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Making A Date With YOU!

29 Mar

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Hi all!  Here we are at the end of March and if you have been a part of the 12K Challenge Team, we have been going for 8 weeks!  I am hoping in one way or another you have been making positive steps forward either in your work outs, your eating habits, or both.  I would love to hear about how you are doing and if you care to share your story – drop me a line here.

I enjoy working out with other people and setting up gym times, people to ride bike with, run with, etc… but what I wanted to do today is bottom line it…

If you are not in it for yourself it’s just not going to happen. 

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When we first started this challenge I struggled getting into a routine.  It was good to have other people around me with similar goals that I could connect with to meet at the gym, or plan a healthy outing… however, as I have known from the past and I know again now – if you are not willing to make the commitment for yourself you will not succeed.

Alright – that sounds kind of negative… but really, it is not.  Instead it is calling the truth to the surface – if your friends or family can not work out with you, do you just not do it? 

Or do you strap on your tennis shoes, and go out and do it for yourself? 

If in doubt, the answer is the latter.  😉

I am not saying I have it right… I certainly do not, but I do know that I should be pushing myself every day to feel good, and make a difference in me – physically and mentally. 

If you have slipped away from routine, fallen back into old habits, its not too late – starting today is still starting.  April is a few short days away… Lets not be “April Fools” lets get up and get out and move and start seeing the difference in yourself as there is no great motivation!

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How are you doing?  What is going well?  What can motivate you?

Month Two Of The Challenge! Add A “K”!!! (And month 1 recap)

1 Mar

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Here we go!!! Our first month is over and I hope you are all hanging in there and feeling good and productive!  Whatever “K” You started with I hope you reached your goal and I would love to hear about how you did either in the comments below, using the link sign up for your own post, or both!  😛

If you are new here and curious about the challenge here is the original sign up link.  Its never too late to begin!

Personally my goal was to start with a 5K at the gym, 3.2 miles.  When I did that the first I went to the gym in February I decided maybe I set my goal to low and sent for a 6K instead, remembering that wherever I started I had to add a “K” each month for 12 months and didn’t want to go crazy. 😀

I struggled the first week of February when I had back to back retreats and didn’t get to a gym until February 8th.  I think I did better from then on averaging between 4 -5 times a week work outs.  Eating better is something I do well for about 5 days out of the week… I am trying to improve on that as well.

As for my personal challenge of giving something up for the month – that for me was lattes and coffees at the coffee shop which I did and didnt really miss it or the calories. 😀

Here is the link for those of you who wish to write a post about your first month on the 12K Challenge:

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Now… for March!

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For those who signed up for the challenge as it was laid out:

This month your goal is to do a 2K before the end of March.  That is 1.24 miles.  You can walk it tread mill it, jog it, run it, elliptical…. whatever you wish to use to get you there in a single work out session.

Adjust to fit your needs!  😀 If this is too low, feel free to adjust to where you wish to be at…. maybe a 3k (1.86 miles)  Remember wherever you set yourself at– don’t go too high as you need to add to this each month by a “K” for the next 11 months. 

 

 

Modified Version: 

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How are you doing?  How do you feel after this first month of challenging yourself to do more?

You may wish to continue with the 1k for this month (5/8 of a mile) and stick with doing that until you are ready to do more.  You know your ability, just be sure to challenge yourself, do not make it too easy, but do not over extend yourself either.  You can walk it tread mill it, jog it, run it, elliptical…. whatever you wish to use to get you there in a single work out session.

Set your goal – and work towards it.  YOU can do it!

 

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How are you doing?  Are you feeling challenged?  I hope so.

You should be at around a 6K  this month (3.72 miles) for this month.  This is a suggestion – certainly you need to adjust higher or lower for your own goal.  You can walk it tread mill it, jog it, run it, elliptical…. whatever you wish to use to get you there in a single work out session.  Remember wherever you start you need to add the 1K (minimum) per month, ending the 12 months with a 17K for those of us who start with a 5K (10.56 mile).

Push yourself.  It is month two.  Look at February as being the warm up.  Now its time to get moving.

 

Mini BONUS Challenge for March (optional)

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For all three levels of this challenge your March bonus challenge is to try a new form or workout or a new healthy food.  Shake things up!  Your body is changing and needs to continue to be challenged.  Some ideas could be:

Take a spin class, or a weight lifting class

Try Zumba

Try jogging if you have not before

Jump Rope

Try a workout DVD

A Boot Camp

Take a dance class or a healthy cooking class

Try a new recipe that is good for you

For myself, the Insanity workout has been in my house for about 5 months and I have not touched it.  Scratch that, I did touch it.  I touched it to loan it out to a friend who said it kicked her hiney and she purchased her own.  Now it sits in the house and I am going to do it.  😯

 

I hope you are feeling changes to your energy level and starting to see changes in your body and in your eating.  I look forward to continuing this journey with you.  😀

If you have questions or thoughts on anything, please use the Forms provided.

Mid Month Check In – What Are You Doing To Shake That Work OUt Up?

15 Feb

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Here we are mid February already… a little over two weeks into our first month of the 12K Challenge.  For those participating I would be interested in hearing how you are doing.  Have you hit the challenge goals for this month?  Are you working towards it? 

