the long road to healthy

August 4, 2009

new challenge at the Sisterhood!

Filed under: C25K, fitness, weight training — karena @ 4:03 pm

21 Days with the Sisterhood!

I’ve been refreshing the Shrinking Jeans site every five minutes all day long, I swear it.  I was itching to find out what the new challenge was, and to get on with it!  And, finally, it’s up!  (Remember, I’m in  Belgium.  By the time the girls get up and moving, it’s late afternoon for me!)  So the new challenge is a relatively short one — 21 days.  The mission: form new habits.

Funny.  I always kind of think of habits as a bad thing.  I’m always trying to *break* myself of my bad habits.  Drinking, slouching, pouting when things don’t go my way… The idea of forming new, healthy habits intrigues me.  I want to approach this in a positive way.  Not, I’m going to stop drinking. Yes, I know stopping drinking would be a positive, but that statement has a negative connotation, ya know?  And besides, I’ve already got that one pretty much beat.  I haven’t been posting much these last couple weeks, but I have been busy.  I’ve been limiting my wine to one night a week, and it’s been working really well.  No jitters or anything 🙂

So, the new habits I’m going to form during this 21 day challenge:

  1. Set my alarm for 5:45 so I can get my workout in early. I love working out first thing in the morning.  I hate getting up. But when I do workout first thing in the day, I’m more motivated to stay on track with everything else.  And obviously, less likely to skip my workout!
  2. Do my best to get at least seven hours of sleep a night. My littlest is still often up during the middle of the night, and sometimes that can’t be accounted for.  But me staying up until midnight to read a trashy romance novel… well, that I can account for!
  3. Get at least 30 minutes of cardio six days a week.  Preferably 45. I’m into week two of the C25K — that covers three days.  But I want to add some cardio to the other days as well.  The more I move, the quicker the weight will move.
  4. 5 day split weight training. This is a new one for me.  Previously I’ve done upper body one day, cardio the next, then lower body, then cardio, then upper, cardio… you get the picture.  Instead, I’ll be working shoulders, chest, back/abs, bis/tris, and legs on different days, but more intensely.  This is an approach, along with the more frequent cardio, that I’ve been looking into.  What better time to try and implement it than in a 21 day challenge!
  5. Blog, blog, blog!! I’m very lax at keeping accountable, I know.  It would do me a world of good to get in here every day and journal — the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.  Even if it’s just a few words, I need to do this!

That’s my plan!  What’s yours?



  1. You’re totally right that habits usually have a negative connotation! I think it’s important to realize that we can form positive, healthy habits, though!

    I totally agree that getting up and working out first thing makes me more energized and helps me stay on track with everything else. It also helps me go to bed earlier, and sleep better!!

    Good luck with this challenge! I know you’ll do awesome at forming some fabulous new habits!

    Comment by Christy — August 4, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

  2. Good habits! I’m still doing the C25K, on week 5, and it has been so great at building my stamina!
    I love that you made blogging/keeping accountable a goal. That’s a great idea!
    Best of luck!

    Comment by Heather Damron — August 4, 2009 @ 6:32 pm

  3. You can do it and it sounds like you have some great goals! Sleep is a hard one for me, but i’m doing better! keep it up and tell us all about it so we can help keep you on track!

    Comment by Ann G — August 4, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

  4. Sleep and working out are my two biggest ones, also! I’m sure my habits will incorporate some form of one or both of those.

    Good luck this time around, Karena! You can do it!!

    Comment by Thea @ Im A Drama Mama — August 4, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

  5. Great goals! I’m not a morning person either, but I’m sure learning with the baby! I’ve got at least 18 years of being a morning person a head of me. LOL.

    Comment by Sarah — August 4, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

  6. Wow – I wish my goals were as through as yours! That is fantastic! I am sure you will do great – good luck!
    Pam – a newer sister ; )

    Comment by Pam — August 4, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

  7. Good luck with this challenge…hope you make all your new goals a reality. I loved getting up early and exercising, it was nice to have it out of the way…and I didn’t notice I was any more tired than getting a little more sleep!

    Let’s do this!

    Comment by ladybugs714 — August 5, 2009 @ 12:52 am

  8. Oh, I am so with you! I would love to get my work outs over with first thing, but I cannot stand to get up!! I know it comes from lack of sleep, which I also need to work on!

    Good luck with your goals!

    Comment by April — August 5, 2009 @ 2:20 am

  9. Great goals for the next 3 weeks! I’m planning to get up before my kids and exercise too. I hope I can make it work. I sooo hate to get up in the mornings. 🙂

    Comment by Audrey — August 5, 2009 @ 3:05 am

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