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Challenge Check-In

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Challenge Check-In

Holy cow, is it really week 7 of this end-of-year challenge? Even cooler, I discovered that I am not alone in my goal to make changes before the New Year. My friend Yat-Yee writes about her one-month “pre-resolutions” in her blog (yes, I’m a little behind in my blog reading…), and apparently there’s an entire Pre-Resolution movement initiated by The Rejectionist on her blog. I’m so happy (and encouraged) to discover other writers sharing the craziness! Gotta love the Internet :).

I last reported on MY progress at the start of week 3, when I got sidetracked by a nasty cold/bronchitis that knocked me out for a week and a half. Developing an exercise habit, though, seems to be a bit like writing a book: you just keep whittling away at it, and eventually you start to see progress.


So…I won’t bore you with details, but once I’d kicked that cold’s butt, I was able to continue my exercise plan and I’m back to exercising 20+ minutes at least six days a week. I’m also deadlifting 55 pounds, which isn’t nearly as much as my amazing kid sister, but it’s enough to make me feel a bit like superwoman.

Will I be Ms. Fitness by the year’s end? No…but that wasn’t my goal. My goal was to establish the habit, and so far, I’m pretty darned happy with my progress. I’m also happy because when I start to lose rewriting steam, I take a break to exercise, which always recharges me for writing.

Not that I value everything in life by its impact on writing, but it’s a definite perk :).

Hmm…I think maybe I’ll try deadlifting 65 pounds tomorrow. I’m feeling strong!

:) Cheryl



At December 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM , Blogger Yat-Yee said...

Thanks for the shout-out! My pre-rez is going semi-well, I think. I still have about 2 weeks to make it work better!

Don't think I should even try to life that many lbs! But maybe this is a nudge for me to go to the gym!

At December 20, 2010 at 1:42 PM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

I'm glad your pre-rez are still on track. I think that if you can stick with a new habit/goal during December, you can stick with it any time! I wouldn't worry about going to the gym, though: I think you're covered in the exercise department with your black belt :). (And every time I read about your Tae Kwon Do experiences, I want to start classes again....)

At December 20, 2010 at 6:02 PM , Blogger Yat-Yee said...

You should start up lessons again! Maybe we'll see each other at tournaments!

At December 21, 2010 at 6:22 AM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

That would be very cool, but unfortunately won't happen any time soon. Between kids' schedules and cost, I tend to do better with exercise I can do at home. I really loved it when I participated, tho....


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