Stay strong… remember each months goal will increase by a little bit but you will be stronger and healthier for it.  Remember – those of you who are signed up for the challenge did so for a reason… you wanted to challenge yourself, you wanted to be fitter, or stronger, or healthier… or all of the above. 😀

So…. what are we waiting for?

Today I wanted to post about shaking up the work out.  It is hard to get up every morning and do the same thing over and over again.  Not only does it become routine for you – it becomes routine for your body.  This means your body will sort of level  out and you will not be seeing the results you want to on the scale or in the mirror.

This is why it is fun to shake things up in a way that shakes up your work out routine puts a jump start back on your goals and if you do it right… can also be a lot of fun!

I personally have found myself enjoying events that are around the state I live in, fun to participate in and a great way to hang out with friends and make new ones as well. The next one on my calendar is The Get Lucky.  It is a 7k run on March 16th.  Today, looking out the window at all the snow its hard to think I will be doing a 7K in a months time… 😛

But  – here’s the kicker.  By putting an event like that on my calendar, I will train for it.  Knowing that is coming up will motivate me to go to the gym.  I have been doing events like these for a couple of years not and they are super fun… and super addicting. 😀

You probably have events such as this in your area of the world.  Google your state and add the word(s) 5k or mud run or cycling.  Check out the chamber of commerce websites for cities near you.  One website to check out would be Active.com, which lists physical events around the world.  Ortho.com is mainly Minnesota and Chicago but has some fun events as well.

Please share any events that you have participated in or plan to participate in.  😀

Kick Off Day – It’s Not To Late To Join In!!!

1 Feb

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Happy Kick Off Day!  Yes the 2013 12K Challenge start is right here.  Hopefully you have signed up early, prepped yourself for what this challenge may look like for you – and of course envisioned where you will be 12 months from now. 😀

If You have not signed up yet but wish to do so…. ABSOLUTELY!  Here is where you can sign up and read all about what the 12K challenge is.

And now… here is the February Challenge:

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For those who signed up for the challenge as it was laid out:

This month your goal is do do a 1K before the end of February.  That is 5/8 of a mile, 3300 feet.  You can walk it tread mill it, jog it, run it, elliptical…. whatever you wish to use to get you there in a single work out session.

If this is too low a of a starting goal, feel free to adjust to where you wish to start at…. maybe a 2k (1.24 miles)  Remember wherever you start – don’t start too high as you need to add to this each month by a “K” for the next 12 months. 

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Modified Version: 

You may wish to start with the 1k for this month (5/8 of a mile) and stick with doing that for the first few months of the challenge repeating it for March and April… until you are ready to do more.  You know your ability, just be sure to challenge yourself, do not make it too easy, but do not over extend yourself either.  You can walk it tread mill it, jog it, run it, elliptical…. whatever you wish to use to get you there in a single work out session.

Set your goal – and work towards it.  YOU can do it!

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Advanced:

My recommendation for advanced is to start with a 5K (3.2 miles) for this month.  You can walk it tread mill it, jog it, run it, elliptical…. whatever you wish to use to get you there in a single work out session.  Remember wherever you start you need to add the 1K (minimum) per month, ending the 12 months with a 17K for those of us who start with a 5K (10.56 mile).

Be sure to write down your goal and share it with others.  Its easier to stay on track if others know what you are doing and can be an encouragement to you.  It’s much easier to give up on something that no one knew you were a part of anyway.  DO what you need to hold yourself accountable”

1.  Get a work out buddy

2.  Talk to a friend or family member about your monthly goal

3.  Scheldule your work outs like you would an important appointment.  Do not miss your appointments for a healthier stronger you!

4.  Picture yourself down the road 6 months… what are you doing?  Are you running in a local event?  Are you participating in activities that you have only previously observed?  How do you look?  Are you stronger?  Leaner?  More self assured?  Hold on to those images.

5.  Write it down!  If you blog there is a place to write your own starting post and link it up below.  If you do not blog, write it in a journal or start a goal notebook.  Refer to your goal often.  Know it.  Reach it.

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Mini BONUS Challenge for February (optional)

For all three levels of this challenge your February bonus challenge is to drop a habit this month that may not be the best for you.  You are only dropping it for a month and are more then welcome to add it back in March.  Ideas may be:

Lose your latte habit

Let go of a not so healthy snack:  chips, a favorite candy, chocolate,desserts

Fast Food

Lowering your TV watching

To work up to your goals, try to do a little bit 4 to 5 times a week.  Take walks, jog, try something new – snow shoeing, skiing, racquet ball, a class at a  gym, hiking with friends… If you keep it fun and interesting, you will forget you are working out and instead you will be having fun.

We all like fun right?  😛

For myself, I am starting with a 5K this month.   I will probably do it at the gym on the treadmill as Minnesota right now is freakishly cold outside.  😀  My big goal for the year is to at some point this fall, run a half marathon.  For the habit I am going to drop is the delicious green tea Latte I like to pick up from Caribou Coffee several times a week.  Its a good 200+ calories that I can put to better use.

