Monday, March 23, 2009

Join Me in the 30 x 5 Challenge

In my head, big goals (lengthy, detailed, lofty goals) are pre-defeating.

But short-term, uncomplicated, obtainable goals? There's a chance for me!

So, since I can't go to the Biggest Loser ranch or take off my weight on Dancing with the Stars, and since I can't afford Jenny Craig and drugs aren't a good option because I might set the bar too high for myself at work regarding artificial productivity, I'm taking on a little challenge. If you want to try it, please do, and when it's over, we'll link up here and talk about what our two-week challenge was like for us.

Beginning on the 26th, I'm pledging to move for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week for two weeks. Thus my cleverly named project: "30 x 5." Did I mention its only for 2 weeks? Did I mention a bathroom scale in this effort? I didn't??? That's right; I didn't!

Now, you can do this however you want; if you love the scales (are you from another planet?) or feel that you must keep track of your calories, that's your call. But don't hold the rest of us to that. Insert group whine: "That's too haaaaard."

As for me and my house :), we will not be writing down foods or checking pulse rates or focusing on muscle groups. Just movin'.

I might move my dog down the street, for instance, so that she can check her "pee-mail." I might turn up my 70s playlist you see at the bottom of the blog and do something strange for 30 minutes that I like to call "la danse du femme fou," or "the dance of the insane woman."

It'll be fun to hear each other's observations at the end of two weeks. But even if no one joins me, I'm in, because I need a little picker-upper. Especially if I'm gonna walk that dog.



47 comments:

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Dude...I'm in. You had me at the cute button...it's all it takes.

R.L.Scovens said...

I'm in!

Rach@In His Hands said...

I'm SO in! I love your logic, lady. I myself set goals a mile high.....and WHY? They never are attainable.

This I can do. Should be fun! :-)

skoots1mom said...

COUNT ME IN 2!
bStill&Know and I started working out 3 days a week in my basement a couple of weeks ago...this should motivate me for the other days!
...wish i had a cutey-pie doggie to walk with me...maybe i'll borrow one :)

Linda said...

The timing is so welcomed! I seriously NEED to walk and get healthy. A small goal to get me jump started is a great idea! I'm in and I will post the button.

And just one more thing...check pee mail! Oh my word! THat is hilarious!!!! I love coming for a 2nd cup.

Brenda Susan said...

OK! Me too! It's yoga time girl! Or....at least walk away from the laptop for 30 minutes each day for 2 weeks. Don't worry, that still leaves lots of other minutes to come visit you!
This will help motivate me, thanx!

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Teri~Facedown said...

Okay...I'll do it too. I need this in a big way and as long as I have you to answer to, I think I can do it! :)
Okay, so the 26th. I'm in.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

You sweet thang! I don't need another thing in the world to commit to, except THIS! I don't know yet when I'll do it, or how, but I need to do this too. Thanks for the motivation!

Merrie said...

I'm so IN with this... I'm on it like jelly on peanut butter! whoo hooo... you hit my button, rang my bell and got me going!

Hayley said...

I'm in a rut. This is what I need! Count me in!!

Susanne said...

As long as we don't have to post a video of of our own "la danse du femme fou", I'm so in! :v)

My ADHD Me said...

I have NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER stuck with an excersize (or movement) plan.

But 30X5 MIGHT just be the incentive I need.

I'm....um....er....well....I'm.....
OK...I'M IN!!!

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The Bug said...

I'm in! I'm doing Weight Watcher's (again) but haven't added movement to my day yet. It's time!

RissaRoo said...

What a great idea!

Only I think in order to maximize your workout you might need a larger dog. You can have mine. She's a giant labradoodle and she is always kind enough to make certain that I've really put enough effort into our walks...by walking twice as fast any normal dog and pulling me along at top speed. No joke, someone leaned out a car window last week and yelled "Hey dog, walk that lady!"

Kathryn Magendie said...

Hey, we let our dogs check "pee-mail" too - and there we thought we made that up so clever *laughing* --

Rachel said...

Love it, Lid! I actually just started a "learn to run" program that has you walking 30 mins a day 5 days a week the first two weeks. Perfect for 30X5!

Chatty Kelly said...

Okay, i"ll give it a try. But why start on a Thursday? A THURSDAY??? That is not a starting date to anal people like me. It needs to be Sunday or Monday. Like a calendar. :-)

But I'm in, I'm in.

samurai said...

I like it! But i'm afraid of commitment. :) Maybe i will try and do it... then ally myself at the end... LOL

Lelia Chealey said...

