Moving Mountains Update: July 7th
We had a great turnout for last month’s Moving Mountains Challenge. Sixteen people decided to post their goals for the month of June. You can read their challenges below, and their results in the comments section at the bottom of this post.
As for my goals for June, I posted that I wanted to improve upon two things: one, to be more ‘green’ conscious by using canvas bags at the grocery store. Two: continue to improve my plank exercises that was being hosted by Fitblog. That particular challenge ended on June 26th, but I responded so well to this challenge that I’ve decided to continue this goal for the month of July.
First, the grocery bags. I am happy to say that I did MUCH better at remembering to keep them in the car within easy reach for heading into the grocery store. I did forget a few times but overall, I am starting to develop a solid habit of eliminating the need of plastic bags altogether.
As for plank, I’m happy to report that I am holding plank in interval form for 3 full minutes. This has been my routine for the last 2 weeks:
- 30 seconds in full plank position
- 30 seconds in modified plank (on my elbows)
- 30 seconds of plank pushups (start in modified plank position with elbows on the floor; move up into full plank, push up by one arm, then the other. Move back down into modified plank)
- back into modified plank for 30 seconds
- 30 seconds of mountain-climbers (start in elevated push-up position and bring right knee to left elbow, then left knee to right elbow – repeat).
- The last 30 seconds are spent in full plank position.
How are YOU doing?
Kristen had a successful month in May with running and losing weight. Here is what she wrote for her June goals: To get back on track with my pushups. I am going to successfully do real push ups without dropping my hips. So this month i will be working on push ups, planks, planks to push and side planks. Along with training for my 5K on July 10th and 10K in August.
Karen reported: I’m maintaining the status quo. She wrote that statement right before kicking, punching and sweating it out at kickboxing class. Would love to know what you’ve been up to since June 7th, Karen!
Sable was benching 90 pounds for 5 reps this time last month! Here’s what she wrote for June’s goals: My new goal — be down 7 lbs by this time next month! And therefore almost done cutting.
Michele always has clear, concise goals. She added some really good ones for June:
In June, I’d like to do the following:
1. limit my sugar intake to one real sugary item per week — other than that, just fruit for sweets;
2. keep exercising (I probably shouldn’t make this a goal because I’m consistent with this); and
3. most importantly, I must not catastrophize everything. I must realize that no matter what decisions I make, they’re the best ones I can make given the circumstances. I have to weigh all the factors and move forward based on what I feel deep inside… not what others think I should do or what I sometimes feel. Major life decisions must come from that tranquil, peaceful place that is our truest self. SO — I need to work very hard to make myself the Zen Zone this month so that I’m in a good place to make big choices.
Karen had some challenges while being the social butterfly at several parties early last month. Here’s her June goals: So for June: Eat on plan every day with the one exception of an upcoming dinner out with friends. (Crossing my fingers that no more social eating comes my way but as I type this I realize that I’ll hit the 4th of July and will likely be at the lake and that needs goals all it’s own!) And work on those planks!
Sharon, who had been traveling this past month, wrote: As you know, but maybe others don’t, we are in the midst of a six week tour of Colorado. We will return home to Tennessee somewhere around the 24th of this month. On the day we return home, I want to weigh at least one pound less than the day we left and on July 7th, at least five pounds less than the day we left. That’s not an extremely aggressive goal, but it is enough to keep me accountable.
Greg has been losing weight slowly and consistently, which as anyone will tell you is the best way to lose. Here’s his goal for June: My goal for June is to get to my target weight of 153.6 lbs, which will mean I’ll have lost 51.2 lbs, or 1/4 of my total body weight since I started trying to get in shape. I hope to do this by my birthday, which is on the 26th of the month. Failing that, I’ll settle for being there by June 30th.
Ellie had her goals all lined up for the month of June:
I decided to start the workout program “Insanity” this month and hope the intense cardio will help boost my athletic performance (and help with that no gain goal). It’s a 60 day program, so here goes nothing.
My first fit test results are:
Switch Kicks : 59
Power Jacks : 44
Power Knees : 55
Power Jumps : 33
Globe Jumps : 9
Suicide Jumps : 12
Push Up Jacks : 11
Low Plank Obliques : 44
I hope I can improve them by the 7th of next month!
Munchberry participated in her very first Moving Mountains Challenge last month! She wrote: I got a pedometer and my goal is to walk 3500 steps, increasing steps by 500 each week until I reach 10,000 steps. By July 7 my goal is to be at 5500 steps per day!
Tim had been struggling with drinking enough water as many of us do. He decided to make this one of his goals for the month of June. He writes: My goal this month is regularly drink at least 2 litres of liquid a day for the whole month (those that read my blog probably know that I totally suck at this!) and also to improve my strength training at the gym.
NewMe was having some back issues last month and was doing stretches to aid in healing it. She writes: So I guess one of my most important goals is to do this dead-easy stretch every day…and keep walking and doing yoga.
I’m also experimenting with something really simple and really off the wall. For the time being, I will say no more. I’m hoping to be very pleased next month…Stay tuned…
LauraJayne decided to make some very precise goals for June. She writes: For July 7, I would like to continue to not count calories, but listen to my body more and start and stop eating according to its cues. Additionally, I’d like to make sure that I am putting food that it good for me AND that I enjoy into my body instead of mindless snacking and calories!
Lynn shoots for the stars with her goals, and she most always reaches them. Here’s hers for June: So, my new goal is to start the P90X program on June 10 and STICK with it! I will be starting my training for the Nike Marathon at about the same time so my other goal is to complete my new training program outline so I can do P90x and running.
Marsial was having some health issues during last month’s challenge update. She wrote: My goal for the coming month is to get used to my new, lower dose asthma medication and see if it clears up some of the many medical problems I’m having.
My hope for her is that she reached her goal of feeling better during the month of June. Hopefully we’ll get an update from her today.
CD completed her first 5K and was successfully walking between 5 and 8 miles a week this time last month. For June’s goals, she wrote: I still have the goal to do 3 miles in 45 minutes (right now I’m doing a 23 minute walking mile)… but I’m not pushing too hard with all the other things I’m trying to do right now. I want to start adding working with bands to start toning my arms… as well as doing the Tai Chi dvd that has never been out of the package.
Hanlie posted with a great attitude last month. She wrote: The weather turned really nasty, so the walking on the Promenade was a wash, but then I joined a gym very close to my office and now I go there in the morning before work. It’s all about adapting!
Thanks to everyone who trusted me as Goalkeeper for June. I can’t wait to see how your month went. If you met or exceeded your goals, congratulations! But remember, these challenges are really all about making improvements. So, even if you didn’t quite meet your goal but did see an improvement then I say you were successful! (nothing like having your own personal cheerleader, is there?)
If you’d like me to keep hold of YOUR goals for the month of July, just do the following: post your desired goal below, work on that goal during July and come back on August 7th to give an update. It’s as simple as that!