Add your thoughts on this kick off month either by linking them below or writing them in the comment space.  If you have questions or thoughts on a post, please use the Forms provided.

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Be sure to pop in on the other participants and cheer them on!

The Challenge!

15 Jan

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Finally!  I am getting this challenge going!  😀  Life took on a BUSY season and I was hoping to have this up mid December and kick off January 1st, but instead we will be officially kicking off on February 1.

So what is the 12K challenge?  It is a fitness challenge that I believe *almost anyone can do no matter your age, weight, or fitness level.  Together I am asking those of you who join me to participate in a wellness program that will hopefully as a group lead us to healthier habits for our bodies, better shape, and a better fitness level.

Each month – your basic goal will be to take it 1K at a time.  A 1K is 5/8 of a mile.  Each month we will add to that another K.  This is your basic goal in this challenge – you can walk it, run it, tread mill it, elliptical it, whatever works for you.  The goal is by the end of each month to have completed the challenge and by January 2014, be able to do a 12K which is 7.46 miles.

You know those people who are always doing 5k’s and you are thinking wow!  That is amazing!  They are actually running/walking 3.2 miles.  When you break it down… it really is doable.

 

But….

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But…. what if there is no way I can physically do this challenge?  No worries, there are no wrong ways of doing this.  If due to health or other reasons this would not work for you, there will be a modified version where we will convert the K’s into minutes of what you can do.  Simply let me know in the form below if you need a modified program.  *As always, be sure any workout you do is approved by your doctor.

 

 

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But…this is not a challenge for me, I am already doing 5 and 10K’s and need something more to keep me motivated.  In your case, you would be in an advanced challenge.  Maybe by the end of a 12 month period your goal may be a Half Marathon (13.10 miles) or a whole marathon (26.21 miles).  Simply let me know in the form below if you need a modified program.  *As always, be sure any workout you do is approved by your doctor.

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This is perfect!  It’s just the motivation I need to get moving towards a healthier me!  Awesome, glad to have you on board!  I hope that as a group we can motivate one another to reach our goals.

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1.  I am setting up a Facebook group for additional tips and support of one another.  It will be optional to join but if you are looking for an extra boost, advice, food tips, etc… this may be something you want to take a look at.  Our group will be closed, meaning invite only so you must sign upon the form to request access.

2.  I am also working on a random generator that will be on this page soon.  This generator will give you a random 20 minute work out goal for each day, anything from walking, lunges, stretching to dancing. 

3.  Throughout the week I will be posting here my fitness ideas, goals and anything in between so pop in often. 

4.  A question form will be set up for any questions you may have and if I do not have the answer, I will try to find someone who does and may post your questions anonymously if I feel it is something others may benefit from as well. 

5.  On Saturdays I will post healthy recipes here.

6.  Occasionally there will be guest posts from friends of mine who are reaching their goals, and perhaps even you if you have a story you would like to share that fits with what we are doing here.

7.  At the end of each month we will have a check in post where you are welcome to share how you are doing in the comment section or by writing your own post (if you have a blog) and I will have an area where you can link it so we can visit and cheer you on.

8.  That’s the basics of it.  Again, no matter what your fitness level, this can work for you!  Let’s make 2013 a year to remember, to feel and be healthier, inside and out.

To participate please fill out the form.  Your information will be confidential.

An email will be sent to you confirming your participation.  YAY Team!!!  Lets get moving!  Remember, we officially will start here on February 1, but you may get started any time.

A New Beginning.

13 Nov

 

 

Welcome back to the very VERY neglected blog, Team Kickin It.  I started this blog back at the beginning of 2012 with great ideas of how it would keep me on track and …

well yeah.

That did not happen.

However, I am here this morning to let you know that I am dusting off this blog (and myself) and starting again.  If you read my post this morning at Book Journey I lay out the truth about my life right now and my desire to get fit and healthy again and I am feeling that I am ready.  😀

I love that there are other book loving friends who also have blogs on fitness tips – food, health, etc, which I think is an awesome mix!  If you have not checked out these blogs check out Reagan’s Get Fit 2.0 (she really has been a rock star and is seeing AMAZING results!  Also check out Amanda’s Reading and Running blog.  She posts yummy yummy recipes and I love her tips on keeping it real. 😀

Ok… so hopefully I will be posting regular updates here… the good the bad… and the “ugh, I can’t believe I ate that!”  Feel free to join me in all of the above. 😀

Spring Forward!

11 Mar

As I was reading yesterday afternoon, in the back of my mind kept floating up all the events as they are getting closer…. bike rides, dashes, runs…. and I have not pushed myself as much as I had planned to… which honestly, if I would have been more dedicated when I started in January… I would be (should be) pretty close to my fitness goals by now.  Now that is a bummer thought.

Today is a symbolic day… it is a day in the states when we set our clocks forward an hour.  However for me, I am also looking at it is a “COME ON GET GOING spring forward as well.

That said, lets hope each of us has a little spring in our step today… make the most of our time to be healthy, to get healthy, Be healthy.

For me, I am working on better eating habits.  I can not control every day when we are out or have events but I can control what I eat on most days… no excuses.

Anyone else springing forward with any positive plans?