Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day 37- 100 Day Challenge

Day 37, 63 days left...  
I'm posting a picture of me back in January 2008, next to the most recent pic taken of me (March 19th).  I've been talking with my sister about this challenge and hoping that I don't come across as intimidating.  She reminds me that my bad days are most peoples' best days, and I really do understand that.  We all have to start somewhere.  I know exactly how it feels to start something new and feel like I was failing, and that it was too hard.  I actually joined a gym 3, count them THREE times before I actually started going regularly.  The first gym membership I went maybe 5 times the entire year.  The second I went for about a month, then quit.  It was finally this last time that I was ready mentally to make that commitment to stick with it  The only thing that changed that third time was ME.  Was it still hard?  Oh yeah.  Did I want to stop and give up somedays?  Yep.  The point is I kept going.  And now I'm at a point in my life where I crave exercise.  I choose to be healthy.  It all doesn't happen over night, (it's been years for me to get where I am) and I know for a lot of people it won't happen these 100 days.  But... it's a start.  We all need a starting point.  For those of you still chugging along, Way to GO!  I'm proud of my dad.  He went from having no exercise routine to exercising 6 times a week since this challenge began.  Keep going, everyone!  63 more days to go!

The Google spreadsheet is HERE.  Click on it and make sure to put an X on the days you follow through.  

I'm going to leave the website and QOTD up from Monday because I didn't get any responses and I'm curious what all of you like to listen to when you workout.  So answer the question, peeps!!

Better Health Article: Not an article, but a website.  My sister, Ashleigh, found it and I thought it was cool enough to share.  First you enter your mile time (or desired mile time).  You can do it for running, walking, and cycling.  Then the site comes up with a playlist that matches your pace.  Pretty cool! 

QOTD: Do you listen to music when you work out?  If so, what is your favorite song(s) to workout to?

Yes, I love listening to music when I workout.  My workout playlist has some Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Rhianna, a little bit of Glee, Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, Lindsey Pool, Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, The Hippos, Good Charlotte, Green Day, The Killers, No Use for a Name, Weezer, and I'll admit, some Radio Disney songs. :)  What about you guys?

My Daily Update: This morning I ran 3.1 miles on the treadmill.  I managed to run the first mile at a 10/min pace, the second mile around 9:40, walked for a minute to get my breathing back under control, then ran another 10 min mile.  The last .20 I ran at a 7:50 pace.  I was totally sucking air but it felt good to push hard like that for a little bit.  After that I joined the last little bit of the Body Attack class, then had to head out.  My weight is back down 2 lbs.  With my period starting soon, I'm sure it will go up again in the next few days.  I feel good, though.

My Comments to You:

Where is everyone???
Our Snack List

turkey wrapped in lettuce
mixed nuts (almonds)
cucumber slices
grapes (frozen)
apple slices (w/peanut butter, almond butter, or dipped in one Light Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese wedge)
granola bars
Greek yogurt (Zoi or Fage 2% w/packet of Stevia)
rice cakes
string cheese
hummus w/carrots or celery
homemade whole wheat bread
celery w/peanut butter
hard-boiled egg
Extra Sugar-free gum
Fiber One bars
100 Day Challenge
List of 73 Participants & Their Goals
(Click "Read more")

4myFLF- Exercise 1hr/day, 6 days/week, and at least 1 day running outside

Abby Cherry- Continue my cycling training, compete in 2 "Century" bike races this summer, feed my body well, and maybe do the calorie tracker

Adrienne Yancey- Lose 15 lbs, continue training for 2 half marathons (April 30th and May 22nd) and the Little Red Riding Hood bike ride for cancer research on June 5th (36 miles, maybe 50), start tracking what I eat 

Angela- 40 minutes/day, 5 days/week I want to write my book

Anna Zobell- Continue working out 6 days/week and writing down what I eat (and the calories), reach and maintain my high school weight (I actually only have 1.5 lbs to go, I've already lost 21 lbs since last Feb, but I want to reach my goal weight and maintain it)

Annie McDonald- Train for a triathlon

April Appah- Exercising at the gym 3 days/week for 60 minutes each workout, losing 2 lbs/week (28 lbs in 100 days), doing the S diet

April Smith- Get up the same time every weekday, try to get sufficient sleep, make more meals from scratch

Ashleigh Thornock- Sweets one day/week, run 3 times/week to train for the Hood to Coast relay (be able to run 3 miles in 30 minutes)

Becky- Sleep at least 8 hours each night, and get up at the same time each morning

Ben Schip- Play basketball 3 times/week, and do 10 push-ups 2 times/week

Beth Binks- No sugar/treats for 100 days

Beth Redmond- 20 minutes of exercise every weekday, and to keep healthy and eat right

Bethany (betnotbe on BBC)- Exercise 4 days/week, not make treats every day, only eat when I'm hungry, take care of my body during my pregnancy (due June 10th), start posting on my weight loss blog again (, I am 26 weeks pregnant and by 40 weeks I want to be in better shape than I am now

Brooke McLane- Shed 25 pounds, eat healthier snacks, plan healthier family meals, make exercising part of our weekly activities

