So, quarantine life hit me hard, I found myself comfort eating like no tomorrow, and sitting around feeling VERY sorry for myself. I didn’t want to roll out of lockdown like an absolute seal, so I decided to start a 30 day fitness challenge.
The goal was to do one piece of exercise, every day, for thirty days straight. What counted as a workout? Either 30 minutes cycling / running / following a workout video etc, or 10,000 steps total over the course of the day.
The purpose of the challenge was to stop my weight from rocketing, but also for better mental wellbeing. Exercise makes you FEEL GOOD, it puts you in a better state of mind and literally sets you up for the day.
So, how did I get on? Well, I broke it down day by day, tracking it as I went along. Here’s what I got up to…
30 Day Fitness Challenge:
So I eased into the challenge gently today, with a nice afternoon family bike ride. The sun was shining, the roads were empty and I think we were all especially appreciative, even just to be out! As it was just a steady cycle, we didn’t focus on time. But, we all felt pretty great once we got back!
Day 2 was actually nice and easy. By focusing on being active, I fully made the most of my time – walking around the garden when doing calls and doing my mobile work standing up. I also did a walk with my Mum as our daily exercise and by the end of the day I found I’d done over 12,500 steps.
On the evening I then did a 30 minute yoga session… just for fun! Yoga isn’t actually my thing, but I figured now is the best time to try the things you’ve never really tried before! I really enjoyed it.
This video is particularly good for beginners because it runs through different moves and routines fast enough to keep your attention, but slow enough for you to grasp them all. The ending is also brilliant – very relaxing! And the teacher is absolutely lovely. Highly recommend!
Day 3 was kicked off with a morning cycle. This time I headed out with just my Mum. We did the same route from the weekend but in the opposite direction and an extended version. As you can see, we were still out for 50 minutes, but went half a mile further. Consequently, our average speed was also faster.
We cycled past fields of lambs (there must have been at least 50 of them… so adorable!) and a couple of ponies. It was beautiful!
So guys, I think you’re actually going to be super proud of me, because today I went on my first run in what has been YEARS! I’m not a natural runner so it certainly wasn’t the fastest or the longest, but it was a pretty great start!
0.02 off 3 miles, and in just over 30 minutes. The thing I’m most excited for? Watching myself improve over the next 30 days… this could get pretty addictive you know!
So today I woke up with my legs ACHING. Must have been yesterday’s run! Regardless, my Mum and I went on a morning bike ride, and today we decided to go down a road we’d never been down before…
The countryside was beautiful as always, but this route was a bit of a killer because some of the hills were horrendous!
Regardless, we got through it, and I feel super proud. Day five and still going strong.
So today I tried one of Les Mill’s free workout sessions (reminding me of bodypump days – oh how I can’t wait to get back to that again!) I did this 55 minute Body Combat Workout and BOY did it work me hard! There’s actually a whole range of home workouts. You can take a look at them here if you’re interested.
Today’s exercise predominantly came from a family walk, reaching 10,000 steps.
The best bit? Stumbling into the cutest of animals along the way… We had this little puppy come and say hello. Plus a couple of horses… one with multi-coloured eyes. Adorable!
Day 8, which means I made it through my first week (woohoo!) I decided to do quite an easy one today, with just a 30 Minute Full Body Toning Workout. I’d also – admittedly – had a few sweet treats over the weekend. BUT I’m not going to feel bad about them, because I want these changes to stick long term and you can’t deprive yourself of everything straight away… right?!
Okay, I’m going to be completely honest here… I missed a day. I didn’t do any exercise today. I did about 5K steps, but work was so busy, I was just so tired and there’s no excuses but I didn’t fit anything in. However, I PROMISE to catch up for it, doing two workouts in one day, over the next couple of days. Just you wait and see… This will not be the end of the challenge!
So it was back to the cycling today. Mum and I decided to do our favourite route again. We were feeling fairly tired compared to usual, so kind of taking it steady… or so we thought. Because when we looked at the stats after, we actually hit a few records, including time. So, maybe my fitness is coming on faster than I think! Either way, a satisfying ride on what was another, very beautiful day.
I’m back to feeling like me again guys! After some guilty midnight snacking on chocolate last night, I gave myself a good talking to today, and did the TWO workouts I promised after missing it on Monday.
First up I did a cycle, this time on my own, and hit record speed. To be honest, it nearly killed me… I definitely couldn’t go faster than this! But, I felt proud. This was the cycle route I used to do every few weeks when I stayed here, but since starting this 30 day fitness challenge, I definitely find it far easier to do now.
My second workout then, was a run… around the field. Yes, I did feel a little like a hamster in a wheel. And yes, it was a lot harder running on grass than tarmac (for the majority of the time.) I also felt like I couldn’t BREATH when I finished! But, I felt so damn proud at the same time too.
Today I didn’t do any purposeful exercise. I thought it would be wise to take it a little steadier after the double-whamming yesterday. Instead, I got all my steps whilst phoning my friends for catch ups… handy right? Just short of 10K but I’m counting that one!
