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12 Months to a Healthier You: Week 1 Check-in

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Are you joining us for the 12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge? If so, it’s Friday and guess what that means? It’s time for our weekly check-in to post our progress.

January’s Challenge:

We’re focusing on developing the habit of exercising more in January. I encourage you to set a simple and doable goal for exercise and to stick with it.

If you haven’t set your January Exercise Goal yet, be sure to do so and then leave a comment on this post telling us what your goal is. New to this challenge? Read more details on the plan for this year here.

12 Months to a Healthier You

My Exercise Goal for January

My goal for January is to consistently exercise at least 5 times per week. I plan to follow the P90X workout schedule except for the days when I’m traveling/out of town. On those days, I plan to stick with cardio/running.

This Week’s Progress:

I started P90X on Wednesday. I’ve gone through the program before, but it’s been quite a while and the first day kicked my tail.

The second day wasn’t quite as bad. And today (the third day), I actually woke up excited to exercise. In fact, I rolled out of bed, changed into my workout clothes, and started exercising first thing!

I’m incredibly encouraged (albeit a bit sore!) because after just three days, I feel stronger and healthier. I am especially thankful because I’ve been feeling somewhat in a funk the past few weeks and I’ve felt so much more energetic the past three days. I really think it has to do with starting my day with strenuous exercise.

It’s amazing how much good exercise does for your overall well-being! I’m hoping my enthusiasm doesn’t wear off as the days go by! 🙂

How Are YOU Doing?

Leave a comment telling us how you did on your exercise goals this past week. If you’re blogging about this challenge, leave the direct link to your blog post about the challenge below.

Are you on social media? You can also share your progress on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter by using hashtag #12MonthstoaHealthierYou.


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97 Comments

  • Jessica says:

    I have a fitbit, yesterday I did 7,455 steps (that was low!), January 1 I did 15,109; today I have 7700 so far. My goal is 70,000 steps a week. The fitbit also tracks stairs, calories, sleep.

    • Brenda says:

      Is Fitbit a device or an app?

      • Janet says:

        Fitbit is a device that helps your track your activity level and steps during the day. It has an app with it that allows you to see what you are doing through out the day. The App (or website) also has a place where you can journal your food and water intake. I got one for Christmas this year and I love it.

      • Debbie says:

        I read somewhere that if you have an iPhone, you can download the app without buying the FitBit device and it tracks several of the metrics the device tracks. I do not have an iPhone, but I do have a FitBit and I love it! I find the sleep metric the most fascinating.

    • Beth says:

      I love my fitbit! I’m trying for 12,000 steps each day. 4,000 steps can easily be done with a brisk 30 minute walk.

  • Laura R says:

    I started my BeFitIn90 videos on Wednesday too. Day 1 kicked my behind & I was so sore, but I did Day 2 anyway. It was easier than I anticipated & I felt so proud when I was done. While today is a “rest” day [they’re pre-built into the program] I’m taking a walk anyway. Cheers!

  • Ann says:

    My goal is to walk/run 50 mins 5x a week and consume 1500 cals/day. I finished day four today. I love it! I have about 30 lbs of “baby” weight to lose (baby is almost three!). So far I’ve lost 5 lbs. I’m committed to this being the year (finally) where exercise and healthy eating become a lifetime priority. I’d even like to be able to work up to a 10k race or even a half marathon (someday!!). So, thanks for the 12 month challenge!

  • Victoria says:

    I bought myself a simple pedometer and am wearing it around the house. My goal is to make 5000 steps a day as my daily running and biking easily add up to an additional 5000. I have put on 10 pounds since I started blogging two years ago, and when I was trying to figure out why it hit me, I use to spend 10 to 20 hours a week rolling a paint roller up and down walls now I sit on my bottom and typing. I am not burning the calories I once was when I worked out and painted yet I am still eating the same way. To up my movement I am planing to start using a fitness ball instead of my comfy chair when doing a lot of my blog work and I started doing our stairs twice each time I need to use them. It looks funny and my family thinks I am crazy but it really helps me take a lot more steps.

  • Rose says:

    used treadmill 4 out of 5 days, and lost 2 lbs : )

  • Mary G. says:

    I have osteopenia and would like avoid the medications typically prescribed for it if I can, so my health fitness goals, along with continuing to improve upon our whole foods diet (and increasing the amount of calcium in my diet) and getting in the hour-long walk I have every day with my dog, is to increase the amount of strengthening exercises I do and to be more specific in my goals in that area. Right now I’m using 5 LB hand weights. I’d like to move up to 8 LB by mid-year. I’ve also just started using 3 LB leg weights, so I’m planning to move up to 5 LB leg weights by mid-year. In addition, one of my goals is to hike every weekend with my husband and dog.

