Okay, so you might have noticed I have slacked about posting my monthly goals. Well that might be because I haven't really had any. Okay, for Lent I gave up sugar treats which was extremely hard and extremely easy at the same time. (Think about it.) Other than that I have not really set concrete goals for the month as I didn't know I would have the energy to complete them. Well May has flown by and should have been my back to basics month for me, but surprisingly it was still pretty busy and is just now slowing down.
So how did I come up with my June challenge you ask? Well last week was my last week of spin class until the Fall semester, pending the teacher, and so my workout routine, what little there was, is now up in the air. I said once spin was over I was going to start running again and it seems that time is now. The idea of running again sent me back in time to when I first started in 2006 and what changes I made in my life at the time. One of the tricks that motivated me was 1) competition with friends and family, and 2) a heart rate monitor. One of my friends also taught Jazzercise in her free time and told me it was a great investment. Well she was right. I used that to push myself and to track my progress. A few months ago my heart rate monitor said goodbye to me and I just never got around to replacing it. The last few weeks I have been thinking about running, challenges, and the lessons learned from the past. This morning I committed to buy a new heart rate monitor and it should be here byt Thursday this week. Now for the challenge.
As you are all well aware, one pound is equal to 3,500 calories. My challenge is to strap on that heart rate monitor and to go out and exercise and burn at least 3,500 calories in recorded workouts for the week. Now that could be 3 1/2 huge workouts in which I burn 1,000 calories at a time or seven smaller workouts where I burn 500 at a time. The point is to increase my calorie burn and challenge myself and track my progress. Now there is no point burning extra calories only to make up and consume them later so the background challenge is to maintain my eating habits if not improve them.
It is a lofty task but one I challenge to you to take. After all, the status quo takes you know where.