Camille Duckworth- Continue to eat healthy, exercise, drink my water, start tracking my progress (weigh ins, measurements, and exercise ability), have my baby and work back up 

Celeste Stanger- Get to the weight where I feel happy and comfortable with myself.  That means I need to lose 11 lbs. and maintain it

Chelsea Whitney- Plan my meals and stick to the plan, exercise 5x/week

Crystal (BBC)- Workout every day and make better food choices

Cyd McBride- Turn off the tv, the computer, my cell phone, and my iPad at 11pm and go to sleep earlier (I am addicted to staying up until 1 or 2am every night)

Dane Redmond- Ride 1000 miles on my bike from March 1-June 8

Darren Johnson- No soda

Debbie Tripp- No sugar for 100 days

Elle H-T- Ride a "Century" (100 miles) in a bike race on June 4th

Emily Gray- Train for a 60 mile bike race in June

Erin Smith- Not drink any soda for 100 days

Hailey Scarbrough- Lose 10 lbs (112 and a size 2), exercise 5 days/week, run 8.5 minute miles in the Hood to Coast

Heidi Vawdrey (BBC)- Lose 5 lbs and be down to 137 by Jamie's birthday, do weights 2x/week

Iliana Gardner- 45 mins 5x/week on the treadmill

Jaci Inman- No eating late, not giving into my sugar cravings, and working out daily

Jake Schip- Get up at 7am during the week and run with the dog

Jamie Schip- Be a size 4, lift weights 3x/week and continue working out 5-6x/week, run the Fight for Air 10K on June 4th

Janica (BBC)- Be active 5 days/week, be better about portion control and making good choices, run a 5K in April and maybe a 10K, continue to lose the 20 lbs left of baby weight by June 23rd (my daughter's first birthday)

Jenni (BBC)- Run a 30 minute 5K by my birthday (July 11th)

Julie Greenberg- Exercise 3x/week, track my calories in an attempt to eat healthier, and lose some weight

Justin Call- Workout 5x/week from 7-8am, be in bed by 10pm and wakeup at 6am, continue training for the New England Ragnar Relay in May with Collette

Kale Cloward- Workout 5 days/week (burning 500 calories each time)

Kameron Dill- Continue training for a 1/2 marathon in June, commit to being in the word 4 times/week for the 100 days

Karyn Tripp- Try to get to my pre-baby weight, start running again

Kim Johnson- Rev up my metabolism by eating smaller healthy meals, exercising 4x/week, increasing my hours of sleep, and dropping 15 lbs in 100 days

Kristine Stecker- Be more fitness oriented post pregnancy

Kristy Crane- Exercise 4 times/week (one day of swimming), eat only 100 calories after dinner, continue training for the Bear Lake Brawl sprint triathlon in August

Lisa Betts- Go to the gym 2-3x/week, tone & lift weights 2x/week... and I will get on the floor and play with my kids, I want to feel strong again and lose 4-6 inches in all my saggy areas, (I'll try to be in bed before midnight, and snack on healthy food, maybe work up to doing P90X)

Liz Olsen- Exercise 3-5 times/week, continue taking my vitamins and calcium, schedule my yearly physical with my doc, and to be able to play soccer with my girl's team during the spring and fall

Lynnae Hahn- Exercise and keep moving using the Xbox Kinect and my gym membership 

Mallory Schip- Continue working out 5x/week, lose 18 lbs, run a 5K, train for a 10K in July, and continue not eating any meat

Marci Garland- Exercise daily, have better eating habits, restart my weight loss journey (lost 30 lbs. 2 summers ago but gained it all back, this time I want to lose it and keep it off), run parts of a 5K race I'm doing in May and a 5 mile race in June

Matthew Powell- Workout every day except Sunday

Meighan Smith- Run 3-4 times/week to train for the Wasatch Back, lose 10 lbs, and get up at 5am and do Body Combat every Monday with Jamie ;)

Melanie Fida- Lose 8 lbs by June 8th, continue not eating french fries and in 100 days be down to 1 Dr. Pepper/week, continue tracking my calories and exercise on

Naomi Forsyth- ??

Naomi Nicholes- Train for a 5K on April 23, maybe do the Starlight run in May, lose 10 lbs (1lb every 10 days), get to bed by or before midnight

Nicole Keller- Get in shape for the San Diego Half Marathon, and run it on June 5th

Nicole Fischer- Run the Shamrock Run on March 13th, lose 40 lbs by my 11th wedding anniversary (May 27th), start the S diet, workout at least 5 times/week

Polly Tribe- Exercising one day/week with Elle

Rebecca Stephens- Workout 4x/week to help train for 3 triathlons I'm doing this year (the 1st being June 18th)

Robin Saeva- Getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night, eating one less sweet treat each day

Selena Berg- Exercise 3 days/week, eat less junk food

Shana Mollerup- Workout 5x/week, stay within my calorie limit, reach my desired weight by June 8th

Sharie Giles- Commit to a healthier lifestyle by preparing healthy meals for my family, continue spinning 3 days/week to get myself in shape for Little Red Riding Hood on June 4th, and try to sleep 8 hours

