Small Successes

Every year, we have the Colonel’s Challenge at work. It’s a exercise challenge spanning 10 weeks that includes resistance, aerobic, push-ups/sit-ups, and weight loss. In previous years, I focused on weight lifting routines and running with my sis-in-law to reach the goals. This year marks a shift in my priorities, abandoning any sort of predetermined schedule in favor of whatever I can accomplish while at work.

The challenge ended on Sunday.

As you can see, I didn’t reach all the goals. I gave up on the sit-ups and push-ups after my back started hurting, and I just don’t have time to get 3 hours of aerobic activity in a week. But I’ve improved on the number of pull-ups I can do, and I’ve been good with getting 50 kettle bell swings done before I break my fast. Intermittent fasting is going well. I lost 6 pounds over the 10 week challenge by limiting myself to eating only between the hours of 11 and 7, and then breaking my fast with collagen enhanced bone broth. I lost an additional 4 pounds when I got sick for three days and stopped eating all together. By end of challenge on Sunday, I was down 10 pounds from my initial weight.

I don’t recommend illness as a weight loss choice. It isn’t much fun. But hey, I’m getting closer to my goal weight, so at least there’s that!

Did you set any fitness goals? Have you been able to stick to them? Have you managed to stay healthy during a viral outbreak?

Loni Townsend

About Loni Townsend

Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel.

9 thoughts on “Small Successes

  1. It is challenging to maintain an exercise regimen when you have kiddos at home that need your attention. So, great job on what you were able to do.

  2. If you lost weight, then I’d count it as a win!

  3. That’s something to be proud of! I’ve been trying to shake the same pounds for the last twenty years. I am so unmotivated.

  4. I actually DO have fitness goals – and it’s to start toning up and *solidly* working out beginning summer. We walk each evening right now, but I think we may put an actual plan in place closer to the wedding. Congrats on reaching your goals!

  5. I did my workout video (upper body) twice this week…except for the push-ups. (I don’t do push-ups.) Does that count? LOL

    Good for you. I dropped 25 pounds between Labor day and Thanksgiving, but then I got off track and stalled. I ate much better this week, but I can’t seem to get back to losing 2 lbs. a week like I was last year.

    I did write over 1700 words in the last 3 days, so there’s that.

  6. I think I’m pretty healthy, but it’s primarily my state of mind rather than any physical fitness. Good for you for taking care of yourself.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  7. Any success – big or small or somewhere in between – is something to be celebrated. Good for you!

    I’m working on a few health tweaks, not doing too badly. I’ve been using my standing desk a lot more so that’s something. 🙂

  8. I don’t have fitness goals, but I do put exercises on my todo list to try to regularly get some in each week.

  9. Anna

    Any success is a great success. Celebrate. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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