Today there was a conscious effort for exercise, with lots of walking throughout the day and an impressive step-count of 17,900.
Easter Sunday so yet more walks… in fact, I barely stopped all day! The end result? 21,200 steps, which is 13.7km. It was great to spend more quality time with my family though, so thoroughly enjoyed!
HALF WAY THROUGH THE CHALLENGE! This morning my Mum and I picked up the cycling again, but went our furthest route yet… 9.71 miles. It was two of our previous routes combined, but linked up into one nice loop. Very scenic and we saw lots of lambs again (they’re growing so fast!) I’m not sure we’d do it again in a hurry, but it’s a good one to add in there when you want a bit more of a challenge.
I then did this Abs and Booty Workout in the afternoon – it says it’s 30 minutes, but take out the warm-up and cool-down and it’s only actually 20. I probably wouldn’t do it again but it still got a sweat on…
Back to walking again today, with 12,000+ steps.
And another day of steps. I didn’t actually go on a walk today, but instead got the steps by pacing around the house and garden whilst I was doing work on my phone. It’s amazing how quickly they can start to pile up!
It’s Zumba time! I started my day with a quick 30 minute Zumba workout. It was a fun one, with no direction, so you just kind of copy the moves. Don’t worry if you don’t look exactly like the video (I know I certainly didn’t for the majority of the time!) It’s good fun and gets you sweating though…
I also then did a healthy amount of steps throughout the day. 12,379 to be exact! Definitely pleased with today’s efforts – although I think I was making up for the sweet treats I had in bed the night before… I have GOT to get out of these bad habits!
Today I was determined to set a new record with my cycling, and I’m pleased to say, I smashed it (even with the wind battling against me!) Over 10 miles – the furthest I’ve ever gone. And with my fastest average speed. Check this out…
Another cheat day after a few too many drinks the night before (eek!) I know, I’m sorry guys. I’ll have to make up for it with double on another day again.
Today we decided to go on a gentle family morning walk, through undiscovered countryside. It was like a little adventure! We even managed to not get lost… much!
Another day, another cycle. Surprisingly I hit a new max speed… 36.1mi/h. This is pretty quick for me considering I don’t like to push it. I must be getting braver! I didn’t even notice the difference either. Definitely getting into the flow of cycling now.
So today I made up for my missed day, with a cycle ride and over 10,000 steps throughout the day. I used my Mum’s phone to track our cycle so that false steps didn’t get picked up from that, and made up the rest over the rest of the day… PHEW! Pretty much back on track now.
Today I focused just on the steps, fitted in whilst working on my phone – handy!
And again, just steps again this day. Busy, busy, busy!
I can’t believe we are so close to the end now! It started off tough-going and then since day 8-10 onwards, it has just absolutely FLOWN. The power of habits hey!
This morning I decided to start my day with a 30 minute feel good dance cardio workout, and it has genuinely been my favourite one yet! You have a warm-up, four dance routines, an arm exercise (which is a killer!), then a cool down. But it literally does what it says on the tin… makes you FEEL GOOD! Here it is if you’d like to try…
On top of that I also did a healthy 17,241 steps…
Another beautiful day, so I made the most of it with lots of walking. It doesn’t quite beat my record this month of 21,000+ steps earlier in the challenge – but sitting at double the daily recommendation, it’s not so bad!
So today we made the most of the last of the nice weather, with a nice big walk! My brother’s partner is the absolute BOSS at mapping out new routes, so she created a new loop for us, which was super fun to explore.
It was definitely along paths less trodden on – very rustic! We also walked it slower, with 30 minutes total stopping time, partly to figure out where to go! We were also slowed down by the muddy tracks and lots of gates to get through. But it felt like a real adventure! There were lots of rolling hills and stunning landscapes… I definitely need to bring my camera next time because it was just impossible to capture the scale of it all.
We also ran into some little hidden gems too – like this alpaca farm… so cute!
After telling my Mum how much I loved my last workout video, my Mum decided to join me so we did it again today, together. Here’s the link if you want a reminder…
The final day and I thought I’d squeeze in another run for you all! This time I did the riverside loop. It wasn’t as far as I anticipated: 2.7 miles which is 4.35km. But, it was pleasant enough and a great way to start the day!
So I made it! I completed my first 30 day fitness challenge and I must admit, I am super happy with myself. I managed to do 9 bike rides, 7 workout videos, 3 runs and a whole lot of walking. It has definitely helped me mentally and I’ve surprised myself with my level of commitment and the ability to keep it up so consistently – something I’ve never really done before.
Have I lost weight? Well, not so much. In fact, I feel possibly even bigger than when I started. Why? Because there’s still been the comfort eating and a hefty amount of alcohol consumed. So although I’m happy with my results, I know I can do so much better!
For this reason (and with the lockdown extended further), I’m going to keep the challenge going – extending this from 30 days to 60, but stepping it up further so I can see how much I can push myself physically. This one will be focused on weight loss and transformation… so you’ll also see a before and after shot on the next one – providing it all goes ‘to plan!’
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