This afternoon we’ll be at a party, so I planned to fit today’s Treadmill Challenge during the morning while the kids kept each other entertained.  Instead, after breakfast I fell back to sleep… while the kids kept each other entertained – proof that GNO was a good-night-out.
I finally got on the treadmill late at night and actually enjoyed today’s challenge. I can do intervals that include sprints! Short sprints. Very short sprints.

 

DAY 6
“Rest or Cross Training”

Today was a good day to have a rest day scheduled because I had a full-day out of the house.  However, I actually wanted to attempt cross training.  Key word: attempt.
In any case, I took today as a rest day, but I look foward to Day 7 of the 30 Day Treadmill Challenge. Is that proof that I’m getting into this?

Want to read all 30 Days of the Treadmill Challenge?  View the Overview page HERE

TREADMILL 1-3/30: Longest Five Minutes of My Life

TREADMILL Challenge: Day 1-3 of 30

Longest Five Minutes of My Life

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DAY 1
“pyramids: brisk walk, increase pace 0.1 every minute to run (5), then reverse”

take 1

It was a Monday morning. I woke up and put on my workout gear as self-motivation.  I ended up wearing it all day, and didn’t work out at all.

There was not even an attempt to touch my treadmill. Instead I procrastinated.  The night before I studied the Refinery29 30Day Treadmill Challenge and realized that I HAD to reformat the calendar and make my own version of it.

However, I did find myself making more “active” decisions. After picking my son up from preschool I took him to the playground to enjoy the fresh air.  Instead of playing passenger-on-his-bus or customer-at-his-ice cream-shop, we went to the empty tennis courts and played tag.  We chased each other for over 30min, laughing and sweating and enjoying each other.  When it came time to pick up his big sister from school, instead of taking the car, I pulled out the double stroller and walked the 0.8miles x2, there and back.

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With my reformatted version of the 30Day program on-hand, I set my son up on a laptop with NickJr.com and I hopped right onto the treadmill.  I didn’t give myself time to make excuses.  After the recommended warm-up, I started the “pyramid”.  I actually enjoy walking; always have.  But 5-consecutive minutes of running?! I nearly collapsed. It was the longest five minutes of my life.  Thank goodness I had my little cheerleader sitting in front of me.  “Wow, mom! You’re doing so good”, “You are sooo fast!”, “Are you done yet?”

DAY 2
“walk flat (4) + walk incline (1), x4”

With a full-day at the office and our weekly family dinner at the in-laws, I already knew fitting in the challenge today wasn’t going to happen.  But it happened!

Since both my husband and I are night owls, when he left for the gym after the kids were down, I decided to hit the treadmill.  I was fearful the machine would be loud and would wake the kids up (our home design is all open space – so i’m in the basement, but can see up to the 2nd floor), but I figured I’d deal with it if I had to deal with it.  30minutes later, I finished the workout, the kids were still sound asleep, and I still had time to take a shower before watching Stranger Things to sleep.

DAY 3
“Rest or Crossing Training”

Rest, PLEASE. Thank you!

 

Want to read all 30 Days of the Treadmill Challenge?  View the Overview page HERE

TREADMILL 0/30: Why Can’t I Wear Yoga Pants to a Wedding?

TREADMILL Challenge: Day 0 of 30

Why Can’t I Wear Yoga Pants to a Wedding?

I hate to go with such a expected choice for my next 30 day challenge, but I have my reasons.  I know a huge part of me feeling like I’m in a rut is because I’m not taking care of myself.  So, for the next 30-ish days I’m going to dust off my sneakers and get myself moving.

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It has nothing to do with how I look physically.  I’m neither “fat” nor “skinny”.  And I put those descriptors in quotes because I feel that society defines what those terms mean and why it even matters.  My weight and my shape have always fluctuated, to the point that I’m not concerned with how I look to other people.  How I feel is what made me select this challenge.  And I feel frumpy.

I’m a part-time stay-at-home-mom and get to be in casual clothes and a part-time employee in the media industry and get to be in casual clothes.  But my daily attire isn’t fitting me how I like, and getting dressed is becoming stressful.  This past weekend we had a semi-formal event and I spent almost an hour trying to find an outfit.  The end of this month we have a formal event to attend, and I’m already not looking forward to the process.  Why can’t I wear yoga pants to a wedding?

Here’s my background:

  • My current exercise routine – I don’t exercise, at all.
  • I don’t have any physical ailments holding me back
  • I’ve had periods of being a gym-rat, so I know I can do it (and have the work-out gear already).
  • I have a treadmill in my house

More importantly, here are my goals with this challenge:

  • to complete this challenge as close to 30 days as possible
  • to feel comfortable in my clothes again
  • stop being so good at making excuses
  • be more active with my kids
  • go beyond 30 days and make exercise part of my lifestyle

The program I’m following is by Refinery29.com.