    • Brenda says:

      Hiking every weekend with the husband sounds like an awesomely enjoyable form of exercise (well, ok… maybe not here in IN this cold winter). I love that idea.

  • Dacha says:

    I kept up my usual running routine – some what of a challenge because of a current winter break (3 boys at home + daddy as well= lots of wonderful family moments, but not much of a usual routine). Today we woke up late & I had to give up my yoga session, but motivated everyone for a 2,5 hours hike instead! I have an additional health challenge this year as I want to finally get rid of a nasty habit of snacking after dîner until right before bed time. One of the strategies I use is always having a cup of hot herbal tea next to me at this time. So far – not so bad. Oh & keeping up one yoga stretch morning/ evening so far!

  • Kathy says:

    I decided to get healthy after seeing my backside on video. I always knew what my front looked like, but never the backside. I started exercising the day after Christmas by walking a mile in 20 minutes. I have continued this everyday since that day. Starting today I am committing to 2 miles. Next week I plan on starting up kickboxing and a yoga along with the walking two miles. My baby weight needs to come off considering my babies are 5 & 4. I had two cesarean sections 15 months apart. NO MORE EXCUSES!!

  • Carri Duke says:

    I am just now joining the challenge but I am excited! This challenge is perfect for me. I underwent 2 unexpected therefore unplanned surgeries just before Christmas that literally saved my life. So getting back into a healthier routine is definitely one of my goals. My goal for this month, since I am still on some exercise restrictions, is to walk at least 4 times a week for 30 minutes or more. I was just released to walk, which is killing me because I was an avid runner before the surgeries, this past week so I have only gotten a couple of says in this week but plan on doing more next week.

  • Kim says:

    I did three days this week. My goal is 4. I am using a tae bo dvd. I seem to get better results than with some of the other dvds I have used.

    Next month or maybe sooner, I will starting alternating and add pilates to the workout.

    Thanks for the motivation.

  • Jessica says:

    I am going to join as well! I already challenged myself to run every day in January and am also doing a green smoothie everyday and at least 64 oz of water. So far so good, I have run 1 mile Wednesday, 2.35 miles Thursday, and 2 miles of sprints today. Good luck to everyone with their challenges!

  • Maria says:

    I didn’t have a fitness goal, though I wanted to spend more time focusing on me (now that my babies aren’t babies anymore). Reading your goals made me decide I could probably start my fitness DVDs again. I don’t need to lose weight, but I don’t need to gain any, either. I’m focusing on just doing Denise Austin’s Daily Dozen workout every morning. January 1st I didn’t do anything, so on the second I did the two sculpting workouts. I did this morning’s. My abs have been rather sore ever since I started! I didn’t think I was that much out of shape!

  • Anna says:

    I am aiming for 12,000 steps a day 5 times a week. I started already and have approximately 24, 000 completed. I joined my work fitness plan (earn prizes), my health plan fitness plan (earn prizes) and Walgreen’s fitness plan (earn bonus points). I earned several items last year for walking. Good way to earn a bit of Xmas funds.

  • Sheri says:

    I committed to 6 days a week of walking and I have been successful so far. Looking forward to continuing with this goal.

  • Kristi says:

    My goal is to work out at least 3 times per week either at home or at Planet Fitness.

  • Amanda says:

    I didn’t get to work out yest and won’t be able to today. I haven’t been lazy though. Cleaning out closets and taking pics of everything to sell on a Facebook page. I’m using the $ earned to make a few home improvements before putting home on market. I don’t want to dip into my “New home fund” 🙂 I do plan on running or something tomorrow morning!!!

  • Amanda says:

    I didn’t get to work out yest and won’t be able to today. I haven’t been lazy though. Cleaning out closets and taking pics of everything to sell on a Facebook page. I’m using the $ earned to make a few home improvements before putting home on market. I don’t want to dip into my “New home fund” 🙂 I do plan on running or something tomorrow morning!!!

  • Sheila says:

    I am glad I started my goals for Monday, despite New Year’s being in the middle of it. Only because I did well on Monday and Tuesday am I still on track with my staying active. Because of a winter storm the past 2 days and my gym being closed Tuesday and Wednesday, I have missed my gym workout goals. That is the blessing of having treadmill at home. Though must admit the storm and life happening prevented me from hitting my goals on Wednesday and Thursday. If I get out to gym tomorrow as planned will have 2 instead of my 3-4 gym workouts, but still on track to have 5 days on treadmill, even with having 2 off days in middle. I will just have to use my normal down day on Sunday for a little bit of treadmill in the midst of it. I refuse to give up.

