31 Day Challenge Ends (Fresh Start for November- Invite!)

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Congrats to all of you who have made it through 31 Days of Fitting in Fitness!
Congratulations, also, to all of my Blogging friends who have made it through the Nester’s #31Days! Thanks to the Nester for hosting this great challenge.

Our 31 Day Challenge is over today. I have been pondering our next phase from the beginning. The Holidays will be upon us in the blink of an eye, and our best intentions to fit in fitness will be squeezed out by festivities, fellowship and fun. I have so much more I want to share with you and yet, realistically, my desire for you and myself as well, is to keep it simple, straightforward and DONE, with regard to fitness. In other words, by “done” I mean that you are not thinking about fitting fitness in, not talking about it, not admiring the plans of others BUT actually to be living out small steps to building a new habit into your (our) life (lives)- or reviving an old habit that has died, as the case may be!   
So, instead of making a new plan for November, after a brief conversation (banter on Facebook) with Susie, I think that the best plan for November is to  DO the Fitting in Fitness Challenge  AGAIN! From the top, and for those of us who did it, we can do it better, for those who considered it but bailed halfway through – here is your FRESH NEW START!
There were a lot more topics in fitness I did not cover, so much more I wanted to share,  BUT maybe could do -going forward. I really felt led to write more on, motivation, inspiration and encouragement with regard to the topic. There were many thoughts, prompts, partial drafts and ideas I had that I felt, due to time constraints and other limitations, unable to share.
Also, honestly, this month has been a very difficult month, personally. The last two weeks of our challenge have been increasingly difficult and I fell short on the C25K routine in Week 4 (only squeezing in 1 of the 3 workouts). I missed 2 days in the last 2 weeks of The Core and More Challenge and did not bother to try to catch up and a couple of times I combined days. There, see. Not perfect. But, November we can try again. Which leads me directly to you…
Will you join me in November as do a Second Chance Fitting in Fitness Challenge?
Shall we join together and take on the Holidays by Fitting in Fitness, aiming for a little or a lot, adjusting as we need to make it doable, right in the middle of our, busy, bloggy, blustering, right NOWs? Something is better than nothing, and who doesn’t love a Do Over?

In December, I am considering a 12 Days of Fitness something- stay tuned for more on that one. Meantime I will be working on our January Fitness Challenge- which I thought I would originally do ast the end of October’s Challenge, but as you now know, am opting out of that plan. 

As for me, I am skipping the Optional Pre/Post Test and will just jump in fresh tomorrow with a new month of Fitting in Fitness:

 Come what may, 
come what might- 
if you are still not in, 
now is the time to make it right! 
Let’s Do it! 
Grab the Scribd Document here or e-mail (dawn.paoletett@gmail.com) me for the Fitting in Fitness Packet. 
Let me know if you have any questions and I will see you for the Sunday Post, for sharing conclusions, thoughts  from the 31 Day Journey. 
Thank you for dropping in, offering words of encouragement and for your participation (however frequent or infrequent). May God bless you with health and wellness all of the days of your life…and secure you in His grace and truth forever.



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The Final Countdown (#31 days Challenge)

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Congratulations! Here we are in the final week of October. Our 31 Day challenge is almost through…Here is what the final days (so dramatic!) look like:

Core and More 

Day 28
Lunge, Plank, Pushup
1-3 x 25/60sec/25

Week 5
Exercise
Day 29
Sit  Up, Wall Sit, Superman
1-3 x 25/60sec/25
Day 30
Off
Day 31
Sit  Up, Pushup, Lunge, Plank, Superman, Wall Sit
Max on all

Be Gentle With Me Option

Day 28
off
off
off

Day 29
25 Minutes Walking
1-10
Plank/Wall Sit
Day 30
 30 Minutes Walking
1-10
off
Day 31
off
off
Max on all

If you did the Fitness Test at the onset of our challenge: On Day 31 you will record all of your MAXIMUM numbers to check for improvement. Include the exercises you originally “tested” with at the beginning.
Test Yourself for Improvement
Max Test
Day 1
Day 31
Push Up
Sit Up
Wall Sit
Plank
Lunge
Superman/Quadruped
Bridge

I would love to know how you have been doing, how you did, if you completed the Challenge, if not why not? etc.  Please feel free to contact me via e-mail: dawn.paoletta@gmail.com with comments, thoughts or input. If you would like to Blog it, please let me know so I can pop over and read. I will do a final post on Sunday, so that will be where we can share links, thoughts and conversation in the comments of that post (November 3). I am going to follow up with a maintaining Fitting in Fitness through the Holidays, BUT I think I will keep it to once a week posts on Fitness and checking in, (on Sundays?) with posts revolving around Fitness Education, Motivation and Inspiration.  
Some quotes for the final week:

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Ryan

Clear your mind of can’t. -Samuel Johnson

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain

Just do it.™ -Nike


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Wisdom From Dory (How To Get It Done)

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What keeps YOU from being more active?
Lack of motivation?
Lack of energy?
Unsure where to start?
You are waiting for the stars to align properly?
Perceived time constraints?
All of the above?
Here is what I want to say to you, regardless of which of these is hindering your ability to progress. During your lifetime you will experience all of these at one time or another.
You want to know the one answer that makes the difference?
Response.
Your response to your circumstances will determine whether you think about “just doing it” or whether you get it done. 
Do not let your present circumstances dictate your choices.
You have a body, and breath. That is all you need.
Move it. 
Something is better than nothing.
Take a tip from Dory, “Just keep swimming…”
So what is keeping you from being more active- if you desire to be more active?
You.
That is where to start.
Choose to move in whatever way appeals to you. 
Stop making excuses.
Choose today.
Just get moving.
One breath at a time.
One foot… or fin flap after the other…
Just jump in, start now.