Sonja Call- Weight training 5 days/week

Steph Burdick- Go to bed before midnight, eat five small meals/day

Steph Dewey- Go to bed before or at 10pm each week night and wake up before or at 6am, get my left leg back to full strength (just had surgery to repair my achilles tendon), and continue to follow the S diet (no Sweets, Snacks, or Seconds except on days that start with S)

Steph Tagge- Lose 20 lbs. or 1-2 lbs/week, continue to workout every morning and do weight training 3 times/week, continue training for three bike races, and train for Ragnar (assuming my knee cooperates)

Stephanie (BBC)- Exercise on the treadmill at least 30 minutes 3x/week to lose my baby weight, eat a healthy amount of calories every day

Susi Mabey- Train for the Fight for Air 10K on June 4th

Tammy Brown- Sweets once/week, exercise at least once/week

Tiffany Precissi- Exercise each day no matter how minute it is, track what I eat

Tina Ponder- Go back on a 6-day/week fitness plan, and to find greater worth in my role as mom (do a little better, get more creative, more quality me invested in what and where I am now)

Tonya Tripp- No sugar for 100 days, train for the Utah Valley Marathon and hopefully qualify for Boston

Traci Johnson- No soda, workout 3x/week, no eating after 8:30pm

Verenice Powell- Personally read the scriptures and pray for the next 100 days

Whitney Call- Run every week


Ashleigh said...

Oh my goodness, I love seeing the change in your pictures. It's seriously so inspiring for anyone who feels like they can't do it. You are seriously the most committed and motivated person I know, so it's hard for me to see how well you're doing sometimes in comparison with how I feel I'm doing, but I know that this isn't about comparing, it's about pushing yourself to be better and get healthier.

As far as my playlist goes, I've got a huge mix of random artists. I've got my slow songs for when I just want to feel relaxed and easy on a run, such as:
Mindy Gledhill- "All About Your Heart", "Hourglass".
Mandy Moore- "Only Hope".
Anna Nalick- "Breathe [2AM]".
Priscilla Ahn, Charlotte Church, and then a bunch of random LDS songs that I like.

Then there are some fun songs that just make me happy like:
Shakira's "Africa"
Kate Nash's "Merry Happy".
Katie Herzig's "Hey Na Na".
Lindsey Ray's "You Make Me Happy".
Mindy Gledhill's "All the Pennies" and "Whole Wide World".
Elizabeth & the Catapult's "Race You" and "Perfectly Perfect".
Then a bunch of songs from Regina Spektor, Alanis Morissette, Florence and the Machine, Ingrid Michaelson, etc. etc. etc.

AND THEN there are the fast paced pop songs that I won't even list. There's just too many.

bonitabril said...

I don't really have any specific songs that I listen to when I work out, I actually usually forget my headphones when I go to the gym so I am stuck with the thoughts in my head... :)

Russ and Em said...

When I ride I sadly listen to podcasts of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and Car Talk. Riding the bike especially on a long ride is such an escape that it is almost relaxing (except for I'm exhausted by the end) I like to have something for my mind to follow - and I love to laugh. When I am doing sprints and trying to push it I listen to

- Holding Out for a Hero
- Bad Romance (Glee Version, aparently the original has some bad lyrics)
- Single Ladies
- Viva la Vida (Cold Play)
- that 20s Swing tune, the most famous one that I can't remember the name of.
- I'll Make a Man Out of You from Mulan

Sorry I'm random.

Kale and Rowdy said...

So...I don't listen to anything. I'm totally into watching TV. It's like a big treat for me because it's the only time I get to watch something other than Disney or PBS, and that alone helps motivate me some days. Lately I like watching The Biggest Loser because it reminds me to push myself harder than I normally would. It's my "me" time.

Janica said...

Those pictures are very motivating. I sort of fell off the wagon. I was working out 6 days a week and got totally burnt out. I just stopped altogether for a few days and it's been hard to start back up again. I actually surprised myself though. I registered for a 5K this last weekend. I wasn't too worried about running it because I was consistently running about 3.5 miles when I was running. I got there and thought I would be silly and run past a friend of mine to tease him. I ran right past the 5K turn around and kept going. A few minutes later I realized that I was going on the 10K route. I had done it before so I just decided to do it. I actually didn't do bad. I had to walk a couple times but ended up getting a better time than when I trained for it 2 years ago!! I was so excited. I am having a hard time getting back into a good routine because I am afraid of getting burnt out again. So I think I am going to set M,T,R and Saturday as my running days and if I get a couple days of strength training, then I am good! I HAVE to listen to music while I am exercising. If I can hear myself breathing, I tend to do worse. The funny thing is my music for running outside is slower than on the treadmill becaus I am constantly trying to regulate my pace outside. I like to listen to: Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Taio Cruz, and one of my favorites is Ke$ha-Tik Tok. It says, don't stop a lot in the song and it really helps me get through the end of my workout.

Selena said...

One of my favorite songs to work out to is 'Elevation' by U2.