Ready, Set, Let’s Go…

 

Want to read all 30 Days of the Treadmill Challenge?  View the Overview page HERE

BLOGGING 30/30: I Actually Did It!

BLOGGING Challenge: Day 30 of 30

I Actually Did It!

My first published post was on 08/09/16.  It took me 33 days to complete this challenge, and I’m not mad at that.  I still can’t believe I actually did it! When I say “it” I mean both 1) a 30 day challenge and 2) blogging.

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I’ve tried, but I’ve never completed a 30 day challenge on anything.  Now I can say that I have!  And I created a blog with no knowledge of how.  Here I am… 30 posts under my belt! I couldn’t have done it without the guidance of Sark eMedia’s program.

Here are 5 reasons I think this worked for me:

1. Daily Emails

Blogging sounds like it would be easy, but there’s an art to it if you actually want to see success. The daily emails by Sarah Arrow helped me navigate the world of blogging. The resources she provides were relevant, easy to follow and executable. Before I started, I was already behind – because I was blogging blindly.  There were a few days I skipped.  But each morning an email popped in my inbox, reminding me of why I decided to start this particular challenge.

2. Goals

On Day4 I laid out my personal goals with this challenge.  Goal One was to make and maintain my own space, on the web and in my life, giving myself a creative outlet and stimulating my brain in a way I felt I was missing. I’ve done it by dedicating time each day to enjoy the process of writing.  Goal Two was to be able to put it on my resume.  Blogging is a key element to inbound marketing and building businesses in today’s world. Through this practice, I better understand Wordpress, SEO writing and optimization.

3. Community Support

I have my personal motivators, but was extremely shy about making my blog public.  Sarah Arrow provides a safe space through her Facebook Group page where 30 Day Blogging Challengers share their daily post, and get feedback from one another.  I was so scared that I didn’t join until day7 with my post “Confession: I’m a Closet Blogger“, but since then I’ve shared all my posts.  I’m still taking baby steps out of the closet to the outside world, but have been less reluctant because of the constructive input. There are some amazingly supportive bloggers out there and I’m proud to be part of this community.

4. I enjoy writing

I guess I always have, but I didn’t realize how much.  So I’ve rediscovered my joy of writing.  I’m not the type that likes to hear myself talk, but when I start to type, it flows out of me.  I even created an extra category and posted a bonus blog.  To be able to put structure to my thoughts has been meditative and trying to make my words resonate to a audience besides myself makes me feel productive.

5. Not a business (yet)

My intent going into this was not to make money.  I know blogs have the ability to be monetized, and lucratively.  My objective on the onset has been to create valuable content.  But with Sark eMedia’s lessons, I have the tools available once the opportunity to make this something more presents itself and then I can work even harder to become the boss in my blogging niche.

So, this is the end of my first 30 Day Challenge.  The Blogging Challenge was the perfect challenge to start this side project. I learned so much about myself, which was my purpose for doing challenges.

If you’ve followed me through this journey so far, THANK YOU (you know who you are!). There’s more to come as I continue onto the next one.  So join me for my the next 30 Day Challenge.

 

CHALLENGE: BLOGGING – ✔️ COMPLETED

 

 

BLOGGING 29/30: Onto the Next One

BLOGGING Challenge: Day 29 of 30

Onto The Next One

Yesterday on my personal Facebook page I posted an inquiry to my friends: “Looking for my next 30 day challenge.  any suggestions?” The immediate responses weren’t a surprise – fitness, diet, fitness, diet, fitness.

When I started this blog I had to pick my first 30 Day Challenge; blogging wasn’t an obvious choice, but it was the best decision I made.  But even at that time, when I wasn’t exactly sure I’d complete 30 days of blogging, I was already wondering what I should do for my next challenge.  Now, here I am, almost at the end of my first challenge! And still not sure what to do next.

I decided to create some criteria for my challenge selection:

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  • Must be self-improving
    • Whether its for my health/body or mind or soul, I want to learn something new
  • Established
    • I’m not looking to create my own 30 Day program.  I’m looking for a challenge that’s already been created, one that other people have tried or have been wanting to try.
  • Free
    • For now, I don’t want to consider paid-programs.

I have a few under consideration, some typical and some a bit out-of-the box. Do you have a suggestion? Comment below! The great thing about 30 Day challenges is that they’re only 30 days. So I know whatever I pass on now, I can bank it for the future.

Stay tuned…

 

Want to read all 30 Days of the Blogging Challenge?  View the Overview page HERE