  • Brenda says:

    I have the goal of, starting this coming Monday, getting up at 6:00 a.m. to walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes, 5 days a week.

    I’ll be honest. It’s incredibly scary to me. I’d rather make a safe goal of “exercise 3 times a week whenever it fits in”. But I know that I will make no progress. There will always be some reason why it doesn’t fit in. I think I’m finding out that I’m a kick in the pants sort of person. If it’s gonna change, I gotta jump in with both feet rather than easing in.

  • Kerri says:

    My goal is to work out for at least 30 minutes for 4x each week.

    I am on track to reach my goal. I am working out at home using a workout plan I found on my Lift app. It requires no equipment and I can do it with my children underfoot if needed. They actually enjoy working out with Mummy and it keeps me motivated to finish the entire routine. 🙂

  • Lesley says:

    Since January 1st was only 2 days ago, I have done really good! 🙂 I exercised both days with 40 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of yoga for a total of 60 minutes each day.

  • Gwen says:

    Going to get back into my walking regiment with Leslie Sansone. I am looking forward to it immensely. I really love exercising and got behind due to health issues.

  • Jennifer says:

    I just found out about this challenge, but I’m so glad I did! I want to exercise, but I have to be careful due to bottomed-out adrenals. However, that said, my goal is to do Pilates 3 times a week and surge training two times per week. Very doable and it gets my tush out of bed! Looking forward to reporting on my progress next week!!

    • Susan says:

      Today was my first day of participating in the Healthier You Challenge.

      My goal is to walk on slopes 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week. That
      translates to a little more than 15 minutes uphill and a little less than
      15 minutes downhill. (Because walking uphill is slower for me at present.)

      I walked uphill (and then back down) in a canyon where I have walked
      often before. Since this walk is so familiar to me, I was able to easily
      notice that the walk was harder than it had been before I stop exercising
      (and gained some weight) two months ago. (Life events.)

      I was very glad to be exercising again!

  • Alexa says:

    I started Jillian Michael’s 6 weeks to 6 pack abs on Monday. It’s got a ton of cardio in it and I realized just how out of shape I truly am. My goal is to do it three times per week. It’s kicking my butt, hopefully by next week it’ll get a little easier. I am thinking about mixing in some Yoga another two days per week, too.

  • Sara says:

    My goal was 4 days a week. So far, I have only nailed one due to crazy schedule with kids home and hubby out of town. Planning on a long run this weekend and hopefully a workout Sunday too to get my week going!

  • Kellie says:

    I committed to 3 days of jogging on the treadmill and 2 of strength training in between, but I wasn’t planning on starting (resuming) until next week. We just got back in town from holiday travel and are hosting a birthday party tomorrow, so next week I’ll get back into my regular schedule. It will be tough because I will have taken a 2 week break from exercise, so I’m glad for the accountability. 🙂

  • Cindy says:

    My fitness goal for 2014 is to walk/run 1000 miles! We had lots of rain the past two days and I’m not a member of a gym, nor do I have a treadmill, so I am headed out to play catch up! Working to lose 30 lbs by summer!

  • Angela says:

    So far, so good. I have one more 30 mins of exercise tomorrow to complete the first week. Thanks for keeping us accountable!

  • Jessica says:

    I do Fit Yummy Mummy workouts, which are 3 days resistance training and 3 days interval training. Each is intense, but only 15-20 minutes. I’ve done FYM workouts for a couple years now, but I’m on a special workout plan because I purchased her Transformation Challenge package. It’s intense! My goal is to complete weeks 1-4 of this workout, and that includes 6 days a week working out. You’re allowed to double up on a day if your schedule is full, as long as you have 3 RT and 3 IT. I love it! I started Monday, and will make it through week 1 if I work out tomorrow!

    Crystal, I love this challenge! You are so inspiring, and your blog keeps me motivated in so many ways. Thank you!

  • Mandi says:

    Since the first, I got in a 4 mile run and an 8 mile run (that was today- and it was hard!) and did Level 3 of 30 Day Shred. I am aiming for 5 to 6 days a week of either running or JM dvd so I am on track. I didn’t get to my workout yesterday until it was almost time to start dinner (I usually do it first thing in the morning) but decided to go for it anyway. I was glad I did!

