Soon after the pandemic hit, social media was lit up with all sorts of online fitness challenges. About a month ago, I was tagged by who I consider now to a one of my new fitness accountability partners, for a 25 Day Push Up Challenge. As a part of her obligation, she needed to nominate a new person everyday of the challenge to do 25 pushups a day while raising awareness for mental illness.
For those who know me, I'm always up for a challenge. And at that point, I had fallen into another episode of stagnacation (a stagnant vacation) and needed a quick boost into my next level of fitness. It took about a week for me to prepare my mental, but I eventually got started. (Tauruses have to take a moment to change course, but when we do... we get results!)
At the end of the challenge, I'd actually gained a few new friends who cheered me along with comments on my posts. I call those friends my new accountability partners. We still continue to push each other just like we did in the challenge. Overall it was a rewarding experience and it inspired me to start a new challenge with a new direction.
Starting October 1, I'll be hosting my own #AAAChallenge and anyone who would like to participate can let me know by tagging me everyday on social media so I can comment, like, and share your posts. This challenge has 3 parts to it to keep you focused.
Affirmation- These positive statements about yourself, whether you believe them or not, will start to reprogram your brain at a subconscious level. (As a man thinketh, so is he.) Say these statements out loud every day. Feel free to make adjustments to the affirmations as you feel the need.
Action- Choose an exercise or activity you would like to perform everyday for the next 25 days and post a video or picture of you performing it. Theories suggest it takes 21 days to form new habits... I give you a few more days for errors.
Accountability- We fall off because we don't have the support. Tagging me and other friends along this journey will make the journey that much more exciting. Seeing the progress of others will usually inspire and keep the desire fresh and new. We support each other by commenting and giving positive words of support.
How TO Participate
Copy and paste this next section as the text for all your posts. Add and make adjustments to the Affirmations, Actions, and Accountability sections as you feel necessary.
Today is day 1 of my new 25 day #fitnesschallenge for October. My #AAAChallenge is about Affirmation, Action, and Accountability.
Affirmation | Everyday I tell myself
•I am beautiful
•I am 10 pounds lighter
•I am a weight loss success story
Action | Everyday I perform
•a 45 minute fat burning activity (heart rate in the fat burning zone)
Accountability | I’ve got an amazing set of fitness friends that inspire me to keep striving on the daily basis. Thank you @bigbonedfitness
I am looking forward to seeing my results on day 25.
#weightlossjourney #weightlossstory #thickandfit #fattofit #plussizefitness
I am looking forward to interacting with all my new accountability partners by commenting, sharing, and liking your posts!!! Good luck!
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Over the holiday I had to reevaluate my life. I feel like I have become a slave to working and being busy. And when I look at my life, the weight is still here. That's the biggest issue I have. It's like I put fitness into a separate compartment of my life. I reach out to it, but lately I've found myself working daily to get out this stupid debt. And working constantly is sucking out the vitality of my life. I love to have fun but I don't go anywhere to have fun because after the full time job because I'm working my side hustles like Uber, Lyft, Shipt Shopping, and Postmates. I stay busy, which is why I haven't found the time to really push my brand like I really would like. I don't have the energy because I've running on E! Seeing that I am fast approaching 40 (thanks I have great genes) with no significant other and no children, I realized I needed to find a way to start enjoying life. I work so hard that life is slipping by me... quickly.
So I had to rethink the way I look at life. I have to make "Living" a priority. We have one life to live. Once you are gone, only your legacy will live on. So what are you going to do. I decided I will start living in the now instead of the future. Enjoy today. Slow down. Even the bible says take no thought for tomorrow, but to live in the now (something like that). So I've decided I will find a way to relax and enjoy me, my family and friends. I want to travel more. And I haven't done that because I'm always working to pay bills. I'm always concerned I won't have enough to pay that off. I'm done with the scarcity mindset. It's time to live in abundance! So every week I've decided to do something that contributes to my new "Living" standard. It can be a movie night with the boo or with the homegirls, going to a paint and sip, or volunteering at a local food bank. Whatever it is, enjoy it and make it big. Have fun. Life is much better that way.
The other 2 goals are simple. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day and then exercise at least 150 minutes a week. I've adopted this lifestyle and I use my personal calendar to make sure I schedule my "Living" events. My Fitbit does a great job of tracking my exercise habits and creating a weekly food planner helps me to make time for those fruits and veggies. I can usually get about 3 servings in one smoothie when I add spinach or kale. Then a salad with plenty of greens will easily get you in there. I'm not telling anyone to stay away from bread, but we all know that bread is the devil!!
We were recently featured in Atlanta's Trendsetters to Trendsetters' All White Linen Hank Stewart edition released July 2017. The photo shoot was taken in Atlanta's Atlantic Station just a few weeks before.
So my cousin is having a huge 40th birthday party in Florida in 21 days and this is just the perfect reason for me to push extra hard to achieve my fitness goals. I want the scale to say 230 and I want to feel clean all on the inside. Last week the scale said 234.
This dress is my motivation... It's a large. I tried it on and it hugs me in a few places. Without support my belly is bulging all out of control. A 5-10 pound loss would really put me back in the game for this dress. Sooo... Here's the plan for the next 21 days.
Targets for the next 21 Days
I've been a lot of places,