Monday, August 19, 2013

Back to School Challenge

My kids are headed back to school next week and that means more time for me during the day! At least that's what I'm hoping for. This year all my kids will be in school all day which is a big change for me. Last year I had one in school all day, one in half day and one not in school yet. The kindergarten program changed from half day to full day this year so they all get to go for a full day. I'm excited and so are they! They get to ride the bus together both ways and I don't have to make a trip to the school in the middle of the day! Woohoo!

With this added "free time" (ok it's not really going to be free time because I still have plenty of things to keep me busy) I decided that I really want to spend some time focused on helping others achieve some fitness goals, not to mention achieving some of my own! So I'm issuing a CHALLENGE to all of you! This is going to be a great group of people working to support and encourage each other, and you will be held accountable for what you do and don't do! I think it's at least 10 times harder to reach a goal without a support group or accountability than if you have some. When I started my weight loss journey I didn't want to attend any type of support group. I just didn't feel like I had the time or the money to join one of those types of groups. So I did it on my own. That's how I always looked at it. But in reality I felt like I was being held accountable because I saw a few key people who knew I was trying to lose weight at least once a week and they always asked how I was doing. They also did a great job of encouraging me by complimenting me on my progress and noticing my progress without me saying anything! Looking back though I think I would have lost the weight faster if I had taken part in one of these challenges. You don't have to leave your home. You simply check in at least once a day on Facebook but there is a ton of support and motivation for you!

I didn't like exercising when I first started. It was something that I had to force myself to do and it was easy to find an excuse for not working out. However, I quickly found that it was a great way for me to rejuvenate! I started working out at night after I put my kids to bed. My husband was working swing shift so I had a couple of hours after the kids went to bed before he got home which turned out to be perfect! I had time to work out, take a long hot shower and sometimes even sit down and relax a little before he got home. I started to really look forward to that time. When I started working out in the mornings instead of at night I found that the feeling followed me. The kids were usually up while I worked out but what a great example I was setting! That left my evenings free to sit down and relax with my husband! No matter what time of the day I worked out I found that it helped me feel better, not just physically but also emotionally. This challenge lets you workout at home, on your own time schedule so you pick what works for you! You will be amazed at the difference it will make in your life!

If you are ready to take this challenge leave me a comment and I'll send you the details! I hope all of you will join me! It's going to be amazing!!

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