  • Gladys says:

    Hi, I have as well goals for this year. I want to go back to my 150 weight and be healthier and more active. I plan to used t25 from Beachbody and shakeology as my shake daily. so far I have lost 20 pounds, I have 30 more to go. Looking forward to a life of positive change and positive attitude. by the way, I love your posts. 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    Since Sunday, I’ve alternated Chalene Extreme Burn workouts and the Firestarter class for Turbo Fire. By Saturday, I will have reached my goal of working out 6X this week.

    Tomorrow I’ll be starting the Turbo Fire program using the schedule provided in the set. Can’t wait to start it!!

  • I pulled out an ancient step video today and had a ton of fun doing it – I’d forgotten how fun it can be and I just couldn’t face the treadmill!

  • Shelley says:

    Completed first 4 days of t25. Will have a double workout tomorrow.

    • Michelle says:

      Shelley, I love that program! I made it to the halfway point right before the holidays and now may need to start over 🙂 It’s tough…but 25 minutes makes it so much more doable!

  • Phyllis says:

    As I just started the challenge am a little behind however…I have been walking for an hour with my husband after work. Swimming class starts the 13th so will be getting 1.5mi/week in there. Have a weight workout scheduled for tomorrow and next Weds.

  • Karen says:

    Due to a chest cold, having the stomach bug, and being at a convention, I’ve worked out once this week. I don’t feel bad though as I had so much stacked against me!

  • Loan Nguyen says:

    I just saw this post and immediately got up to do my workout 🙂 3rd day in a row so far! And tomorrow is walk/hike with a buddy day. Thanks for doing this Crystal, it’s very encouraging (and helpful) to read about everyone’s progress & experiences.

  • kathy says:

    Not much to report. Started Wednesday, did my crunches, squats, etc. One day of walking and now today feeling like I’m getting sick. I just found out about T-Tapp though so I’ve been checking that out and hovering over the “purchase” button. Good job to everyone doing this challenge!

  • jk says:

    Thanks to your blog, I found out about the great fitness videos online (befit, fitnessblender, etc,) and have been working out at home 5-6x a week. It has made a tremendous difference as I was suffering from postpartum depression and just 30 min. of intense workout a day gives me enough endorphins to stave off the blues.

  • michelle says:

    I started the Insanity program on Wednesday. I’m planning to follow the schedule (which is a 6 day schedule), but I’m only committing to 5 days a week. I did it 2 years ago and it’s kicking my butt again this time! 🙂 Ready to get back in shape and have more energy!!!

  • Charlene Fergusson says:

    Started on Wed I’m doing 2 daily challenges from Curves and a squat challenge every day and on Thurs and today I started a Jillian Micheals curves workout. My entire body is hurting.

  • Bonnie says:

    Hi, I’d love to join you guys. I’m wondering though, and without going inttoo much detail, if anyone here struggles with chronic pain and fatigue? I was recently told i may have a pain disorder, and although i stay active around the house, plus i have an active eight month old,i don’t get out much. Us like to try something reasonable, but am afraid of failure due to the fact that i never know how i am going to feel when i wake up in the morning. Two years ago i would have jumped right in with done of the regimes you gals have mentioned, but i know that’s not attainable right now. Any suggestions? I do need to do this for me!

    • Lynn says:

      Bonnie, health issues are a factor for me, too, so some of the things others are doing aren’t an option for me, but I’ve decided that making the commitment to do SOMETHING every day toward my goal of incorporating more exercise is enough. I enjoy seeing the goals others are working toward, but I know for me I have to set my sights a little lower. 😉
      I’d encourage you not to see it as a failure if you have a bad pain day one day, just acknowledge it and do something that IS within your capabilities for that day. Then when you have a better day, push yourself to do something a little more challenging. That’s the only way I can participate, but it’s ENOUGH, and joining this challenge was the motivation I needed to get started on focusing on a healthier year ahead. Hopefully that might work for you, too. I hope to see you posting your progress. Best of luck!

  • April says:

    I just signed up for the challenge tonight, so not much to report, but I did get on the elliptical this morning for 30 minutes. Looking forward to checking in next week!

  • Wendy Klik says:

    Thanks for hosting. I registered for a kickboxing class. I love doing challenges because they make me accountable.

  • Lori says:

    I would like to join as well. I’ve been exercising regularly for the past two years, but for the last two months I’ve slacked off a bit. I had some health issues and then the holidays arrived so I took that as an excuse. Thankfully, I’ve only gained 2 pounds, but I lost some muscle & strength and need to gain that back.