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Think Small for Better Health!

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The best way to fit exercise into your life on a regular basis is to 
not bite off more than you can chew.
Start small.
Instead of overhaul.
I know this might not be what you are thinking 
will get you where you want to go, 
but trust me the key to success
will come one bite at a time. 
Success is not found in the gobbling.
*A ten-minute brisk walk 4-5 times this week is better
than one long run. Or none.
*Stretching for 5 minutes (perhaps at your desk?) 
three days this week will be better than jumping into that 
Power Yoga class you keep hearing about
but is not convenient enough to squeeze in regularly.
Goals are attained when we are able to build gradually, 
with consistency over time.
“Divide each difficulty into as many parts as necessary to resolve it.” 
Rene Descartes 
“Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; 
and habit allowed, steadily gains in strength.”
Tyron Edwards 
So today take a step towards better health.
Think small! 

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So, you missed a few days of fitting in fitness?
No worries, start back up. Don’t catch up, unless you are feeling super motivated, just jump in today! 
You wish you would have chosen the Be Gentle With Me Track instead of The Core and More Challenge? Switch! No questions asked. How about this, just record what you are doing on the Blank Journal! Something is better than nothing!


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Finding Time For Fitness – and other lazy tales

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things,
holding promise for both the present life
and the life to come.
~ 1 Timothy 4:8

       Today was a back to reality day. I knew this day had to come. It started with the doodling in the journal. Having designed exercise programs for close to 30 years, it’s something I just do. Actually it’s something I love to do. But after, my job loss in June, I have been feeling a bit soured toward the field of fitness and even towards exercise in general. I have been on a Summer Sabbatical. However, today I may have turned a corner back to my former reality. Tweaking and fine tuning programs for a variety of exercise enthusiasts, athletes and non-exercisers, is something that I have enjoyed as a career, by the hand and pleasure of my Maker. As a carpenter visualizes the building to come by taking down information and jotting down stats needed for construction, my pen began to script the routine, as my mind wrapped around the possibilities as well as the potential obstacles. Nothing elaborate. One must consider the client. Hmmm, yes, close to 50. Post injury. When was the last check up? Oh, no – not going there. If I took me on as a client, I would require a full work up. After all – over 45. Current level of fitness? Lazy. OK, that might be a bit harsh. Relaxed, after suffering serious physical injury. Attitude? Physical Therapist described me as “burnt out” of the exercise field. I don’t fully agree, I am just awaiting further instructions from my King on where He wants me to direct my energies. Meantime, I have really allowed myself a full break. Mentally, emotionally, and physically. I have been immersed in this field for a good portion of my adult life. It has been quite a journey. It is where I met my Faith: from one bodybuilding competitor to another. It is where I enjoyed success, freedom, growth, expression, creativity. It is where I have lived out some stories which have yet to be told. Maybe that’s where the story needs to end. Or not…people make so many assumptions about one another. Sometimes I resent this. I have been a Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Coach for a good portion of my life but that doesn’t mean I don’t struggle now and again with motivation. And, even laziness. Well the fact is that working in the gym, or thinking about working out doesn’t make one fit, anymore than going to church or reading about Christianity makes one a Christian. Fact is we all have to put in our time. I am not one who has ever fancied one dimensional living. The fact was and is now, I do not define myself by my career, or any of the roles I live out here on this side of eternity. I have embraced the new life and long to live out fully the ultimate role of serving my King, wherever I am, whatever I am doing. I have seen such idolatry in our culture with regard to fitness, exercise and health. I sometimes joke and tell people, “I don’t bow down to that god, anymore”. It’s not a joke, really. Sometimes I have been so disgusted by the magnification (deification?) of what is essential, simple and good (healthy living- defined by moderate living and being active) to something that becomes unbalanced, unhealthy (I have observed to the psyche, especially) and idolatrous. As I blog about it my passion returns and I am fueled with a desire to be heard for the sake of balance, simplicity and PERSPECTIVE. Maybe I am fueled enough to get my behind down into the basement for the 2nd workout of the week. Maybe, I will return to taking on clients again in the future and birth the Fitness Blog “baby” I have been carrying within me, …or maybe God has a new role for me to take on. Either way, I will meet Him beneath the surface and trust in Him for a fresh breath of faith for the next step.

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’
~Acts 28:17

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