Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Phase 2 of the 30 x 5 Comes to a Close

We did it! Or not!

This is the end of Phase 2 of the 30 x 5.

Oh the challenges of bad weather, sick kids, spring sports, lack of motivation, birthday celebrations, etc., etc.

But realize this: if you managed to do this, not do it perfectly, per se, but still do this, you are AMAZING! For four weeks, you have been mindful of choices and have put effort into something you often think about but don't really act on: moving.

Those times that you pushed yourself when it was the last thing you felt like doing counted--counted big time!

Whether you lost pounds or not, you built muscle. You revved up metabolism. You filled your lungs fully. You disciplined yourself to push on. You exercised your heart-muscle. You stimulated endorphins. In short, you rocked!

If you did not complete it successfully but were torn between hits and misses, think about how much better off you are for the days that were hits than misses. DO NOT DWELL ON THE MISSES. That is an attack of negativity that is pointless and merely feeds your excuses not to get up again.

If I told you that I missed a few days, would you scold me? In the words of Boy George, "Would you really want to hurt me? Would you really want to make me cry?" I mean,would you tear me down, or would you point out the times that I worked at it when no one saw but me?

You would encourage me; I know you would. You would be, as Andy Bernard has so eloquently said, my traveling pants.

So let me be your traveling pants. Let us all be each other's traveling pantses.

It's biblical. Let me again refer to Paul who said, "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up" (1 Thess. 5:11). And no, that isn't the only scripture I know; I also know Psalm 23 and Genesis 1:1.

So if you completed this Phase, here is your award:

Note that it has a red 2 on it, signifying you did Phase 2. You can just right click on this pic and save to your file then upload it.

If you did not do so well on the 30 x 5 but have a great sense of humor and would like a button, I have one for you, too:

I hope that you keep moving and focusing on what you're doing well. I will begin Phase 3 when I return from Atlanta next week (more on that tomorrow). But you can still continue moving until I officially start Phase 3 ... i.e. no excuses!

So now let's link up and talk about our experiences in Phase 2. Let's travel our pants until the cows come home.


skoots1mom said...

hope you have a great trip to ATL...it'd be great to run into you while you're here.
let us know if you need any help gettin around...

Roxanne Kristina said...


Are you on FB?

If so, will you request me?



Beverlydru said...

I love the image of the sisterhood of the traveling pants. But no size 6 or whatever was in the movie. This was a great challenge. I can't believe I'm first to link up. Fun! I'll go post my award now. : ) Your devoted groupie, BeverlyDru

Mocha with Linda said...

You're going to Atlanta?

Doesn't that involve an airplane?!

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

I'll be posting my breathing lady award later. I've been busy in the yard and garden so probably got in my Phase 1 time but I so stunk at Phase 2! Between hubby doing test runs for his sauce class final (a dessert) and bouts of stress eating I failed miserably at the 100 calorie challenge. It was 100 less a day not more, right?

Susanne said...

Sigh, I'll have to take take the breathing lady award this time around. I totally flunked out phase 2. Maybe I can make up for it while you're gone.

skoots1mom said...

Even though 30x5 Phase II has ended, I must stay the course though some days feel like deserts where the path is hard to find...
especially without the encouragement of my SWEET CHALLENGETTES, "You know who you are!"

This fragile, yet wonderfully resilient, "tent" he has TEMPORARILY given me definitely needs maintenance as I sit it down, get it up, push to exercise it, discern what to feed it, travel around with it and then sleep in it. :)

Angela said...

woo-hoo---I made it this time. I counted my untraditional methods like rolling on the floor with my son, playing Superman for 30 min. etc. :-) But this day snuck up on me and I totally forgot about writing a post. I am so sorry. I'll throw it in somewhere sometime soon.

Jenny said...

I thought it ended Thursday, shows you how much I have paid attention
:( Got my post up a little while ago. I hope you have fun in Atlanta.

Laura said...

I just found your blog and my first thought was- I want to do this too?

When do I hop in?


Greg C said...

I did it and I didn't hurt myself which in itself is a challenge.

H-Mama said...

better late than never, right? considering i started doing weight watchers with hubby online, i suppose that qualifies me for a real trophy? :D

Kathy said...

Okay - I need a do-over and over and over. Mainly because I am a slow learner!! Still, I think participating is really good for me, so I'm not giving up!

Thanks for all your encouragement, Linda!