    My goal is to continue doing CrossFit 3 times a week and to add something else once or twice a week, even if it’s just stretching (which I definitely need). CrossFit has been a life saver for me, it’s the only thing that has worked, probably because the workouts change constantly (which can be a little scary at times). The good thing is that the coaches adjust my workouts, since I can’t do everything yet.

    I led a sedentary lifestyle for many years and my body suffered severe consequences because of this (T2 Diabetes, etc.). Losing weight, building muscle & endurance is taking a long time, but I keep reminding myself that it took years to put on the weight so it will take years to undo all the damage that it caused.

    Looking forward to a healthier 2014!

    Lori

  • Allison says:

    Completed C25K Week 1 this week!!

    I’ve also been having fun with my new fitbit – it’s encouraged me to take more steps during the day by doing little things such as using the restroom upstairs at work and parking at the end of the parking lot (even in this cold weather). Everyday I’m seeing my steps go up and calorie count go down to be in my healthy range, as I’m also becoming more aware of the food I’m consuming.

  • Sheryl says:

    I haven’t started anything. I haven’t even written my goals for 2014 down! Your post challenged me to think about what I want to accomplish this year. I decided I needed events to get back on the running band wagon. So I decided I would run a 5k each month with the final being Jan 1, 2015. I even sat down and picked a race for each month and printed out a training plan to get ready for the first one on Feb 8. I’ll be heading to the gym tomorrow to get started. Yay! I’m so ready for this Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Shelley says:

    My goalmformthisnweek was walking 30 min a day. I have done this and lost 1 pound since Dec 31. Next week is couch to 5K 3 days and 3 days of weights.
    Thank you for the challenge.

    • Pamela says:

      I did C25K last summer and it was great. If you can make it past the mid way point or so you might fall in love with it!

  • Telena says:

    I got a late start this week as I just started today but it felt great to get some exercise in! I’m gonna plan to exercise through the weekend so I get my 3 days in this week.

  • Tina says:

    Short-term goal is to exercise 3x per week — hope to get it up to 5 by the end of the year.

  • Stacy says:

    Starting next week, treadmill 3 times/week. Maybe first thing in the morning?

  • Pamela says:

    Being pregnant, my goals aren’t earth shattering. However I want to walk 5 days a week if it gets above freezing and winds are less than 20 mph. Doing well so far : I walked 2 times since the first.

    Trying to get my fit it as close to 8000 steps a day as possible!

  • Lynn says:

    I am a cancer survivor with only one lung remaining, and COPD. The drugs I’m on and the limited activity I’ve been doing due to breathing issues have resulted in a lot of weight gain, which makes it even harder to breathe….vicious cycle. So I decided to move more in all my daily activities, even do a few dance steps as I move around the house, make a few more trips away from my desk at work, and also include BREATHING exercises in my daily routines, something I had never considered before. My mini dachshund is now joining me in dancing whenever “Bad Romance” comes on!

  • Quintana says:

    I just saw this challenge. But I bought a new treadmill with Christmas/Birthday money and started on it Monday. I just finished day 4 on the treadmill. I commit to 4 days on the treadmill and either 30-day shred or weight loss yoga in between. I can’t wait for school to kick back in gear so I can get on a schedule again.

  • elizabeth says:

    Just now seeing this, but I think I am going to try to do 100 jumping jacks a day. Small goal but I think doable with small kids.

  • Joye says:

    I’ve stuck to my plan, but it’s sort of discouraging when wii fit tells me I’ve gained three pounds. That seems to be the thing with me, I start working out, and I start changing my diet and I work really hard, but see no results on the scale. It’s frustrating, but I’m determined to keep going. Even if I don’t get thinner, I hope that I will start feeling better.

  • Melissa says:

    I just jumped on board with the challenge today, but I got my first workout done too! I made myself brave the cold wind/below freezing temps here in NC and got to the gym for my normal Step class I take on Sat. mornings. Then, they were introducing a new class, called Shockwave, that I joined in afterwards to check out. Saying I am “spent” is an understatement, but it felt SO good to get back on track! Yay! Here’s to the next week of the challenge starting and being accountable to stay committed!

  • Jen says:

    I totally resonate! I have been putting off starting a prenatal exercise program because I am already so tired with two littles, and figured I needed to conserve my energy. But I’ve done it every day this week and have felt better and have had more energy than I have in several months! Woo hoo!