I'm in Girlfriend!! I was just complaining to Kelley as I was eating ice cream at 10:30 PM!!!! that I needed to get back to moving...so thanks for this well needed motivating challenge.
Love you mucho!
LC

a Tonggu Momma said...

My rear is so huge now, it thanks you for this. Only I'm afraid to commit. We shall see in two weeks...

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

I'm in. My thighs thank you.

claudie said...

Linda
I thing you look fab just the way you are. If you feel that Zoe needs the exercise than be it. lol
Good luck and may the force be with you all.
Love Claudie
ox

Chel said...

Ok that is funny, "my thighs thank you" L O L!
Well my thighs are applauding...this means I need to move more! My dog will thank us all little Bogey likes to boogie!!
I'm in! Chel

Shelby said...

This is GREAT! Count me in.

I just today got the all-clear from a breast biopsy and I KNOW that I need to lose weight; obesity is a big risk factor. Like you, though, the BIG GOAL paralyzes me! I can't wait!!!!

LuAnn said...

GReat idea!!! I have done weight watchers for 2 1/2years, lost almost 50lbs and have 5 to go an can not reaach my goal. I am sure this will help. And I am not eating between meals.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

I'm in! One advantage to being unemployed is having time to exercise. Gracie is loving it.

marina said...

like your button its really cute and a great idea, ") marina

All My Blessings said...

Count me in!!! I won a free month at Curves and tomorrow is my first day. Like they say, "timing is everything" I have been off work for a year and my rump is screaming, "Get up lady!" Kae

Debbie said...

What a great idea Linda! I'll do it.

Blissful Babe said...

I'm new here--found you at Shel's Web, but count me in!! And starting on the 26th is going to be great, because I will be a movin' and a shakin' anyway!

I love your blog, the whole coffee theme is SO up my alley. It's so cute!

Oh, and mind if I borrow your dog? He/She is just the CUTEST thing EVER.

I shall grab a button and post about it on my blog! Yay for moving!!

Renna said...

I NEVER take part in these things, as I know myself, and don't wish to publicly expose myself for the whimp I am when it comes time to post results. This one, I really think I can do, though (she says as she's scraping the last drop of ice-cream from her bowl). I especially like the 'no scales' part.

I'm fairly...well, sort of good...okay, not very good at all about walking the dog. It's always easy to ask Hubby to do it, as he's so doggone compliant (nyuk, nyuk, pun not intended). I'll determine to do it myself, or at least with him, every day during the challenge.

carol ~ i throw like a girl said...

I'm in. But what if I do 45 minutes one day, does that mean I can do 15 the next? OR if I do 1 hour, can I skip the next? Look at me looking for loopholes already. I will do my best but we are going to be out of town for most of the second week looking for a house. Does that count? Oh, I am so committed, can you tell?

beckyjomama said...

Sign me up!!! I can do 2 week comitments at a time!!!!!

MSM said...

I love this idea! And I'm just in time to 'join'.
I think I'll be doing a lot of insane-woman dancing. My kids
r e a l l y enjoy that! LOL

Beverlydru said...

I'm in! I started Monday with new goals so the timing is perfect. It's spring! My excuses are gone and my clothes are tight. Yep- I'm in for sure.

Lori said...

Okay. I'm jumping (in slow motion) on this bandwagon, too. I SO don't WANT to. But golly, I am in desperate need of motivation. Answering to 40 bloggers might help. Might.

elizabeth said...

OK, I'm in...as soon as I finish this 3 Musketeers. Seriously though, I think exercise is the key. And I just bought a new pair of pants that are a size I love, but a hair too tight.

I already posted to my blog today, so I'll add the button and post in the morning.

Jenny said...

O.k. I have succumb to the peer pressure of it all. I used to walk everyday and have gotten a wee bit lazy about it, so today is just as good as any to start right? Thanks for the motivation.

Kaye Butler said...

Me and the girls are in! Sorry I forgot to sign up last night!!!

M & M said...

Hey! I'm doing it too...I am with Kaye at Butler Diaries

Taylor said...

Me too. I'm with Kaye at Butler Diaries.

ineverhavetheanswer said...

I found you through a friend and even though it started today I am all in.

I can't wait! This is a really attainable goal for me!

Thank you for the small steps on my long road!

Rachel said...

Im in a little late but I am here! please add me.

Christi said...

I found you through Tonngu Momma and
I am in. I actually did walk/jog yesterday for 30 minnutes (more walking than jogging but I am working on it).

Now I need to go walk/jog before it starts raining.

Kathy said...

Better late than never - today is the first of the rest of MY two weeks!
I walked - nay, plowed through snow drifts with daughter on her paper route this morning. Gotta love spring time in the Rockies. Walking would have been easy - I was totally beat when we got done!