  • Jerilyn says:

    I started working out right before new years. Every day so far. Its only a recumbant bike but combining that with diet changes i feel so much better! My energy is higher!

  • sona says:

    I know you are all younger, but anyone have some ideas, videos etc for those of us over 50 beside walking? Dr says I can do anything I can tolerate:)

    • Rose says:

      I am 55 and use the treadmill. I know it is still walking, but I go as slow as I need to in order to build up to a better time and speed. Also walking videos are kind of fun and an easy one is called ” Walk Away The Pounds” the first one is Easy Walk, Mile 1 and you can go only as far as your able and just stop. also the people on there are ALL different sizes, not all skinny, so you feel better about it : ) I can only get through the very beginning so far. only like a 1/2 mile. Other than walking, if you like water, is there a program for older adults in your town that offers water aerobics? They have that here, unfortunately the times do not work for me with my work schedule : (
      If you want an encouragement buddy, let me know!

  • Kim says:

    I rejoined curves my goal is five days a week. I joined last may and did great, after an unexpected hysterectomy in July. I had to stop for a while. Now I am back and going to try even harder. 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    I need motivation and need this challenge. I have not been active lately so I am going to start small and shoot for 30 min of exercise 4 days a week. I will walk or do videos at home. I hope to keep this up the whole month and then add to this each month.

  • I know I’m two days late on the check in, but I just posted my blog link. I absolutely love this challenge and blogging about it is a great way to keep my self accountable! Thanks, Crystal!

  • kathy says:

    I’m late to the party but I am totally game for this. I am starting t 25 tonight. I do my exercise at night cause it works for me. I had already planned to start it with my husband but thus will be some extra great encouragement.

  • Mandie says:

    Me too! I’m back on P90X after this post-partum period. I don’t remember it being this hard. LOL – Really, I do, but I blocked it out. Glad to know I know someone else doing the same thing!

  • Becky says:

    I’m starting small and just aiming for 15 minutes a day. Starting with last week, I did get 3 days in, since I’m counting walking up and down stairs and thoroughly vaccumming the entire townhouse as exercise! I didn’t even try for New Year’s Day, but it’s a start.

  • Ashley says:

    Adam and I are following along with this challenge and blogging about it at justafamilyofthree.bravesites.com and I linked back to moneysavingmom. We are challenging ourselves to walk 30 minutes everyday. Simple and easy.

  • Sandy says:

    I just read about your 12 Month Challenge today and want to join it. I’ve actually been quite sick with a respiratory and sinus infection since 12/29 and ended up on a Z-pack New Years Eve so working out hasn’t been in the plans yet.

    I will start tomorrow. I want to work out 5x per week. I need to lose at least 30 lbs (can totally lose more) but 30lbs geth me to the BMI I need to be at to undergo IVF ICSI should God not provide a child naturally. Others say its easy to do BUT they don’t know me well! I MUST do this for ME!!! My husband has the infertility issue but now the ball is in my court to drop the weight. I CAN do this!

  • Amy Lauren says:

    Good luck with P90X, Crystal!

    It’s so great to read about everyone’s goals. I’m on a running/racing team for a local sporting goods store, so I do a lot of local running events as a participant and also volunteer. I’m young, speedy, and don’t have kids yet, but that’s beside the point of this post.

    Last year in January, we had a group start a Couch to 5K program through our store. It was fun seeing them all grow and progress with their fitness goals. Fast forward to this January- I am pacing the Charleston SC half marathon in 2 weeks, and one of the guys who started Couch to 5K last January… is running it as his first half marathon. His goal time is 2:30. He *never* thought he’d run more than a 5K. This time one year ago, he had doubts he could even do that.

    If you stick with it… you will be amazed at what you can accomplish and what your body can do :). Good luck to everyone!!

  • Kimberly says:

    I broke my foot at the beginning of November and have had a very hard time returning to working out. Ive had alot of “the blues.” But the week before Christmas I began slowing putting weight on my foot again. Beginning the first I started an arms challenge that increases a little each day. And starting the 5th I begin the 30 day 1 mile challenge, which I have been following despite this sub-zero temperatures! 🙂

  • Liz says:

    Crystal I am curious, are you doing P90X for weight loss or just general fitness? You mentioned you’ve done it before, what kind of results did you get? These kinds of programs are really interesting to me but I would have to get fitter (that sounds weird, oh well) before I try and I am wondering what they would be like. Thanks 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      I’m doing it for general fitness. I got much more toned, built some muscle definition, and significantly increased my endurance last time around.

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